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Dr. Barry Gough, author of The Elusive Mr. Pond, has been awarded the Maritime Museum of B.C.'s 2014 SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence for his contributions to B.C. maritime heritage. Gough is the author of 20 books and 80 academic articles on maritime and Imperial history. More information about the award can be found here.
We're proud to announce that Douglas & McIntyre has made a publishing deal for English Canadian rights to a first novel by Jennifer Manuel. The Heaviness of Things that Float is the captivating and visceral story of secrets, loneliness, forgiveness and family.
Manuel skillfully depicts the lonely world of Bernadette, a woman who has spent the last forty years living by herself on the periphery of a remote West Coast First Nations Reserve, serving as a nurse for the community. Only weeks from retirement, Bernadette finds herself deeply unsettled—with no immediate family of her own, how does she fit into the world? Her fears are complicated by the role she has played within their community: a keeper of secrets in a place “too small for secrets,” a place where the truth and myth are deeply intertwined. Tension begins to grow when a young man that Bernadette loves like a son suddenly disappears. The community is thrown into upheaval, and with the surface broken, raw dysfunction, pain and truths float to the light.
The author draws on her own life experiences as she deftly explores the delicate dynamic between First Nations communities and non-native outsiders. A long-time activist in Aboriginal issues, Manuel taught elementary and high school in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples.
Jennifer Manuel has achieved acclaim for her short fiction, including The Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference in 2013. She has also published short fiction in PRISM International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine and Little Fiction. Author Diana Gabaldon describes Manuel’s writing as “astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity and sense of compassion.”
The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.
B.C.-based artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' groundbreaking graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre), is being released in paperback in the U.S. for the first time this month. Michael will be celebrating with a mural-making session and book launch event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Saturday, November 22 from 1pm to 5pm.
Yahgulanaas will guide museum visitors to record and examine their own personal stories as they explore universal themes presented in Red. Visitors will be invited to lend a helping artistic hand by contributing their own voice to a dynamic Haida Manga-inspired mural, which will be created on-site in the Museum’s landmark Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. The mural-making session will occur from 1pm to 3pm, the book launch party, including Yahgulanaas’ special reading and signing of Red, will occur from 3:15pm to 3:45pm, and Yahgulanaas will give an artist talk and Q&A at 4pm.
Preceding the event, Yahgulanaas will be participating in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Friday, November 21 beginning at 10am EST—an opportunity for anyone to correspond with the renowned Haida artist directly. During the AMA, he will be broadcasting live drawing and sketches and images, both static and video, on his website: www.mny.ca.
Red: A Haida Manga is a stunning, innovative book that mixes Haida imagery and the Japanese manga style to retell a classic Haida oral narrative through 108 pages of hand-painted images. Set in the islands off the northwest coast of B.C., Red tells the story of orphan Red and his sister, Jaada. When raiders attack their village and Jaada is whisked away, Red’s building determination to exact revenge on her captors will eventually lead his community to the brink of war.
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a visual artist, storyteller and public speaker. Born and raised on the north Pacific islands of Haida Gwaii, he melds his cultural and political experiences as an indigenous person with contemporary graphic literature to produce a unique genre called Haida Manga. His work has been enthusiastically received internationally and is published in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Spain, the United States and Canada. His books include Flight of the Hummingbird, A Tale of Two Shamans and Hachidori, a bestseller in Japan.
For more information on the U.S. book launch event in New York, contact the American Museum of Natural History at 212-769-5100 or visit www.amnh.org or www.mny.ca.
Arno Kopecky, author of The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway, has won the Special Jury Mention at the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition. The Banff Centre revealed Kopecky's win on october 29, before the launch of the annual Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival celebrating mountain literature and film.
The announcement comes just days after Kopecky's book was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and seven weeks after Kopecky was named recipient of the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Kopecky was also longlisted for the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition award for Adventure Travel.
Arno Kopecky is a journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, The Globe and Mail, The Tyee and Kenya's Daily Nation. He has covered civil uprisings in Mexico, cyclones in Burma, Zimbabwe's thirty-year dictatorship and election violence in Kenya. He is the author of The Devil's Cuve, which was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers' Association's Outstanding Book Award. He lives in Squamish, B.C.
