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  • Apr 23, 2018

    Vancouver Author Shortlisted for Country’s Best Crime Novel


    Congratulations are in order for Vancouver author John MacLachlan Gray, whose novel, The White Angel (Douglas & McIntyre, $29.95), has just been shortlisted for Best Crime Novel in the 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing.

    The Arthur Ellis Awards are presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada to recognize the best in mystery, crime, and suspense writing in fiction and non-fiction by Canadian writers.

    The White Angel is based on the unsolved murder of Janet Smith, a Scottish nanny who was found dead in her employer's posh Vancouver mansion on July 26, 1924. A dubious investigation led to the even more dubious conclusion that she died by suicide, but after a public outcry the case was re-examined—it was determined that Smith had been murdered. No one was ever convicted, though suspects abounded, from an infatuated Chinese houseboy to a drug-smuggling ring, devil-worshippers from the United States, and even the Prince of Wales. For Vancouver, the killing created a situation analogous to lifting a large flat rock to expose the creatures hiding underneath.

    John MacLachlan Gray is a multi-talented artist. As a playwright, composer and theatre director, he has created many acclaimed productions, most notably Billy Bishop Goes to War (1978), which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, was produced on- and off-Broadway, and was released as a feature film in 2011. He received his MA from the University of British Columbia. As a writer, Gray has authored several books, fiction and non-fiction, including a series of mystery-thrillers: A Gift For The Little Master (Random House, 2000), The Fiend in Human (St. Martins/Random House, 2004), White Stone Day (Minotaur Books, 2005) and Not Quite Dead (Minotaur Books, 2007). Gray is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

    Other finalists for Best Crime Novel include Gail Bowen, for The Winners’ Circle (McClelland & Stewart); Robyn Harding, for The Party (Gallery/Scout Press); Peter Robinson, for Sleeping in the Ground (McClelland & Stewart); and Rio Youers, for The Forgotten Girl (St. Martin’s Press). The winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced on May 24 in Toronto.

  • Apr 4, 2018

    Island of the Blue Foxes shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction


    Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska, by Stephen R. Bown, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction as part of the 2018 Alberta Literary Awards. Published by Douglas & McIntyre, Island of the Blue Foxes uncovers the story of the Great Northern Expedition, one of history’s most ambitious and well-financed scientific expeditions. Conceived by Peter the Great in the 1730s and led by Danish mariner Vitus Bering, the expedition transported a grand cavalcade of scientists, secretaries, interpreters, artists, surveyors, officers, and laborers across oceans and unforgiving landscapes. Along the way, the crew was plagued by grave misfortunes, and bolstered by unparalleled success. Island of the Blue Foxes tells their incredible story: one of personal and cultural animosities, Gothic horrors, and ingenuity in the face of adversity.

    Natural History Magazine praised the book, calling Island of the Blue Foxes “a fine addition to the literature of Arctic exploration.” CBC News celebrated the book as “a worthwhile read and perhaps one of [Bown's] best.” Island of the Blue Foxes was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize and longlisted for the BC National Award for Non-Fiction.

    Stephen R. Bown is the author of many critically acclaimed, award-winning titles including most recently White Eskimo (Douglas & McIntyre, 2015), which was the winner of the 2016 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books. Bown lives in the Canadian Rockies.

    Winners of the Alberta Literary Awards will be announced and awards will be presented at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala on June 2, 2018 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Calgary.

  • Mar 27, 2018

    Three Douglas & McIntyre Books Shortlisted for Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year Award!

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    Congratulations to the authors of The World’s Most Travelled Man, Cooking with the Wolfman and Dirty Windshields, who have been shortlisted for the 20th annual Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year Award! More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team and the winners will be decided by a panel of judges that reflect Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians. We are pleased to see our authors and books in three categories:

    The World’s Most Travelled Man by Mike Spencer Bown – Adult Non-Fiction Travel

    Cooking with the Wolfman by David Wolfman and Marlene Finn – Adult Non-Fiction Cooking

    Dirty Windshields by Grant Lawrence – Adult Non-Fiction Performing Arts & Music

    Foreword Magazine is dedicated to celebrating the excellence of independent publishers and their authors. The winners will be announced on June 15, 2018 along with the Foreword Indie Publisher of the Year and the Editors’ Choice Prize winners.

