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  • Nov 10, 2017

    Daniel Francis receives the Governor General's History Award for Popular Media



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    North Vancouver author Daniel Francis has won the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. This prestigious prize recognizes a vast body work by Francis that covers a wide range of subjects. The award will be presented at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 22, 2017. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the award ceremony.

    Daniel Francis is the author of over thirty books that explore the many aspects of Canadian history. His works include Far West: The Story of British Columbia (Harbour, 2006), a fact-filled book for young readers; Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History (Harbour, 2012); Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners, and Border Wars (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014); and Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver (Harbour, 2016). He also edited The Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour, 2000), the definitive reference work on BC. He is a regular contributor to KnowBC.com, an online resource for information on the province, and he is a columnist and editorial board member of Geist magazine. Daniel Francis lives in North Vancouver, BC.

    The Pierre Berton Award, named for its first recipient, is one of five Governor General's History Awards that aim to recognize the many different ways history is taught, communicated, and celebrated by Canadians. It is awarded by Canada's History and honours exceptional dissemination of Canadian history in books, film, television, and new media. Past winners include Lawrence Hill, Mark Zuehlke, Will Ferguson and Charlotte Gray.



  • Nov 3, 2017

    Stephen R. Bown Named Finalist for BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction



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    Congratulations to Stephen R. Bown, author of Island of the Blue Foxes, who has been selected as a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

    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, its geographical, cartographical and natural history accomplishments are on par with James Cook's famous voyages, the scientific circumnavigations of Alessandro Malaspina and Louis Antoine de Bougainville, and Lewis and Clark's cross-continental trek.

    Stephen R. Bown is the author of many critically acclaimed titles, including The Last Viking and award-winning White Eskimo.

    The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction honours fine Canadian writing in the field of non-fiction to celebrate a genre that stimulates our national conversation and shares knowledge about the complex world in which we live. The award winner will be announced in early 2018.



  • Sep 19, 2017

    Peter MacLeod's Backs to the Wall shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Awards



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    Congratulations to D. Peter MacLeod, who is a finalist for the 2017 Ottawa Book Awards for Backs to the Wall: The Battle of Sainte-Foy and the Conquest of Canada in the English Non-Fiction category. The Ottawa Book Awards recognize the top English and French books published in the past year by local authors. Finalists include fifteen prominent authors from Ottawa’s thriving literary community.

    In Backs to the Wall, MacLeod describes the Battle of Sainte-Foy, which was less a battle for territory than a struggle for survival between two equally desperate adversaries. If the British lost the battle, they would lose Quebec. If the French lost the battle, they would very likely lose Canada--both had their backs to the wall.

    MacLeod presents this historical event in riveting detail, from the preparation and day-by-day actions during the engagement to the compelling siege of Quebec by land and ship. Backs to the Wall is an accessible and engaging account of an important episode in Canadian history.

    D. Peter MacLeod is the pre-Confederation historian at the Canadian War Museum, where he curated the permanent exhibits on the Seven Years' War and The Battle of the Plains of Abraham. He is currently working as English language style editor for the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian War Museum's partner institution, the Canadian Museum of History. His previous books include The Canadian Iroquois and the Seven Years' War (Dundurn, 2012) and Northern Armageddon (Douglas & McIntyre, 2008). He lives in Ottawa, ON.

    The winners of each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm, which will take place in Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa City Hall. Each winner will receive $7,500, while finalists will each receive $1,000.



  • Sep 14, 2017

    D&M Authors Attend Fall Festivals



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    Fall is a season marked by many changes: new classes, colourful leaves, cooler days and exciting new books! While September ushers in a busy time, the days are still long and the weather mild, making this the perfect season to get out and see your favourite authors as they tour the country.

    Douglas & McIntyre will be returning to Word Vancouver on Sunday, September 24, to join our fellow independent publishers, where books will be available to browse and purchase. We will also be holding a free raffle for a chance to win some of our newest books, including the latest novel from John MacLachlan Gray. Gray will be presenting The White Angel, his novel based on the true story of the 1924 murder of a Scottish nanny in upscale Shaughnessy Heights. Grant Lawrence will also be at Word Vancouver on Sunday, sharing stories from his bestselling memoir, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries.

