The Invisible Rules has been selected by the Globe and Mail as one of the best business books of the year.

December 16, 2021

The Invisible Rules has been selected by the Globe and Mail as one of the best business books of 2021. Columnist Harvey Schachter included the book in his annual list of best business books. It’s […]

Big news for Donald K. Johnson!

October 3, 2021

In his book, Lessons Learned on Bay Street, Johnson wrote a powerful chapter on philanthropy. Now he’s followed up with a historic donation to the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute at Toronto Western Hospital—$50 million! That’s truly a […]

National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist!

June 11, 2021

JUNE 2, 2021 Big congrats to Barlow author Norman Bacal. His mystery novel, Ophelia, is a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. It’s the second in the series that began with Odell’s Fall. These […]


MAY 20, 2021 What an endorsement for Disaster Proof author Lance Mortlock, from the head of the very influential and prestigious World Economic Forum. Congratulations to Lance and the whole Barlow team.

#1 Canadian Business Biography!

May 3, 2021 It’s a Canadian bestseller! I was so pleased to see Don Johnson’s new book, Lessons Learned on Bay Street, become the #1 Canadian business biography in this country.

The Invisble Rules

March 25, 2021 Why aren’t women moving up in the corporate world? The Invisible Rules will reveal why, and what you can do about it.

Fredrik Stefan Eaton

February 21, 2021 A final toast to Barlow author, Fredrik Stefan Eaton: Philanthropist, businessman, outdoorsman.

Sex, vaccines, and good advice from a doctor.

January 20, 2021 We were still in the middle of the pandemic, and most of us missed our friends, the restaurants, and the gym, not to mention to chance to fly south for a few […]


OCT 15, 2021 When I was a journalist at The Montreal Gazette, Norman Webster was the editor, and in 1990, just after I came home to Montreal from three years in Quebec City, he kindly […]

Publisher Ken Whyte should stop complaining about libraries!

September 18, 2020

Are public libraries really to blame for the troubles of Canadian publishers? In a recent article in The Globe and Mail, Whyte argued that libraries are to blame because they’re loaning books to readers for […]

Barlow Books Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Login Canada

Barlow Books and Login Canada have announced a new Canadian distribution agreement. Read more here.

Can game theory shed light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

If you’re interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, here’s a fresh analysis from author Michael Dan. He uses game theory to make his case that the best solution is mutual cooperation. Check out the review, just […]

Here’s what guru Don Tapscott does in the COVID disaster

May 1, 2020

For publishers and just about everyone else, the COVID-19 disaster is a classic snafu – situation normal all fucked up. Consider: Just after we went to print with a couple of spring books, our printer […]

Zoomed Out

Author Laura Beauparlant is a branding expert and an extrovert. So I was wondering how she was doing at home, juggling her branding business with home-schooling her two boys, age 8 and 12. “I’m working […]

What brand is your book?

April 10, 2020

Thinking of your book as a brand will guide you every step of the way — from the outline to the title. Read the Barlow Brand Strategy Webinar.

When a book becomes an event

December 20, 2019

As a publisher and lifelong journalist, I always thought the book was the thing. Publish the book, with the requisite launch party and media attention to drive readers into stores to pick up a copy. […]

Bestselling writer and lawyers talks about the leap from fact to fiction

September 18, 2019

As a lawyer and a managing partner at a top law firm, Norman Bacal dealt in facts. He stuck to the facts after the law firm collapsed when he wrote his bestseller, Breakdown: The Rise […]

NBBAward winner Bob Brehl on interviewing Ted Rogers and his right hand man, Phil Lind

May 13, 2019

Ted Rogers, the late founder of the Rogers communications empire, and Phil Lind, his right hand man, have a few things in common in the book department. Both men wrote memoirs. Both were finalists in […]

Right Hand Man Finalist for National Business Book Award

May 7, 2019

I’m so pleased to share the news that Right Hand Man, by Phil Lind with Robert Brehl, is a finalist for the prestigious National Business Book Award. As long-time second-in-command to Canadian entrepreneur Ted Rogers, Lind […]