Congratulations to military historian and D&M author Mark Zuehlke, who has just released the eleventh volume in his critically acclaimed Canadian Battle Series of books: Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944-45.
This newest installment in the series relays the untold story of how the Canadian Army paved the way for an Allied victory in Europe in WWII through an attack against the Rhineland. Despite Canada’s involvement in this important turning point in the war, the Rhineland Campaign figures little in our national memory of WWII. In Forgotten Victory, Zuahlke seeks to redress this historical oversight.
Mark is celebrating the new book with events in Ontario, Manitoba, and B.C. this fall. Below is a list of complete dates for his public events. Click on each event for full details:
Ottawa, O.N.: Sunday, November 2 – Keynote speech at Canada’s History Forum
Winnipeg, M.B.: Tuesday, November 18– Talk and book signing at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 7:30pm
Cornwall, O.N.: Thursday, November 20 – Talk and book signing at the Cornwall Armoury, hosted by the the Stormant, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, 7pm
Victoria, B.C.: Wednesday, November 26 – Book launch at Munro’s Books, 7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
NEW! Victoria, B.C.: Saturday, December 13 – Book signing at Bolen Books, 1pm to 2:30pm
Vancouver, B.C.: Tuesday, December 16 – Talk and book signing at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch in the Alice MacKay Room, 7pm
Arno Kopecky, author of The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. The shortlisted authors were revealed by the Canada Council for the Arts, which oversees the annual Canadian prize. Winners in each category will receive $25,000 while the rest of the finalists receive $1,000.
Also shortlisted for the Non-Fiction prize are: Michael Harris for The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection; Edmund Metatawabin wiht Alexandra Shimo for Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey through the Turbulent Waters of Native History; and Maria Mutch for Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours.
The shortlist announcement comes just weeks after Kopecky was named recipient of the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.
Part investigative journalist, part travelogue, The Oil Man and the Sea documents Kopecky's sailing of the Northern Gateway Pipeline tanker route in a 41ft sailboat. A work of adventure travel and ecological discovery, the book also unveils the complex social and environmental considerations at the heart of the heated pipeline debate. It was met with favourable reviews and warm praise from literary and environmental communities throughout the country.
Daniel Francis, an author, editorial director and columnist, has received the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Excellence! The Mayor's Arts Awards celebrate distinction in arts and culture in the city of Vancouver.
Daniel Francis has written two dozen books during his career, and he is known for combining engaging narrative with the investigation of deeper historical themes. His most recent book, Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars was published this September. It uncovers the history of North American prohibition from a Canadian perspective, revealing our country's role in keeping an apparently dry America supplied with booze and giving context to our own (rather brief) period of teetotalling. Complete with more than 200 images—including archival photos, newspaper clippings, and artifacts from the Jazz Age, Closing Time is an exceptional account of a fascinating time period.
Other recent books by Daniel Francis include Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History (Harbour Publishing, 2012) and Selling Canada: Three Propaganda Campaigns that Shaped the Nation (SA&D, 2011). He was also the editorial director of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour Publishing, 2000). In 2010, Francis was shortlisted for the prestigious Pierre Berton Award, which recognizes excellence in bringing Canadian history to a wide popular audience.
Join Grant Lawrence and singer Jill Barber as they embark on a library tour of the Kootenay Valley. Lawrence will share stories from his books, show slides and a short film, and talk about his conflicted—yet ultimately positive—relationship with hockey. Jill Barber, a celebrated jazz singer, will also perform. Dates and locations are as follows:
In addition to being a CBC host, an eminent indie-rock alumnus, and the award-winning author of the best-selling book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound, Grant Lawrence has another claim to fame: as a baby, he spent part of a plane ride from Toronto to Montréal on Bobby Orr’s lap. Grant, his parents, Orr and the rest of the Canadian hockey team were on their way to Game 3 of the famous Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Canada in 1972, during the height of the Cold War. It was at this tender age that Grant’s lifelong entanglement with hockey began. Grant Lawrence’s most recent book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie is an ingenious combination of hockey lore, Canadian music history and personal anecdotes. The book instantly hit the national bestseller list on its release in October 2013. It is a hilarious account of hockey's influence throughout Lawrence's life: first when he was a knee-brace-wearing bully-magnet, tormented by the hockey-obsessed jocks at his school; then as a rock star touring the country with his band, The Smugglers; and finally, when he became a CBC broadcaster and journalist who found striking connections between the worlds of hockey and music.
