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CBC Books has released a list of 100 Novels That Make You Proud to be Canadian, featuring must-read works—all from authors who are Canadian or “once called Canada home”—including four Douglas & McIntyre titles:
Richard Wagamese’s nationally bestselling novel Indian Horse tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, a man who ends up in a treatment centre for alcoholics after a binge that almost killed him. To find peace, he must tell the story of his life, from the time he spent in residential school to the short-lived salvation he found on the ice through his gifts as a hockey player, to the obdurate racism he battled each day.
Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony is set in Chinatown, Vancouver, during the depression and the war years, and told through the vivid and intense reminiscences of three children of an immigrant family.
The Lesser Blessed, by Richard Van Camp, is an eye-opening depiction of what it is to be a young Dogrib man in the age of AIDS, disillusionment with Catholicism and a growing world consciousness.
With raunchy humor and a working-class intellectualism, Dany Laferrière’s narrator in the cult classic How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired wanders the slums of Montreal, has sex with white women, and writes a book to save his life.
The website also features a quiz where you can find out how many of the 100 titles you’ve read.
Author Paula Wild’s B.C.-bestselling book The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous (Douglas & McIntyre; $34.95) is the 2013 Gold Winner in the category of Noniction – Nature at the Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. The awards were announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation by a select group of librarians and booksellers across the United States.
The Cougar blends natural history, scientific research, First Nations stories and first-person accounts to explore our evolving relationship with the powerful and intriguing predator called cougar, puma, mountain lion, and approximately forty other names. It also includes amazing photographs and up-to-date information on cougar awareness and defense tactics for those living, working or travelling in cougar country.
Throughout, author Paula Wild delves into what makes this animal that both fascinates and frightens us so beautiful, so dangerous, and why cougars remain an important and valuable part of our environment. The book was also shortlisted for the B.C. Book Prizes’ Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award earlier this year.
Paula Wild is the author of several other books, including One River, Two Cultures, The Comox Valley and Sointula: Island Utopia, winner of a B.C. Historical Federation Certificate of Merit. She has also written for numerous periodicals, including Beautiful British Columbia, Reader’s Digest and Canada’s History magazine. She lives in Courtenay, B.C.
Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards celebrate new indie books from authors and publishers whose work stands out from the crowd. The 2013 Silver Winner in the category of Nonfiction-Nature was Nature’s Paradise: Costa Rica by Douglas Goodell and Marco T. Saborío (Nature Arts Press); the Bronze Winner was Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination by William E. Tydeman (University of Oklahoma Press); and the Honourable Mentions went to Land of Enchantment: Wildflowers: A Guide to the Plants of New Mexico by Willa F. Finley and LaShara J. Nieland (Texas Tech University Press), and Wild: 75 Freshwater Tropical Fish of the World by Flick Ford (Greenwich Workshop). For more information on the awards, visit indiefab.forewordreviews.com.
It is with sadness we must note the passing on June 5 of the renowned BC artist and author Hilary Stewart, author of 10 Douglas & McIntyre titles including Cedar: Tree of Life of the North West Coast Indians and the perennial bestseller Looking at Totem Poles. Long a resident of Quadra Island, Stewart was an important authority on Northwest Indian art and culture with numerous titles directly concerned with Aboriginal cultures starting with Artifacts of the Northwest Coast (1973) and Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast (1977).
Cedar (1984), an examination of the various ways Aboriginal cultures utilized cedar, received one of the first four B.C. Book Prizes that were presented in 1985. Stewart’s reiusse of the journal kept by English sailor at Nootka Sound in 1803, John R. Jewitt, Captive of Maquinna (1987), also received a B.C. Book Prize. Other titles included Robert Davidson: Haida Printmaker (1979) and Totem Poles (1990).
Hilary Stewart was born in St. Lucia, West Indies in 1924, educated in England and came to Canada in 1951. She lived for many years on Quadra Island but was forced to move to Campbell River after a stroke. She had spent the past five years in a nursing home in increasingly frail health.
