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Canadian publishers announce postponed publication dates

The global health crisis has challenged publishers in unprecedented ways, including limiting promotional opportunities, shuttering physical retail locations, and reducing the capacity of printers. As a result, many have opted to delay publication of certain titles.

Below is a list of Canadian titles with publication dates impacted by global precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Further updates can be submitted to Ryan Porter at [email protected].


  • Falastin, Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley, from April 28 to July 14
  • The BC Wine Lover’s Cookbook, Jennifer Schnell, from April 28 to June 23
  • Maenam, Angus An, May 5 to August 4
  • Hand Drawn Vancouver, Emma FitzGerald, May 5 to June 23
  • Growing Young, Marta Zaraska, May 5 to June 16
  • Mandy’s Gourmet Salads, Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe with Meredith Erickson, May 19 to June 30


  • Where Things Touch: A Meditation on Beauty, Bahar Orang, ebook June 14, print to follow August 11
  • The Neptune Room, Bertand Laverdure, translated by Oana Avasilichioaei, eBook June 18, print to follow August 18

Brick Books

  • If You Discover a Fire, Shaun Robinson, May 1 to October 1

Coach House Press

  • On Nostalgia, David Berry, May 12 to July 7
  • Avant Desire, Nicole Brossard; Sina Queryas and Erin Wunker (eds.); April 14 to August 18 (Canada); Oct. 6 (U.S.)
  • The Imago Stage, Karoline Georges and Rhonda Mullins, trans., June 9 to July 14
  • Now You See Her, Amy Nostbakken, Lisa Karen Cox, Maggie Huculak, Raha Javanfar, Norah Sadava, and Cheyenne Scott; April 14 to July 21
  • The Crash Palace, Andrew Wedderburn, May 12 to Jan. 12, 2021

Doubleday Canada

  • My Mother’s Daughter, ­Perdita Felicien, April 14 to March 30, 2021
  • Forest Green, Kate Pullinger, April 28 to TBD

Douglas & McIntyre

  • Primary Obsessions, Charles Demers, to Sept. 26
  • The Rise of the Real-Life Superheroes, Peter Nowak, to Sept. 12
  • That Wasn’t the Plan, Reg Sherren, to October
  • Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder, Julia Zarankin, to September 12


  • Why the Rock Falls (The Falls Mysteries series), J.E. Barnard, July 11 to fall 2020
  • Outrageous Misfits Female Impersonator Craig Russell and His Wife, Lori Russell Eadie, Brian Bradley, May 23 to fall 2020
  • Night Call (The Walking Shadows series), Brenden Carlson, June 27 to fall 2020
  • Love Her Madly: Jim Morrison, Mary, and Me, Bill Cosgrave, August 15 to fall/winter 2020
  • Seven, Farzana Doctor, Aug. 1 to Fall/winter 2020
  • Blood Washing Blood: Afghanistan’s Hundred-Year War, Phil Halton, Aug. 8, fall/winter 2020
  • The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass (Metamorphosis series), Adan Jerreat-Poole, May 16 to fall/winter 2020
  • People You Follow: A Memoir, Hayley Gene Penner, July 4 to fall/winter 2020
  • The Jagged Circle (Jockey Girl series), Shelley Peterson, July 25 to fall/winter 2020
  • Tell Me My Name, Erin Ruddy, June 6 to fall/winter 2020
  • Impossible Parenting Creating a New Culture of Mental Health for Parents, Olivia Scobie, August 29 to fall/winter 2020
  • The Desert Prince, Alisha Sevigny, July 18 to fall/winter 2020
  • The Book of Sam, Rob Shapiro, Aug. 15 to fall/winter 2020
  • Boy, Brent van Staalduinen, May 30 to fall/winter 2020

Most of Dundurn’s fall/winter 2020 titles have been moved to spring/summer 2021. Jonathon Reid’s The Captain Was a Doctor: The Long War and Uneasy Peace of POW John Reid will remain on Sept. 19.

First Second

  • The Daughters of Ys, M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux (ill.), May 12 to August 11

Groundwood Books

ebooks of spring titles are publishing May 1, with print titles to follow in August. Fall titles have been postponed by about a month from their original publication dates. Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki will remain on Sept. 1.

