About the Press
Signature Editions is a literary press with an eclectic list of quality fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Originally named Nuage Editions, the press was formed in Montreal in 1986 as a 16-person publishing collective. The first desktop publisher in Quebec, we put out two to four books a year for the next five years. For the past sixteen years, the press has operated as a sole proprietorship run by Karen Haughian and has published six to nine titles a year. In 1997, after eleven years of operation in Montreal, the press moved to Winnipeg and in the year 2000 was renamed Signature Editions.
Signature Editions is committed to discovering and developing new Canadian writing of literary merit, regardless of genre. We publish many first-book authors and work with them to develop their craft. Prose titles are edited in-house by owner/editor Karen Haughian, who has a Master's degree in English as well as five years' experience teaching English at Concordia University in addition to the hands-on experience of editing manuscripts gained through 27 years of publishing. Fiction and non-fiction selections are made by Karen.
Editor Kit Brennan is a nationally produced playwright, as well as professor and coordinator of the BFA Major in Playwriting program at Concordia University’s Theatre Department. She also teaches Storytelling, Oral Histories and Narrative Tradition, and Performing Stories, for Concordia’s Theatre and Development BFA program, a specialization which emphasizes the value of theatre in classrooms and communities to inform personal and social change. Brennan is editor of an ongoing series of new Canadian play anthologies, beginning with Going It Alone: Plays by Women for Solo Performers with Nuage Editions, and continuing for Signature Editions with Two Hands Clapping: New Plays for Two Actors, Three on the Boards: New Plays for Three Actors, a two volume collection of theatre for young people, grades one through twelve — Things That Go Bump, Vol. 1, Plays for Young Adults, and Things That Go Bump, Volume 2, Plays for Young Audiences — and most recently, Out on a Limb: Short Plays by New Playwrights, showcasing work by young writers studying playwriting at universities and professional theatre programs across Canada.
2013 Guest Poetry Editor
Clarise Foster is the author of two poetry collections, The Flame Tree (1998) and The Way Boys Sometimes Are (2006). Her poetry has also appeared in various Canadian literary journals and her reviews have been published in The Globe and Mail and The Malahat Review. Clarise lives and works in Winnipeg, where she is the editor of Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing and the poetry editor of The Muses' Company.
Doug Whiteway joined Signature Editions in 2005 when we brought out Death in Cold Type, a mystery that unfolds at a Winnipeg newspaper, which was published under Doug's nom de plume, C.C. Benison. He was an editor at The Beaver, Canada's History Magazine from 1998 to 2007, and has earned acclaim for his Jane Bee series, Her Majesty Investigates. He has also recently completed a term as the writer-in-residence at the Winnipeg Public Library. Doug's latest book is Twelve Drummers Drumming, a Father Christmas mystery.
Garry Thomas Morse
Poetry and Fiction Editor
Garry Thomas Morse is the author of six poetry titles and four fiction titles, notably Governor-General’s Award poetry finalist Discovery Passages about his ancestral Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations myth, history, and the fallout of the potlatch ban. His more outrageous works include two Relit Award-nominated titles in his three book speculative fiction series The Chaos! Quincunx. He spent three years working as an editor at Talonbooks and has reviewed for numerous literary journals and publications.
Since relocating to the Canadian prairie, Morse has written two books of poetry about this diverse landscape. These include Prairie Harbour, a long poem based on his year of living in Saskatchewan, and the forthcoming Safety Sand, a celebration of prairie surrealism in Manitoba. He currently resides in Winnipeg.
Signature Editions has printed all its books on Ancient Forest Friendly paper since 2003. We haven’t made a big deal about it, but we’re a business that believes in doing its part to conserve our environment and protect our boreal forests.