Beverly Delich worked tirelessly as Michael Bublé’s manager in the early days of his career and was instrumental in his rise to international stardom. Join Beverly as she celebrates the launch of her new memoir about the decade she spent working with Michael—Come Fly with Me: Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom, a Memoir (Douglas & McIntyre, $32.95) by Beverly Delich with Shelley Fralic—with a book signing at Chapters on Robson (788 Robson St) on Wednesday, November 20 at 7pm. For more info on the signing, contact Chapters at (604) 682-4066.
Beverly Delich and Shelley Fralic will also be signing copies Come Fly with Me at Black Bond Books in New Westminster (Royal City Centre, 102-610 Sixth Street) on Saturday, December 7 at 12 noon. For more info on this signing contact Black Bond at 604-528-6226 or email .
In 1993, fifty-three-year-old Beverly Delich discovered the then-unknown eighteen-year-old singer Michael Bublé, in a talent contest she was coordinating in Vancouver. She went on to become his manager and moved with him to Toronto and then L.A. as he tried to break into a tough, unforgiving business.
Come Fly with Me is Beverly’s vivid, behind-the-scenes story of the making of a modern-day superstar. She recounts their journey together from early days when she and Bublé struggled to get bookings, to the giddiness of hobnobbing with musical royalty, to the pivotal and sometimes heartbreaking decisions that would ultimately take Bublé to the top and found Beverly on the sidelines.
This memoir not only unravels the never-told tale of Bublé’s success, but is a story of sacrifice and loyalty, a story of a strong independent woman who devoted close to a decade of her life to guide a talented, mercurial artist to the top of the charts.
BEVERLY DELICH has long been a fixture on Vancouver’s cultural scene, from her years as a cantorial soloist and an entertainment coordinator at the Pacific National Exhibition, to her personal and business partnership with the late Ray Carroll of The Platters, to her current ownership of the Silver Lining Management talent agency.
SHELLEY FRALIC is an experienced journalist and long-time columnist at The Vancouver Sun. She is also the author of several books, including the recent B.C. bestseller, Making Headlines: 100 Years of the Vancouver Sun.
These book signing events are free to attend and all are welcome.
In addition to being a CBC host, an eminent indie-rock alumnus, and the award-winning author of the bestselling book, Adventures in Solitude, Grant Lawrence has another claim to fame: as a baby, he spent part of a plane ride from Toronto to Montréal on Bobby Orr’s lap. Grant, his parents, Bobby Orr and the rest of the Canadian hockey team were on their way to Game 3 of the famous Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Canada in 1972, during the height of the Cold War. It was at this tender age that Grant’s lifelong entanglement with hockey began.
Grant Lawrence’s new book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie, is an ingenious combination of hockey lore, Canadian music history and personal anecdotes. It is a side-splitting account of how hockey has played into various periods of Lawrence's life: first when he was a knee-brace-wearing bully-magnet who was tormented by the hockey-obsessed jocks at his school; then when he was rock star touring the country with his band, The Smugglers; and finally, when he became a CBC broadcaster and journalist who found striking connections between the worlds of hockey and music. Complete with Lawrence's signature storytelling ability, The Lonely End of the Rink is the quintessential Canadian story about our cultural lives, told through the grill of a goalie mask. Not only does it contain colourful tales about the history of the NHL, it is also chock full of stories about many Canadian celebrities—including comedians, musicians and actors—whose lives have been affected by the game.
Grant Lawrence is spending the fall touring the country, reading from his book and talking about his conflicted—yet ultimately positive—relationship with hockey. Lawrence is known for being a stellar performer, and his readings are full of humour and insight. They are often enhanced by performances by some of Canada's most talented musicians. The details of his upcoming events in Ontario and Quebec are as follows:
For more information about Grant Lawrence, his book, and his tour (including these events as well as events in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan), go to www.grantlawrence.ca.
Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce that the company has two books on the longlist for the €100,000 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The longlist, which totals 152 titles, eleven of which are Canadian, was announced on November 11, 2013.
Kamloops author Richard Wagamese has been longlisted for his novel Indian Horse, which won both the inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature and the First Nation Communities Read award earlier this year.