Hachette Book Group Canada

  • When You Get the Chance, Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson, May 5 to May 2021

Harbour Publishing

  • British Columbia in Flames, Claudia Cornwall, April 25 to Sept. 19
  • Step into Wilderness: A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration In and Around the Comox Valley, Christine Dickinson, to September 2020
  • Mega Rex: A Tyrannosaurus Named Scotty, Scott Persons IV, to August 2020
  • Slashburner: Hot Times in the British Columbia Woods, Nick Raeside, May to Sept. 19
  • Raven Squawk Orca Squeak, Roy Henry Vickers, to June 2020

HarperCollins Canada

  • Better Luck Next Time, Kate Hilton, June 23 to Nov. 24

House of Anansi Press

  • Museum of Bone and Water, Nicole Brossard, Aug. 4 to March 2 2021
  • When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silk, Austin Clarke, Aug. 4 to March 2 2021
  • All I Ask, Eva Crocker, June 2 (ebook) and Aug. 4 (print)
  • Future of Capitalism, Rudyard Griffiths (ed.), June 2 (ebook), print edition is postponed
  • Tireless Runners, Robert Jago, Feb. 2021 to April 6 2021
  • The Family Clause, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, June 9 (ebook), Aug. 25 (print edition)
  • Ideas to Postpone the End of the World, Ailton Krenak, translated by Anthony Doyle, Aug. 4 to March 2 2021
  • Tamara, John Krizanc, Aug. 4 to March 2 2021
  • We Two Alone, Jack Wang, Sept. 1
  • Diamond Queen of Singapore, Ian Hamilton, May 26 (ebook), print edition is postponed

Inhabit Media

  • Please Don’t Change My Diaper, Sarabeth Holden, June to September
  • Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer, Suzie Napayok-Short, June to September
  • How I Survived: Four Nights on the Ice, Serapio Ittusardjuat, May to October
  • Niqiliurniq: An Igloolik Cookbook, Micah Arreak, Annie Desilets, Lucy Kappianaq, Glenda Kripanik, and Kanadaise Uyarasuk, June to October
  • What I Remember, What I Know, Larry Audlaluk, May to October

Invisible Publishing

  • Swimmers in Winter, Faye Guenther, May 4 to Aug. 24, ebook available now
  • County Heirlooms: Signature Recipes and Stories from Prince Edward County, edited by Natalie Wollenberg and Leigh Nash, June 29 to July 10
  • Little Bird Stories, Volume 10 has been cancelled


  • The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought The Vietnam War, John Boyko, May 5 to TBD
  • Magdalena, by Wade Davis, April 14 to September 15
  • The Certainties, by Aislinn Hunter, from May 12 to August 4
  • Kill the Mall, by Pasha Malla, from May 19 to July 28

McClelland & Stewart

  • Nishga, Jordan Abel, April 14 to TBD
  • Natural Killer, Harriet Alida Lye, April 21 to January 12, 2021

McGill Queen’s University Press

  • The State of the System: A Reality Check on Canada’s Schools, Paul W. Bennett, July to September

Nimbus Publishing

  • The Hermit, Jan L. Coates, from May to October
  • So Imagine Me, Lynn Davies; Chrissie Park-MacNeil (ill.), June to July
  • Nova Scotia’s Historic Harbours, Joan Dawson, May to June
  • Silver Hair and Golden Voice, Ernest J. Dick, May to November
  • Senior Moment: The Complicated Business of Caring for Mom, Monica Graham, September to April 2021
  • Medicinal Herbs of Canada, Brenda Jones, June to July
  • Fight On!, Joanne Schwartz, May to July
  • Amelia and Me/Under Amelia’s Wing, Heather Stemp, April to September

Penguin Canada

  •  A History of My Brief Body, Billy-Ray Belcourt, May 19 to Aug. 25
  • Relax, Dammit!, Timothy Caulfield, April 28 to Dec. 1
  • The Fight for History, Tim Cook, April 21 to Sept. 15

The Porcupine’s Quill

  • Seeking Shade, Frances Boyle, April 1 to TBD

Random House Canada

  • Planet Canada: How our Expats are Shaping the Future, John Stackhouse, April 14 to TBD
  • The Expendables, Jeff Rubin, April 28 to Aug. 18

Simon & Schuster Canada

  • The Cheap Handyman, B.S. Harris, May 2020 to May 4, 2021
  • Molly Falls to Earth, by Maria Mutch, April 27, 2021
  • My Summer of Love and Misfortune, Lindsay Wong, May 5 to June 2

Strange Light

  • This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart: A Memoir in Halves, Madhur Anand, May 26 to June 30

Vagrant Press

  • Throw Down Your Shadows, Deborah Hemming, June to July
  • Lay Figures, Mark Blagrave, May to September