Kwame Scott Fraser, who is currently serving as president and publisher of Toronto-based independent publishing house Dundurn Press, will move to a new role within the company, focusing on book acquisitions, starting February 1, 2024. Fraser has been in the leadership role at Dundurn for five years, following the sale of the company to a private investment group. He will work remotely from his home in Jamaica. The company has begun a search for a new publisher.
Under Fraser's direction, the company diversified its list, which had previously focused primarily on Canadian history, but has since moved in a number of new directions, including adding a fiction list. In honor of the company's 50th anniversary, Fraser also led a change in branding, which saw the launch of a new company colophon.
“I’m relieved we’re not losing Kwame entirely and he’ll be our new editor-at-large,” said Jason Martin, chair of Dundurn’s board of directors. “Kwame’s impact on Dundurn has been immense. He built a leadership team that continues to thrive. I’d love the next publisher to add to the bold, innovative direction Kwame set for us. With our non-fiction, we’ll continue to challenge the Canadian conversation. And we must keep fostering Canadian dreams through our great fiction!”
The current leadership team at Dundurn is Kathryn Lane (associate publisher), Chris Houston (COO), Graham Matthews (CFO) and Meghan Macdonald (publishing operations).