Ben Stephenson, originally from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and currently living in Montreal, has been nominated for his first novel, A Matter of Life and Death or Something.
Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 152 books eligible for the 2014 award were nominated by libraries in 110 cities and 39 countries worldwide, noting that “41 are titles in translation, spanning 17 languages, and 47 are first novels.” The Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service and is renowned for its promotion of excellence in world literature.
The IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist will be made public on April 9, 2014, and the winner will be announced on June 12, 2014.
Vancouver Island is known not only for having the highest density of cougars, but also the most aggressive cougar population in North America. Join author Paula Wild as she goes on tour to the North Island for her new book that explores our evolving relationship with this enigmatic animal: The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous (Douglas & McIntyre). She will be giving slideshow presentations and book signings at the following locations:
Port Alice – Port Alice Library (951 Marine Drive), on Thursday, November 14 from 7pm to 8pm. For more info, call: 250-284-3554.
Sointula – Sointula Fire Hall on Sunday, November 17 from 10am to noon. Rick James will also be presenting his book, Raincoast Chronicles 21: West Coast Wrecks and other Maritime Tales at this event, which is sponsored by Sointula Winterfest. You can also meet Paula Wild and Rick James at their booth at Sointula Winterfest on Saturday, November 16! For more info, email Paula Wild at:
Port McNeill - The Gate House Theatre (1705 Campbell Way) on Sunday, November 17 from 3pm to 5pm. This event is hosted by the Gate House Community Association. For more info, call 250 949-0160 or 250-956-3456.
Kamloops author Richard Wagamese has won the inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. His novel, Indian Horse, was awarded first prize, worth $12,000.
Established by CODE in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award recognizes outstanding literary works for young adults written by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors.
Indian Horse tells the moving story of Saul Indian Horse, who embarks on a marvelous journey of imagination back through the life he led as a northern Ojibway, with all its sorrows and joys. For Saul, taken forcibly from the land and his family when he’s sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.
Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He is the author of many award-winning books and was the 2012 recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communications and most recently, the 2013 recipient of the Canada Council Molson Prize in the Arts. Indian Horse was selected for CBC’s Canada Reads program in 2013 and also won the First Nation Communities Read award for 2013-14.
Exploring Vancouver—The Architectural Guide, by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward, is a finalist for the 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award.
Since 1989, the City of Vancouver Book Award has recognized authors of excellence who contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents.
Highly readable and authoritative, Exploring Vancouver is the definitive guide to the city’s architecture—from the breathtaking to the bizarre. Kalman and Ward, both longtime chroniclers of Vancouver’s architectural story, take the reader on a walking or driving tour of fourteen areas in and around the city and detail more than 450 of the city’s most notable buildings, structures and landscapes—from the historical to the high-tech—situating each in its social, cultural and historical context.
The book also features full-colour photography by John Roaf, who studied architecture at UBC and has specialized in architectural photography in Canada and in Europe for forty years.
Harold Kalman is a specialist in architectural history and heritage conservation. He is the author (or co-author) of many standard texts on architecture and conservation, including A History of Canadian Architecture and Principles of Heritage Conservation.
Robin Ward is an architectural critic, writer and graphic artist. For more than ten years, he wrote a weekly column on architecture for the Vancouver Sun. He is the author of Robin Ward’s Vancouver and Robin Ward’s Heritage West Coast.
The other finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award are Brad Cran, author of Ink on Paper (Nightwood Editions); Amber Dawn, author of How Poetry Saved My Life (Arsenal Pulp Press); Jancis M. Andrews, for The Ballad of Mrs. Smith (Hedgerow Press); and Sean Kheraj, for Inventing Stanley Park (UBC Press). The award will be presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Gala at Science World on November 22.
Rising Toronto author Krista Bridge was at home vacuuming and entertaining her toddler Monday when she received what she calls the biggest surprise of her life: Word that her debut novel, The Eliot Girls, is a finalist for the $25,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
“My agent called and told me, and I probably shouldn’t say this, but I really thought she must be mistaken,” the 37-year-old said by phone from her home shortly after learning of the honour.
“Like, I just couldn’t believe it. I thought she had to have made a mistake. It wasn’t until I saw the actual news on the computer screen that I thought, ‘Oh, okay, she didn’t mix it up.’”
