Between the Lines

Between the Lines

40 years of books without bosses, 1977-2017

About BTL

Between the Lines books present new ideas and challenge readers to rethink the world around them. Our authors offer analysis of historical events and contemporary issues not often found in the mainstream. We specialize in informative, non-fiction books on politics and public policy, social issues, Canadian and world history, international development, gender and sexuality, critical race issues, culture, adult and popular education, labour and work, environment, technology, and media.

“Who is your leader?”

We create high-quality books that promote equitable social change, and we reflect our mission in the way our organization is structured. BTL has no boss, no individual owner. It’s the product of what some would likely describe as “sixties idealism”–what we call political principles. Our small office staff and Editorial Committee make decisions–from what to publish to how to run the place–by consensus. Our Editorial Committee includes a number of original and longtime members, as well as several younger academics and community activists eager to carry on the publishing work started by the generation before them.


  • David Bush, Publicity & Promotions Manager
  • Devin Clancy, Design & Production Manager
  • Amanda Crocker, Managing Editor
  • Dave Molenhuis, Accounts & IT Manager, Publicist

Editorial Committee

  • Tola Ajao
  • Jonathan Barker
  • David Bush
  • Devin Clancy
  • Robert Clarke
  • Amanda Crocker
  • Julie Devaney
  • Doreen Fumia
  • Steve Izma
  • Mike Ma
  • David Molenhuis
  • Chris Samuel
  • Aparna Sundar
  • Jamie Swift
  • Richard Swift
  • Julie Tomiak
  • Melissa Vincent

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the National Translation Program for Book Publishing, an initiative of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, for our translation activities.

Our work is made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. We gratefully acknowledge assistance for our publishing activities from the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Book Publishers Tax Credit program and through the Ontario Book Initiative, and the Government of Canada.

In January 2018 we published an ad seeking a “young” intern to join our office collective’s non hierarchical structure and participate fully in the day-to-day operations of our non-fiction press. This ad was distributed to students of Ryerson University’s publishing certificate program and posted on our website where it remained unchanged through to October 2018.

Although we did not specify an age range, we now understand that our ad conveyed the impression that we were looking for particular personal characteristics in applicants and that our workplace does not welcome those who are not “young,” such as mature students or individuals moving into a second career. We certainly did not intend to convey that impression or to discourage older persons from applying for the position, and we apologize to any who felt excluded, insulted, or offended by our choice of adjective. Our ad should not have directly or indirectly made statements about age. We have now removed the ad from our website.

Between the Lines, a publisher that receives funding from the governments of Canada and Ontario, is committed to social justice. Our commitment is a moral and a legal one, and it includes respect for the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings regardless of their personal preferences or characteristics such as age or socio-economic status. We recognize that preconceived notions, myths, and stereotypes about the aging process and older persons are subtle and persistent, and these can give rise to discriminatory treatment. At Between the Lines, we consider age discrimination to be as serious as other forms of discrimination.

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