Gail Winskill and Richard Jones join forces to create Pajama Press!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (May 31, 2011) – Accomplished children’s publisher Gail Winskill and successful industry veteran Richard Jones are joining forces to create an exciting new publishing imprint, Pajama Press.

The Pajama Press team is a passionate group of talent and experience: Pat Thornton Jones, who will be managing Administration; Children’s Editor Ann Featherstone; and Art Director Rebecca Buchanan. Their sales will be covered by two knowledgeable and enthusiastic agencies: Martin and Associates in Eastern Canada and Michael Reynolds & Associates in the western provinces. They are most pleased that Foreign Rights and Permissions will be under the savvy direction of Catherine Mitchell. Distribution in Canada will be handled by University of Toronto Press and in the United States by Orca Book Publishers.

Pajama Press’ goal is to produce children’s books that will be at home in the bookstore, classroom, library and, most of all, in the hands of children everywhere (pajamas optional!). Pajama Press will be searching for stories that children want to read—from picture books to young adult novels. The program will be built around authors and illustrators, and in showcasing their talents and marketing them wisely, Pajama Press hopes to attract and develop new talent.

The Fall 2011 debut season will include titles from award-winning authors Deborah Ellis, Marsha Skrypuch and Rob Laidlaw. In future seasons, Rebecca Bender, Alma Fullerton, Karen Patkau, Celia Godkin, Connie Brummel Crook, Tara Anderson, Charles Ghigna, Dean Griffiths and Monica Kulling are on board with engaging and innovative picture books, novels, and nonfiction. Over the next three years, Pajama Press will publish ten to twelve new titles per year.

In the words of Publisher, Gail Winskill, “We will put our resources into producing great books. Small can be better, and that’s exactly what we intend to achieve with Pajama Press.”

Visit the website: and curl up with one of Pajama Press’ newest titles. We think you will agree: they are the cat’s pajamas!

For more information please contact:

Deborah Rush, Publicity | 306 591-0896

Gail Winskill, Publisher

Richard Jones, President