...Bridge — who first turned heads with her short story collection The Virgin Spy — knows the world of private schools well, having attended two of them in Toronto. She opted for the public education system for her final two years of high school, though, because of a “personal situation with friends” at her private institution.
“I got accused of doing something I hadn’t done and nobody was talking to me and it just felt like the end of the world for me, because there were fewer than forty people in my class,” she said. “Those private schools are so small and everybody knows everybody else’s business, and so there’s really no way to exist outside of the intensity of that climate.”
Bridge said The Eliot Girls is “only very loosely based” on her private school experiences and Audrey is not modelled after her.
“But I was interested in the idea of how hard it is to integrate yourself into a private school, in high school, because I had the experience of seeing girls arrive at our school and then leaving because they found it so hard to break through the cliques,” said the mother of two boys, one nearly six and the other two and a half.
“I was always interested in the way that culture of bullying was just the norm, and in the girl world it’s so insidious and quiet, for the most part.”
Bridge does have praise for private schools, noting they offer a great education, intimacy and sense of “community that people can believe in and invest themselves in.” But if she could afford to send her children to one, she probably wouldn’t — especially if she has a girl.
“One of the things that I find as a parent is that you want to protect your children from all the pains you experienced. So I think I’d bring too much of my own personal bias to the idea of sending a girl to private school.”
Writers’ Trust fiction prize jury members Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, and Miguel Syjuco read 115 books from 50 publishers to choose the five finalists, who will each receive $2,500. Pick said the jury saw a bumper crop of strong works and asked organizers if they could include more than the limit of five finalists, but alas they had to stick with the set number.
“I feel like it was just a banner year for Canadian literature,” she said. “The books were so strong and the deliberations were intense, and the books that we chose are certainly outstanding books, but there were also a lot of wonderful books that couldn’t get on the list.”
Winners for the award, as well as several others handed out by the Trust, will be announced on November 20th in Toronto.
-Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press (http://metronews.ca/scene/810232/private-school-story-up-for-writers-trust/)
Meet Paula Wild, author of The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous as she goes on tour across Vancouver Island and to Vancouver this fall. She will be giving slideshow presentations about our evolving relationship with the enigmatic predator, as well as book signings, at the following locations (check back here for updates!):
Courtenay – BOOK LAUNCH - Courtenay and District Museum (207 Fourth Street) on Saturday, October 5 from 2pm to 4pm. Free admission, refreshments provided. For more info, call the museum at: 250.334.0686.
Nanaimo - Nanaimo Museum (100 Museum Way), on Saturday, October 12 from 2pm to 3:30pm. For more info, call: 250-753-1821. Free admission.
Campbell River – Campbell River Library (1240 Shoppers Row), on Thursday, October 17 starting at 6:30pm, with book sales by Coho Books. Free admission. For more info, call Coho Books at: 250-287-2336.
Quadra Island - The Quadra Island Community Centre (970 West Road), on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm. This event is sponsored by the Quadra Island Sierra Club, with books for sale by Book Bonanza. Doors open at 7pm, admission is by donation, and refreshments will be provided. For more info, call Book Bonanza at: 250-285-3665.
Qualicum Beach - Paula will be giving a book signing at Mulberry Bush Bookstore's Qualicum Beach location (130 West 2nd Avenue) on Thursday, October 24 from 11am to noon, to be followed by a slideshow presentation at the Qualicum Beach Library (660 Primrose) from 2pm to 3pm. Free admission. For more info, call Mulberry Bush Bookstore at: 250-752-9722.
Parksville - Parksville Library (100 Jensen Ave E) on Thursday, October 24 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, with book sales by Mulberry Bush Bookstore. Free admission. For more info, call Mulberry Bush Bookstore at: 250-248-1193.
Victoria – BOOK SIGNING ONLY – Munro’s Books (1108 Government St) on Saturday, November 9 from 2pm to 3pm. Free admission. For more info, call Munro’s at: 250-382-2464.
Vancouver – Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch (350 West Georgia Street) on Monday, November 4 from 7pm to 9pm. This event is in conjunction with the Felidae Conservation Fund, who will also be giving a presentation. Free admission.
