Anvil Press

Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

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Anvil Press was established in 1988 to publish subTERRAIN magazine. The desire amongst those involved at the time was to eventually publish a line of literary titles—books from new, virtually unknown authors who were starting to make a name for themselves on the Canadian literary scene.

In 1991 a short manuscript of scatalogical focus arrived in our office. The manuscript was both scholarly and extremely funny. We decided immediately that this slim volume was deserving of a larger audience, and shortly thereafter we released A Toilet Paper, or, A Treatise on Four Fundamental Words Referring to Gaseous and Solid Wastes Together with Their Point of Origin. Sales were brisk and encouraging, a buoying experience for the small press publisher.

In a spirit of naïve optimism, we carried on, bringing those writers whose work we felt to be worthy of publication to an enthusiastic reading public.

Now in its twenty-second year of publishing, Anvil has firmly established itself as a publisher of progressive, contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban sensibility. An award-winning publisher of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, Anvil has become known for its quality books and unconventional literary work. National—and local—in its vision, Anvil remains committed to its East Vancouver roots, and doesn’t shy away from work from the wrong side of the tracks.


The publishing philosophy at Anvil remains uncompromised:

“To nurture and promote both new and established Canadian authors.”

This mandate is reflected in our ongoing association with subTerrain magazine, our sponsorship of the International 3-Day Novel Writing Contest (1993-2003), and our partnering with the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University to establish the First Book Competition.

Anvil Press titles are represented by Publishers Group Canada and distributed by in Canada by Raincoast Books Toll Free: 1-800-663-5714 and in the U.S. by Small Press Distribution, Berkeley, CA, T: 510-524-1668

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Anvil Press Publishers
278 East First Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5T 1A6

Publisher: Brian Kaufman
Marketing Coordinator/Assistant Publisher: Karen Green
Publishing Assistant: Anastasia Scherders

TEL: (604) 876-8710
FAX: (604) 879-2667

Funders & Supporters
Anvil Press gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Canada Council Block Grant Program for Publishers, the Canada Book Fund (CBF) of Canadian Heritage, and the B.C. Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia via the Book Publishing Tax Credit.

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