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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Douglas on September 24, 2016. Jim co-founded (with Scott McIntyre) the press J.J. Douglas Ltd. in 1970, which later evolved into Douglas & McIntyre. As a publisher, Jim Douglas represented editorial excellence, marketing savvy, and confidence that regionally developed titles had a place in the international market. His combination of business acumen and passion for the making and selling of books has inspired many publishers who followed him. A recipient of the ACP President’s Award in 2008, Jim's contributions to the Canadian publishing industry are also recognized in the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia's annual award for achievement in publishing -- the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award -- which was named in his honour.
We extend our sincerest condolences to Jim Douglas's family, colleagues and many friends.
Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce that Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs: Keeping Chickens in the Kitchen Garden, with 100 Recipes has been recognised as a finalist in the Taste Canada Awards, in the Single-Subject Cookbook (English) category, and Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village is a finalist in the Culinary Narratives (English) category. For the complete list of nominees, visit the Taste Canada Awards Shortlist.
In its 19th year, TASTE CANADA—THE FOOD WRITING AWARDS annually honours superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary community, in both English and French. Taste Canada will celebrate the winners during the Awards Gala on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at the historic Arcadian Court in Toronto. Gold and Silver Award winners will be announced at the Gala.
Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs: Urban farming, including raising backyard flocks, stems from the desire to be more environmentally conscious, humane in our food production and to eat healthier. In Happy Hens Signe Langford provides personal, practical and charming advice on how you can bring chickens into your own backyard successfully…paired with delicious recipes for those tasty homegrown eggs.
Chicken in the Mango Tree follows the ebbs and flows of one agricultural year in a remote rural village on the border of Thailand and Cambodia. Bestselling food writer and photographer Jeffrey Alford immerses himself in Thai-Khmer culinary traditions while living in the tiny Thai village of Kravan with his partner Pea, a talented forager, gardener and cook. Stories of village and family life illuminate unique recipes associated with each season. Part memoir, travelogue, cookbook and foodie chronicle, Chicken in a Mango Tree is a distinctive and addictive window into a year in a part of the world that still holds a few mysteries (and edible scorpions).
Congratulations to D&M author Barry Gough, who is the winner of this year's Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal! First given in 1968, the Robert Gray Medal is the highest award bestowed by the Washington State Historical Society. It recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to Pacific Northwest history through demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: teaching, writing, research, historic preservation, and service to local historical societies.
Dr. Barry Gough was founding director of Canadian Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of King's College London and Life Member of the Association of Canadian Studies. He has authored many critically acclaimed books, including Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Harbour Publishing, 2007), which won the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime history, and The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014), which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Gough has been writing about the history of the Pacific Coast for almost four decades, and in 2016 he was named Honourary President of the BC Historical Federation. He lives in Victoria, BC, with his wife Marilyn.
The award will be presented at the Washington State Historical Society's general meeting on September 24, 2016, along with the rest of the society's annual awards.
The Polar Libraries Colloquy and Douglas & McIntyre are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books is White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic, by Stephen Bown!
The prize winner was announced at an awards ceremony on July 13, 2016, in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the Polar Library Colloquy's biennial conference. The Polar Libraries Colloquy is an international organization of librarians and others interested in the collection, preservation and dissemination of polar information.
The William Mills Book Prize is awarded every two years and honours the best Arctic or Antarctic non-fiction books published throughout the world. The prize was first presented in 2006. It is named in honour of William Mills, a polar librarian and author, and a core member of the Polar Libraries Colloquy during its formative years. Twenty-one nominations qualified for consideration this year, the most ever since the inception of the prize.
Stephen R. Bown is the author of many other critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including Merchant Kings; Madness, Betrayal and the Lash; and The Last Viking, which was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best 100 Books of 2012. Born in Ottawa, Bown now lives in the Canadian Rockies with his wife and two children.
Stephen Bown's White Eskimo was also a finalist for The Canadian Authors Association Award for Canadian History and an Alberta Literary Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction.
The Western Canada Jewish Book Awards, a part of the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival in Vancouver, have announced their winners for 2016. Tom Wayman has won the Diamond Foundation Prize for fiction for his book The Shadows We Mistake for Love. The awards are designed to celebrate excellence in writing on Jewish themes and subjects, showcase the achievements of authors who reside in Western Canada and recognize the writers’ contributions to Jewish culture.
A multiple award-winning author, Wayman has published three books of fiction, as well as more than a dozen collections of poems, six poetry anthologies and three collections of essays. His previous short story collection Boundary Country (Thistledown Press, 2007) was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed award. His poetry has been awarded the Canadian Authors’ Association medal for poetry, the A.J.M. Smith Prize, first prize in the USA Bicentennial Poetry Awards competition, and the Acorn-Plantos Award; in 2003 he was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He has taught widely at the post-secondary level in Canada and the US, most recently (2002-2010) at the University of Calgary. He has been a resident of BC’s West Kootenay region since 1989.
The Shadows We Mistake for Love is a diverse collection of short stories based in BC’s West Kootenays. Living in the shadow of the Selkirk Mountains in southeastern BC, the inhabitants of the Slocan Valley are tied together by magical and dramatic geography, but also by an intricate web of shared history, common needs and the deep and complex relationships that evolve in isolated locations, where everyone is visible and there is no anonymity. The collection brings together loggers and environmentalists, marijuana growers and small-town lawyers, back-country skiers and homesteaders, to overlap and coalesce into a brilliant portrait of rural life and place.