Top Five Branding Mistakes and How to Fix Them

April 3, 2019

Are you good at what you do? Of course you are, but that’s not enough to be successful. You need to think deeply about your brand, how you show up in the world. Everything you […]

The Trouble with Design Thinking

February 13, 2019

Why do so many organizations waste money on design thinking? Yes, it’s a popular topic in the business world, but many millions are squandered on cool new ideas that don’t fit the business. How can […]

The Ultimate Right Hand Man

December 5, 2018

What’s it like to be the power behind the throne, especially when the occupant of the throne is a creative genius? You might wonder in today’s wild political world, when U.S. President Donald Trump routinely […]

I Shall Not Hate

October 19, 2018

At a time when the world is increasingly divided, it was a true honour to meet Izzeldin Abuelaish, the doctor from Gaza who lost three daughters when his apartment was shelled a decade ago by […]

How a great editor can turn your book into a prize winner

September 29, 2018

A couple of years ago, I got a call from a former senior banking executive and adviser, Patricia Meredith. She had some deep and startling thoughts about the state of Canadian banks, and she needed […]

New Barlow Book on the Lost Golf Courses of Toronto will be Published in Spring 2019

June 4, 2018

Do you live on one of Toronto’s lost golf courses? If you live in Toronto, you might be residing on a golf course that was long ago paved over to make way for residential development. It […]

Big Award for The Greenbelt

April 12, 2018

I’m delighted to announce that The Greenbelt has won a silver medal at an important American publishing competition. Our Benjamin Franklin Award was handed out last weekend at the annual Independent Book Publishers Association conference […]

The Greenbelt is an IBPA Ben Franklin Award finalist

March 24, 2018

Great news! The Greenbelt is a finalist in a big U.S. competition held by the IBPA — the Independent Book Publishers Association. Our book made it to the final circle of 3 in a competition […]

Barlow Authors Give Talks About Their Books

January 26, 2018

It’s a big week for some of our Barlow authors. They’re giving talks about their books to very important audiences in Toronto and Los Angeles. Norman Bacal is speaking about his book, Breakdown: The Inside […]

Barlow Bestsellers of 2017

January 10, 2018

Barlow Books had a stellar year for bestselling books in 2017. Our books made it onto several bestselling lists, from amazon to the prestigious Globe and Mail bestseller list. Breakdown: The Inside Story of the […]

The Hidden Beauty of Great Book Design

April 25, 2017

For the last few years, I’ve been walking the Bruce Trail with my sister Martha, my partner David, and all kinds of friends. We started in Queenston, ON, at the beginning of the 885-kilometre trail […]

Globe and Mail Best Seller

March 30, 2017

Norman Bacal’s new book, Breakdown: The Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie, has hit The Globe and Mail’s bestseller list! Congratulations to Norm for writing a compelling book about the sudden collapse of the law […]

A Man On a Mission

February 17, 2017

It’s a great time to be on a mission. Take Eric Termuende, the 24-year-old hotshot on the speaker’s circuit. In his new book, Rethink Work, Eric is on a mission to redefine what work is […]

How a High School Pen Pal Got Two Big Speaking Gigs in One Day

November 2, 2016

For many writers, getting the opportunity to speak in front of hundreds or thousands of people is the ultimate opportunity to sell books, promote the mission, and potentially earn some money. Yet most people find […]

Kakuma Girls is Heather’s Pick

October 27, 2016

​Heather’s Pick: It’s the book world’s version of a home run. So it is with great delight that I can share the news that Barlow Books author Clare Morneau’s new book, Kakuma Girls, has been […]

Barlow’s First Young Writer’s Night

August 30, 2016

​​At our first Barlow Young Writers Night, we heard some fantastic stories from a dozen Toronto writers under 30. They shared a full range of inspiring book ideas, from a devastating story of recovery from […]

The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure

July 29, 2016

When it’s steaming hot in Toronto, it’s heartening to know that less than an hour away there is a huge stretch of land where you can walk in the shade past spectacular waterfalls and streams, […]

Need Some Inspiration?

