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Stephen R. Bown, known across the country for his award-winning books on the history of science, exploration and ideas, has just released a biography of an Arctic explorer who was more concerned with learning about Inuit culture than being the first to accomplish some glamorous feat. White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen’s Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic is the first full-length biography of the original explorer and ethnographer to write about the language and the life of the Arctic peoples.
To find out more about the book and the research that went into producing it, see this Q&A with Stephen R. Bown. Stephen Bown Q&A
Armand Garnet Ruffo's Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction this year! Since 1937, the Governor General’s Award has honoured the best in Canadian literature, with seven different categories for both English and French-language authors. All finalists receive $1,000, and the winners, who will be revealed on October 28th, will each receive $25,000.
Other finalists in the Non-Fiction category include Ted Bishop’s The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Written Word (Viking / Penguin Random House Canada), David Halton’s Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada’s Voice at War (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada), Michael Harris’s Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover (Viking/Penguin Random House Canada) and Mark L. Winston’s Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive (Harvard University Press).
Good luck Armand!
Join our authors Charles Demers, (The Horrors) and Arthur Black (Fifty Shades of Black) this Sunday September 27th at WORD Vancouver.
Here's the run down:
Arthur Black will be reading at 1:50 pm (Alma VanDusen Room) Charles Demers will be reading from The Horrors at 2:30pm (Alma VanDusen Room)
Plus we will be having sales on selected back list titles at our exclusive "BOOK COOP". Come visit us next to Poetry on the Bus at the Independent Publishers tent T3. Come and enter our free raffle for a chance to win our "Local, Fun and Fresh Prize Pack" valued at $135!
Please note: Books for all performing Douglas & McIntyre authors' most recent books will be available at the offical bookseller's table next to the venues, courtesy of 32 Books.
Congratulations once again to Bob McDonald, whose book, Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure (Douglas & McIntyre, $29.95), has been shortlisted for the 2014 Lane Anderson Award, which honours the best science writing in Canada. The winner receives a $10,000 prize. This is the second nomination for Canadian Spacewalkers this year, as the book was previously shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers' Association's Science in Society General Book Award in April.
While all astronauts leave earth’s atmosphere in a spaceship, only some of them—spacewalkers—don pressure suits and step outside into the universe. In Canadian Spacewalkers, author Bob McDonald compiles the perspectives of the only three Canadian astronauts who have accomplished this feat: Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean and Dave Williams. The astronauts tell tales of training underwater in the world’s largest swimming pool, recount how they learned to use power tools in zero gravity and describe the moment when they opened the hatch and stepped outside. McDonald, a science journalist and simulator-spacewalker, also shares his own experiences with astronaut training: the almost-reality of simulators, the sensory deprivation of the spacesuit, and even a zero-gravity airplane ride where he experiences the wonder and giddiness of floating weightless.
Bob McDonald has been the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks since 1992. He is a regular science commentator on CBC News Network and science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National. He has been honored with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the 2005 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada.
Also shortlisted for the 2014 Lane Anderson Award is Planet Heart: How an Unhealthy Environment Leads to Heart Disease by Francois Reeves and Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products by Stephen Leahy.
Congratulations to author Darrell Dennis! Peace Pipe Dreams wins the Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award and is also the First Nation Communities Read Selection for 2015-2016! The awards were announced on June 24th as a part of the National Aboriginal Day Celebrations in Toronto. Five jury members agreed that the book “dispels myths and untruths about Aboriginal people in Canada today”. In winning the FNCR Selection, Peace Pipe Dreams is also the recipient of the $5,000 Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award.
Congratulations to writer and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, who has been chosen as the Edna Staebler Writer in Residence for 2016 by Wilfrid Laurier University! The position was established in 2012 by a bequest from the late Edna Staebler, and Taylor will serve as a writing mentor and resource to the Laurier community during his term. Taylor, who is an award-winning author of 27 books including Me Artsy (2015), is from Curve Lake First Nation in central Ontario. He has held the writer-in-residence and playwright-in-resident positions at institutions including the University of Michigan, University of Western Ontario, Native Earth Performing Arts, Cahoots Theatre, Ryerson University, and the University of Lunenberg in Germany.
Congratulations to Wayson Choy, who has just received the 2015 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award! Douglas & McIntyre was proud to publish his breakthrough novel, The Jade Peony, in 1995 and we're thrilled to see him honoured with this award. The George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an author for outstanding long-time contributions to B.C. literature, and Choy will be presented with the award at a public ceremony at VPL’s central branch on June 11.
