Roseway Publishing

Roseway Publishing aims to publish literary work that is rooted in and relevant to struggles for social justice. We are interested in publishing works of fiction, creative non-fiction, biographies and other literary writing that has a social justice theme.

  • Archibald MacMechan

    Canadian Man of Letters

    By Janet E. Baker     January 2000

    Archibald MacMechan taught English at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, between 1889 and 1931. His students included Ernest Buckler, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Helen Creighton, and his influence as a teacher was far reaching. He was very active as a book reviewer whose reviews were widely read and often ahead of their time. Writers as disparate as Herman Melville and Virginia Woolf wrote to him expressing their appreciation of his readings of their work. MacMechan himself thought he would be best remembered as a chronicler of Nova Scotia’s seafaring past. His accounts of significant moments in the province’s history were published in three volumes – Old Province Tales, Sagas of the Sea, and There Go the Ships. Popular when they were published in the 1920s, they are now out of print. This study of Mac Mechan is an attempt to place his work in its context and bring it to the attention of a new generation of readers.

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  • Words Out There

    Women Poets in Atlantic Canada

    Edited by Jeanette Lynes     January 1999

    “A book of women poets in Atlantic Canada – not a moment too soon.” –PK Page

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  • The English Language in Nova Scotia

    Essays on Past and Present Developments in English across the Province

    Edited by Lilian Falk and Margaret Harry     January 1999

    Can we offer you some Patti-pans? Some fungee or lassybread? How about a derasifying padana?

    Before you absquotilate in a dander, come aboard of this anthology, and explore some of the fascinating ways in which the English language has developed in Nova Scotia. This book covers such topics as pronunciation, semantics, grammatical structures, language contact, dialect features, ethnic and gender roles. nicknames, and place names.

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  • Lily

    By Christina Gunn     January 1998

    He did appear, but slowly and cautiously. The lead rider, they all knew, although mainly from stories. Both captors and captives grew silent as they watched her. Slowly, looking puzzled, she walked her horse in a circle. Something caught her eye and she wheeled the beast around.

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  • L’sitkuk

    The Story of the Bear River Mi’kmaw Community

    By Darlene A. Ricker     January 1997

    L’sitkuk (pronounced elsetkook) is the original name for the Bear River Mi’kmaw community, which is part of the Mi’kmaw First Nation. Nestled close to the Bear River watershed, this tiny native community is regaining its culture, language and identity after hundreds of years of colonialism and assimilation. Living in the area for thousands of years, they were among the first people in Canada to have continuous contact with non-natives.

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  • Growing Up Salty and Other Plays

    By Natalie Meisner     January 1997

    The questions raised in Natalie Meisner’s plays will follow you out the door. At their root is the ghost that haunts the modern theatre: What is the role of live theatre in the information age? Why is it necessary? What do we get from the experience that cannot be had in any other artistic medium?

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  • Counting Crows

    By Jenni Blackmore     January 1997

    This collection of stories and poems charts various pathways and detours in the universal quest for love. It’s a journey towards joy which begins with the call of a frog searching for a mate and ends as a woman inadvertently thwarts her own desire as she attempts to construct the perfect token of her love.

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  • In the Open

    Women Survivors of Abuse Tell Their Stories

    Edited by Kathleen Tudor     January 1996

    “Like all the women who took part in this book, I have a message for you. Please remember that no matter how desperate and hopeless your situation may get, there is a way out. I found my way out and for the first time in nine years I feel free!

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  • Passion Fruit Tea

    By Eleonore Schönmaier     January 1994

    These are candid but sensitive stories about the relationship between parents and children, whether they live and work in a fishing village in Nova Scotia or in Northern Canada.

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  • Quilt

    By Donna E. Smyth     January 1994

    Quilt is a remarkable work. With a unique and compelling voice, Donna Smyth tells a story that is full of complex relationships, raw domestic violence, and a saving compassion. As I read I kept thinking, “Why have I heard nothing about this novel?” –Budge Wilson, author of The Leaving and The Courtship

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