Dundurn establishes J. Patrick Boyer imprint
Dundurn Press continues its steady growth in a new partnership with the publishing startup Blue Butterfly Books, a Toronto firm specializing in history, memoir, and speculative fiction.
Effective June 1, the two companies have consolidated their publishing operations, with Dundurn taking over sales and marketing for all Blue Butterfly titles. As part of the agreement, Blue Butterfly president J. Patrick Boyer has been named a Dundurn editor-at-large, tasked with acquiring new titles on Canadian politics and history that will be published as “A J. Patrick Boyer Book.”
The partnership came about after Blue Butterfly’s former sales and distribution partner, Cormorant Books, paired with Thomas Allen & Son in April. Dundurn president Kirk Howard is confident that Boyer – who has published five titles with Dundurn over the years, with a sixth, Raw Life: Cameos of 1890s Justice from a Magistrate’s Bench Book, due in July – will be a good fit for the company.
“We do a lot of books on history and politics.… Finding [those books] will be Patrick’s mandate,” Howard says. “With the demise of Key Porter, we hope to come out with more books on history, politics, and social issues.”
Three Blue Butterfly titles already in progress will transition to Dundurn: Helen Forsey’s Eugene Forsey: Canada’s Maverick Sage, Thomas Osborne’s Accidental Pioneer: How I Survived Five Years in the Canadian Bush, and Dan Dowhal’s novel Flam Grub. All will be released under the J. Patrick Boyer name.
UTP will continue handling Blue Butterfly’s Canadian distribution and order fulfillment. Dundurn will manage international distribution through Ingram in the U.S. and Gazelle Book Services in the U.K. Canadian sales representation will remain with Kate Walker & Company.