"Hilary Stewart was one of those unique talents who was equally distinguished as a writer and a graphic artist," said D&M publisher Howard White. "Her keen study of aboriginal cultures of the BC coast led her to make a major contribution to popular understanding."
A memorial service will be held at the Community Centre on Quadra Island on June 21 starting at 12 noon.
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' groundbreaking graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga is made up of 108 beautiful hand-painted pages. These pages can actually be ripped out of the book and rearranged to form a dazzling 4 meter-long mural.
A book publisher and an author talking about ripping pages out of a book might seem counter-intuitive, but Michael actually encourages it! Here's a YouTube video that shows how the whole process works: http://youtu.be/klFdczERlSs.
Making the mural actually takes TWO copies of the book, since the pages are printed on both sides. So, we're not just giving away one copy of Red, but two! Here's how you enter our draw for a chance to win:
If you have a Canadian mailing address, send an email to with “Red mural” in the subject and a sentence or two about where you'd want to put up your own mural of Red (In your writer's-getaway cabin? As the centerpiece to your bathroom decor?). The draw will take place on June 18, so get your entries in before then.
Cougars, mountain lions, pumas…no matter what you call them these powerful animals are undoubtedly intriguing. D&M author Paula Wild is taking her book, The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous (Douglas & McIntyre; $34.95) on tour to Washington State this June!
PORT TOWNSEND: Presentation on Friday, June 6 at 7pm, as part of the Jefferson County Historical Society’s Friday lecture series, at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History (540 Water Street). Open to the public with admission by donation (suggested donation: $5.00). For more information, contact the Jefferson County Historical Society at 360-385-1003.
SEATTLE: Presentation on Saturday, June 7 at 1pm, at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (on the University of Washington campus at 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA). Free to attend with museum admission. For more information, contact the Burke Museum at 206-543-5590 or go to www.burkemuseum.org.
BELLINGHAM: Presentation on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm as part of the North Cascades Institute’s “Nature of Writing Series”, in the Readings Gallery at Village Books (1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA). Free to attend and all are welcome. For more information, contact Village Books at 360.671.2626 or go to www.villagebooks.com.
Wild writes in The Cougar, “co-existing with cougars isn’t about fear, it’s about knowledge.” Her presentation, "Coexisting with Cougars", reflects that philosophy and draws from her book's skillful blend of natural history, scientific research and first-hand accounts, as well as amazing photos and detailed information on what to do in the case of a cougar encounter. Throughout, she explores what makes this animal that both fascinates and frightens us so beautiful, so dangerous, and why cougars remain such an important and valuable part of our environment.
Paula Wild is the author of several books, including One River, Two Cultures, The Comox Valley and Sointula: Island Utopia, winner of a B.C. Historical Federation Certificate of Merit. She saw her first live cougar in Washington state before she could walk, and now lives on Vancouver Island in Canada.
Everybody seems to love kale these days, and why not? It’s nutrient-dense and bursting with antioxidents and phytonutrients. It’s delicious in so many ways. It’s effortless to grow organically—it thrives in winter, sweetens in the cold and self seeds—and it has an important role supporting bees and other beneficial insects. But what other plants would qualify as garden superheroes?
The newly released Book of Kale & Friends features fourteen superfoods that are undeniably nutritious, yummy, easy-to-grow and beneficial to the environment. The authors, Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope will be around town in Vancouver, signing copies of the book. You can catch them at the following locations:
Stop by to ask Sharon any questions about growing and cooking with kale and its superfood friends, and get a copy of the book personalized and signed.
If you can't make any events, you can always catch Sharon Hanna on CTV's national show, Canada AM on Tuesday, June 10.
The Book of Kale & Friends is a follow up to the national bestseller, The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, put out by Harbour Publishing in 2012. It contains gardening tips that will help you feel like a master gardener with almost no effort at all. It also contains nutritional fast facts, and a wealth of all-new recipes, including creative and delectable ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks—and even cocktails! The recipes are easy to follow and are accompanied by stunning and inspiring photography.
