Vocamus Press Announces Guelph Mercury Rising

by jeremylukehill

Guelph Mercury Rising, a new volume of short fiction by former Guelph Mercury staffers, is to be published by Vocamus Press a year after the closure of Guelph’s daily newspaper

Thousands of Guelph Mercury readers, the communities served by the daily newspaper and the Canadian media market looked on with shock and regret when the 149-year-old publication produced its final edition on January 29, 2015.

The development ended a journalistic tradition that was as old as Canada and one that produced national and provincial honours for its coverage. It also resulted in loss of employment for the team of journalists working in the daily paper’s newsroom. Months later, it also gave rise to the Guelph Mercury Alumni Writers Group.

Vocamus Press is pleased to announce that it has partnered with that group – all former Guelph Mercury journalists – to publish a book of short stories. Guelph Mercury Rising is to be released this spring.

The product will feature writers dear to generations of Guelph Mercury readers and also add an update of where those former Guelph newsroomers are today.

Vocamus and the Guelph Mercury Alumni Writers Group are also pleased to share that a portion of proceeds from sales of the book will go to support Action Read Community Literacy Centre. The non-profit, Guelph-based, literacy support group was formerly a charity aided by the daily newspaper and is Vocamus Press’ charitable partner.

Former readers of the newspaper and fans of vivid, original fiction should delight in the pending compilation, advance sales of which can be arranged by contacting info@vocamus.net.


“Vocamus Press is proud to be a part of this opportunity to celebrate the Guelph Mercury’s legacy,” Jeremy Luke Hill, Publisher, Vocamus Press

“This has been a labour of love for a proud contingent of Guelph Mercury alumni. We’re excited about this project and hope the community enjoys and supports it,” Phil Andrews, former managing editor for the Guelph Mercury and editor of Guelph Mercury Rising

“For many years the Guelph Mercury quietly championed Action Read’s literacy mission. It also provided a thoughtful, insightful spotlight on a wide range of relevant community issues. We are delighted to help celebrate the impact of this vital community voice,” Mira Clarke, Executive Director, Action Read

Jeremy Luke Hill at jeremylukehill@vocamus.net or 226.500.7301
Phil Andrews at philipandrews519@gmail.com or 519.546.1988