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About Us

Our mandate at Formac Publishing is to publish books about Canada’s Maritime provinces or by Maritime Canadian authors. We’re publishing for readers in the Maritimes, and beyond.

The Maritimes have a diverse and rich history, as most Canadians know. We’ve found many authors and many subjects which lend themselves to books for general readers. On this site you’ll find all the subjects you’d expect – Oak Island, Titanic, the Halifax Explosion – treated in interesting new ways. But you’ll also discover books on many other subjects that are equally fascinating. Check out Jerry Lockett’s recent and award-winning biography of the great British sailor/explorer Captain James Cook.

Our children’s list has a national, not so much a regional, aim. Our speciality has been books for children who are starting off with independent reading. We’ve published more than 100 titles of this kind, embracing writers from across Canada and including a large contingent of Quebec authors whose books we’ve translated. We’ve worked in some other areas too, including nature activity books and fun non-fiction historical titles.

One strong thread in the unique culture of the Maritime provinces is its culinary and food production heritage. We’ve celebrated that with many titles featuring recipes developed by the region’s best chefs and cooks, and we took some of the best ideas – fishcakes, anyone? – across Canada with collections of recipes from chefs across the country. One of our Nova Scotia authors pointed us in the direction of healthy cookbooks, and that’s led us to develop special strength in cookbooks that explore the appeal and benefits of low-salt cooking. Another Nova Scotia author, chef Craig Flinn, has taken local food in another direction with a series of successful cookbooks that feature fresh healthy recipes using local food – in Nova Scotia, but also across the country.

Formac is not the biggest regional publisher in the Maritimes, but we aim to produce the most beautiful, most innovative, most challenging, most technologically sophisticated books coming out of the region. We’re on the leading edge with our website, with our ebooks, with the information we’re providing to internet bookstores. We’re using world-class software to manage our inventory and sell our books. If you see something here that interests you, you can order it direct from us. We’ll ship it to you within one business day. And if you want to talk to us to order our books, or follow up on an order, you can call us and we’ll answer the phone. For customer service, the contact is Danny Price at (902) 421-7022 or customerservice@formac.ca. For the rest of us, see the contact page so you know who to call and how to get in touch.

If you are a writer with an idea – or a manuscript – that you think fits our mandate, get in touch. If you’re a reader and you read one of our books, use the website to let us know how you like it.

-- James Lorimer, President

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