Fonds MsC 78 - Polestar Press fonds

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Polestar Press fonds

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MsC 78

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  • 1984-1995 (Creation)
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    Polestar Press

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3.96 m of textual records

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(1981-)

Administrative history

Polestar Press was founded in Victoria, British Columbia, by Julian Ross in 1981. The company moved to Winlaw, British Columbia, and later to Vancouver. Polestar Book Publishers has specialized in fiction, poetry, sports books, and books for young adults, and launched its Sirius Books imprint which features books about dogs. Polestar acted as a distributor for Garamond Press of Toronto, and also distributed selected audio recordings from Nettwerk Productions, and magnetic poetry kits. Polestar Press was purchased by Michelle Benjamin in 1995. Raincoast Books purchased the company in 2000, and continued publishing fiction under the Polestar imprint until 2008.

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Fonds consists of manuscripts, page proofs, editorial and general correspondence, contracts, promotional and biographical materials. Included in the fonds are archival materials for Vi Plotnikoff's Head Cook at Wedding and Funerals (1994), first collection of Doukhobor short stories published and the first widely published literary writings by a Doukhobor woman, and George Elliott Clarke's poem-novel Whylah Falls (1990), later adapted for the stage and film, along with materials related to the publication of other works in Polestar's catalogue.

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An inventory of the fonds is available in Special Collections. An online finding aid is available at http://www.lib.sfu.ca/system/files/28909/Polestar.pdf

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Published

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Full

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Created May 16, 2014, LZ

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  • English

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