    Word on the Street is a national event, so readers across the country can attend! In Toronto, Dan Needles will be reading stories from his new book True Confessions of the Ninth Concession, while David Wolfman shares his favourite recipes from Cooking with the Wolfman at the Cooks ‘n’ Books stage. In Saskatoon, world backpacker Mike Spencer Bown talks travel with fellow nomad John Early at the Brave New World Tent, and will later return to his home province of Alberta for the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, running from November 1-5, 2017, to present on his memoir, The World's Most Travelled Man.

    In October, D&M heads north to the Whistler Writers Festival. Catch readings from John MacLachlan Gray, Grant Lawrence, Alisa Smith and Drew Hayden Taylor in one of the most stunning spots in Canada.

    For a complete listing of our events, please visit our online calendar, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for details on more readings and festivals!



  • Aug 28, 2017

    Douglas & McIntyre Fall Book Preview Part II



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    Fall is an exciting time for us—not only are we releasing an exciting collection of all new books, but we are also heading to a number of literary festivals across the country! Be sure to visit our events calendar for details on which authors will be appearing in a city near you.

    Kicking off the festival season is Word Vancouver, running from September 19 to 24, where John MacLachlan Gray will be presenting his new novel, The White Angel, a fictionalized version of seedy 1920’s Vancouver and the infamous murder of Janet Smith. Gray will also appear at the Whistler Writer’s Festival in October.

    Stephen R. Bown tells the fascinating story of the disastrous Great Northern Expedition in Island of the Blue Foxes, while his brother Mike Spencer Bown takes us on a world-wide and decades-long journey to and through every country on the planet in his memoir The World’s Most Travelled Man. Mike Bown will be sharing his thrilling stories at Saskatoon Word on the Street in September, and at the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival in November.

    Also in November, Mark Zuehlke returns with the latest instalment of the bestselling Canadian Battle Series, The Cinderella Campaign, depicting First Canadian Army’s battle for the Channel ports in September 1944.

    Rounding out the Fall list is Derek HayesHistorical Atlas of Early Railways for the avid historian and train enthusiast, and Maria Tippet’s Sculpture in Canada, an authoritative survey of sculpture’s coming of age in Canada.

    Visit our New Releases and Forthcoming pages for more information on all of our new books!



  • Aug 3, 2017

    Douglas & McIntyre Fall Book Preview



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    Although we’re still enjoying the dog days of summer, we can’t help but look ahead to our upcoming new releases for Fall 2017!

    Later this month, Douglas & McIntyre is excited to present the latest collection of stories from award-winning author Bill Gaston. The Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage is populated by the lonely and alienated, architects of their own destruction, and Gaston is lauded by Quill & Quire as among “the masters of Canadian literature.” Gaston will also be appearing at the Vancouver Writer’s Festival in October.

    Also available in August is True Confessions from the Ninth Concession, a funny and affectionate chronicle of rural Canadian life, from Dan Needles, a winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. For more laughs, Tabatha Southey takes on pressing political and cultural topics with biting wit and unapologetic honesty in Collected Tarts & Other Indelicacies, available in September.

    Renowned chef David Wolfman and his wife, Marlene Finn, fuse European cooking techniques with traditional North American ingredients in Cooking with the Wolfman, coming to stores in October. Wolfman and Finn share their favourite recipes—including tips for foraging and preparing local ingredients for all culinary skill levels—inspired by the traditional diets of Indigenous peoples.

    In celebration of Canada’s relationship to the sea, Anita and Michael Hadley have compiled a salt-soaked anthology of the nation’s most significant literary voices, from Michael Crummey and Nino Ricci to Edith Iglauer and Farley Mowat, in Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea, available now.

    Enjoy the remainder of sunny days spent reading on the beach, and stay tuned for more new releases from Douglas & McIntyre!



  • 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.

More news & events

Upcoming Events:


November 24 – December 8


Sat, November 25
Andre Picard at the Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair in Montreal
Le Cafe, Monument-National 1182 St-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal 


Sun, November 26
John MacLachlan Gray reading in Vancouver
Historic Joy Kogawa House (1450 W 64th Ave, Vancouver) 


Fri, December 1
Mark Zuehlke Book Launch in Vancouver
The Seaforth Armoury (1650 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC) 


View the entire events calendar.