Me­dia boss launches pub­lish­ing house

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

TORONTO — For­mer Maclean’s pub­lisher and Na­tional Post found­ing edi­tor Ken Whyte says his new non-fiction pub­lish­ing house will strive for sev­eral things: in­tel­li­gence, in­tegrity and truth­ful­ness. And di­ver­sity. “I don’t see how any­one can want any­thing but to be di­verse in a coun­try like Canada be­cause it’s an in­cred­i­bly di­verse pop­u­la­tion by any in­ter­na­tional stan­dard,” says Whyte, who last sum­mer stirred con­tro­versy by tweet­ing about cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion.

“If you can’t han­dle a di­verse range of au­thors and a di­verse range of sub­jects for a di­verse range of au­di­ences, you’re re­ally lim­ited in Canada.”

Whyte ran­kled many last year by sug­gest­ing he would help fund an “ap­pro­pri­a­tion prize” after Hal Niedzviecki penned an ed­i­to­rial in the Writ­ers’ Union of Canada magazine say­ing he didn’t be­lieve in cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion.

That ig­nited a so­cial me­dia storm in which mar- gi­nal­ized writ­ers con­demned the ar­ti­cle. Niedzviecki re­signed from the magazine.

Whyte says he’s mind­ful of the need to re­flect var­i­ous voices, but now that he helms his own press that doesn’t mean he’ll seek rep­re­sen­ta­tion by a par­tic­u­lar gen­der or race.

The Toronto-based Suther­land House will spe­cial­ize in lit­er­ary non-fiction and be­gin pro­duc­ing books in 2019.

Four projects are al­ready signed up, in­clud­ing: “We, The Meeple,” an ex­am­i­na­tion of cul­ture, his­tory, so­ci­ety and re­la­tion­ships through the medium of board games by for­mer Wal­rus edi­tor Jonathan Kay and board game ex­pert Jonathan Mo­ri­ar­ity; and “Per­fect City,” a guided tour of the world’s great cities by the noted ur­ban strate­gist, Joe Ber­ridge.

Whyte says he’s in­ter­ested in bi­og­ra­phy, mem­oir, his­tory, cur­rent af­fairs and busi­ness mat­ters.

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