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Backlist: 47 years ago in Quill & Quire


In its March 28, 1969, issue, Quill & Quire reported on a new joint venture between Montreal’s McGill University and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Together, the two institutions established McGill–Queen’s University Press, “a successor to the McGill University Press, already well established, with a reputation for sound contributions to the field of scholarly publications.” Q&Q noted the merger was “notable in that two famous Canadian universities, situated in different provinces, and in all other respects independent of each other, have agreed to pool their resources.” Under their agreement, McGill and Queen’s were to share equally the press’s ownership, management, and financing.

The press continues today, with more than 2,500 books in print, and numerous awards to its name.