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Congratulations to Barry Gough, whose book, The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer Who Opened the Northwest, has been shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. The Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize is awarded to the author of the best original non-fiction literary work. The winner will be announced at an awards gala in Vancouver on April 25, 2015.
In The Elusive Mr. Pond, award-winning author Dr. Barry Gough sheds light on one of recent history's most influential and shadowy figures. While most North Americans won't recognize his name, Peter Pond mentored Sir Alexander Mackenzie and mapped much of northwestern Canada before him. His legendary exploits in the fur trade, including opening up the far distant Arctic watershed, elevated him to become a founding partner of the North West Company. These experiences, combined with his implication in two murders and reputed violent temper, make him a compelling historical figure—whose life has been shrouded in mystery. In The Elusive Mr. Pond, Gough re-examines Pond's surviving memoirs, explorers’ journals and many other sources to create the most complete biography of this eccentric, industrious and secretive fellow ever published.
Dr. Barry Gough is one of Canada’s foremost historians, well recognized for the authenticity of his research and for his engaging narratives. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Harbour, 2007), which won the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime history and was shortlisted for the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Over four decades, his contributions to Imperial, Commonwealth and Canadian studies have earned him many honours at home and abroad. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
The BC Book Prizes are awarded annually in seven categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the province. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. Also shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize is Julie Angus's Olive Odyssey, Kevin Chong's Northern Dancer, Eve Joseph's In the Slender Margin and Nancy J. Turner's Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge.
University of Toronto Press (UTP) will be the new Canadian distributor for Douglas & McIntyre, effective May 1, 2015.
“We believe UTP is the best choice for Douglas & McIntyre moving forward,” says Howard White, publisher of Douglas & McIntyre. “With 40 years of distribution experience, and a well-earned reputation of passionate commitment to the Canadian publishing industry, UTP is best able to look after our customers and offer them the kind of excellent customer service they are accustomed to.”
UTP President John Yates announced that UTP will add customer service and fulfillment staff to meet the demands of the increased volume, and it will offer a new freight program whereby publishers it distributes may choose to offer different freight options to their customers.
“UTP is very pleased to welcome Douglas & McIntyre to UTP as a new distribution client,” says President John Yates. “D&M is one of the best-known names in Canadian publishing and it continues to publish an engaging list of award-winning titles that will complement the outstanding trade, children’s, and scholarly titles of our other distribution clients.”
The current distributor for Douglas & McIntyre, HarperCollins Canada, will accept orders until April 23, ship books until April 30, and accept returns until July 29 at its current warehouse or another location in Canada as designated by HarperCollins. The sales representation for Douglas & McIntyre (Ampersand Inc. for western Canada, Hornblower Group Inc. for eastern Canada) remains unchanged.
University of Toronto Press Distribution maintains facilities in Toronto, with more than 60,000 square feet of warehouse space. They represent more than 70 book imprints for distribution in Canada, the United States, and around the world. UTP’s clients include publishers specializing in scholarly, general and literary trade, children’s, and educational titles. University of Toronto Press website
Douglas & McIntyre has made a publishing deal, arranged with associate editor Carol Pope, for world rights to a garden-to-kitchen book by Dan Jason, Hilary Malone and Alison Malone Eathorne. The Power of Pulses is an inspiring do-it-yourself guide to growing and eating pulses, a versatile, nutritious and highly sustainable crop that includes beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils and favas.
Dan Jason, owner of Salt Spring Seeds, is a long-time advocate of following a healthy plant-based diet with pulses as the main protein source, rather than meat or tofu. While the ecological and health benefits of cutting down on meat consumption are widely known, not all meat-replacements are created equal. Soy products have long been a staple of vegetarian diets, but soybeans are often grown in pesticide-heavy monocultures, processed in factories and shipped long distances. By contrast, pulses are easy on the environment: versatile in their unprocessed state, needing no refrigeration and little packaging, and many are a snap to grow organically, even for new gardeners. In addition to being easy to grow at home, millions of tonnes of pulses are commercially harvested across North America, making them an ideal daily food for locavores.
