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Greystone Books

Greystone Books is a trade book publisher that focuses on high-quality non-fiction books that appeal to regional, national, and international readers.

The company is a leading publisher of books about nature and the environment, travel and adventure, sports, and current issues, as well as books that are exceptional literary expressions of personal passions. Almost half of the books originated by Greystone sell overseas, and licensed editions are sold in more than fifteen countries. Digital editions of Greystone books are also available from all major e-book retailers.

Greystone publishes a wide range of thought-provoking and gifted Canadian and international authors, including David Suzuki, Candace Savage, Charlotte Gill, Andrew Nikiforuk, Mike Berners-Lee, Julie Angus, Brian Brett, Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds, Allan Casey, Wade Davis, Anita Albus, Giulia Enders, Harry Thurston, Lorna Crozier, and Peter Wohlleben, among many others.

 

Reflecting a commitment to protecting the environment, Greystone endeavors to use ancient-forest-friendly, chlorine-free,100 percent post-consumer paper in the production of its books.

Our Staff

Rob Sanders | Publisher

Rob Sanders started Greystone Books in 1993 after joining Douglas & McIntyre Ltd. in 1988. Previously, he was the publisher of Western Producer Prairie Books. With two partners, he is now the owner of the new company, Greystone Books Ltd, which carries on the mandate to publish a list of popular, high-quality books with regional, domestic, and international appeal. Rob is an active member, and past president, of the Association of Canadian Publishers and past president of the Association for the Export of Canadian Books. He is past Chair of the Board of eBound, the Canadian Digital and Ebook collective, and he remains on that Board. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the German Book Office in New York City. He has served on the Board of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia and has been a guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University's Master of Publishing program and intensive summer publishing workshops.

Nancy Flight | Associate Publisher

Nancy Flight joined Greystone Books as editorial director in 1995 and became associate publisher in 2002. She is the editor of such award-winning books as A Geography of Blood, by Candace Savage; Eating Dirt, by Charlotte Gill; and Trauma Farm, by Brian Brett. She has taught in the Simon Fraser University Master of Publishing program, where she was a Ralph Hancox Fellow, and in the SFU Writing and Communications Program. She is a past president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia and the Editors' Association of Canada, and has served on the executive council of the Association of Canadian Publishers. She was the winner of the 1988 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence for her work on Genethics: The Ethics of Engineering Life by David Suzuki and Peter Knudtson.

Lara LeMoal | Publishing Operations Manager

Lara started her career in publishing in 2006 when she began working as a representative for Macmillan Publishers International. Lara received a Master of Arts in children's literature from the University of British Columbia in 2012 before joining Greystone Books in February 2014.

Jen Gauthier | Director of Sales and Marketing

Jen Gauthier has been with Greystone Books for more than ten years, starting with D&M Publishers and joining the new Greystone at its inception in 2013. She has also worked as an account manager at BookNet Canada and a researcher for documentary television projects, and currently serves on the board of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia.

Jennifer Croll | Managing Editor

Jennifer Croll's editorial work has spanned the worlds of books, magazines, and digital media since she completed SFU's Master of Publishing program in 2005. Outside office hours, Jennifer moonlights as a writer, and her work has appeared in publications like Nylon, Dazed & Confused, and the Georgia Straight (where she is a contributing writer to the Books section). Her first book, Fashion that Changed the World, was published by Prestel Publishing in Fall 2014. 

Peter Cocking | Art Director

Peter Cocking is a graphic designer and design teacher specializing in publication design and typographic work. Before rejoining Greystone, he spent 11 years as art director of D&M Publishers, the publishers of Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books. He was also a founding partner of Figure 1 Publishing, the Vancouver-based custom publishing firm. His practice has been wide, from books to annual reports, snack-food boxes to CD packages, corporate identity programs, newspapers, magazines, and web sites. Peter has received more than 50 awards for his work, and has lectured throughout Canada and in the U.S. In 2009, he was the first Canadian juror at the international 'Best Books in the World' competition, and in 2013 he received the Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence at Emily Carr. Peter also teaches at Simon Fraser University.

Nayeli Jimenez | Senior Designer

Nayeli Jimenez graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2012 with a degree in Communication Design. Before joining Greystone Books, she worked as a freelance designer and photographer on a wide range of projects from brand development to art direction. An active advocate for sustainability and social change, Nayeli became a One Young World ambassador in 2014 after attending a global summit for young leaders in Dublin. These interests have played an immense role in her professional development at Greystone, where she melds her twin passions for editorial design and social and environmental impact.

