Past winner of the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award, awarded by the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia
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 and nonfiction; books on social issues; gender studies; LGBTQ and diverse literature; graphic novels and non-fiction; cookbooks; alternative crafts; visual arts; 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 five, located in the historic Vancouver district of Chinatown, we publish between 14 and 20 new titles per year, as well as an average of 12 to 15 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.
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 of Canadian Publishers and the Association for the Export of Canadian Books. 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 (Marketing Director) is a publishing professional, writer, and internet enthusiast from 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 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 contributes to a variety of magazines and websites including geez, fatshionista.com and shamelessmag.com. She is one half of the feminist pop culture podcast Fatties on Ice.
Oliver McPartlin (Production Manager) Born in Toronto, and raised in Central America, Oliver got his education at York University and Langara College. He's been working in print design since 2006 while also dabbling in video and motion graphics, visual art, and music.
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.
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Friends of Arsenal:
3-Day Novel Contest
Association of Book Publishers of BC
Association of Canadian Publishers
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Coach House Books
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
Literary Press Group of Canada
New Star Books
Orca Book Publishers