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Polestar Press was founded in Victoria, British Columbia, by Julian Ross in 1981. The company moved to Winlaw, British Columbia, and later to Vancouver. Polestar Book Publishers has specialized in fiction, poetry, sports books, and books for young adults, and launched its Sirius Books imprint which features books about dogs. Polestar acted as a distributor for Garamond Press of Toronto, and also distributed selected audio recordings from Nettwerk Productions, and magnetic poetry kits. Polestar Press was purchased by Michelle Benjamin in 1995. Early in 2000 the press was bought by Raincoast Books where Polestar is the fiction division of the Raincoast imprint.