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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are deeply sorry to learn of the passing of acclaimed Canadian artist Jeffrey Rubinoff on January 24, 2017.
Rubinoff was born in 1945 in London, Ontario. He studied fine arts with an early interest in painting and sculpture, in which he earned a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1973, he designed the White Oaks Shopping Mall in his hometown, for which he also produced sculptures, all of which still stand today. He then focused his talents in sculpture, which brought him recognition as one of Canada’s foremost sculptors in steel, and his work appeared in galleries internationally. Rubinoff later relocated to Hornby Island, where he created The Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park, an impressive foray into sculptural presentation unlike any other, which has been open to the public since 2004. Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Pacific Northwest, The Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park spans 50 hectares and contains over 100 sculptures crafted in aluminum and Cor-ten steel. His prolific and influential work is the subject of admiration and study, and a group of international scholars recently paid tribute to Rubinoff’s work in The Art of Jeffrey Rubinoff, published last year.
Melding humour, horror and lots of zombie action, All-Day Breakfast is an irreverent romp featuring a substitute-teacher-turned-zombie who is desperate to find a cure for his “undead” condition. Zombies and our fascination with the undead find a new outlet in Schroeder’s novel – in this instance the zombies aren’t mindless brain-eating walking dead. They are parents, they are conflicted, they crave bacon and mayhem in equal measure, and above all they spend a fair bit of time pondering the nature of their zombiness, while desperately searching for a cure (all the while dealing with the fall-out of being a zombie, no small part being the unreliable and tenuous nature of the attachment of their limbs!).
Canadian writer Adam Lewis Schroeder lives in Penticton, British Columbia, with his wife and two sons, and practices drums for hours at a time. He is co-secretary of his sons’ school’s parent advisory council so if you smack talk him you may regret it. Adam earned a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia and teaches Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan. He is the author of In the Fabled East (Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year), Empress of Asia and Kingdom of Monkeys: Stories, each a finalist for national or international fiction awards (Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book). His latest novel with Douglas & McIntyre, All-Day Breakfast, is his first and best foray into the world of zombies.
The ReLit Awards were founded in 2000 by Newfoundland filmmaker and author Kenneth J. Harvey and are awarded annually in three categories: novel, poetry, short-fiction. The ReLit Awards are one of the pre-eminent literary prizes in independent Canadian publishing.
The latest instalment of our Spring 2017 titles includes Dirty Windshields: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries. Bestselling and award-winning author Grant Lawrence bares his rock-and-roll soul in this new memoir that spills all of the salacious and hilarious details from his touring days as the lead singer of the Vancouver-based band, The Smugglers. In Grant’s tell-all recollection, you’ll discover the behind-the-scenes mishaps and adventures experienced by the band during their multi-country tour in the midst of the '90s grunge era.
Respected health reporter André Picard tackles the nation’s most pressing public health topics in Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada. The book explores a range of health concerns including the Zika Virus, Canada’s right-to-die law, the healthcare challenges faced by transgender people, the legalization of marijuana, and the appalling health conditions in First Nations communities.
For those interested in politics, Michael Chong, Scott Simms, and Kennedy Stewart bring us Turning Parliament Inside Out: Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy. Written by MPs from each major political party in Canada, this book serves as a collaborative roadmap for the ongoing discussion of political reform in our country. Learn from these three MPs as they come together to explain why reform is so urgently needed, and how we can make it happen.
With Canada’s sesquicentennial occurring this year, the release of The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds and Found Their Country: The Centennial of 1967 couldn’t have come at a better time. This historical reflection on Canada’s centennial by Tom Hawthorn recounts the quirky celebration that was at first met with indifference but soon turned into a blockbuster party that ran from coast to coast, which included everything from epic canoe trips to dog sled treks, bathtub races and the construction of a UFO landing pad.
Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce our Spring 2017 list, with titles on an array of subjects—including gardening, health, art, and politics—sure to intrigue all literary interests.
This February, gardening enthusiasts can look forward to Lorraine Johnson’s new edition of 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens. Featuring stunning photographs by Andrew Leyerle, this updated guide informs readers on how to successfully grow native plant species, including tips on optimal environmental conditions, to aid you in achieving a beautiful, thriving home garden.
Alisa Smith’s thrilling debut novel, Speakeasy, intertwines the exciting worlds of gangster molls and World War II espionage. The book follows Lena Stillman, an elite codebreaker and former undetected outlaw who ran with Bill Bagley’s notorious gang during the depression, as she struggles to juggle her double lives while the fear of war encroaches on Canada’s west coast.
For those interested in art, check out economist and bestselling author Don Thompson’s The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market. His book explores the baffling activities of buyers and sellers, the subconscious and conscious motivations behind the purchase of creations with high commercial value, and how such sought-after works come to be.
Victory Gardens for Bees by Lori Weidenhammer has won the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award for Nature and the Environment! NOBA describes the book as "splendidly designed and photographed," providing a hive of knowledge and instruction that allows for any gardener to design a space of any size that will contribute to the essential task of saving our bee population. Packed with tips and DIY projects that will provide havens and necessities for the friendly pollinators at the heart of our ecosystem, Victory Gardens for Bees is a must-have for all nature-lovers who want to contribute to the protection of our environment.
The National Outdoor Book Awards are announced each November, with the purpose of recognizing and encouraging outstanding writing and publishing. The awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Award Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. For more information on the National Outdoor Book Awards, its not-for-profit educational program, and the complete list of winners, visit noba-web.org.
Sat, March 25
Lorraine Johnson presents at Guelph's Annual Pollination Symposium
Guelph Curling Club, 816 Woolwich St, Guelph ➥
Sat, March 25
Bill Gaston reads in Sechelt at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre
Sunshine Coast Arts Centre (5714 Medusa Street) ➥
Sun, March 26
Lorraine Johnson presents with High Park Nature in Toronto
Toronto, ON ➥
Wed, March 29
Drew Hayden Taylor reading at Innisfil IdeaLAB & Library Author Series
20 Church St, Cookstown, ON ➥
Thu, March 30
Alisa Smith launches Speakeasy in Vancouver
The Brickhouse Late Nite Bistro & Bar (730 Main St, Vancouver) ➥
Sat, April 1
Launch of Don Thompson's The Orange Balloon Dog at Corkin Gallery
Corkin Gallery 7 Tank House Lane Toronto ➥
Tue, April 4
Ann Eriksson reads in Chemainus on Vancouver Island
Chemainus library (2592 Legion Street) ➥