The Story of Thomas Allen PUBLISHERS

Welcome to Thomas Allen Publishers

Our Canadian publishing division was started in 2000 with a mandate to renew the original 1916 vision of the company - which was to seek out and publish books of distinction and merit.

In a time of corporate conformity, we still believe passionately in the art of publishing. We believe that the reputation of a publishing house is determined by the quality of its authors and the recognition they win, and by the influence their books have and the level of discussion they produce. We also believe that it is imperative to combine intellectual stature with business acumen, the necessary balance between art and commerce.

Over the past 5 years our authors have won 10 important prizes, been finalists for another 14 awards, received uniformly high critical praise in the press, and even sold a few books, notably the biggest selling non-fiction book in Canada in 2004 - The Pagan Christ by Tom Harpur.

The 10 prizes were won by Austin Clarke (the 2002 Giller Prize); David Gilmour (the 2005 Governor General's Literary Prize for Fiction); Karolyn Smardz Frost (the 2007 Governor General's Literary Prize for Non-Fiction); Austin Clarke (the 2003 Commonwealth Prize); Caroline Adderson and Charlotte Gill (the 2004 and the 2006 British Columbia Book Awards respectively); Austin Clarke (the 2003 Ontario Trillium Book prize); Brian Fawcett (the 2003 Pearson Writers Trust Non-Fiction Prize); Charlotte Gill (the 2006 Danuta Gleed Literary Award); and Caroline Adderson (the 2006 Marion Engel Award).

Ours is a small, highly focused list of no more than 10 to 12 books a year. We seek out quality literary fiction and non-fiction. We look for original voice, fine writing, and uncommon ideas - books that engage us and illuminate our changing place in the world.