Fitzhenry Whiteside Publishing

About Red Deer Press

Red Deer Press publishes upscale children’s picture books, including illustrated children’s Aboriginal titles, contemporary juvenile and young-adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, drama, and general trade history and biography. We produce creative and contemporary books by enlisting a balance of established and emerging authors and illustrators guided by a production team of expert editors, designers and production personnel. We enlist publishing talent from across Canada, publish to the national and international markets, and continually strive to creatively promote and market our books.

History

Red Deer Press began as an affiliate of Red Deer College in 1975, publishing one to two poetry books a year. The house focus expanded in 1985 to include children’s literature, adult literary and cultural works, and general trade history and biography titles.

The house moved to Calgary in 2000 and was purchased by Fitzhenry & Whiteside in 2005. Red Deer is now located in the Fitzhenry & Whiteside head office, Markham, Ontario, where we retain full editorial autonomy.

Literary and Cultural Excellence

Red Deer Press authors and the house have won well over 300 awards, nominations, and citations for excellence, including two Governor General’s Literary Awards, a Bologna Ragazzi Award Nonfiction Mention, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, White Ravens International Youth Library Selection of Outstanding Books, and the Alcuin Design Award; a large number of regional awards such as the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature, Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner for Children's Book of the Year, Shining Willow Award, Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction, and six Alberta Publisher of the Year Awards.

Today

Red Deer Press remains a quintessential small Canadian publisher distinguished especially by its fine children’s program. Recent principal honours include What Happened to Serenity by PJ Sarah Collins winning the inaugural Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. What Happened to Serenity? and Born Ugly, by Beth Goobie, were selected for the prestigious Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top 40 list for 2011.

Staff at Red Deer Press

  Publisher Richard Dionne 1-800-387-9776 Ext. 248
 
  Promotions Cheryl Chen 1-800-387-9776 Ext. 258
 
  Children's Editor Peter Carver  

General inquiries should be addressed to:

  Red Deer Press
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario L3R 4T8
 
  Fax: 1-800-260-9777
  E-mail: rdp@reddeerpress.com

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Association Memberships

Red Deer Press belongs to the following organizations:

Book Publishers Association of Alberta
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Canadian Professional Sales Association
Independent Publishers Association of Canada
The Literary Press Group
Publishers Marketing Association

Publishing Awards

Red Deer Press has won several publishing awards, including Alberta Publisher of the Year four times, and our children's editor, Peter Carver, has won the IBBY Canada 2007 Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service to Canadian children's literature and was named the Lois Hole Editor of the Year in 2007 by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

Our other literary accolades include:

An Aboriginal Carol
On the White Ravens' Outstanding New International Books for Children and Young
   Adults list, 2008

Carmen
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award finalist - Young Adult Fiction 2005

The End of the World as We Know It
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards finalist - Juvenile Fiction category, 2007
Alberta Children's/Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee, 2008
White Pine nominee, 2008
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee 2009

Falling for Snow: A Naturalist's Journey into the World of Winter
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist (2004)
Alberta Book Cover Design Award Nominee (2004)

Free as the Wind
Alberta Children's/Young Adult Book of the Year Winner, 2008

Grist
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007
White Pine Honour Book, 2008
Evergreen Teen Book Award Nominee, 2009

Heck Superhero
Alberta Children's Book Award Winner (2005)
Governor General's Literary Award Nomination (2004)
Quill & Quire BfYP Top Five Selection (2004)
CBC Radio One Sounds Like Canada Recommended Title (2004)

Hidden Buffalo
Alberta Children's Book of the Year Winner (2004)
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist (2004)
 Alberta Book Illustration of the Year Award Nominee (2004)
Amelia Frances Howard–Gibbon Award Shortlist (2004)
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection (2004)

The Horrors, Terrifying Tales: Book Two
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

In Abby's Hands
Alberta Book Illustration of the Year Award Winner (2004)
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection (2004)

In the Garage
Alberta Children's Book of the Year Nominee (2007)

Keturah & Lord Death
White Pine Award Winner, 2008
U.S. National Book Award nominee for Young People's Literature (2006)
Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards Nominee (2007)
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award Shortlist 2008
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Starred Selection, 2007
Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic shortlist
Booklist's Top 10 Youth Romances, 2007

Let's Get Going
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection (2004)

Missing Matthew
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Starred Selection (2004)

Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind
Canadian Jewish Book of the Year Award Winner (2004)
Quebec Writer's Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non–Fiction Winner (2004)
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Award (2004)
Alberta Trade Non–Fiction Book Award Nominee (2004)

Mosh Pit
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection (2005)
Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year Nominee (2005)

My Home Bay
Alberta Children's Book of the Year Nominee (2004)
Alberta Book Illustration of the Year Award Nominee (2004)
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection (2004)

Mythspring
Aurora Award - Best Work in English (Other), Nominee 2007
Aurora Award - Best Short-Form Work in English finalist for:

  • All the Cool Monsters at Once, James Alan Gardner
  • This Ink Feels Like Sorrow, Karin Lowachee
  • Nokum Is My Teacher
    Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner, Children's Book of the Year 2007
    Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2007 Bronze Medalist - Multicultural Picture Books
    Alberta Children's Book of the Year Nominee (2007)

    On Thin Ice
    Alberta Children's Book of the Year Winner (2007)
    White Ravens: International Youth Library selection of outstanding books, 2007
    ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Honourable Mention - Young Adult Fiction 2006
    Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

    Ordinary Miracles
    Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award Shortlist (2004)

    Orphans in the Sky
    Canadian Toy Testing Council's Great Books for Children (2006)
    Alberta Children's Book Award Nominee (2005)
    Alberta Book Illustration of the Year Nominee (2005)

    The Queen's Feet
    Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize Nominee (2007)
    Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007
    Shining Willow Award nominee, 2008

    A Sky Black with Crows
    Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature Nominee, 2008

    A Team Like No Other
    Shining Willow Award winner 2006
    Alberta Children's Book Award Nominee (2005)
    Ontario Library Association Best Bets Selection, 2004
    CBC Radio One Sounds Like Canada Recommended Title (2004)
    Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selection

    Tom Finder
    Mr. Christie's Book Award Winner (2004)
    Benjamin Franklin Award for Juvenile–Young Adult Fiction Winner (2004)
    Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award Shortlist (2004)
    Ontario Library Association White Pine Award Shortlist (2004)

    Two Words for Snow
    Governor General's Literary Award for Drama Nominee (2005)

    Wild Orchid
    Shortlisted for Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year
    Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee (2007)
    Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards Nominee (2007)
    Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Starred Selection
    White Pine nominee, 2007
    On New York Public Library's list of Books for the Teen Age (2007)

    The Unmentionable History of the West
    Alberta Trade Non-Fiction Book Award Winner (2007)

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