Another Large Publisher Moves To Unload Unprofitable Division

McClelland & Stewart, which used to bill itself as “the Canadian Publisher,” is selling off a small but prestigious press it bought three years ago. “If no buyer can be found, the rights to its backlist of some 60 titles — as well as future projects already in the works — will revert to McClelland & Stewart and MW&R’s core employees will lose their jobs. Non-fiction (MW&R’s specialty) has been an increasingly hard sell, and the company “blames the loss of book review space in newspapers and magazines, new book-unfriendly programming by the CBC, and fewer and more tough-minded booksellers for the failure of many good non-fiction books to find their intended audience.”