Chances are, anyone who spends time in the woods in cougar country has been close to a cougar, whether they knew it or not. It can be a scary thought, especially combined with the lengthy history of recorded encounters that have occurred on Vancouver Island in the last two hundred years or more, many of which are told in Paula Wild’s The Cougar. There are tales of bounty hunters like the infamous Cougar Annie who shot a cougar on her seventy-third birthday; attack stories like that of the woman living in a logging camp in the ’50s who was attacked two separate times by the same cougar in one day, it had so fixated on her as prey; and surprising accounts of encounters occurring where you’d least expect it, like the parking garage at the Empress Hotel in Victoria.
However, as Wild says in The Cougar, “co-existing with cougars isn’t about fear, it’s about knowledge.” Through a skillful blend of natural history, scientific research and many first-hand accounts, along with amazing photos and detailed information on what to do in the case of a cougar encounter, Wild explores what makes this animal that has both fascinated and frightened Vancouver Islanders throughout history 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 has also written for numerous periodicals, including Beautiful British Columbia, Reader’s Digest and Canada’s History Magazine. She lives in Courtenay, B.C. with her partner, Rick James.
B.C. military historian Mark Zuehlke has been shortlisted for Canada’s premiere history prize, the 2013 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. This award, presented by Canada’s History Society, celebrates those who have brought Canadian history to a popular audience, and this year’s three finalists all specialize in Canada’s military past.
Mark Zuehlke is the author of the Canadian Battle Series, the most extensive published account of the battle experiences of Canada’s army in World War II. The most recent addition to the ten-volume series is Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942, which was just released in paperback from Douglas & McIntyre at the end of August, and is the gripping story of the Canadian Army’s disastrous raid on Dieppe. Zuehlke is widely hailed as Canada’s leading popular military historian, and has been shortlisted for the Pierre Berton Award once before, in 2007. He lives in Victoria, B.C.
The recipient of the Pierre Berton Award will receive $5,000 and a trip for two to Ottawa to receive their award at the Governor General’s History Awards at Rideau Hall. They will also attend the Canada’s History Forum and the TD History-Makers Celebration Dinner, held in conjunction with the awards.
Also nominated in this year’s awards are Tim Cook, the Great War Historian at the Canadian War Museum and author of five award-winning books about the Canadian experience in World War I; and Legion Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine featuring the work of Canada’s leading military historians that’s been published since 1926. The award will be presented by the Governor General at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. For more information on the award, go to www.canadashistory.ca.
Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards have announced the shortlist for 2013. East Meets West: Traditional and Contemporary Asian Dishes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants by Stephanie Yuen has been nominated in the regional/cultural cookbooks category. The jury commented on the beautiful photography and “exceptional writing,” and said that “the short stories and descriptions to the side of the recipes . . . offer a bit of insight and are a quick read.”
Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards are an evolution of the former Canadian Culinary Book Awards. These newly branded Awards annually recognize and celebrate superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French. This year, there were 64 submissions, representing a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing. The winners will be announced, together with the names of the jurors, at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, 4th November, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.
East Meets West is a wide-ranging cookbook and an insider’s glimpse into the kitchens of Vancouver’s world-class Asian restaurants. The first book of its kind, it is a celebration of the city’s Asian food and a mouthwatering compilation of distinctive dishes from its most talented—but often unheralded—kitchens. Veteran food writer Stephanie Yuen brings together a collection of recipes showcasing both traditional Asian foods made with fresh ingredients from the Pacific Northwest Coast and modern classics inspired by Asian flavours and techniques.
Other nominees in the regional/cultural cookbooks category are Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid and Modern Flavors of Arabia: Recipes and Memories from My Middle Eastern Kitchen by Suzanne Husseini.
Sat, December 7
Beverly Delich & Shelley Fralic Sign Copies of 'Come Fly with Me' in New Westminster
Black Bond Books in Royal City Centre (102-610 Sixth Street, New Westminster) ➥
Sun, December 8
Books & Brews with Mark Abley
Clocktower Brew Pub, 422 MacKay Street, Ottawa, ON ➥
Thu, December 5
Building the Orange Wave Edmonton Book Launch
The Common (9910 109 St NW) ➥