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  • Sep 17, 2014

    Susan Delacourt a finalist for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction



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    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:

  • Susan Delacourt, Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them. Douglas & McIntyre
  • Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Knopf Canada
  • Charles Montgomery, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design. Doubleday Canada
  • Paula Todd, Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies, and Predators Online. Signal M&S
  • Kathleen Winter, Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage. House of Anansi Press


  • Sep 9, 2014

    Arno Kopecky Wins Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction



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    B.C. author and journalist Arno Kopecky has won the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for The Oil Man and the Sea, published by Douglas & McIntyre. Kopecky will be recognized with two receptions on November 13 at Wilfrid Laurier University, and awarded a $10,000 prize.

    Part investigative journalism, 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 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.

    First awarded in 1991, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is the only award of its kind for this genre offered in Canada, recognizing a Canadian writer of a first or second published book with a Canadian locale or significance.



  • Sep 2, 2014

    Arno Kopecky's 'Oil Man and the Sea' Shortlisted Twice More



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    Hot on the heels of his placement on the shortlist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, Arno Kopecky's The Oil Man and the Sea ($26.95, Douglas & McIntyre) has been shortlisted for both the Edna Staebler Creative Non-Fiction Award and the Lane Anderson Award.

    The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is awarded to a Canadian writer of a first or second book. It is the only award of its kind for the genre of creative non-fiction. Administered by Wilfrid Laurier University, the award is valued at $10, 000.

    The other two books shortlisted for this prize are Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad (Knopf Canada) by Alison Wearing and The Memory of Water (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) by Allen Smutylo.

    The winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction will be announced in September 2014.

    The Lane Anderson Award celebrates the achievements of science writing in Canada, in both adult and youth reading. It highlights authors able to connect their topics with the interests of the general readership. Winners in each category are awarded $10,000.

    Shortlisted in the Adult category along with Kopecky are Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide (Turnstone Press) by Simone Hebert Allard and The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem (University of Alberta Press) by Kevin P. Timoney. The winner will be announced in September 2014.



  • Aug 18, 2014

    Ann Eriksson Takes 'High Clear Bell of Morning' on Cross-Canada Book Tour



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    Ann Eriksson and her husband, fellow writer Gary Geddes, are embarking on a cross-Canada book tour this fall, covering over twenty stops from Vancouver, B.C., to Halifax, N.S., in two months.

    Both members of this husband-and-wife team have released new books this year. Eriksson’s High Clear Bell of Morning (Douglas & McIntyre, $22.95) is an elegant, affecting novel about a family struggling to cope when the daughter, Ruby, develops schizophrenia. Geddes’ What Does a House Want? (Red Hen Press, $19.95) is a collection of selected poems from his highly acclaimed poetic career.

    See below for a list of scheduled tour dates. Full event details can be found by clicking on each city. Check back for updates!

