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Three O’Clock Press

20th Apr 2012

Three O'Clock Press

Three O’Clock Press was established in 2010, bringing together the work of Women’s Press Literary, Sumach Press and Kellom Books.

The website tells us that “Three O’Clock Press‘s mandate is to continue the feminist approach of our imprints by promoting our diverse literary backlist, while also reaching new readers.” So first, what about those imprints…

Women’s Press Literary is Canada’s oldest English-language feminist publisher, founded in 1972, and has paved the way for a host of ground-breaking feminist writing. Its aim is to provide a space within the publishing industry dedicated to the ideas of women from all backgrounds. You can still access the catalogue through the Three O’Clock Press site, with books spanning genres such as arts, memoirs, Young Adult, indigenous letters and mystery. The Women Who Rock series instantly caught my eye, biographical tributes to some of Canada’s most inspiring women writers and activists. The next in the series will be on Canadian hockey superstar Angela James, “one of the most dominant players ever to lace up the skates.”

Sumach Press are described as publishers of ‘dynamic feminist writing with a critical perspective’, with a focus on young adult novels that reflect the experiences of young women and queer-identified youth in Canada. Currently available titles include Who’s Your Daddy? And Other Writings on Queer Parenting, Parachuting and On The Edge of Being: An Afghan Woman’s Story.

Kellom Books was created in order to offer a space for creative writing from men, harnessing the risk-taking and diversity of the other Three O’Clock imprints. Publications include 1978 by Daniel Jones: “an uncompromising literary take on the frantic energy and bleak extremes of the early Toronto punk scene… also the story of a group of messed-up kids in a squalid apartment, desperately looking underneath all the attitude and filth for something real.”; Empress by Yannick Marshall: “Marshall’s poetics, like a major artery, carry the stream of his passions and their political aim to re-centre the Afrikan woman in the struggle for Afrikan liberation.”; Beyond Their Years by John Steckley: “ the life stories of five Native Canadian women, reconstructed using a variety of historical sources…[shattering] stereotypes by showing the power that native women had in their communities.”

If you want to find out more about the authors, the readers and the people behind this new independent label with a rich history and diverse back catalogue, you can head on over to the blog. Or if you can’t wait to start compiling that wishlist, check out the list of titles now!

I’ll leave you with the words of Sarah Hope Wayne, from the introduction to the Three O’Clock Press catalogue:

“Three O’Clock Press could not be more proud to carry on in the tradition of these three imprints, and to develop our own voice as a home for a diverse range of original, innovative writing in both the fiction and creative non-fiction genres. Our future projects include, but are not limited to: outstanding feminist stories for young adults, Canadian music and culture, strange new fiction, essential creative non-fiction, graphic novels, Queer literature, unheard voices, community connections, and miscellaneous labours of love.

Three O’Clock Press is a new space, and it’s always growing.

To know us is to know our books, so get acquainted!”

Alex Herod