About

The Alpine Review is a magazine made by a small team out of Montréal and Toronto, printed in Barcelona, distributed from Berlin. We make it partly for love but mostly for understanding. We’re glad you’ve found us.

Right now, the world around us seems as turbulent as it has ever been. Tremors across industry, across culture, across the environment, are profoundly reshaping everything we know. But it’s too easy to get caught up in the noise of now and miss what it will all mean when the urgency fades. We started The Alpine Review as an attempt to understand those tremors from a long-term point of view — to look at how our immediate moment is shaped by the past and will shape us in the future. Here, we don’t breathlessly report on the things driving everybody else’s traffic. We’re not seduced by techno-lust, pretty press releases or utopian promises. We delve into the things that make us most curious, across all disciplines, and track the changes in thoughts and underlying systems that might give us a hint as to where we’re going. In each issue, we traverse time and space, playing with the big questions of what we are, why we are, who we were and who we’re going to be.

Initially launched in 2012, The Alpine Review has slowly grown into a globe-spanning endeavour that finds its way into the world once a year or so as three or four hundred ad-free pages worth of print magazine (when it’s ready…). Though we deliberately tackle preposterously large questions over a preposterous page count, we try never to be a slog to read – we remain skeptical, joyful, and playful at all times. We go long when we need to, we go strange when we need to. Like a lot of people out there in the independent magazine world, we make this magazine as a response to an itch that won’t respond to any other kind of scratch, and we’ve found a marvellous community of readers who appear to have that same itch. Perhaps you’re one of them?

“The Economist’s cooler, better dressed sister”
—Ruth Jamieson, Print is Dead, Long Live Print

“The Alpine Review reaches a level where they can write about almost everything. And you will listen. The quality of the writing and the people that are involved are outstanding. Topped with a lot of surprises and little snippets, it is a masterpiece.”
—Jeremy Leslie, magCulture

We didn’t start out in the way magazines usually do, and we continue to work in ways that aren’t traditional. Here’s Louis-Jacques Darveau explaining our origin story at the Do Lectures in Australia in 2014.

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People

Art Director
Elise Eskanazi

Head of Digital
Charles Lim

Alumni
Peter Bihr, Jennifer-Lynn Bisson, Caroline Leduc, Eli Batalion, Alkisti Rouvas

The Alpine Review is stocked by a curated network of retailers, enthusiasts and collaborators around the globe. You won’t find us in every newsagent on every high street, but there’s never a copy too far away. This is an ever-evolving list of stockists – we recommend you get in touch before heading to the store to ensure we’re in stock.

United Kingdom

London

Monocle Kioskafé, magCulture

Bath

Magalleria

Nottingham

Ideas on Paper

Continental Europe

Amsterdam

Athenaeum Boekhandel

Berlin

Do You Read Me?!, Soda

Hamburg

Coffee Table Mags

Munich

Soda

Stockholm

Papercut

Zurich

Lorem (not Ipsum), Print Matters!

North America

New York City

Project No. 8, McNally Jackson

Montreal

Ibiki, Atelier 10

Toronto

Swipe Design

Middle East and Asia

Beirut

Papercup

Chengdu

Nomorning

Hong Kong

Kubrick

Singapore

BooksActually

Australia

Melbourne

Mag Nation
(We are distributed in Australia by Mag Nation – more retailers around the country to follow or contact them directly for enquiries).

Email us or call toll free in North America +1 855 814 4578 or UK +44 (0)800 014 8644 for more information about stocking The Alpine Review. We offer generous wholesale discounts via a dedicated retail ordering site that we’d be glad to point you towards.

General inquiries

How often do you publish?

We publish ‘at times’, which means we don’t work on a pre-defined schedule. We’re a small team and the magazine, sometimes up to 400 pages when all’s said and done, tells us it’s ready when it’s ready. Annualish is our aim. To stay updated on our releases, consider subscribing to our quarterly email update.

