Raised in West Vancouver, Julian Ross (b. 1952) founded Polestar Press in Winlaw, B.C. Specializing in literature, sports and the Kootenays, he published approximately 100 books, including his self-published All-Star Hockey Activity Book, co-written with his eight-year-old son Noah in 1990, before the press was sold to Michelle Benjamin of Vancouver on June 1, 1991. [Benjamin moved the Raincoast imprint to Victoria, assisted by Emiko Morita, before it was sold to Raincoast Books of Vancouver. After Benjamin parted ways with Raincoast, she and her partner Maggie Mooney, accompanied by daughter Caitlin Mooney-Fu, volunteered in a development project in Máncora, a small village on the north coast of Peru, which is sponsored by Toronto-based Para el Mundo. Morita left Raincoast to take a marketing position with Douglas & McIntrye.]

Julian Ross has edited the work of many writers including Paulette Jiles, Gregory Scofield and George Elliot Clarke and he has continued to produce award-winning calendars. He also published non-fiction titles with an imprint called Bluefield Books in the late 1990s and early 2000s until Bluefield was sold to Nightwood Editions, a subsidiary of Harbour Publishing, in December of 2004. Julian Ross and his family have continued to publish their highly successful annual Polestar Calendars from the Kootenays. [For a history of Polestar Press, see Julian Ross' personal essay below.]

[BCBW 2009] "Publishing" "Sports"