Determinded Sudbury-based publisher prepares for the 4th publishing season
under COVID-19

Located in Sudbury, Ontario, along the 46th parallel, the press has been in operation since 2015, after the closure of Your Scrivener Press, publishing distinctive literary works by creators living and loving Northern Ontario, as well as works about the unique landscape and culture of the north.

There’s no question that the pandemic has changed the way businesses operate on a daily basis. Latitude 46 publisher Heather Campbell hopes the fall 2021 publishing season will be a breath of fresh air for her publishing house. With the publishing operation now facing its fourth book season under COVID-19’s strict and necessary restrictions, Campbell is feeling the pressure of publishing during the pandemic. But its not all woeful. Rod Carley’s recent novel Kinmount was just longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and the hype is bringing some much-appreciated attention to Latitude.

Campbell is a proud publisher and puts almost all her time and effort into running the press. “We are excited that a few of our books and authors have won awards. Our spring 2018 title Watermark, by Jennifer Farquhar, won the 2019 Northern Lit Award for Fiction. Watermark was also recognized as the Very Best Book by the Miramichi Reader. Dieter Buse and Graeme Mounts’ two volume set of Untold: Northeastern Ontario’s Military Past won the Ontario Historical Society’s 2020 Fred Landon Award. We have published Anishinaabe filmmaker and writer, Darlene Naponse’s work in 2 anthologies, she curated and edited Before the Usual Time: Collection of Indigenous Stories and Poems. We had our first opportunity to negotiate foreign rights for Liisa Kovala’s Surviving Stuffhof with the assistance of Kelvin Kong of K2 Literary for Docenda in Finland. We have 2 titles listed in his catalogue."

Having spent over 25 years in communications and freelance writing, as well as specializing in issues relevant to Northern Ontario communities, Campbell is no stranger to publishing. A graduate of York University (BA Sociology ’92), she has combined her education, experience and ‘need to initiate’ by starting a local chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival, (now in its 8th edition) which she holds the title of founder and Festival Director. “Our first title featured 13 authors from northern Ontario, both emerging writers and previously published. Our launch attracted close to 200 guests,” Campbell remembers fondly. With those type of book events now impossible, like many other publishers, innovations have to come on the fly sometimes.”

Heather was invited to join the board of LitDistCo in the role of chair in February 2020, just as the pandemic took flight. She has worked with colleagues to navigate a precarious industry over the past year. She also joined the board of directors for the Ontario Book Publishers Association in April 2021.

Like most publishers who do not have an address in Toronto, (arguably the publishing capital of Canada) Campbell is hoping readers will migrate their enthusiasm for more established publishers in Toronto and larger cities, into discovering what stories are being told just a few kilometres to the north….” Over the past fifteen years, Latitude 46 has share incredible stories from Hap Wilson, a well-known canoe tripper and naturalist, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford’s take on Olympic athletes with Soulmates on Ice: From Hometown Glory to the Top of the Podium, Indigenous filmmaker Darlene Naponse, runner up for the Journey Prize, to name a few. And this spring the press is thrilled to be publishing Kayt Burgess’s second novel Connection at Newcombe. “Her debut won the winner of 2011 3-day novel contest and was nominated for the 2013 ReLit Award for Best Novel,” Campbell explains. For Latitude 46, the learning curve has been monumental, but the publisher has taken advantage of every mentorship and professional development opportunity available including attending Simon Fraser University’s Publishing workshop that included opportunities to network and learn from Canada’s top publishing experts such as Kristin Cochrane, CEO, Penguin Random House, Rania Husseini, Senior VP of Print, Indigo, Noah Genner, CEO and President, Booknet Canada and many others in the industry. To prevent burnout from a very small staff, Latitude 46 hires both freelance editors, designers and publicists, including Matthew Heiti (City Still Breathing), and former City of Greater Sudbury Poet Laureate, Kim Fahner (These Wings). “We share office space with long time Franco Ontarian publisher Prise de parole, which helps,” says Campbell.

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