  • Mar 27, 2018

    Mark Zuehlke shortlisted for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize


    Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to congratulate Victoria author Mark Zuehlke, whose latest book, The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Battles for the Channel Ports, is one of five shortlisted titles for the 2018 John W. Dafoe Book Prize. This prize, in memory of Canadian editor John Wesley Dafoe, is awarded to a Canadian non-fiction book of excellence and accompanied by $10,000. The winner will be announced this spring and the prize will be awarded at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s Annual Book Prize Dinner in May.

    The Cinderella Campaign is the twelfth instalment of Zuehlke’s Canadian Battles Series and describes First Canadian Army’s urgent and thankless mission of opening the Channel ports to Allied victory in World War II.

    Mark Zuehlke is Canada’s leading writer of popular military history and the author of the bestselling Canadian Battle Series. In 2006, Holding Juno won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and in 2014, Zuehlke won the prestigious Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media, also known as the Pierre Berton Award. Zuehlke lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

  • Mar 19, 2018

    Spindrift and Dirty Windshields Shortlisted for BC Book Prizes!

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    Congratulations to our authors who have been shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award! Anita Hadley and Michael L. Hadley have been nominated for Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea and Grant Lawrence for his book, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries

    The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award is presented to the originating publisher and author(s) of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production, and content. The 2018 nominees are:

    • Carleigh Baker, Bad Endings (Anvil Press) • Pat Carney, On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers (TouchWood Editions) • Anita Hadley and Michael L. Hadley (editors), Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea (Douglas & McIntyre) • Grant Lawrence, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries (Douglas & McIntyre) • Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, Hello Humpback! (Harbour Publishing)

    This year’s winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting Monday, March 19. For more information about the prizes, go to

  • Feb 22, 2018

    Arthur Black Shares His Story Until the End


    We are very saddened to announce that Arthur Black—beloved author, humorist and broadcaster—passed away on February 21, 2018.

    Arthur was perhaps best known for hosting CBC’s national radio show, Basic Black, which aired from 1983 to 2002. After he retired from Basic Black, Arthur was still heard regularly on regional CBC radio shows such as All Points West, where he had a regular radio column called “Planet Salt Spring.” Arthur also hosted two shows on the Life Television Network for five years, Weird Homes and Weird Wheels.

    As a writer, Arthur penned a syndicated humour column for over forty years and authored eighteen books, three of which won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour: Pitch Black (Harbour), Black Tie and Tales (Stoddart) and Black in the Saddle Again (Stoddart). His most recent books were Paint the Town Black (Harbour, 2015) and Fifty Shades of Black (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013).

    Originally from Toronto, ON, Arthur moved to Salt Spring Island, BC, with his partner Lynne Raymond in the 1990s. He was an active part of the Salt Spring community and often wrote about his experiences as an islander. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2018 and spent his last weeks blogging about his condition with humour and honesty—thereby giving back to his fans and other cancer survivors until the very end.

    We extend our sincere condolences to Arthur’s family and to his many friends and readers.

  • Jan 17, 2018

    Douglas & McIntyre's Spring 2018 Preview

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    This Spring you can bring a tasty twist to your kitchen with Dan Jason and Michele Genest’s new garden-to-kitchen guide, Awesome Ancient Grains and Seeds. This book will help you grow and enjoy your own ancient grains and seeds and contains fifty delicious vegetarian recipes to try. For a different spin, Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles by Mike Lascelle is an inspiring and easy guide to growing and using perennial edibles in your Canadian garden.

    Alok Mukherjee, the civilian overseer who served ten years as chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, teams up with Tim Harper to examine present and future policing practices in Canada in Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing. With our country’s wellness in mind, Andrew MacLeod tackles the pressing issue of Canadian well-being and public policy in All Together Healthy.

    Experience history through The Unceasing Storm by Katherine Luo, with a foreword by Giller-winner Madeleine Thien, as Luo shares a rare and poignant depiction of her life in mainland China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Delve into the life of Canada’s mad man of advertising, Frank Palmer, as he shares his competitive, flawed and ferocious life in Let’s Get Frank, by bestselling author Robin Brunet.

