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About Us

Playfort Publishing

A play fort is a magical place of make believe where a child's imagination is set free to roam, discover and explore all that is possible. This is what Playfort Publishing aims to be. We specialize in fun, imaginative stories for kids of all ages and the kids in all of us.

Highgate Press

Been a while since you read a good book?
Seems like all the conveniences of technology have left you with less time than you used to have?
Highgate understands that.

Short, fast, reads – with a nod to the classics.
A quick read, a take-anywhere kinda book – on a bus ride, commuter flight, train into the city or even in a waiting room.

Highgate is with you – for you – because life may have changed, but a good story is still a good story. And a good story will get you through any ordinary day.

Midway Press

Midway. A short, fast ride that thrills. A quick read, take anywhere kinda book. Bus ride. Some down time. Midway offers a change of pace. Everyone enjoys a good story and a good story can liven up any ordinary day.

Meet our publisher

Louise Wallace-Richmond

Louise Wallace-Richmond, Playfort's founder, is a graduate of Simon Fraser University's Master of Publishing Program. After 10 years in the corporate publishing business, this mom of two boys established Playfort to combine her training and experience with her love of play and books. She's building a publishing house from the ground up, DIY style. Louise lives with her family in Salmon Arm, BC.

Meet our editors

Harry Goldhar

Harry Goldhar was a journalist most of his working life. Harry was a reporter and editor in Canada, Argentina and Hong Kong. Then he started his own group of community newspapers in Toronto, during which time he spent several years as an adjunct professor at the School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. He retired into the book publishing business and became author of one book, Be A Reporter, A Beginner's Handbook, and ghost-wrote others. Harry lives in Toronto working at a new job – helping take care of four grandchildren.

Chritina Patterson our junior editor

Christina Patterson is our junior YA editor. A YA herself and student at our local high school, she has invaluable contributions to make to our YA title development.

Meet our administrator

About Violet Pilkey

Violet is our super human organizer. She's involved in copy editing, production, sales, reporting, Ebook production and administration. Her skill set is invaluable to keeping us on track in our operations. And she makes a mean latte to boot!

Meet the authors we've been lucky enough to work with

Don Sawyer

Don Sawyer has authored more than 10 books. These include the award-winning young adult novel, Where the Rivers Meet, and the acclaimed non-fiction account of his first teaching experience in rural Newfoundland, Tomorrow Is School. Don is an educator and writer who has travelled and worked in West Africa and the Caribbean as well as with First Nations communities in Canada. He lives in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

Melanie Jackson

Scottish-born and mystery-minded, Melanie Jackson is the author of award-winning intermediate and young-adult suspensers. Melanie is also a business/advertising writer and editor; and free-lance business writer/book reviewer for the Vancouver Sun. Other journalism/corporate writing/editing experience includes: BC Ministry of Education, BC School Superintendents Association, BC School Trustees Association, Chatelaine, Georgia Straight, Gold Seal children's website, MacMillan Bloedel, Make It Business, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Toronto Life, Toronto Star, Vancouver magazine, Vancouver Sun, Western Living, Toronto Life Fashion.

Melanie volunteers as a creative writing mentor with the Vancouver School Board. She is proud to be a member of First Book Canada's Vancouver Advisory Board.



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