ECW Press

ECW Press is a Canadian book publisher located in Toronto, Ontario. It was founded by Jack David and Robert Lecker in 1974 as a Canadian literary magazine named Essays on Canadian Writing. They started publishing trade and scholarly books in 1979.

ECW Press publishes a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, sport, and pop culture.[1] As the company grew and diversified what they publish, the company name could no longer stand for Essays in Canadian Writing. In 2015, Publishers Weekly listed ECW Press as one of the fastest-growing independent publishers in North America.[2]

ECW Press releases around 50 new titles a year.

ECW Press
ECW Press
FounderJack David and Robert Lecker
Country of originCanada
Headquarters locationToronto
DistributionJaguar Book Group (Canada)
Legato Publishers Group (USA)
Turnaround Publisher Services Ltd.(UK & Europe)
New South Books (Australia & New Zealand)
Publication typesBooks
Owner(s)Jack David and David Caron
No. of employees11-50


The company was founded by Jack David and Robert Lecker in 1974 as a Canadian literary magazine named Essays on Canadian Writing. Five years later, ECW published its first books—trade and scholarly titles. It started with two principal series: the Annotated Bibliography of Canada's Major Authors (ABCMA) and Canadian Writers and Their Works (CWTW). Through the 1980s ECW upgraded its typesetting facilities, published reference titles, and began to service third-party clients, creating books for corporations to use for promotional purposes and events such as anniversaries. In the 1990s, ECW re-commenced trade publishing and expanded its scholarly and reference lines for high school and public libraries. They started publishing a mix of commercial books alongside their literary books,[3] such as pop culture books (the first being The Duchovny Files: The Truth Is in Here by Paul Mitchell, published in 1995, a biographical dossier on actor David Duchovny that includes episode guides of The X-Files),[4] sports books (mainly wrestling, ice hockey, and mixed martial arts), and genre fiction (literary fiction, mystery, crime fiction, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, and humour).[1]

Robert Lecker left the company in 2003 to follow his own pursuits, and in 2013 David Caron (an ECW employee since 2004) bought part of the company from Jack David.[3] Jack David and David Caron remain co-publishers and co-owners.



  • Steve Stanton, Reconciliation, Retribution, Redemption, Freenet
  • Heather Tucker, The Clay Girl
  • Jen Sookfong Lee, The Conjoined
  • Anne Emery, Cecilian Vespers, The Sign of the Cross, Obit, Ruined Abbey, Death at Christy Burke's, Lament for Bonnie, Children in the Morning, and Barrington Street Blues
  • Joey Comeau, Overqualified
  • Cordelia Strube, On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light
  • John McFetridge, Dirty Sweet: A Mystery, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Swap: A Mystery, Tumblin' dice
  • Kevin J. Anderson, Clockwork Lives (with Neil Peart), Clockwork Angels (with Neil Peart), editor of 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush


  • Neil Peart, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, Roadshow, Far and Away, Far and Near, Far and Wide
  • Darcy McKeough, The Duke of Kent
  • Maude Barlow, Boiling Point
  • George Bowering, The Hockey Scribbler
  • Barry Avrich, Moguls, Monsters and Madmen
  • Geri Jewell, I'm Walking as Straight as I Can
  • Liisa Ladouceur, Encyclopedia Gothica
  • Liisa Ladouceur, How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction



  • Tim Hornbaker, National Wrestling Alliance, The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling, Capitol Revolution,
  • Yvonne Bambrick, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide
  • Val James, Black Ice
  • Red Kelly, The Red Kelly Story
  • Pat Patterson, Accepted
  • Dennis Hull, The Third Best Hull
  • Bruce Hart, Straight from the Hart
  • Heath McCoy, Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling[5]
  • Marsha Erg, Stu Hart: Lord of the Ring[6]
  • Greg Prato, Sack Exchange
  • Bryan Alvarez & R.D. Reynolds, The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition

Pop Culture

  • Lindsay Gibb, National Treasure
  • Crissy Calhoun, Love You To Death, Spotted: your one and only unofficial guide to Gossip Girl
  • Jesse McLean, Wait For It
  • Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?, Who's 50, Who Is The Doctor, The Doctors Are In
  • Greg Renoff, Van Halen Rising


  1. ^ a b "Books". ECW Press. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  2. ^ "Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2015". Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  3. ^ a b "In House: ECW Press | LPG Members Site". Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  4. ^ Andrew Hudson (2014-11-05). "ECW Press bucking the trends in publishing industry". Beach Metro Community News. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  5. ^ McNamara, Andy (November 9, 2007). "Stampede book gets back in the saddle: Revised and expanded edition of Pain and Passion hits even more shelves". Slam! Wrestling. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  6. ^ "Stu Hart: Lord of the Ring". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2017-02-16.

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