    Through 26 Instagram-style photos accompanied by witty rhymes, Baby’s First Hashtag by Scott Feschuk and Susan Allen will help teach the alphabet to modern babies while fostering a sense of irony and entertaining millennial parents.

    Douglas & McIntyre is excited to release Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird by Armand Garnet Ruffo in paperback. This beautiful biography was originally published in 2014 and shortlisted in 2015 for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Creative Non-fiction. This Spring also brings a 40th Anniversary Edition of Indian Fishing by Hilary Stewart, which explores the importance of fishing for the First Nations of the Northwest Coast.

    With over 100,000 copies sold, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese is soon to be a major motion picture. To celebrate this special event, Douglas & McIntyre is publishing a movie tie-in edition of the book, which will be released in April, just before the film is released in theatres across Canada.

  • Jan 11, 2018

    Stephen R. Bown shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize


    Congratulations to Stephen R. Bown, whose latest book, Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska, is one of the five titles shortlisted for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize.

    Island of the Blue Foxes tells the story of the Great Northern Expedition, an epic tale of shipwreck and survival from the Age of Sail. Lasting nearly ten years and spanning three continents, and despite its vast geographical, cartographical and natural history accomplishments, the voyage was plagued by ill fortune--a supply ship failed to arrive, officers quarrelled and the ships were separated in a storm. While the St. Paul reached Alaska and reported back to Russia, Bering's ship, the St. Peter, was wrecked on a desolate island in the Aleutian Chain inhabited by feral foxes. Island of the Blue Foxes is an incredible true-life adventure story, a story of personal and cultural animosities, unimaginable Gothic horrors and ingenuity in the face of adversity.

    The RBC Taylor Prize acknowledges excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction annually. The winner will be honoured at the awards gala in downtown Toronto on February 26.

  • Dec 13, 2017

    Cooking with the Wolfman wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award


    Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion has been recognized by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards as the winner of Best Book of the Year for Canada (English). Cooking with the Wolfman will now compete against other countries in its category. The international winner of the “Best in the World” will be announced on May 26, 2018 at the annual Gourmand Awards Ceremony in Yantai, China.

    In Cooking with the Wolfman, Canadian Chef David Wolfman (APTN food star and George Brown College Culinary Instructor) and his partner Marlene Finn take on the culinary bisects of culture and food from a First Nations perspective. Whether the topic is cooking utensils, curing fish, soup making, smoking game, or baking bread, each chapter explores the past and present use of foods native to the western hemisphere by indigenous peoples. Recipes combine ingredients of the New World with those of the Old World, with a focus on contemporary cooking techniques, to illustrate how the use of Indigenous foods has changed over time, reflecting changes in hunting, fishing, and farming; diet; technology; health and safety standards; and consumer demand. The addition of personal stories from David (member of the Xaxli’p First Nation of BC) and Marlene (member of the Métis Nation of Ontario) round out the book, sharing insights on what it means to enjoy Indigenous foods (with classical twists) today.

  • Dec 6, 2017

    Armand Garnet Ruffo wins inaugural Mayor's Arts Award


    Armand Garnet Ruffo has been honoured by the City of Kingston. On December 4, 2017, he received one of the inaugural Mayor's Arts Awards in the creator category, and he spoke about the award in a video presented by the City of Kingston.

    Armand Garnet Ruffo is a poet and writer. He is the author of four books of poetry including The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour Publishing, 2015). He also wrote Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, the first book-length biography of the internationally acclaimed and controversial Ojibway painter. A new edition of this Governor General's Award-nominated book is being released in January 2018. Ruffo is also the author of the screenplay, Windigo’s Tale, which has been shown across Canada and at film festivals internationally. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University.

    The Mayor's Arts Awards in Kingston celebrates high artistic achievement and recognizes extraordinary contributions in and to the arts. They aim to affirm the value of the arts in city life, and to nurture and inspire sustained development of the cultural sector to the benefit of all its citizens. Visual artist Su Sheedy and composer and multimedia artist Matt Rogalsky also received creator awards. Yessica Rivera Belsham was presented with the Arts Champion Award, and the Limestone Arts Legacy Award honoured David Kemp.

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