One of Canada's oldest remaining small publishing companies has been forced to close following a fire that destroyed its warehouse and office in the Slocan Valley.
The fire occurred on Aug. 4 at Sono Nis Press in Winlaw in the Slocan Valley. "I feel really bad for all of our authors. Many of them lost their livelihood," said owner Diane Morriss. "Some of them would order cases of their books and that's how they would make money."
The press had been operational since 1968 and published more than 400 titles from 200 Canadian authors. Morriss's father and grandfather builty the small publishing house, which Morriss has run for over twenty years. The business was under-insured and consequently unable to reprint its stock of books.