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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.
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.
Sat, March 4
Lorraine Johnson presents at the Central Ontario Agricultural Conference
Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness (1 Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON) ➥
Sun, March 5
Lorraine Johnson presents at the Stratford Garden Festival
Stratford Rotary Complex (353 McCarthy Road, Stratford, Ontario) ➥
Mon, March 6
Drew Hayden Taylor reading with Eh List Reading Series
Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St., Toronto ➥
Tue, March 7
Ann Eriksson book launch on Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring Island Public Library (129 McPhillips Ave) ➥