In The Power of Pulses, Jason provides tips on how to grow your own and preserve a rainbow of delicious, vividly hued heirloom pulses using sustainable, organic methods.
Talented foodie-sister team Hilary Malone and Alison Malone Eathorne collaborate with Dan Jason to create 40+ vegetarian recipes featuring fresh and inventive uses for the garden’s bounty, from Broad Bean Succotash with Fresh Ricotta & Poached Eggs on Toast and Crispy Chickpea Power Bowl with Kale, Quinoa & Dukkah Crunch to Black Bean Brownies with Espresso Ganache.
Alison Malone Eathorne says “We are thrilled to be working with Dan and the D&M team on this project, and to share our fresh, West Coast-inspired approach to cooking with pulses.”
Incredibly adaptable in the kitchen, pulses are rich in fibre, high in vitamin B, and remarkably low on the glycemic index—strongly contributing to good health and helping to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illness. And pulses are gluten-free and perfect as a grind-your-own flour for non-gluten breads and baking.
Readers will be sure to be both inspired and tempted by photography from garden and lifestyle photographer Christina Symons, who previously collaborated with Alison Malone Eathorne and Hilary Malone on Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley (Harbour Publishing, 2013).
The publication of The Power of Pulses in 2016 will coincide with the kick off of the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses, devoted to promoting the exceptional nutritional and environmental benefits of this versatile ingredient.
Dan Jason is committed to empowering people to grow their own food and save their own seed. Since 1976 he has lived on Salt Spring Island, BC, where he created the mail-order seed company Salt Spring Seeds. He has written many bestselling books about growing and preparing food sustainably, including The Whole Organic Food Book and Saving Seeds as if Our Lives Depended on It.
Alison Malone Eathorne is a freelance travel and food writer and has contributed to various publications including Pacific Yachting, Western Living and BC Home. She is co-author of the award-winning Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley.
Hilary Malone holds a Diploma in Culinary Arts from Vancouver Island University and is co-owner(with Alison) of Sea Salt Food Company, a boutique catering and recipe development business. Hilary is also co-author Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley.
Both Alison and Hilary live in Nanaimo, BC.
It is with great sadness we must note the passing of beloved Vancouver writer Sean Rossiter on January 5th, 2015. Born in Halifax in 1946, Rossiter wrote over a dozen books over the course of his career, including Douglas and McIntyre titles; Immortal Beaver and Otter and Twin Otter. He wrote extensively about hockey as well, including nine books in the Hockey the NHL Way series, some of these co-written with Paul Carson.
In addition to writing books, Rossiter was also a a feature writer and contributor for various BC magazines, including Vancouver magazine, the Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Sun. He lived in Vancouver with his wife.
Congratulations to Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope, authors of The Book of Kale and Friends: 14 Easy-to-Grow Superfoods with 130+ Recipes (Douglas & McIntyre, $26.95 ), which has won the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’ competition for Canada’s Best Single Subject Cookbook in English.
It will now go on to compete against the winners in other countries in the same category to be named the Best Single Subject Cookbook in the World. The results for that competition will be announced at an award ceremony in Yantai, China on Tuesday June 9, 2015.
This is yet another accolade, not only for Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope, but also for kale, a supergreen that everybody seems to love 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 The Book of Kale & Friends does not only focus on kale; it also features fourteen other plants that would qualify as garden superheroes. Kale and its buddies are undeniably nutritious, yummy, easy-to-grow and beneficial to the environment.
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.
Dr. Barry Gough, author of The Elusive Mr. Pond, has been awarded the Maritime Museum of B.C.'s 2014 SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence for his contributions to B.C. maritime heritage. Gough is the author of 20 books and 80 academic articles on maritime and Imperial history. More information about the award can be found here.
We're proud to announce that Douglas & McIntyre has made a publishing deal for English Canadian rights to a first novel by Jennifer Manuel. The Heaviness of Things that Float is the captivating and visceral story of secrets, loneliness, forgiveness and family.
