Bayeux entered the relatively peaceful waters of the publishing world in 1994. Its very first title, “Beside the Ocean of Time” by the Scottish writer George Mackay Brown, was short-listed for the 1994 Booker Prize. Since then, Bayeux has continued to publish 8 to 10 titles a year, entered the turbulent world of ePublishing.
Bayeux is an independent publishing house located in Calgary, Alberta (Canada’s Rocky Mountain province). The company’s list tends to reflect the individual tastes and interests of its founders, Dr. Ashis Gupta, and Dr. Swapna Gupta.
Bayeux remains committed to producing books of beauty that build bridges across cultures. As its name was intended to suggest, the artistic nature of its books represents the cornerstone of its publishing program. Our list is deliberately eclectic and contains books that other publishers often shy away from publishing. We publish these books because they deserve publication and because they deserve to be read.
The events of 9/11 and the subsequent meltdown in the North American corporate world have led Bayeux to launch a new imprint – GONDOLIER. Gondolier books will focus on Business and Entrepreneurship, with the objective of restoring both subjects to their societal and economic roles not simply as generators of wealth, but roles of innovation and risk without which society would indeed be poorer. Books under the Gondolier imprint will chart a course for business for a new, enlightened planet.
Bayeux’s other imprints include ROSENCRANTZ COMICS, the recently launched ODD LITTLE BOOKS, and the soon to be launched Spanish-language imprint ALEBRIJE.
Meet our team:
Publisher Ashis Gupta ascribes the mysterious origin of Bayeux Arts, like that of Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands, to a thoughtless promise made in 1993 to the great Scottish poet, George Mackay Brown, in Stromness, Orkney Islands, aided by sufficient pints of the splendid Orkney ale, appropriately named ‘SkullSplitter’.
Novelist, poet, and editor, Ashis completed his Master’s in Creative Writing from Boston University and followed this up with a Ph.D. in English Literature in what he believed to be a prime area of academic employment – 17th century English poetry. It just didn’t turn out that way.
Instead, he taught at the Harvard Business School and the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, until 2003. He currently spends part of the year in India volunteering for the newly established Ambedkar University, Delhi (www.aud.ac.in) where he has undertaken to help set up a Centre for Publishing Studies with academic programmes, a University Press, and a School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship.
Co-Publisher and Director, Swapna Gupta has been a Clinical Psychologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Canada, for nearly three decades until her retirement in 2010. She completed her Ph.D. also at Boston University.
Author/illustrator Judd Palmer is one of the founders of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, a puppet theatre company that tours internationally. He’s also a member of the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, a clank-and-holler old-style blues band.
Mercedes was born and raised in Mexico and in 1997 she moved to Canada. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA Honours in Philosophy from the University of Victoria, as well as a Diploma in Film Production.She has worked extensively in theatre, video, and film. Productions of her plays include Faust: Ignis Fatuus, Lágrimas Crueles, a Tex-Mex version of Ken Mitchell and Humphrey and the Dumptrucks’ Cruel Tears, in Xalapa, Mexico and, as co-writer, The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and The Secret Sorrow of Hatchet Jack Macphee for the Caravan Farm Theatre.