Join the revolution with one of B.C.'s biggest champions of craft beer! Joe Wiebe, a.k.a. "The Thirsty Writer," is the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider's Guide to B.C. Breweries. This May, he will tour Vancouver Island, celebrating the release of the newly revised second edition of the book, which—due to the explosion of craft brewers on the scene—has almost doubled in thickness since the first edition was published in 2013. Wiebe will visit some of the breweries that recently opened their doors and will also make some stops at places where there is a longer history of craft beer. Catch him at the following locations:
The second edition of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries is a fascinating tour of British Columbia’s flourishing craft beer industry, with one of Canada’s best-known beer writers as a guide. This new edition contains an up-to-date and entertaining history of craft beer in the province as well as profiles of the people behind the kegs and casks. It is filled to the brim with recommendations for beer tasting tours, lists of the best brews that B.C. has to offer and entertaining trivia that will make beer geeks pop their tops.
British Columbians are embracing craft beer like never before, enticed by the diverse variety of beers and unique beer-tasting experiences available in B.C., as well as an urge to reject the status quo of the mass market in favour of local artisan products made thoughtfully with high-quality ingredients. According to Wiebe, “craft brewers are in the business to make good beer, not just sell a whack of it.”
Until fairly recently, most towns on Vancouver Island outside Victoria were "Lucky towns"—that is, the primary drink of choice was Lucky Lager. But the breweries that are opening in Island towns, such as Gladstone Brewing and Cumberland Brewing, hope that their product will persuade mass-market beer drinkers to join the movement to consume locally-made brews. It has already worked well in places such as Tofino and Powell River, with the emergence of Tofino Brewing and Townsite Brewing. Given the pace of B.C.'s craft beer revolution, Islanders are sure to have the good fortune to have an unprecedented variety of quality beer in the years to come.
Joe Wiebe, a.k.a. the “Thirsty Writer” is one of Canada’s leading beer writers and has been telling the stories of B.C.’s craft beer community since 2006. His writing has appeared in publications throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including enRoute, BCBusiness, The Globe and Mail, The Growler and Beer West and Taps magazines. Based in Victoria, B.C., he is the craft beer correspondent for CBC Radio’s All Points West broadcast. The first edition of Craft Beer Revolution was a B.C. bestseller and won the Gourmand Award for the Best Beer Book in Canada. For more information about these events, or to connect with the author and the craft beer community, visit www.craftbeerrevolution.ca or follow "BCCraftBeerRevolution" on Facebook and on Twitter.
Congratulations to Bob McDonald, whose book, Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure, was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers' Association's Science in Society General Book Award. The winners will receive $1,000 and will be announced on April 23, 2015.
All spacewalkers are astronauts, but not all astronauts are spacewalkers. Astronauts leave earth’s atmosphere in a spaceship. Spacewalkers don pressure suits and step outside into the universe. In Canadian Spacewalkers, author Bob McDonald compiles the perspectives of the only three Canadian astronauts who have accomplished this feat —Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean and Dave Williams. The astronauts tell tales of training underwater in the world’s largest swimming pool, recount how they learned to use power tools in zero gravity while wearing bulky gloves and describe the moment when they opened the hatch and stepped outside. McDonald, science journalist and simulator-spacewalker, also shares his own experiences with astronaut training: the almost-reality of simulators, the sensory deprivation of the spacesuit, and even a zero-g airplane ride where he experiences the wonder and giddiness of floating weightless.
Bob McDonald has been the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks since 1992. He is a regular science commentator on CBC News Network and science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National. He has been honored with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the 2005 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada
Also shortlisted for the Science in Society General Book Award is The End of Memory by Jay Ingram, Pain and Prejudice: What Science can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It by Karen Messing, Is that a Fact? by Dr Joe Schwarcz and Bee Time by Mark L. Winston.
Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce that Allan Levine's Toronto: Biography of a City is a finalist for not one, but two Manitoba Book Awards! Toronto is shortlisted for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. The award announcement and ceremony will take place on April 25, 2015 in Winnipeg. Congratulations Allan!
Sat, November 28
Mark Abley at the Atwater Writers Exhibition Book Fair
Atwater Library Auditorium ➥
Sat, November 28
After The Sands: A Talk with Author Gordon Laxer
McNally Robinson's, Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg ➥
Tue, December 1
Mark Zuehlke launches new book at Munro's (Victoria)
Munro's Books (1108 Government St, Victoria) ➥
Sat, December 5
Signe Langford at Evergreen Brick Works