What are the specs of the magazine?

The print edition is 20.3cm (7.9 in) wide, 26.6cm (10.4 in) high, around 300 pages plus inserts, no advertising, printed in full colour on various paper stocks.

How much does it cost?

Copies sold in the retail network are priced $35 (US) / $39 (AU, CAN) / €28 / ₤22 / J¥3800 / DKK225. If you purchase online directly from us, the price is $USD35 for all orders.

Where is it distributed?

Online, here, and internationally, via selected stockists.
To inquire about stocking and/or distribution of the magazine, please contact us at retail@thealpinereview.com

Can we sell your magazine in our shop?

Absolutely. We offer wholesale discounts via a dedicated order page. Contact us at retail@thealpinereview.com to get the details.

Do you offer subscriptions?

No we don’t, because we don’t publish the print magazine on a regular schedule, and so we can’t make the kind of commitment to our subscribers that they would expect. The best way to know about new issues is to sign up for our mailing list and/or follow us on your preferred social networks.

Are digital editions of issues available for purchase?

Absolutely. You can purchase ebook versions of each issue in our store. Print editions come with complimentary digital downloads.

Shop-related

How soon will I receive my order?

We ship magazines in batches once a week, and we will send you an email when we ship your copy. We ship from Berlin, so deliveries to European addresses usually take about a week or two, and deliveries outside of Europe usually take four to six weeks.

Do orders have tracking?

If you have selected the express shipping option, a tracking number will be provided with your shipping confirmation. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer tracking for international shipments at the $5 flat rate.

I have moved, can I change my address?

To change your address after placing an order, please contact us immediately at info@thealpinereview.com. Please include your order number, full name, the incorrect address, and the new address you would like the order shipped to. If your order has not shipped yet, we will update the address. If it has already shipped, we will contact you to make alternative arrangements.

I ordered multiple issues, one is missing.

If you have purchased multiple items, it is very possible that they have shipped separately and as a result you may receive at different times. Orders have been known to arrive a few days, weeks even, apart. It largely depends on the postal system(s) involved, which can be complex, and sadly we can’t fix the postal system – the union troubles, for starters, would be beyond us.

What is your return policy?

All items sold in the shop are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. If there is a problem with your order or you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact us at info@thealpinereview.com and we’ll do our best to remedy the situation.

Do you offer bulk, non-profit and/or edu pricing?

If you would like to buy several (10 or more) copies for friends and colleagues, or if you are a non-profit or school/university/college, you may qualify for discounted rates. Inquire at info@thealpinereview.com.

It’s best to get us via email: info@thealpinereview.com

The Alpine Review
PO Box 63004
Place du Commerce
Montréal, Québec, H3E1T0
CANADA

Call us toll-free in North America at +1 855 814 4578 or in the UK at +44 (0)800 014 8644.

Contributions

We’re an independent magazine, made by a small team with tiny out-of-our-pocket budgets. We welcome unsolicited submissions from readers, but we can’t guarantee a swift response — we publish on a loose schedule, and we don’t want to set your expectations too high. We are, however, open to previously published work, if it has a natural home in our pages. We work with a mix of professional writers and enthusiasts or experts in their commercial, academic or creative fields. We really strongly recommend you take a read of a magazine before deciding if we’re the right home for your work. If you think we might be, please get in touch and let us know a little bit about yourself. We won’t bite, we promise (we’re not quick enough to bite).

Partnerships

The Alpine Review does not take display advertising or paid-for editorial content. It just doesn’t fit with the nature of our mission. That said, we do find that our mission resonates with many within agencies and organizations large and small, and we do like to establish long-term relationships grounded in a shared quest for understanding. We are open to developing collaborations in this spirit–these can take the form of standalone projects, presentations, co-sponsored events, bespoke research or other forms of consulting. If you’re interested in figuring out whether we might work together, please get in touch with LJ.

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