Manuel skillfully depicts the lonely world of Bernadette, a woman who has spent the last forty years living by herself on the periphery of a remote West Coast First Nations Reserve, serving as a nurse for the community. Only weeks from retirement, Bernadette finds herself deeply unsettled—with no immediate family of her own, how does she fit into the world? Her fears are complicated by the role she has played within their community: a keeper of secrets in a place “too small for secrets,” a place where the truth and myth are deeply intertwined. Tension begins to grow when a young man that Bernadette loves like a son suddenly disappears. The community is thrown into upheaval, and with the surface broken, raw dysfunction, pain and truths float to the light.
The author draws on her own life experiences as she deftly explores the delicate dynamic between First Nations communities and non-native outsiders. A long-time activist in Aboriginal issues, Manuel taught elementary and high school in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples.
Jennifer Manuel has achieved acclaim for her short fiction, including The Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference in 2013. She has also published short fiction in PRISM International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine and Little Fiction. Author Diana Gabaldon describes Manuel’s writing as “astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity and sense of compassion.”
The deal was arranged by Carolyn Forde of Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.
B.C.-based artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' groundbreaking graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre), is being released in paperback in the U.S. for the first time this month. Michael will be celebrating with a mural-making session and book launch event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Saturday, November 22 from 1pm to 5pm.
Yahgulanaas will guide museum visitors to record and examine their own personal stories as they explore universal themes presented in Red. Visitors will be invited to lend a helping artistic hand by contributing their own voice to a dynamic Haida Manga-inspired mural, which will be created on-site in the Museum’s landmark Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. The mural-making session will occur from 1pm to 3pm, the book launch party, including Yahgulanaas’ special reading and signing of Red, will occur from 3:15pm to 3:45pm, and Yahgulanaas will give an artist talk and Q&A at 4pm.
Preceding the event, Yahgulanaas will be participating in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Friday, November 21 beginning at 10am EST—an opportunity for anyone to correspond with the renowned Haida artist directly. During the AMA, he will be broadcasting live drawing and sketches and images, both static and video, on his website: www.mny.ca.
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.
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.
For more information on the U.S. book launch event in New York, contact the American Museum of Natural History at 212-769-5100 or visit www.amnh.org or www.mny.ca.
Arno Kopecky, author of The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway, has won the Special Jury Mention at the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition. The Banff Centre revealed Kopecky's win on october 29, before the launch of the annual Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival celebrating mountain literature and film.
The announcement comes just days after Kopecky's book was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and seven weeks after Kopecky was named recipient of the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Kopecky was also longlisted for the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition award for Adventure Travel.
Arno Kopecky is a journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, The Globe and Mail, The Tyee and Kenya's Daily Nation. He has covered civil uprisings in Mexico, cyclones in Burma, Zimbabwe's thirty-year dictatorship and election violence in Kenya. He is the author of The Devil's Cuve, which was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers' Association's Outstanding Book Award. He lives in Squamish, B.C.
Congratulations to military historian and D&M author Mark Zuehlke, who has just released the eleventh volume in his critically acclaimed Canadian Battle Series of books: Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944-45.
This newest installment in the series relays the untold story of how the Canadian Army paved the way for an Allied victory in Europe in WWII through an attack against the Rhineland. Despite Canada’s involvement in this important turning point in the war, the Rhineland Campaign figures little in our national memory of WWII. In Forgotten Victory, Zuahlke seeks to redress this historical oversight.
Mark is celebrating the new book with events in Ontario, Manitoba, and B.C. this fall. Below is a list of complete dates for his public events. Click on each event for full details:
Ottawa, O.N.: Sunday, November 2 – Keynote speech at Canada’s History Forum
Winnipeg, M.B.: Tuesday, November 18– Talk and book signing at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 7:30pm
Cornwall, O.N.: Thursday, November 20 – Talk and book signing at the Cornwall Armoury, hosted by the the Stormant, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, 7pm
Victoria, B.C.: Wednesday, November 26 – Book launch at Munro’s Books, 7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
NEW! Victoria, B.C.: Saturday, December 13 – Book signing at Bolen Books, 1pm to 2:30pm
Vancouver, B.C.: Tuesday, December 16 – Talk and book signing at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch in the Alice MacKay Room, 7pm
Sun, April 12
Susan Delacourt reading in Kingston, ON.
Memorial Hall in City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3 ➥