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  • Dec 13, 2017

    Cooking with the Wolfman wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award



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    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



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    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.



  • Dec 6, 2017

    Stephen R. Bown longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize



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    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 ten titles longlisted 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 shortlist will be announced on January 10, 2018, and the winner will be honoured at the awards gala in downtown Toronto on February 26, 2017.



  • 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.

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