McClelland & Stewart Debuts New Imprint

TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - McClelland & Stewart has announced the creation of a new non-fiction imprint, Signal. The new imprint, which will debut with five titles in Fall 2011, is dedicated to the power of ideas and original thinking.  Featuring politics, religion, culture, history, business, and the environment, Signal will publish Canadian and international authors with the intention of sparking debate and furthering the collective understanding about Canada and the world.

The inaugural list will include Diplomacy in the Digital Age, edited by Janice Gross Stein; In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood; Arguably: Selected Essays by Christopher Hitchens; Damned Nations: Greed, Guns and Aid by War Child North America founder Samantha Nutt; and The Anatomy of Israel's Survival by Hirsh Goodman. Future Signal authors include Alain de Botton, Ezra Levant, Ronald Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski, Chris Anderson, Mel Hurtig, Conrad Black, among others.

President and Publisher of McClelland & Stewart Doug Pepper said: "Our goal with Signal is to publish creative, daring, and intellectually significant works of non-fiction that stir the pot and raise our awareness of the most important issues of the day. As book publishing changes, so must publishers, and with the creation of this new imprint we are establishing a platform to not only publish great books but to extend their reach through digital- and event-based marketing."

"Our world is changing constantly and rapidly; long accepted orthodoxies are being shaken up on every front, political, intellectual, technological. Signal shows McClelland & Stewart taking on those challenges from within the publishing world," said Janice Gross Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Also being launched today, is the interactive companion website designed to spark debate and continue the engagement with these authors and other critical thinkers. At the heart of this online community, people looking to engage with others about the original and controversial ideas found in the Signal books will find videos that will act as debate starters and provide for ongoing dialogue.


For further information:

Ashley Dunn, Publicity Manager, McClelland & Stewart Ltd.

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