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  • Mar 19, 2018

    Spindrift and Dirty Windshields Shortlisted for BC Book Prizes!

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    Congratulations to our authors who have been shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award! Anita Hadley and Michael L. Hadley have been nominated for Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea and Grant Lawrence for his book, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries

    The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award is presented to the originating publisher and author(s) of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production, and content. The 2018 nominees are:

    • Carleigh Baker, Bad Endings (Anvil Press) • Pat Carney, On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers (TouchWood Editions) • Anita Hadley and Michael L. Hadley (editors), Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea (Douglas & McIntyre) • Grant Lawrence, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries (Douglas & McIntyre) • Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, Hello Humpback! (Harbour Publishing)

    This year’s winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting Monday, March 19. For more information about the prizes, go to

  • Feb 22, 2018

    Arthur Black Shares His Story Until the End


    We are very saddened to announce that Arthur Black—beloved author, humorist and broadcaster—passed away on February 21, 2018.

    Arthur was perhaps best known for hosting CBC’s national radio show, Basic Black, which aired from 1983 to 2002. After he retired from Basic Black, Arthur was still heard regularly on regional CBC radio shows such as All Points West, where he had a regular radio column called “Planet Salt Spring.” Arthur also hosted two shows on the Life Television Network for five years, Weird Homes and Weird Wheels.

    As a writer, Arthur penned a syndicated humour column for over forty years and authored eighteen books, three of which won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour: Pitch Black (Harbour), Black Tie and Tales (Stoddart) and Black in the Saddle Again (Stoddart). His most recent books were Paint the Town Black (Harbour, 2015) and Fifty Shades of Black (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013).

    Originally from Toronto, ON, Arthur moved to Salt Spring Island, BC, with his partner Lynne Raymond in the 1990s. He was an active part of the Salt Spring community and often wrote about his experiences as an islander. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2018 and spent his last weeks blogging about his condition with humour and honesty—thereby giving back to his fans and other cancer survivors until the very end.

    We extend our sincere condolences to Arthur’s family and to his many friends and readers.

  • Jan 17, 2018

    Douglas & McIntyre's Spring 2018 Preview

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    This Spring you can bring a tasty twist to your kitchen with Dan Jason and Michele Genest’s new garden-to-kitchen guide, Awesome Ancient Grains and Seeds. This book will help you grow and enjoy your own ancient grains and seeds and contains fifty delicious vegetarian recipes to try. For a different spin, Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles by Mike Lascelle is an inspiring and easy guide to growing and using perennial edibles in your Canadian garden.

    Alok Mukherjee, the civilian overseer who served ten years as chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, teams up with Tim Harper to examine present and future policing practices in Canada in Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing. With our country’s wellness in mind, Andrew MacLeod tackles the pressing issue of Canadian well-being and public policy in All Together Healthy.

    Experience history through The Unceasing Storm by Katherine Luo, with a foreword by Giller-winner Madeleine Thien, as Luo shares a rare and poignant depiction of her life in mainland China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Delve into the life of Canada’s mad man of advertising, Frank Palmer, as he shares his competitive, flawed and ferocious life in Let’s Get Frank, by bestselling author Robin Brunet.

    Through 26 Instagram-style photos accompanied by witty rhymes, Baby’s First Hashtag by Scott Feschuk and Susan Allen will help teach the alphabet to modern babies while fostering a sense of irony and entertaining millennial parents.

    Douglas & McIntyre is excited to release Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird by Armand Garnet Ruffo in paperback. This beautiful biography was originally published in 2014 and shortlisted in 2015 for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Creative Non-fiction. This Spring also brings a 40th Anniversary Edition of Indian Fishing by Hilary Stewart, which explores the importance of fishing for the First Nations of the Northwest Coast.

    With over 100,000 copies sold, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese is soon to be a major motion picture. To celebrate this special event, Douglas & McIntyre is publishing a movie tie-in edition of the book, which will be released in April, just before the film is released in theatres across Canada.

  • Jan 11, 2018

    Stephen R. Bown shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize


    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 five titles shortlisted 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 winner will be honoured at the awards gala in downtown Toronto on February 26.

  • Dec 13, 2017

    Cooking with the Wolfman wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award


    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


    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.

  • Nov 10, 2017

    Daniel Francis receives the Governor General's History Award for Popular Media


    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, 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


    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


    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!

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Upcoming Events:

March 22 – April 5

Thu, April 5
Lorraine Johnson Speaking at Toronto Public Library
Brentwood Library (36 Brentwood Rd., North Etobicoke, ON) 

Thu, April 5
Excessive Force Book Launch with Alok Mukherjee and Tim Harper
Ryerson University (Heaslip House, 297 Victoria St.) 

View the entire events calendar.