Winner of the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award, awarded by the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (2007 and 2020)
Five-time finalist, Small Press Publisher of the Year, Canadian Booksellers Association (2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
Arsenal Pulp Press is a book publisher in Vancouver, Canada with over 400 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry; books on social issues; gender studies; LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and persons of colour) literature; graphic novels and non-fiction; children's and young adult literature; regional history; cookbooks; alternative crafts; and books in translation. We are interested in literature that engages and challenges readers, and which asks probing questions about the world around us.
With a staff of six, located in the historic Vancouver district of Chinatown, we publish between 15 and 20 new titles per year, as well as an average of 25 to 30 reprints; our books are distributed in Canada, the US, Great Britain, Australia, and English-speaking Europe, and translations of our books have appeared in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Spain, Italy, German, Turkey, and Brazil.
Arsenal Pulp Press gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada (through the Canada Book Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Livres Canada Books) and the Government of British Columbia (through the Book Publishing Tax Credit Program) for our publishing activities, and the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing program.
Arsenal Pulp Press acknowledges the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, speakers of Hul’q’umi’num’/Halq’eméylem/hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and custodians of the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories where our office is located. We pay respect to their histories, traditions, and continuous living cultures and commit to accountability, respectful relations, and friendship.
Who We Are
Brian Lam (Publisher), a graduate of the University of Victoria's creative writing program, has been with Arsenal since 1984, becoming co-owner of the company in 1992. He is a former president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, and a former board member of the Association for the Export of Canadian Books (now Livres Canada Books). He currently serves on the board of the Association of Canadian Publishers. In 2014 he won the Community Builder Award from the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, and in 2018 received the Ivy Award from the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
Robert Ballantyne (Associate Publisher) was born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Vancouver in 1978 to attend the University of British Columbia, where he acquired a BA in English Literature and an MA in Art History. He is a former president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia.
Cynara Geissler (Director of Marketing & Publicity) is a publishing professional, writer, performer, and fat activist from Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba). She has a BA in Honours English from the University of Winnipeg and co-edited four volumes of Juice, The University of Winnipeg's Creative Writing Journal, while completing her degree. She was programming coordinator for The (Manitoba) Writers' Collective before moving to Vancouver in 2009 to attend the Master of Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University. She’s had bylines and published work in variety of publications and lit mags including Bust, the Vancouver Sun, Poetry is Dead, Geez Magazine, The Establishment, subTerrain, Geist and Event. She co-hosted Fatties on Ice, a podcast about fat liberation, feminism and pop culture from 2010-2015. Since “retiring” from regular hosting duties, she enjoys being a “professional guest star” on a variety of feminist, comedy, pop culture, and literary podcasts.
Shirarose Wilensky (Editor) began her publishing career with an editorial internship at Arsenal Pulp Press. She happily rejoined the team ten years later, after completing the Master of Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University and editing, in-house and freelance, for Tightrope Books, D&M Publishers, Greystone Books, Douglas & McIntyre, Harbour Publishing, Page Two Strategies, LifeTree Media, and Figure 1 Publishing. Shirarose loves collaborating with authors and feels deeply fortunate to call herself a professional reader.
Jazmin Welch (Book Designer/Production Manager) received her bachelor’s degree in design at Ryerson University where she first fell in love with typography and book layout. Jazmin has worn many hats since then, from photo editing and graphic design to project and account management, but she is happiest when joining forces with authors to help bring their stories to life. She loves working on the details, right down to adjusting the space between 2 letters on the 200th page of a book. Jazmin moved to Vancouver from Toronto in 2018 to pursue the Master of Publishing program at SFU where she is currently finishing her studies.
Jaiden Dembo (Publicist & Editorial Associate) graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in World Literature and minor in Print and Digital Publishing. After serving as the Editor-in-Chief of World Literature’s literary magazine The Lyre during her undergrad, Jaiden fell in love with publishing. In 2018/19 she attended the Masters of Publishing program at SFU, where she began her internship with Arsenal Pulp Press which developed into her current position at the press. Previously, Jaiden has worked with the Vancouver Writers Fest, the Publishing Program at SFU, and as a freelance editor. She loves connecting people with new books that just might change their world, and can’t wait to introduce you to your next favourite read.
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