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  • May 29, 2017

    Drew Hayden Taylor makes Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Shortlist!



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    Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories, Drew Hayden Taylor’s collection of Indigenous science fiction stories, is one of the three finalists on the 2017 Leacock Medal shortlist!

    The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour recognizes an outstanding contribution to Canadian literary humour writing and is awarded annually, accompanied by a $15,000 prize. The award is a tribute to Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock, and is unique in its recognition of Canadian humour writing.

    Inspired by classic science fiction stories of the 1940s and 50s and infused with a contemporary First Nations perspective, Take Us to Your Chief is a mystical and hilarious collection of short stories from award-winning author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. The book explores themes of alienation, conspiracy and belonging, examining social issues through a lens both playful and wise.

    Taylor is a prolific author with nearly thirty books to his name, and is recognized for his ability to blend genres and break literary barriers. He has been nominated for two Governor General’s Awards for his fiction and theatre work. This is his first nomination for the Leacock Award. Taylor’s reaction to the nomination was revealed on Twitter: “Just found out I was longlisted 4 the award. So cool. I’m honoured. And I now have actual proof for my family that I am funny.”

    The award will be presented to the winner at a gala awards dinner on June 10.



  • May 16, 2017

    Wade Davis receives the 2017 George Ryga Award



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    Congratulations to Wade Davis, who has been awarded the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his most recent book, Wade Davis: Photographs.

    This stunning collection of photos, taken by Davis throughout his 40-year career as an anthropologist, provides a diverse and impressive catalogue of cultures and practices from around the world. Accompanied by powerful essays from Davis, these intimate portraits of family and community life tell the story of the human condition across the globe: from sacred tribal initiations, to love songs sung by warriors on mountaintops, to silent prayer in forgotten temples.

    The George Ryga Award recognizes a BC writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a book published in the previous year. The prize, named for the twentieth-century Canadian playwright and novelist, George Ryga, will be presented at the Vancouver Public Library on June 29, 2017.



  • May 8, 2017

    The Smugglers hit the stage for Dirty Windshields release



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    “Dirty Windshields should come with a disclaimer: ‘WARNING: may induce feelings of wanderlust and the itching desire to throw a guitar case into a van and hit the road.” – Will Ferguson, Giller Prize winning author

    Relive the 90s grunge era this spring with Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries, by bestselling author, CBC radio personality, and Smugglers frontman Grant Lawrence. In this memoir of life on the road, Lawrence shares the hilarious, salacious, and raucous behind-the-scenes tales – from igniting a riot in a Denver nightclub to getting robbed in Australia – of 16 years of touring.

    As Ira Robbins, rock writer for Rolling Stone and Village Voice, put it, “this uproarious chronicle is the perfect companion to the band’s mega-fun music.” Luckily, we don’t have to pull out the cassette player to get our nostalgic grunge music fix. In honour of the release of this highly-anticipated backstage tell-all, The Smugglers are reuniting for a hometown show at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, May 13, 2017.



  • May 1, 2017

    D&M Books awarded BC Book Prizes



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    Congratulations to Jennifer Manuel, whose debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float, has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize! This prize is awarded to the author of the best original work of literary fiction in British Columbia.

    In her acceptance speech, Jennifer Manuel thanked readers who took the time to tell her that reading her novel made them want to honour the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. "I wrote the book because I care deeply about that relationship. I want us to honour that relationship. And 2017 is the year of reconciliation. I ask that this mean more than metaphor."

    The Heaviness of Things That Float is a deft exploration of the delicate dynamic between First Nations communities and non-native outsiders. Through Jennifer Manuel's skillful depiction of a woman who has spent the last forty years serving as a nurse in a remote West Coast First Nations community, the novel throws down the gauntlet to every non-First Nations Canadian in this time of Truth and Reconciliation: try to know the other, but never assume to know the other.

    Jennifer Manuel is an award-winning fiction author whose short fiction has been published in PRISM international, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine and Little Fiction. In 2013, she won the Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference. Author Diana Gabaldon describes Manuel’s writing as “astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity and sense of compassion.” A long-time activist in Aboriginal issues, Manuel was a teacher at elementary and secondary schools in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples.

    The late Richard Wagamese was also honoured at the Prizes, with Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations receiving the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award, which celebrates both the book and publisher deemed most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content.

    Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations is the carefully curated selection of everyday reflections, finding lessons in both the mundane and sublime and drawing inspiration from interactions with nature. Recognized as one of Canada's foremost First Nations authors and storyteller, Richard Wagamese was an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, and spent much of his later years in Kamloops, BC. He is remembered for his many inspiring contributions to Canadian literature.

    The BC Book Prizes are awarded annually in seven categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the province. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. The winners of the BC Book Prizes were announced at an awards gala in Vancouver on April 29, 2017.



  • Apr 4, 2017

    Douglas Coupland to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in BC



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    Douglas & McIntyre congratulates Vancouver author Douglas Coupland, who will be the 14th recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in BC. The Lieutenant Governor’s Award jury announced on Tuesday, April 4, that they would recognise Coupland for giving “BC literature a good name globally.”

    Douglas Coupland was born in Germany, and moved to Vancouver, Canada, with his family in 1965. His first novel, Generation X, was published in 1991, and became an international bestseller. He has since published many novels, including Girlfriend in a Coma and Hey Nostradamus!, and a number of non-fiction books, including City of Glass and the Terry Fox biography Terry, both published by Douglas & McIntyre, which pay homage to Vancouver and demonstrate Coupland’s admiration and devotion to his home city.

    This prize was established in 2003 to recognise British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate. The award will be presented at the upcoming BC Book Prizes on April 29, 2017.



  • Mar 23, 2017

    Celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial with us!



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    On this day in 1752, the inaugural issue of Canada's first newspaper, The Halifax Gazette, was published. It was only one sheet of paper, delivered on horseback, and had a circulation of only 50-100, but carried information from back home in Britain to the people of less than 3-year-old Halifax.

    Canada: An Illustrated History, by Derek Hayes, includes this and many other fascinating articles and images of Canada's history, in celebration of 150 years since Confederation. The Midwest Book Review calls the compendium of Canadian history “impressively informative, exceptionally well written, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation from cover to cover.” Hayes, a geographer and city planner with a passion for old maps and the stories they tell, published the first edition in 2004, and felt it was time that Canada caught up with the changing nation. With over 450 illustrations including photographs, paintings and maps, Canada: An Illustrated History, Revised and Expanded is the perfect literary companion for celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.



  • Mar 21, 2017

    D&M books shortlisted for Foreword INDIES Awards!



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    D&M is excited to see four of our titles shortlisted for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards!

    The Book of the Year Awards were founded in 1998 by Foreword Reviews magazine and recognize the best books published annually by independent publishers, independent authors and university presses across North America.

    The National Parks of the United States: A Photographic Journey, by Australian author Andrew Thomas, is a finalist in the Photography category. This coffee-table book gathers together over 250 photos by a single photographer to showcase all fifty-nine parks of the US National Park Service.

    Vancouver author and bee educator Lori Weidenhammer, who has already won a National Outdoor Book Award for Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide for Saving the Bees, is also finalist in the Home & Garden category. Victory Gardens for Bees investigates the growing problem of bee mortality and offers practical tips for planting beautiful bee-friendly gardens and outdoor spaces.

    In the Cooking category, The Power of Pulses: Saving the World with Chickpeas, Favas and Lentils, is one of the shortlisted titles. Written by Salt Spring author and gardening expert Dan Jason, with recipes by award-winning cookbook authors Hilary Malone and Alison Malone Eathorne, The Power of Pulses is an inspiring do-it-yourself guide to growing and eating pulses and features fifty delicious vegetarian recipes.

    The Performance, the fifth novel by Thetis Island author Ann Eriksson, has been shortlisted for the Fiction award. Eriksson, acclaimed for her deft explorations of social issues, takes on the theme of inequality by contrasting the strikingly different worlds that coexist within a single city: the wealthy circles of Manhattan's cultural elite and the stark existence of those who struggle to survive from day to day.

    Finalists for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards were handpicked by Foreword Reviews editors from over two thousand entries. Winners in each category--along with Editor’s Choice winners, and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year--will be announced during the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 24, 2017.



  • Mar 11, 2017

    Richard Wagamese, 1955-2017: A Great Loss



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    Douglas & McIntyre is very saddened to announce that the celebrated Canadian author Richard Wagamese has passed away.

