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Raincoast Books

Raincoast Books
Industry Book Distribution
Founded 1979
Founder Allan MacDougall, Mark Stanton
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
John Sawyer, CEO
Allan MacDougall, Chairman of the Board
Paddy Laidley, Executive VP Sales and Marketing
Graham Fidler, Executive VP Publishers Group Canada
Products Books
Number of employees

Raincoast Books is a Canadian book distribution and wholesale company. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Raincoast was founded by Mark Stanton and Allan MacDougall in 1979 as a consignment wholesaler that shared overhead, warehouse space and staff with the pair's sales agency, Stanton & MacDougall. Today, Raincoast has over 90 employees and three divisions: Raincoast Distribution, Publishers Group Canada, and BookExpress.


  • Divisions 1
    • Raincoast Distribution 1.1
      • Publishers Represented by Raincoast Distribution 1.1.1
    • Publishers Group Canada 1.2
    • BookExpress 1.3
  • Raincoast Publishing 2
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4


Raincoast Distribution

Raincoast Distribution provides Canadian representation to general trade and gift publishers from the United States and Canada. Companies distributed by Raincoast include Chronicle Books, Drawn & Quarterly, Hay House, Lonely Planet, Moleskine, and New Harbinger. Raincoast was awarded Book Distributor of the Year by the Canada Booksellers Association in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Publishers Represented by Raincoast Distribution

Beginning Press
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Bilingual Books, Inc.
Blue Apple Books
Chronicle Books
Drawn & Quarterly
Gibbs Smith
Hay House
Laurence King
Lonely Planet
Magnetic Poetry
The Mountaineers Books
New Harbinger Publications
Owlkids Books
Parenting Press
Pop Sandbox
Portable Press
Princeton Architectural Press
Quirk Books
Raincoast Books
Silver Dolphin
Thunder Bay Press

Publishers Group Canada

Publishers Group Canada (PGC) was acquired by Raincoast Books in 2000. Based in Toronto, Ontario, PGC distributes independently owned book publishing houses including Grove Atlantic, New World Library and Egmont Books in Canada.


BookExpress is a wholesale division supplying Canadian bookstores and retailers. BookExpress carries bestselling books from publishers including Random House Canada, Penguin Books Canada, HarperCollins Canada, H.B. Fenn, Andrews McMeel, Scholastic Canada, Diamond Book Distribution and Firefly.

Raincoast Publishing

Between 1995 and 2008, Raincoast Books was also a Paul William Roberts, Naim Kattan, Roy Miki and Bill Gaston. As a publisher, the company was noted for using high amounts of recycled paper in their books. On January 7, 2008, Raincoast announced that they would cease to publish new books due to the rise in the Canadian dollar.[1][2] Raincoast also ceased to be the Canadian publisher of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books in 2010.[3]


  1. ^ Raincoast Blog - "Getting Back to Basics"
  2. ^ - Arts - "Raincoast Books to ditch publishing arm"
  3. ^ Pottersource - Penguin Canada Contest

External links

  • Raincoast Distribution
  • Publishers Group Canada

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