Lawrence's first book, Adventures in Solitude, is full of tales of his summers spent in Desolation Sound, where going to a neighbour's potluck meant being met with hugs from portly naked hippies, and where Russell the Hermit's school of life (boating, fishing and rock 'n' roll) influenced Lawrence to pursue a career in music. Shortly after it was released in 2010, Adventures in Solitude was nominated for multiple awards and won the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award. It quickly hit the #1 spot on the BC Bestseller list and stayed there many months.
The Lonely End of the Rink may differ from Adventures in Solitude in that is has hockey stick-wielding bullies rather than an octopus armed with a wrench, or scenes of locker-room nudity instead of the au natural displays of Desolation Sound, but both books are full of Lawrence’s signature storytelling ability and side-splitting narration. This free event is presented by the Kootenay Library Federation. For more information about Grant Lawrence and his books, go to www.grantlawrence.ca. You can also find out more about Jill Barber, and listen to samples of her music at www.jillbarber.com. Books and CDs will be available for purchase at the events.
Our congratulations to Mark Zuehlke, author of the Canadian Battle Series, who is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Pierre Berton Award. This award, given out by Canada’s National History Society, celebrates those who have brought Canadian history to a wider audience. Zuehlke will receive the award, which includes a $5,000 prize, from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Monday, November 3rd in Ottawa at Rideau Hall.
Zuehlke's Canadian Battle Series is the most detailed account of any army during World War II ever written by a single author. The bestselling series has continued to confirm Zuehlke’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading popular military historians. As Canada’s National History Society notes on their website, “In granting the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: the Pierre Berton Award, Canada’s National History Society recognizes [Mark Zuehlke’s] extraordinary work in ensuring that our military heritage is not forgotten. He has given all of us a greater understanding of vital aspects of Canadian history.”
Late this October, D&M is releasing the eleventh book in the Canadian Battle Series: Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944-45. It relates the untold story of how the Canadian Army paved the way for an Allied victory in Europe in WWII through an attack against the Rhineland. Despite Canada’s involvement in this important turning point in the war, the Rhineland Campaign figures little in our national memory of WWII. In Forgotten Victory, Zuehlke seeks to redress this historical oversight.
Mark Zuehlke has worked as a journalist, been educated as a historian and written award-winning fiction and non-fiction. In 2006, his Canadian Battle Series book Holding Juno won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. He has also written six historical works outside of the series, including For Honour’s Sake (Knopf Canada), which won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. Zuehlke lives in Victoria, B.C. For more info, visit www.zuehlke.ca.
For more information about the Pierre Berton Award, visit www.canadashistory.ca.
Susan Delacourt's fifth book, Shopping for Votes is a finalist for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction . The prize is awarded to the Canadian book that exhibits literary excellence in non-fiction writing, which includes, among other forms, personal or journalistic essays, history, biography, memoirs, commentary, and criticism, both social and political. Finalist works will, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997. The 2014 jury consists of 2011 prize winner Charles Foran; writer and creative writing professor Priscila Uppal; and nonfiction writer Merrily Weisbord.
Shopping for Votes evolved from the decades of experience Delacourt accrued in the world of political journalism. The changes in how political parties relate to voters, borrowing increasingly from the world of marketing language and methodologies, inspired the author to consider the impact this is having on voters and politicians. This book is an invitation to Canadians, to step into the shopping-mall of politics, where ideas and people are bought and sold, using many of the same techniques of the marketplace. You may never look at a political ad -- or a politician -- the same way again.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Weston Family Learning Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The winner will receive CAD $60,000 and the finalists $5,000.
The nominees for the 2014 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction are:
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