Wilfrid Laurier University Press: Transforming Ideas
Scholarly books can transform processes, minds, and cultures. By publishing work of scholarly integrity in various formats, skillfully edited, designed, produced, and marketed, we participate in this transformation and advance new developments in scholarly discourse, contribute to education within and beyond the university, and reflect both our local and global community through the world of ideas.
Founded in 1974, Wilfrid Laurier University Press has established a reputation for excellence in scholarly publishing in the areas of history, literature, sociology, social work, life writing, film and media studies, aboriginal studies, women’s studies, philosophy, and religious studies. We publish 30—35 titles a year and have over 365 titles in print.
We have been typesetting books electronically since 1984, and in 1994 became one of the first scholarly publishers in Canada to establish a Web presence. We have digitized our backlist, and WLU Press ebooks are available from Academic Pub/Sharedbook, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble's Nook, Baker & Taylor's Blio, EBSCO/NetLibrary, EBL/Ebooks Corporation, Ebrary/Canadian Electronic Library, Google Editions, Ingram Digital/MyiLibrary, Kobo, Overdrive, PaperC GMB, Project MUSE (UPCC), and SONY Reader. Course pack opportunities are available from Academic Pub/ Sharedbook. We are also participants in Google Print.
Our commitment to scholarly communication continues after publication with worldwide marketing and distribution and ongoing contact and cooperation with our authors. We have international distribution and sales representation and a presence at national and international book fairs and academic meetings.
We have co-publishing partnerships with a range of organizations working with ideas, including the Canadian Corporation for the Study of Religion, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Association for Bahá’í Studies, and the Toronto International Film Festival. We are members of the Association of American University Presses, the Association of Canadian University Presses (and through them, the International Publishers Association), the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario, and the Canadian Booksellers Association. We provide prepress, typographic, subscription, and fulfillment services to a range of scholarly journals.
We welcome proposals in the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. We publish scholarly monographs and collections, trade books based on sound scholarship, and textbooks. We do not generally publish original fiction or poetry, children’s books, conference proceedings, or unrevised theses.
Our titles have won or been short-listed for a number of awards:
- Association for Asian American Studies Literary Studies Book Award (2008)
- Association for the Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research (2012)
- Banff Mountain Book Competition–Adventure Travel Category (2013)
- Canada Book Prize in the Humanities (Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (finalist)
- Canada Book Prize in the Social Sciences (Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2012 winner), (2013)
- Canadian History of Education Association 2006-2008 Founders' Prize for English-language book/anthology
- Canadian Jewish Book Award for Best Holocaust Memoir (1999 winner)
- Canadian Policy Research Outstanding Research Contribution Award (2001)
- Canadian Society of Biblical Studies F.W. Beare Book Award (2002)
- Canadian Women’s Studies Association Book Award (2002), (2003)
- Carol June Bradley Award for Historical Research in Music Librarianship (Music Library Association) (2013 winner)
- Children's Literature Association (2007)
- CHOICE Magazine (ALA) Outstanding Academic Title (1981-1982), (1991), (2000), (2006), (2009)
- Donald Smiley Prize (2001)
- Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction (1998)
- Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose and Independent Books (2009)
- Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Prize for Non-Fiction (Atlantic Book Awards) (2011)
- ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year in Autobiography/Memoir (2002), (2003), (2007); Body, Mind and Spirit (2003); Historical Fiction (2003); General Fiction (2007); Religion (2008); Art (2008)
- Gabrielle Roy Prize (2008), (2009), (2009), (2010), (2010), (2011), (2012)
- Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize (Canadian Communication Association) (2011)
- Governor General's Literary Awards (2013)
- Grand Prix du Livre de la Ville de Sherbrooke (2006)
- Grant MacEwan Author’s Award (2004)
- Harold Adams Innis Prize for best English-language book in the Social Sciences
- Henry Kreisel Award for Best First Book (Alberta Book Awards)
- Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence in the Book Category (2012 winner)
- Jewish Book Award for Best Book in Canadian Jewish History (1998 winner)
- Jewish Book Committee Award for Scholarship on a Canadian Jewish Subjects (1993 winner)
- Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction (2003)
- Laura Jamieson Prize awarded by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) (2003 winner)
- Manitoba's Historical Society’s Margaret McWilliams Medal (2002 winner, 2008)
- Nacham Sokol-Chaim Yoel and Mollie Halberstadt Award for Scholarship: Biblical/Rabbinic from the Helen and Stan Vine Annual Canadian Jewish Book Awards (2006 winner)
- Raymond Klibansky Prize for Best Book in the Humanities (SSHRC) (1997-1998), (2007-2008), (2009)
- Robert Motherwell Book Award for outstanding publication in the history and criticism of modernism in the arts (2009)
- Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing (1999 winner)
- Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for Best Book in Canadian History (1998, 2007, 2012)
- Society for English Studies (ESSE) Book Award for Cultural Studies (2006 winner)
- Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction (Alberta Book Awards) (2000), (2004)