VANCOUVER - Independent publishing house D&M Publishers Inc. says it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

The Vancouver-based publisher says it is working to locate an investor or purchaser for its assets.

D&M, which includes Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, says it plans to continue operations while it restructures.

It says its subsidiary New Society Publishers Inc. is a separate legal entity, is not included in the bankruptcy filing and will continue business as usual.

D&M identifies itself as "Canada's pre-eminent independent publisher, with over forty years of success."

It has published books that include the non-fiction work "Something Fierce" by Carmen Aguirre, novels like Wayson Choy's "The Jade Peony" and art books such as "The Art of Emily Carr."

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