Between the Lines

Between the Lines

40 years of books without bosses 1977-2017

Books Without Bosses for Forty Years

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    • February 2017

      Wheel of Fortune

      Jamie Swift combines sharp-eyed journalism that brings out the nuances of daily life with a penetrating analysis of jobless recovery. He describes the emerging world of work through the eyes and experiences of people in Kingston and Windsor – two Ontario cities with roots in the pre-industrial past, places poised for the post-industrial information age. Read chapter 9, “Work, Time, and the Wheel of Fortune,” here for free, in the format of your choice.

    • January 2017

      Getting Doctored

      In Getting Doctored, Martin Shapiro has written a critical memoir that explores the process whereby young medical students are transformed, seemingly overnight, into hardened, alienated “professionals.” Read chapter one, “Getting In,” here for free in the format of your choice.

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A History of BTL, 1977-2017

Between the Lines was established in 1977 as a joint project of the Development Education Centre of Toronto and Dumont Press Graphix of Kitchener. After more than thirty-five years of operating, with what Quill and Quire recently called an “outsider advantage,” we have published more than 300 titles and we maintain a high proportion of these in print.

Our mandate – to publish Canadian-authored non-fiction on a broad range of social and cultural issues, to present new ideas and challenge readers to rethink the world around them, and to offer analysis of historical events and contemporary issues from an alternate viewpoint – is as relevant now as it was when BTL published its first book in 1977.

We introduced our current gadfly logo for our 30th anniversary, in 2007. In modern political terms, a gadfly is someone who persistently challenges people or institutions of power. This is the role our books and authors play. They ask uncomfortable questions, challenge the status quo, amplify the voices of marginalized peoples, and help us to rethink Canada’s history and place in the world.

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