Dancing Cat Books is a youth and young adult publishing company created by and affiliated with Cormorant Books. Cormorant Books began as an independent publisher in Ontario in 1986 and is currently based out of Toronto. Initially they focused on poetry but eventually opened the publishing company up to include a wider variety of titles. In 2010 the company expanded into youth and teen publishing with its creation of Dancing Cat Books. Dancing Cat Books aims to publish “author driven” fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and illustrative titles. Dancing Cat Books is headed by Gail Winskill who previously held positions as a children’s publisher at Scholastic Canada, Penguin, and Fitzhenry & Whiteside. The company aims to allow readers to grow with their books from the time they are children rather than just focusing on the adult reader.
The company has a very clean website but as is the case with many publishing offshoots the focus is upon Cormorant Books and a user must search for Dancing Cat Books within the drop-down menu. The catalog is small as the company only prints a few books each season but it can be assured that these books are handpicked from a large number of received manuscripts as high quality Canadian writing.
Seemingly the most notable book published by Dancing Cat Books is The Girl In the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers. This novel has won and been nominated for a variety of awards and was well reviewed by The New York Times, Kirkus, and Publisher’s Weekly.
Medley, M. (2010). Comorant launches YA imprint Dancing Cat Books. National Post. Retrieved from http://nationalpost.com/afterword/cormorant-launches-ya-imprint-dancing-cat-books
Neri, G. (2016, March 11). [Review of the book The girl in the well is me.] New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/books/review/the-girl-in-the-well-is-me-by-karen-rivers.html
Publisher’s Weekly. (2015, December 14). [Review of the book The girl in the well is me.] Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-61620-569-0