Throughout the book, Sharon and Carol empower readers to grow their own edibles, an act that not only has a positive impact on one’s health and enjoyment of food, but also on communities and ecosystems. Although the authors’ writing is lighthearted (and sometimes a little cheeky), their convictions come through loud and clear: it can be so simple, yet so fulfilling, to adopt more sustainable food practices. And with the recipes they put forward, it's irresistible, too!
Douglas & McIntyre was well represented at this year’s BC Book Prizes Gala, which took place at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday, May 3.
Vancouver author David Stouck won both the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, which is awarded to the author of the book that contributes the most to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia, and the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, which is awarded to the author of the best original non-fiction literary work, for his biography Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life. During his first acceptance speech, Stouck thanked both Scott McIntyre, for his original enthusiasm for the book, and Howard White, for seeing the project through when Douglas & McIntyre was acquired by White’s Harbour Publishing in 2013.
Douglas & McIntyre won in every single category in which it was nominated. The company’s books won three of the seven prizes awarded that night – more than any other publisher.
The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, which is judged by members of the BC Booksellers’ association and presented to the author and originating publisher of the book with the best public appeal, initiative, design production and content, was awarded to Grant Lawrence and Douglas & McIntyre for Lawrence’s non-fiction book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie. Lawrence hosts the popular Podcast with Grand Lawrence on CBC Radio 3, and Grant Lawrence Live on CBC Radio 3 and SiriusXM 152. Both Lawrence and Howard White, publisher of Douglas & McIntyre, were there to accept the award.
Two other Douglas & McIntyre titles, The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway by Arno Kopecky and The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous by Paula Wild, were also finalists for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award respectively.
The BC Book Prizes were established in 1985 to recognize the very best in writing and publishing in British Columbia and are awarded annually in seven categories. Each prize comes with $2,000 and a certificate.
DUNCAN - Wednesday, May 7: Book launch at The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, 6pm to 8:30pm
KELOWNA - Tuesday, May 13: Reading at the Kelowna Library, 7pm
KAMLOOPS - Wednesday, May 14: Book signing at Chapters Kamloops, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
KAMLOOPS - Wednesday, May 14: Reading at the Kamloops Library, 7pm
SALMON ARM - Friday, May 16 to Sunday, May 18: Reader and presenter at the Word on the Lake Festival for Writers
NORTH VANCOUVER - Tuesday, May 20: Reading at the North Vancouver Library's Capilano Branch, 7pm
VICTORIA - Tuesday, May 27: Reading at Bolen Books, 7pm
GALIANO ISLAND - Wednesday, June 4: Reading at the Galiano Island Library, 2pm
VANCOUVER - Thursday, June 5: Reading at Cottage Bistro as part of SFU's The Writer's Studio Reading Series, 8pm to 10pm
High Clear Bell of Morning is an elegantly told, affecting novel about a family coping with the news that one of their members has developed a mental illness. Ruby’s life begins to unravel when, at nineteen, she begins hearing voices coming from her closet. Ann Eriksson makes real Ruby and her family’s struggles to come to grips with the illness: their own preconceptions, their frustration in trying to get help within Canada’s mental health system, and, above all, the sheer power of the disease to upend life as they know it.
As Ruby’s father Glen—a marine biologist studying killer whales on our West Coast—sees her transformation from studious, engaged and strong-willed to moody, paranoid, and delusional, he becomes desperate to protect and understand his now seemingly unrecognizable daughter. Meanwhile, he begins to uncover disturbing parallels between Ruby and the mysterious death of a young killer whale, found with a body of toxic pollutants.
Ann Eriksson is the author of three previous novels, including Falling From Grace (Brindle & Glass, 2011), which was awarded a Silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publishers Book Awards. She is also a biologist and founding director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy. For more info, go to www.anneriksson.ca.
