Commodore Books is the first and only black literary press in western Canada.


Email Contacts:

General Inquiries

David Chariandy

Wayde Compton

Karina Vernon

Telephone: 778-782-4988
Fax: 604-291-5737

6079 Academic Quadrangle
English Department
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

If you are sending a manuscript for our consideration, do not submit an electronic file. Send a hard copy to the above address. If you wish your manuscript returned, include a self-addressed and stamped envelope.







Commodore Books from left to right:
Wayde Compton, Karina Vernon and David Chariandy.

Photo courtesy of Dan Toulgoet.

Commodore Books is an imprint of LINEbooks, and operates under the umbrella of the West Coast Review Publishing Society, a non-profit society. All proceeds go to the authors and towards funding further titles.

Our name alludes to The Commodore, the paddle steamer that transported thirty-five black migrants from San Francisco to Victoria in the spring of 1858, during the Gold Rush. This small pioneer committee became the nucleus of British Columbia's black community.