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Who We Are

Ottawa Press and Publishing was founded in 2015 with the goal of publishing Canadian stories, both non-fiction and fiction. 

Founded by award-winning journalists Ron Corbett and Julie Oliver, Ottawa Press and Publishing aims to publish stories about people and places often ignored by Canada’s national publishers. We aim to be a regional publisher, with a strong emphasis on stories from North-Central Canada, although we are interested in any well-told Canadian story with a good sense of place.  

Our growing catalogue reflects these goals and ideals. We are publishers for the best-selling Last Guide books, about Algonquin Park fishing legend Frank Kuiack. John Owens grand, sweeping Canadian novel On the Rails is a featured book at Ottawa Press and Publishing this month. Our catalogue contains books about the first truck trip across North America, the last timber run down the Ottawa River and what is widely regarded to be the best coffee-table book available about the Rideau Canal.

If you would like to support a regional publisher and wish to see this catalogue grow, please consider purchasing one of our books. If you have a book idea you think would be appropriate for Ottawa Press and Publishing, please look at our submissions guidelines.

Ron Corbett

Ron Corbett is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and a co-founder of Ottawa Press and Publishing. A life-long resident of Ottawa, Ron’s writing has won numerous awards, including two National Newspaper Awards. He has taught feature writing at Carleton University, hosted an open-line show for Bellmedia and been a full-time columnist with both the Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Sun. He is the author of seven non-fiction books, including the Canadian best seller The Last Guide and the critically praised First Soldiers Down, about Canada’s military deployment to Afghanistan. His first novel, Ragged Lake, is being published by ECW Press in autumn, 2017.

Julie Oliver

Julie Oliver is an award-winning photojournalist living in Ottawa. Julie’s photos have won numerous awards, including four National Newspaper awards and the Canadian Association of Journalists Photographer of the Year. Julie is a staff photographer with the Ottawa Citizen and a co-founder of Ottawa Press and Publishing. Her specialty is photos of people; honest portraits that somehow manage to tell a complete story. “Real stories about real people” has been her passion since first picking up a camera. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Julie now lives in Ottawa.