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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.
Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village by Jeffrey Alford has been awarded the Silver Medal in the Taste Canada Awards, in the Culinary Narratives (English) category. Chicken in the Mango Tree describes a year in a remote rural village of Kravan, on the border of Thailand and Cambodia, in which bestselling food writer and photographer Jeffrey Alford immerses himself in Thai-Khmer culinary traditions alongside his partner Pea, a talented forager, gardener and cook. Part memoir, travelogue, cookbook and foodie journal, Chicken in the Mango Tree combines a hunger for adventure with the shared comfort of cooking and brings exotic traditional Thai cuisine to home.
In it's 19th year, the Taste Canada Awards annually honours superior writing and publishing throughout Canada's culinary community, in both English and French. The Taste Canada Awards Gala, held on Monday, November 14th at the historic Arcadian Court in Toronto, announced the Gold and Silver winners from each of their five categories, celebrating the many aspects of Canadian culinary writing, from single-subject cookbooks to the unique regions and cultures across the country.
Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village placed second to Gold Medal winner Sir John's Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada's First Prime Minister by Lindy Mechefske. For the complete list of winners and to learn more about the awards, visit the Taste Canada Awards.
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.
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Lorraine Johnson at Victoria Master Gardener Association conference
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