Each award comes with a $2000.00 prize. The winners of the awards were announced at a ceremony held in Vancouver on June 19, 2016.
Acclaimed Alberta author Stephen R. Bown has been named a finalist for a national literary award for his most recent book, White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic . The Canadian Authors Association Award for Canadian History is awarded to the best historical non-fiction book on Canadian topics by a Canadian writer published in the preceding year.
This is the second award nomination Bown's book has received, as it was a finalist for an Alberta Literary Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction, earlier this year.
White Eskimo is the first full-length biography of explorer Knud Rasmussen. Though less known today than his contemporaries Roald Amundsen and Robert Edwin Peary, Rasmussen (1879–1933) was one of the most intriguing of the great early twentieth century Arctic explorers. Born and raised in Greenland, and part Inuit on his mother's side, Rasmussen could shoot a gun and harness a team of sled dogs by the time he was eight. He undertook some of the most astounding feats of endurance in the annals of polar exploration, including the Fifth Thule Expedition, a three-year, 20,000-mile odyssey by dogsled from Greenland to Alaska. Even more impressively, he travelled without the elaborate preparations and large support staffs employed by other explorers, surviving with only a few Inuit assistants and living off the land.
White Eskimo will appeal to lovers of extreme adventure, remote cultures and timeless legends. Bown brings Rasmussen's inspiring story to life in all its richness, with the readability of a good novel.
Bown is the author of many other critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including Merchant Kings; Madness, Betrayal and the Lash; and most recently, The Last Viking, which was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best 100 Books of 2012. Born in Ottawa, Bown now lives in the Canadian Rockies with his wife and two children.
The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things by Charles Demers is one of ten books to be longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour!
The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour award works to encourage the growth of Canadian humour writing. The prestigious Memorial Medal, accompanied by a $15,000 prize from TD Financial Group, is awarded annually for the best in Canadian literary humour. The award has attained an international reputation and is the only one of its kind for Canadian humour writing. The shortlist will be announced on Friday, May 6, 2016.
Saturday, April 30th is Authors for Indies Day, a national event where authors show their love for independent bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers. Across the country, authors will be chatting to customers, recommending books and thanking book buyers for the support that they provide to their communities by shopping at indie bookstores. More information and a full list of participating authors can be found at www.authorsforindies.com
This year, participating Douglas & McIntyre authors include:
White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic by Stephen R. Bown is one of three books to be shortlisted for the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction at the Alberta Literary Awards, presented by the Writers' Guild of Alberta.
White Eskimo is the first full-length biography of Knud Rasmussen, an arctic explorer who—while considered a national hero in Denmark—has been relatively underexposed in Canada up until now. Rasmussen was unique because he felt so at home in with the people who lived in the arctic (he was half Inuit—from Greenland—on his mother's side). While the other explorers of the time were interested in accomplishing an amazing physical feat of being the first to get somewhere, Rasmussen was much more concerned about learning about the people he met on his travels.
Stephen Bown is the author of many critically acclaimed, award winning titles including most recently, Last Viking (2012 which was named amongst the Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of the Year. Born in Ottawa, he now lives in the Canmore with his wife and two children.
The Alberta Literary Awards recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors. The other shortlisted titles in the nonfiction category are include Will Ferguson's Road Trip Rwanda (Viking Canada) and Andrew Nikiforuk's Slick Water (Greystone). The winner will be announced and awards presented at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala on June 4, 2016 in MacDonald Hall at SAIT in Calgary. The celebration will take place alongside the WGA 2016 Conference, “Creativity and Happiness.”
After The Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians by Gordon Laxer is one of five books to be shortlisted for the $10,000 John W. Dafoe Book Prize. After The Sands was chosen from 47 entries.
Impeccably researched, with bold and original ideas, After the Sands sets out an energy strategy using deep conservation and a Canada-first perspective. The goal: to ensure that lower-income Canadians get sufficient energy at affordable prices in a carbon-constrained future and prevent the rich from cornering reduced energy supplies. It is critical reading for anyone concerned about rising sea levels, pipeline and tanker spills, climate change chaos and Canada’s future in a carbon restricted world.
Other shortlisted titles include Antony Anderson’s The Diplomat, Norman Hillmer’s O.D.Skelton, David Mulroney’s Middle Power, and Greg Poelzer and Ken S Coates’ From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation. The winner will be named later in the spring and the award will be presented at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s Annual Book Prize Dinner in May.
Memorializing John Wesley Dafoe, one of the most significant Canadian editors of the 20th century, the prize is one of the richest awards for non-fiction excellence about Canada and international affairs.
In his tenure at the Manitoba Free Press, later renamed the Winnipeg Free Press, from 1901-1944, Dafoe was known for his advocacy of western development, free trade, and national independence. His case for adoption by Britain of the Statute of Westminster in 1931 advanced the severance of formal ties with Empire and created the eight dominions, which became the nucleus of the present 54-nation Commonwealth.
Tue, November 1
Jennifer Manuel reading at Russell Books
Russell Books (734 Fort Street, Victoria) ➥
Wed, November 2
Ann Eriksson reading at McNally Robinson in Winnipeg
McNally Robinson (1120 Grant Avenue) ➥
Wed, November 2
Adam Lewis Schroeder reading in Kelowna
Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Ave., Kelowna) ➥