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Alumni Profile: Louise Wallace, MPub

January 18, 2011

Louise Wallace says, “My grand adventure likely began for me early on with my membership in the North Bay Public Library Book Club. In school, I was always involved in publishing: newspapers, yearbooks, even a little poetry.”

Her focus hasn’t wavered. In 1999, she completed her Master of Publishing degree at SFU. She then moved to Salmon Arm, BC, where she built an corporate publishing company which has won 14 national marketing awards over the last 10 years.

She’s now returning to her book-based roots, forming Playfort Publishing to fill a gap in the Canadian publishing market.

She says, “As a fluently bilingual francophone with children in BC’s French Immersion system, I have noticed a distinct need for more original Canadian literacy content in both English and French classrooms. Each of Playfort’s and its imprints (Highgate Press and Midway Press) inaugural titles are designed as literacy tools for the youth, young adult and adult learner segments.”

The company’s next book is the first in a series of travel books for children: The Booster Seat Guide to the Shuswap. It’s also welcoming submissions from new Canadian authors.

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