Press was founded by David Widgington in 1998 as a single book project
to publish an architectural walking guide of Montréal.During
the research phase of the book, Widgington met Kirk Johnson, then
a Master's student in Creative Writing. Johnson joined the book project
as co-writer, which was published as Montréal
Up Close: a pedestrian's guide to the city. Cumulus' second
title, Companion Pieces, was Kirk Johnson's first collection of
poetry, and the beginning of Cumulus' ten-year stint as a bona
fide publisher. To see what the publisher is up to now, with his video reporting and doucmentary filmmaking, visit burningbillboard
won a scholarship from the Book Promoters' Association of Canada
to attend the Simon Fraser University Book Publishing Workshop in
was a founding organizer of Expozine
in 2002, which initiated Canada's largest annual small press, comic
and zine fair.
of the important features of Cumulus' publishing program is its
Tendril Anthology Series, a space
reserved for the apprenticeship of talented young writers to cast
shadows of themselves. It was also a place for established writers
to show us what they were writing when they were under the age of
25 with each book's Trestle chapbook. The series made it to three
volumes, showcasing over forty young writers with A Trestle Chapbook
by George Elliott Clarke, Elisabeth Harvor and Cleo Paskal.
significant segment of Cumulus' publishing program are books about
globalization, activism, indy media, and other facets of social
movements that offer a critical perspective of social issues. Titles
like: Autonomous Media, Picture
This!, Extraction!: comix reportage,
Counter Productive, The
Hero Book, North of 9/11 fit
well into this category.
2008, Cumulus Press celebrated
its 10th anniversary at a huge party, where publisher, David Widgington,
also announced that the press was about to close [read
press release]. Averaging two titles a year since its inception,
Cumulus' twenty titles have etched a premanent
mark within Montréal's publishing scene and a conistent presence
a member of the Association of English-Language Publishers of Québec
Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)
and the Literary Press Group (LPG).
The Cumulus publisher was a member of the Salon
du Livre de Montréal Corporation, as well as a member
of the consultation committee of the Comité consultatif du
livre, de la littérature et des bibliothèques de L'Observatoire
de la culture et des communications du Québec.
Cumulus Press Profile in Toronto's The
Danforth Review TDR (Dec 2006).
Press would like to than all the authors, artists and readers of
our books for their belief is our ability to produce great books.
Press acknowledges the support of the Canada
Council for the Arts during its 10-year publishing program.
of Cumulus' books were printed in Gatineau, Québec on 100%
post-consumer recycled paper by Imprimerie
Gauvin; and typeset / designed by chester rhoder @ typo-pawsitive