Civic Books was established as an imprint of Can of Worms Enterprises to publish books that celebrate and promote social engagement and social enterprises both locally and globally. It is an eclectic mix of titles.
Many of the titles are London based because Can of Worms likes to reinvest in its local community. The first title produced by Civic Books is a celebration and history of the Borough Market situated just down the road from Can of Worms at London Bridge. The Borough Market has been an active London market for over a thousand years. The subsequent Borough Market Cookbook was produced to champion and celebrate the producers who trade at the market for the provenance and their exemplary animal husbandry. The cookbook is unlike any you will have ever seen and was a winner of the prestigious Radio 4 Food Programme Cookbook of the Year. (It has its own site where you can get a flavour for its offerings. Click here to visit.)
Further down the Thames from London Bridge is the area of Tower Hamlets. In 2007, Can of Worms joined forces with SALIDAA (South Asian Arts and Literature in the Diaspora), Deesha, Toynbee Hall, and the Royal Literary Fund to support the local Bangladeshi community. In collaboration with local primary schools, Raj and Rajni, a children's book was created and distributed for free within the community and elsewhere.
The Letter from Death, is not strictly a Civic Books publication, but was an undertaking to provide distribution of this eminently important book in the UK.
In truth, all of Can of Worms imprints produce books that have some social benefit. Can of Worms Kids press titles support and encourage outdoor play for children, fight bullying, and promote science and engineering amongst young girls/women. Can of Worms Press makes Shakespeare's plays more accessible through full folio editions in graphic novel format. Click here to visit the Graphic Shakespeare website.
You can browse through the Civic Books titles below and click on any of the covers for more information. All are for sale through our online shop or via other online and bricks and mortars retailers.