This project report investigates the transnational journey of three bestselling Métis titles by Métis authors between Canada and the United States. I carried out a case study which included mapping each title's publishing journey, close readings and content analysis of US and Canadian publication reviews. The central question was: are Métis titles able to be commercially competitive in the US book market, and if not, what are the barriers to access? The finding was that there are indeed barriers to access for Métis titles when they enter the US. The nature of these barriers have to do with the varied history of colonization in the US and Canada, and the creation of Métis national literature counter publics in Canada. This project report also offers up suggestions for ways that publishing professionals can take these barriers to access into account to help ensure the success of Métis titles traveling transnationally.
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Thesis advisor: Norman, Suzanne
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