    Wagamese was the author of 15 books, ranging from poetry to fiction to memoir to young adult literature. His most recent book, Embers, is a collection of Ojibway meditations. It is currently on the shortlist for a BC Book Prize. He is best known for his novel Indian Horse, which was the 2013 People’s Choice winner in CBC’s Canada Reads.

    Wagamese was born in 1955 in the Ojibway Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He was removed from his family by the Children's Aid Society as part of the Sixties Scoop and ended up in foster care in suburban Toronto. He struggled for many years before he went on a traditional Ojibway camping trip when he was 22 years old, where an elder told him he had the gift for storytelling.

    He began his writing career in 1979, first as a journalist. then as a radio and television broadcaster. His debut novel, Keeper 'n Me, came out in 1994 and won the Alberta Writers Guild's Best Novel Award. In 1991, he became the first Indigenous writer to win a National Newspaper Award for column writing. He has twice won the Native American Press Association Award for his journalism and received the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his 2011 memoir One Story, One Song. In 2012, he was honoured with the Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications, and in 2013 he received the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize. In 2015, he won the Matt Cohen Award, a recognition given out by the Writers' Trust of Canada that honours a writer who has dedicated their entire professional lives to the pursuit of writing. Wagamese told the CBC in 2015 that he felt telling stories "is definitely who I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing."

    Wagamese was always open about his struggles with alcoholism and PTSD and the impact the residential school system had on his family. "I know that if I don't look at my whole history and embrace the dark and hard parts, I don't know my own story," he told CBC in 2012. "And if I don't know my own story, I can't heal myself."

    "Richard was a wonderful writer and a wonderful human being. His writing provided us with some of the most articulate descriptions of the struggles endured by his people, and the struggles he himself grappled with to the end,” said his publisher Howard White.

    Douglas & McIntyre extends its condolences to Richard's family, friends and readers.



  • Mar 8, 2017

    D&M authors featured on BC Book Prizes shortlists



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    Each year, the BC Book Prizes honour the best books published by BC authors, showcasing excellence in fiction, poetry, children's literature, non-fiction, regional awareness and BC publishing. This year's shortlists have been announced, and Douglas & McIntyre is thrilled to see our books recognised in two of these categories.

    Wade Davis: Photographs, which features 140 of the renowned author and anthropologist's favourite photos taken over the course of his career, is nominated for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award. Also vying for this award is Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations, the stunning collection of inspiring writings from Richard Wagamese, one of Canada's most acclaimed First Nations authors. This award is presented annually to the BC author and publisher of the book that is most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content.

    Jennifer Manuel's debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float, is shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, honouring the best original work of literary fiction written by a BC author. Manuel's novel has made regular appearances on the BC Bestseller List since it was published in April of last year.

    The winners will be announced at the 33rd annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Vancouver. British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. For more information about the prizes and the rest of the nominees, visit bcbookprizes.ca.



  • Feb 6, 2017

    Grant Lawrence, Jennifer Manuel & Ann Eriksson appearing at Galiano Literary Festival



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    From February 17th to 19th, local and national authors alike will be gathering at the 8th annual Galiano Literary Festival. Hosted by Galiano Island Books, this year promises a steady lineup of West Coast authors, including Grant Lawrence, whose forthcoming memoir, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries, arrives later this spring, as well as an array of talented writers from across the country, among them two of Douglas & McIntyre’s stellar novelists.

    Jennifer Manuel’s debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float, incited rave reviews and retained a spot on the BC Bestseller list for over five months. The Vancouver Sun calls Manuel’s writing “revelatory,” noting the importance of the novel as “deeply of our time and place in B.C. and Canada in this time of Truth and Reconciliation.” Manuel, who worked as an activist and teacher in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, claims the novel is established on “twenty years of building relationships, taking missteps, correcting my misperceptions, and trying to understand it all.” Manuel will be reading on Saturday, February 18th, alongside Bev Sellars.

    Ann Eriksson’s fifth novel, The Performance, tells the poignant story of a young, talented classical pianist, and examines the economic disparity among classes. Eriksson’s writing combines astute social commentary with an exploration of human capacity, illustrating her belief that “writing literary fiction [is] endlessly fascinating as it is all about exploring the range of human actions and emotions.” Eriksson joins Gail Anderson-Dargatz for a reading on February 18th.

    For more information and the complete festival schedule, visit www.galianoliteraryfestival.com.

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