New Publisher takes the Reins
New Publisher takes the Reins

New Publisher


New Society Publishers is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Raddysh as Publisher.  Raddysh takes over the reins from Publisher and co-founder Judith Plant.
Plant says, “The appointment of Julie Raddysh as Publisher seems a natural and positive progression for her and for the dedicated team at New Society Publishers. “
With over 250 books in print,  New Society has a long track record for setting a high bar for sustainability both within the company’s organization and with the subject matter of their books.  A proud and successful social enterprise, in 2001 they committed to publishing all their books on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, leading the book publishing community in Canada.  They were the first carbon-neutral publishing house in North America, and in 2015, the staff became equal shareholders in the company through an employee trust which holds one-third ownership of the company. The company is also a registered B Corporation. All New Society books are simultaneously released in print and digital formats, and New Society has introduced a unique component to its thriving ebook program -- New Society’s Guide To Environmentally Responsible Digital Reading.

In Memory of Chris Plant

Christopher (Kip) Plant (1950 – 2015) was cofounder of New Society Publishers (Canada), along with his partner in life and business, Judith Plant. Kip was passionate about his work, and was a mentor to many.  In honour of Kip, the New Society family built a bus shelter on the Gabriola Island Community Bus route. As the bus system on our little island was a community-led initiative, the shelter project married well with Kip’s work in social justice, progressive leadership, sustainable building, and peak oil. Still to be installed is a book shelf for riders to lend and borrow from. Read more here.

New Society on the Road


We are gearing up for a new season of conferences. Staff  just returned from the Guelph Organic Conference and Trade Show.where after many hours waiting on the tarmac, Sue Custance, our Production Director, caught the last plane out of the Toronto airport before  the "Polar Vortex" grounded all flights. After a 12 hour delay Sue made it home the warm and rainy west coast.
While we won't be able to attend in person, we are sponsoring PASA February 6-9th with a table in the Book Nook.. Authors speaking at the event include, Julia Shanks, Lee Reich, and Pam Dawling.
We will attend and sponsor the Mother Earth News Fairs, and will be at the Green Living Show in Toronto March 22-24. We hope to see many of you out on the road this year, and will continue to keep you up-to-date on where we will be.
We are excited to sponsor the DIY Homesteader Festival this August in Manitoba. It is an up-and-coming fair making its mark in the wide open spaces of the Canadian prairies

Authors in the News


Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, author of The Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese and So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader? was interviewed about all the dirt on living the farm life...the good, the bad, and the really cute goats, in the Bangor Daily News
Listen to Joel Solomon, author of The Clean Money Revolutio:Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism on The Generosity Freakshow about his experience in politics, business, investing, philanthropy.

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Acquisitions Editor Rob West created a rainwater collection system for his brood of chickens with the help of Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Homes-Scale System Design by Rob Avis and Michelle Avis of Verge Permaculture. Read More


Curing Meats at Home with Meredith Leigh
On our last day of our winter sale our winter sale we featured an excerpt from Pure Charcuterie: The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home by Meredith Leigh, a food and farming specialist. She writes, works, cooks, and eats with the goal of helping others to understand that food is the most fundamental common denominator to our collective and individual quality of life. Read More

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