Andrea Damiani | Marketing, Production, and Rights Associate

Andrea Damiani worked in communications for the non-profit sector before working with some of the leading trade and academic publishers in Toronto and one of the largest literary agencies in Canada. She then headed to the West Coast to join Greystone Books. Andrea received her BA in English literature from the University of Western Ontario and completed the post-graduate program in journalism at Toronto's Humber College.

Taisha Garby | Publishing Coordinator

Taisha's love of books began at age three and has never let up. She is the proud owner of an extensive book collection, including numerous old and rare books, some of which date as far back as 1746. She enjoys the weight and feel of a book in her hand, the journey that each story can take you on, and the effect that finishing a good book has on you. She has a BA in Classical Studies, which inspired her to travel around the world to such places as Greece, Italy, Qatar, and Iceland. She lived in Australia and the UK before realizing her true passion was publishing. She completed SFU's Master of Publishing program in 2015; her thesis focused on publishing translated works compared to original English language works. She joined Greystone Books in May 2015.

Alice Fleerackers | Marketing and Publicity Coordinator

Alice Fleerackers joined Greystone Books in 2016 while completing SFU’s Master of Publishing program. In the past, she’s had the pleasure of working with companies such as Drawn & Quarterly, Tradewind Books, Indian Summer Festival, and SAD Mag

Corina Eberle | National Publicist

Corina has had a varied career path that makes no sense whatsoever. Somehow decades as a veterinary technician, work as an historical interpreter, an obsession with horses, along with a wholly impractical Masters in Medieval Studies, has led to publishing. Her publicity career has included campaigns for The Charles Taylor (now RBC Taylor) Prize and Luminato. She is the primary contact for Toronto-based and national media for Greystone Books. She has happily worked with Greystone since 2005.

Fiona Brownlee | UK Marketing and Publicity Director

Fiona Brownlee has 25 years of experience in PR and marketing in the publishing industry, both in house (at Pavilion Books, London and Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh) and at an agency (Midas PR) where she handled accounts for most of the major publishers. She has twice won a prestigious annual PPC (Publisher's Publicity Circle) Award. She had long loved working with Greystone Books selling them rights from the UK, and so was delighted when they asked her to handle the UK Marketing and Publicity for Slow Road to Brownsville by David Reynolds in July 2014. The success of that campaign led to her being appointed UK Marketing and Publicity Director in June 2015 and she is thrilled to be working with Perseus UK to spread the word about Greystone Books internationally.

Susanne Rolf | Editorial Consultant

Susanne Rolf joined Greystone Books in 2013 as Editorial Consultant based in Germany. She is a trained bookseller and holds an M.A. in German and English Literature from Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and a degree in Coaching at the University of Applied Science in Osnabruck.  She worked as a freelance rights agent for the Canadian company, Western Producer Prairie Books, a number of years ago, and she has taught German and English for many years. Susanne has published her own book which promotes work-life balance for professional teachers (Auer Verlag, 2015). She is enthusiastic about reading and writing and about bringing inspiring and important books from Germany to North America.

Partnerships

Greystone Books works with The Heritage Group (which includes Heritage Group Distribution and the publishing imprints Heritage House Publishers, TouchWood Editions, and Rocky Mountain Books) on a number of back-end publishing services and for parts of its regional and Canadian national sales programs.

David Suzuki Institute

The David Suzuki Institute works closely with the David Suzuki Foundation to advance awareness of important environmental and other ethical and sustainability issues around the world. The Institute is a non-charitable, non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 to stimulate debate and actions on issues that are the focus of its sister organization. Together, the two organizations are a powerful voice for solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.
 
Greystone Books worked closely with the David Suzuki Foundation for many years and now partners with the David Suzuki Institute to publish books on these issues. Many of the authors and books have been sold around the world where they have won important literary and environmental awards. 
 

Me to We

Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that works to educate, engage, and empower youth to become active local and global citizens. This group of passionate young men and women are committed to helping children all around the world, and through their imprint, Me to We, Greystone Books helps spread the word.

LifeTree Media

LifeTree Media is a values-driven, forward-thinking hybrid publishing company specializing in books and ebooks that help, heal and inspire. We believe that authors should have access to high-quality, elegant publishing services and full-scale in-store distribution without having to give up their publishing rights or control over the timing and execution of their book. Greystone is proud to distribute LifeTree Media books.