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About Us

WLU Press acknowledges the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe, and Haudenosaunee Peoples.

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 publishes books in the social sciences and humanities, with specializations in indigenous studies, environmental humanities, feminism and women’s studies, life writing, poetry, literary criticism, international politics, sociology, social work, and history. We publish work of scholarly integrity, skillfully edited, designed, produced, and marketed, advancing new developments in scholarly discourse and contributing to education within and beyond the university, reflecting both our local and global communities and cultures through the world of ideas. We publish 25-30 titles a year and have over 700 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 Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies, 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 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.



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Wilfrid Laurier University Press acknowledges the financial support of Wilfrid Laurier University for our publishing activities.

We acknowledge the support of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, using funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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We acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. Canada.

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities.

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council. Click here to view Live Love Art…Vive l’amour de l’art commissioned in celebration of the OAC's 50th Anniversary.

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We acknowledge the assistance of the OMDC Book Fund, an initiative of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.