Meet the Publisher,
Donald G. Bastian

Meet Donald G. Bastian, president of Bastian Publishing Services Ltd. and publisher and editor-in-chief of BPS Books.

  • A veteran book editor and publisher with over fifteen years’ experience running the editorial programs of Irwin Publishing (trade division) and Stoddart Publishing, the latter Canada’s largest Canadian-owned trade publishing house at the time.
  • Edited the books of major Canadian authors, including Charles Taylor, John Ralston Saul (Governor-General’s Award for Nonfiction), Marq de Villiers (Governor-General’s Award for Nonfiction), Carole Corbeil (Toronto Book Award), Rod McQueen (National Business Award), Miriam Toews (Robinson McNally Book of the Year award), William D. Gairdner, Hugh Segal, David Suzuki, Adam Zimmerman, Walter Stewart, Trevor Herriot (winner of many national and Saskatchewan awards), Henry Mintzberg, Peter Bender, Cy Charney, and Barbara Moses.
  • Helped develop Stoddart's finance and business list, publishing such authors as David Chilton, Moshe Milevsky, Cy Charney, Kurt Rosentreter, Ranga Chand, Peter Bender, and Bruce Cohen.
  • Teacher in the publishing program of Ryerson University, Toronto, from 1990 to 2011.

Career History

August 2002 – current – Successfully launched Bastian Publishing Services Ltd. and its divisions Bastian Books and BPS Books. Clients have included Dorling Kindersley Publishing, HarperCollins Canada, Key Porter Books, Thomson Nelson Publishing, McGill-Queen’s University Press, House of Anansi Press, the Dundurn Group, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Castle Quay Books, CIBC Securities, Horn & Associates, Forrest + Company, Ryerson University, Second Opinion Investor Services, and GoodLife Fitness Clubs. Acting as literary agent on a limited basis, he has successfully placed more than ten books with publishers, including at AMACOM Books in New York, ECW Press, Dundurn Press, HarperCollins Canada, and McGill-Queen’s University Press.

1988-2002 – Managing Editor, Stoddart Publishing, Toronto, overseeing the editing of 60 to 75 books per year.

1990-2011 – Lecturer in the Publishing Certificate Program of Ryerson University, including through distance learning.

1986-1988 – Managing Editor, Irwin Publishing (trade division).

1978-1986 – Ran Manthano Enterprises, a freelance editing business; clients included University of Toronto Press, Oxford University Press, University of Toronto Information Services, Victoria College, Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Free Methodist Church in Canada (edited The Free Methodist Herald for 14 years).

Education

M.A., Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1977;
 B.A., cum laude, English, Greenville College, Illinois, 1973.

Writing

Articles have been published by Toronto Star, National Post, Canadian Lawyer, Canadian Churchman, Partnership, and other newspapers and magazines.

Author of comparative religions textbook, Prisms of Faith, Irwin Publishing, 1986.

Interests and Activities

Choral conducting, philosophy, religion, church work.

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