July 11, 2016

At a time when Donald Trump and the Brexiters are turning their backs on people fleeing from terror, it’s heartening to see that Canadians are still reaching out to the world. Let me introduce you […]

Barlow’s Young Writers Night

June 16, 2016

Are you writing a book? A non-fiction book about something that matters to you and to the world you live in? We want to help! It’s tough out there. It’s tough to get a book […]

Barlow Author Set to Speak to Ontario’s Energy Industry About Major Organizational Change

January 5, 2016

Barlow Book Publishing author Steve Pinkus will be the key speaker at an annual conference of 500 energy industry professionals in January. Pinkus, a longtime consultant in organizational change, will share insights from his new […]

Barlow Author Wins Stellar Review in British Journal

November 9, 2015

Book Review of A Life in Psychiatry: Looking out, Looking in Gerald Russell, The British Journal of Psychiatry, Nov 2015, 207 (5) 462-463; DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.115.166843 For a psychiatrist to write an autobiography is a rare […]

Barlow Wins Another Gold for The Mommy Mob

May 13, 2015

Rebecca Eckler is a sharp and funny writer, well-known for her books and newspaper articles about single life and finding a man. After having kids with her fiancé, as she likes to call him, Rebecca […]

Desserts From My Kitchen Wins Gold in Global Competition

May 8, 2015

Barlow Books is proud to announce that Lesley Stowe has won a gold medal in an international competition for her luscious book, Desserts from My Kitchen. The competition, run by the Independent Publisher Book Awards, […]

New Book on Baby Brain Neuroplasticity

April 7, 2015

Barlow Books is delighted to announce that we will be a publishing a groundbreaking new book about baby brains. The author, neonatologist Karen Pape, makes a provocative and inspiring argument: If adult brains can change […]

Barlow Books Make Their Mark in Canadian Book Trade

December 11, 2014

The Barlow books we launched this fall are all making their mark in the Canadian book trade. The Ultimate Cookbook for Hockey Families, by Erin Phillips and Korey Kealey, is one of the top 200 […]

Winning in a Risky Business

November 1, 2013

Originally published in the Monteal Gazette, October 26, 2013 © Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette MONTREAL — On one point, just about everyone can concur: These are trying times for those in the book-publishing industry […]

Barlow Launches The YOU Factor in Toronto

September 18, 2013

Author and executive coach Leslie Strong launched her new book, The YOU Factor, at a popular bar in downtown Toronto last week. Some of Canada’s best-known writers turned out to celebrate the book, including Ann […]

PROFIT BusinessCast Interviews Barlow Publisher

September 2, 2013

In a 15-minute interview, Sarah Scott explains the difference between self-publishing, traditional publishing, and the Barlow hybrid model.

First Barlow Book Hits Shelves

August 1, 2013

Barlow Book Publishing’s first book, The YOU Factor, has been sold to two key markets in Canada: Indigo and airport bookstores. The sale was made by Barlow’s sales agent, Toronto-based Manda Group. The books should […]

Barlow Book Publishing Featured in Quill & Quire

July 24, 2013

“Authors have the power” is the mantra of Barlow Book Publishing, a Toronto-based publishing upstart whose first title, The You Factor by life coach Leslie Strong, will appear this fall. Barlow is a niche press […]

Barlow Book Publishing Launches

July 1, 2013

At a time when the book publishing business is in turmoil, Barlow Book Publishing Inc. begins life as a new kind of publisher. Led by Sarah Barlow Scott, Barlow Book Publishing helps authors who want […]

Barlow Sales and Distribution Deal

June 26, 2013

Barlow authors now have the opportunity to sell books on the shelves of national on-the-ground bookstores such as Indigo. This new distribution channel gives authors one more way to sell books–in addition to selling printed […]

Ebooks are Booming

June 19, 2013

Just over a quarter of Americans currently buy eBooks and nearly half plan to do so in a year’s time. Does this mean that the days of paper are over?
 The survey of 6,000 American […]