October 26th marks 40 years of publishing for Toronto’s independent award-winning book publisher Between the Lines (BTL). Launched in 1977 Between the Lines was established as a joint project of the Development Education Centre of Toronto and Dumont Press Graphix of Kitchener. Since its founding BTL has been run cooperatively producing “books without bosses”.
The mandate of Between the Lines is 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. To commemorate their anniversary year BTL has launched an anniversary website, given away free ebook chapters, produced a commemorative video and today launches a graphic history of the organization: Books without Bosses: Forty Years of Reading Between the Lines by Robert Clarke and illustrated by Kara Sievewright . This graphic history provides a serio-comic glimpse of forty years of running a fiercely independent book publisher including the high points, perhaps funny points, and it consider how and why BTL has been able to survive.
The work of Between the Lines 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.
Posted October 26th, 2017