    • Vancouver, B.C.: Monday, September 8, 7pm at the Vancouver Public Library
    • Calgary, A.B.: Wednesday, September 10, 7pm at Pages Books on Kensington
    • Calgary, A.B.: Friday, September 12, 1pm at Mount Royal University's Under Western Skies Conference - ANN ERIKSSON ONLY
    • St. Albert, A.B.: Sunday, September 14, 2pm to 3:30pm at St. Albert Public Library - ANN ERIKSSON ONLY
    • Saskatoon, S.K.: Tuesday, September 16, 7pm at McNally Robinson Saskatoon
    • Brandon, M.B.: Thursday, September 18, 12:30pm to 1:30pm at Brandon University
    • Toronto, O.N.: Tuesday, September 23, 2pm at Glendon College
    • Hamilton, O.N.: Tuesday, September 23, 7pm at Bryan Prince Bookseller
    • Toronto, O.N.: Thursday, September 25, 7pm at Ben McNally Books
    • Montreal, Q.C.: Tuesday, September 30, 12 noon at Concordia University
    • Halifax, N.S.: Monday, October 6, 7pm at The Company House
    • Halifax, N.S.: Tuesday, October 7, 1:45pm at Mt. St. Vincent University
    • Sydney, N.S.: Thursday, October 9, 12 noon at the Singing Storytellers Conference
    • Sackville, N.B.: Tuesday, October 14, 4pm at Mount Allison University
    • Fredericton, N.B.: Wednesday, October 15, 7pm at Westminster Books
    • Moncton, N.B.: Thursday, October 16, 7pm at the Attic Owl Reading Series at Cafe Aberdeen
    • Ottawa, O.N.: Monday, October 20, 7pm at the Raw Sugar Cafe
    • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Q.C.: Tuesday, October 21, 4pm at John Abbott College
    • Toronto, O.N.: Sunday, October 26, 11am reading at the International Festival of Authors
    • Toronto, O.N.: Sunday, October 26, 4pm round table at the International Festival of Authors
    • Sault Ste. Marie, O.N.: Monday, October 27, 7pm at Algoma University
    • Thunder Bay, O.N.: Tuesday, October 28, 7:30pm at Lakehead University
    • Winnipeg, M.B.: Wednesday, October 29, 7:30pm at McNally Robinson
    • Salt Spring Island, B.C.: Friday, November 14, 7pm at Salt Spring Island Public Library



  • Jul 4, 2014

    D&M titles that make you "Proud to be Canadian" featured by CBC books



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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.



  • Jul 3, 2014

    Paula Wild’s 'The Cougar' Wins Gold at the IndieFab Awards



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    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.



  • Jun 9, 2014

    Douglas & McIntyre remembers Hilary Stewart



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    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.



  • Jun 4, 2014

    Win Not One, But TWO Copies of Red: A Haida Manga!



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    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.

    Good luck!



  • May 29, 2014

    Paula Wild takes 'The Cougar' on Tour to Washington State



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    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.



  • May 20, 2014

    Upcoming Events with Sharon Hanna



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    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:

    • - The Yaletown Farmer's Market at the Green and Leafy Festival, on Thursday, May 29 between 3pm and 5pm
    • - Kale Night at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company at 4186 Main Street on Wednesday, June 4 from 6pm to 8pm
    • - Wine tasting and book signing at Village Wines in Dunbar (3536 41 Ave W) on Friday, June 20 from 4:30pm to 6pm, and on Saturday, June 21 from 3pm to 5:30pm

    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!

More news & events

Upcoming Events:


September 22 – October 6


Mon, September 22
Peter Norman at the Winnipeg International Writer's Festival: Thin Air
Millenium Library, Winnipeg, MB 


Tue, September 23
Ann Eriksson Reading in Hamilton, ON
Bryan Prince Books 


Tue, September 30
Ann Eriksson Reading in Montreal
Concordia University 


Thu, September 25
Ann Eriksson Reading in Toronto
Ben McNally Books 


Mon, September 22
Peter Norman at the Winnipeg International Writer's Festival: Thin Air
Shaw Performing Arts Centre, Winnipeg, MB 


Thu, October 2
Allan Levine at Toronto Public Library's The EhList
Toronto, ON 


Tue, September 30
Allan Levine breakfast event at Ben McNally Books
Toronto, ON 


Tue, September 30
Allan Levine launches Toronto: Biography of a City at Grano Dinner Series
Toronto, ON 


Thu, October 2
Allan Levine at Toronto Public Library's The EhList
Toronto, ON 


Sun, September 28
Grant Lawrence at Word! Vancouver
Library Square, downtown Vancouver 


Sat, September 27
Dan Francis speaks about prohibition at North Vancouver Public Library
120 West 14th Street 


Mon, October 6
Ann Eriksson Reading in Halifax
The Company House 


Tue, September 23
Ann Eriksson Reading at Glendon College
Toronto, ON 


Thu, October 2
Barry Gough presenting at the University of British Columbia
Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC 


View the entire events calendar.