B.C. artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ groundbreaking graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre), will be released in paperback for the first time this May. Join Michael as he celebrates the launch of the new paperback edition of Red, as well as the opening of his solo art exhibit, SOLO 3, at the Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver on Saturday, May 3. The exhibit opening will run from 2pm to 4pm, with the book launch beginning at 4:30pm. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.
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.
The hardcover edition, which was published in 2009, was nominated for the Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award, a Doug Wright Award for Best Book and a 2010 Joe Schuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Cartoonist. It was also an Amazon Top 100 book of 2009. Now, for the first time, Red will be available to own in paperback.
In his SOLO 3 art exhibit, Yahgulanaas makes the inaugural debut of his latest Under the Hood series, an evolution of the internationally exhibited and collected Coppers from the Hood. This new series features car hoods finished with precious metals. The first works in the series blend male and female topographies and include new interactive and aural components. Yahgulanaas will also introduce new works on paper from an ongoing series from 2011.
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. He lives in Canada with his wife and daughter, close to the Two Sisters mountains on an island in the Salish Sea.
The Douglas Udell Gallery is located at 1566 W. 6th Avenue in Vancouver, 2nd floor. For more information on the exhibit opening and/or book launch event, contact the gallery at 604-736-8900.
Congratulations to Susan Delacourt, whose fifth book engaged with Canadian politics, Shopping for Votes (Douglas & McIntyre, $32.95), is a finalist for the 2014 John W. Dafoe Book Prize. The prize is awarded to the best book on “Canada, Canadians and/or Canada’s place in the world.”
The winner will be announced in mid-April and the award presented at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s Annual Book Prize Dinner, held in Winnipeg in May. The winner will receive CAD $10,000.
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.
Delacourt’s book is not a one-sided polemic, but rather an investigative look at how politics in Canada in general have been co-opted by marketing.
SUSAN DELACOURT is a writer with the Toronto Star, covering federal politics for 25 years, as a reporter, bureau chief and columnist with the major national newspapers. Shopping For Votes is Delacourt’s fifth book and also her largest one, in time span and scope, as she shares with readers how Canadian political culture has changed to match the consumerist boom of the past half-century.
With her own front-row seat to current events all these years, Delacourt has seen a big shift in the national conversation. The great constitutional debates of the 1980s and 1990s -- subject of her first book, United We Fall -- have been replaced by conversations about value for the “taxpayer” and “Tim Hortons voters.” Though not a frequent denizen of donut shops or the malls, this book is Delacourt’s update on her own political-science education, which began at Western University and has taken her all over the country. Along the way, she also wrote books about three Liberal politicians: Paul Martin (Juggernaut); the late MP Shaughnessy Cohen (Shaughnessy) and her most recent eRead for the Star on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal leadership campaign.
Delacourt is a regular commentator on CTV and CBC, honoured in 2011 with the Charles Lynch award for career-long achievement in political journalism. She has also been a finalist in the national newspaper and national magazine awards, and The Globe and Mail gave her its best-writer prize for her work on the national-unity saga of the 1990s. In 2014 she won the prestigious Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.
The five nominees for the 2014 John W. Dafoe Book Prize are:
Susan Delacourt. Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them. Madeira Park, B.C: Douglas & McIntyre P. Whitney Lackenbauer. The Canadian Rangers: A Living History. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press David O’Keefe. One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada John L. Riley. The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press Paul Wells. The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada 2006-. Toronto: Random House.
The book prize memorializes John Wesley Dafoe, one of the most significant Canadian editors of the 20th century. It is one of the richest book awards for non-fiction excellence about Canada, Canadians and the Canadian nation in 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.
Sat, August 2
Paula Wild Book Signing at Telegraph Cove
Telegraph Cove Resorts ➥
Fri, July 25
Peter Norman at the Leacock Summer Festival
Orillia, ON ➥
Sat, July 26
Talewind Books hosts the Queen and Duchess of Kale in Sechelt
5494 Trail Ave, Sechelt ➥