November 06, 2013
Hamilton, ON – Wolsak and Wynn Publishers announced today that it will be launching a new imprint, Buckrider Books, in 2014. The imprint will be headed by Senior Editor Paul Vermeersch and marks the introduction of fiction titles to the press’s poetry and non-fiction lineup. Each season, Buckrider Books will introduce one fiction and two poetry titles.
The imprint’s debut in Spring 2014 will also mark the debut of three exciting titles: D. D. Miller’s darkly humorous short story collection David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories, Erina Harris’s stunning poetry collection The Stag Head Spoke, and David James Brock’s erudite book of poems and libretti Everyone Is CO2. Two more debut titles will be released in Fall 2014 – Christine Fischer Guy’s novel The Umbrella Mender and Claire Caldwell’s poetry collection Invasive Species – as well as new poetry from Jesse Patrick Ferguson. Each of these books embodies aspects of the defiant sensibility represented by the Buckrider name and colophon (below).
The Buckrider imprint honours the Dutch and Flemish heritage of Senior Editor Paul Vermeersch, as well as the background of founding Wolsak and Wynn publisher Maria Jacobs. It derives from the legend of the Buckriders, or de Bokkenrijders – bands of robbers who made a pact with the devil and flew through the night sky on the backs of magical goats, robbing farms and churches. The legend emerged in the Limburg regions of Belgium and the Netherlands in the eighteenth century.
Books emblazoned with the masked figure and flying goat of the Buckrider must be daring in theme and style, challenge established perceptions or risk an outlaw sensibility. They are books that risk being misunderstood but that, to the right reader, represent the best that literature has to offer.
About Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
Founded in 1982, Wolsak and Wynn began as a press devoted to Canadian poetry. Over time, we have grown to embrace all literary forms. We strive to publish clear, passionate Canadian voices that question the way we think about literature.