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Congratulations to Susan Delacourt, whose fifth book engaged with Canadian politics, Shopping for Votes (Douglas & McIntyre, $32.95), is a finalist for the 2014 John W. Dafoe Book Prize. The prize is awarded to the best book on “Canada, Canadians and/or Canada’s place in the world.”
The winner will be announced in mid-April and the award presented at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s Annual Book Prize Dinner, held in Winnipeg in May. The winner will receive CAD $10,000.
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.
Delacourt’s book is not a one-sided polemic, but rather an investigative look at how politics in Canada in general have been co-opted by marketing.
SUSAN DELACOURT is a writer with the Toronto Star, covering federal politics for 25 years, as a reporter, bureau chief and columnist with the major national newspapers. Shopping For Votes is Delacourt’s fifth book and also her largest one, in time span and scope, as she shares with readers how Canadian political culture has changed to match the consumerist boom of the past half-century.
With her own front-row seat to current events all these years, Delacourt has seen a big shift in the national conversation. The great constitutional debates of the 1980s and 1990s -- subject of her first book, United We Fall -- have been replaced by conversations about value for the “taxpayer” and “Tim Hortons voters.” Though not a frequent denizen of donut shops or the malls, this book is Delacourt’s update on her own political-science education, which began at Western University and has taken her all over the country. Along the way, she also wrote books about three Liberal politicians: Paul Martin (Juggernaut); the late MP Shaughnessy Cohen (Shaughnessy) and her most recent eRead for the Star on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal leadership campaign.
Delacourt is a regular commentator on CTV and CBC, honoured in 2011 with the Charles Lynch award for career-long achievement in political journalism. She has also been a finalist in the national newspaper and national magazine awards, and The Globe and Mail gave her its best-writer prize for her work on the national-unity saga of the 1990s. In 2014 she won the prestigious Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.
The five nominees for the 2014 John W. Dafoe Book Prize are:
Susan Delacourt. Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them. Madeira Park, B.C: Douglas & McIntyre P. Whitney Lackenbauer. The Canadian Rangers: A Living History. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press David O’Keefe. One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada John L. Riley. The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press Paul Wells. The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada 2006-. Toronto: Random House.
The book prize memorializes John Wesley Dafoe, one of the most significant Canadian editors of the 20th century. It is one of the richest book awards for non-fiction excellence about Canada, Canadians and the Canadian nation in international affairs. In his tenure at the Manitoba Free Press, later renamed the Winnipeg Free Press, from 1901-1944, Dafoe was known for his advocacy of western development, free trade, and national independence. His case for adoption by Britain of the Statute of Westminster in 1931 advanced the severance of formal ties with Empire and created the eight dominions, which became the nucleus of the present 54-nation Commonwealth.
Our congratulations to Paula Wild, whose BC bestselling book The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous (Douglas & McIntyre; $34.95) has been nominated for two awards in as many days! Just yesterday, the BC Book Prizes announced that The Cougar is a finalist for their 2014 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. And today, Foreword Reviews has announced it as a finalist for their 2013 Book of the Year Awards, in the category of Nonfiction – Nature.
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.
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, BC.
The BC Book Prizes’ Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, supported by the BC Booksellers’ Association, is presented to the publisher and the author of the book that is most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. The winner will be announced at the 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver on May 3, 2014. For more information on this award, visit www.bcbookprizes.ca.
The Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards celebrate new indie books from authors and publishers whose work stands out from the crowd, with awards in over sixty categories. The winners of the 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards will be celebrated at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 27, 2014. For more information on this award, visit botya.forewordreviews.com.
Congratulations to D&M author Krista Bridge, whose first novel, The Eliot Girls (Douglas & McIntyre, 978-1-55365-982-2; $22.95), is a finalist for the 38th Annual Amazon.ca First Novel Award. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of Canadian first-time novelists. The winner will be unveiled on April 30 at the annual Amazon.ca First Novel Award ceremony held in Toronto, and will be selected from the list of nominees by a panel of judges including: Kamal Al-Solaylee, journalist and author of the memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes; Angie Abdou, author of the novels The Bone Cage and The Canterbury Trail; and Brian Francis, author of the novels Fruit and Natural Order. The winner will receive CAD $7,500 and finalists will receive a CAD $750 gift certificate.
The Eliot Girls is a gripping debut teeming with drama and scathing insight into the world of an all-girls private school. By turns comic and psychologically intense, The Eliot Girls is set at the exclusive George Eliot Academy, a private school for girls that prides itself on being on the vanguard of learning. For years, Audrey Brindle and her mother, Ruth, have wanted Audrey to get into the school where Ruth has taught for a decade. But when Audrey is finally admitted, she discovers that the daily world of Eliot is a place of sly bullying, ferocious intolerance, and bewildering social standards. Ruth, meanwhile, finds her own stability dismantled by the arrival of a new teacher, Henry Winter. As Audrey and Ruth navigate the treacheries of their upended worlds, each finds her sense of morality slipping as unexpected possibilities ignite.
An acutely observed exploration of ambition, betrayal and cruelty, The Eliot Girls deftly navigates the intimacies and injustice of privileged female adolescence, and the relationship of a mother and daughter for whom life will never be the same.
KRISTA BRIDGE’s fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Toronto Life, Descant, Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Anthology. The Eliot Girls was nominated for 2013 The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Writers’ Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. Her first book, a collection of stories called The Virgin Spy (Douglas & McIntyre), was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the ReLit Award. Krista Bridge attended an all-girls private school in Toronto for many years. She currently lives in Toronto with her family.
The five nominees for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award were selected by head judge and editor of Quill & Quire, Stuart Woods:
The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert (Knopf Canada) The Eliot Girls by Krista Bridge (Douglas & McIntyre) Juanita Wildrose: My True Life by Susan Downe (Pedlar Press) Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady (Doubleday Canada) Ballistics by D.W. Wilson (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
“The finalists for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award are at diverse stages in their careers as writers, but they share a bold vision for the novel in Canada,” said Woods. “I hope this shortlist will serve as another reminder of the vibrancy of Canadian fiction.”
To find additional information about the finalists and the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, visit www.amazon.ca/firstnovelaward.
The finalists for the 2014 BC Book Prizes were announced today, and Douglas & McIntyre would like to congratulate Arno Kopecky, author of The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway; David Stouck, author of Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life; Grant Lawrence, author of The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie; and Paula Wild, author of The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous.
Arno Kopecky's Oil Man and the Sea, and David Stouck's Arthur Erickson are both finalists for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, awarded to the author of the best original work of literary non-fiction. Quality of research and writing along with insight and originality are major considerations in the judging of this prize.
The Oil Man and the Sea is a rich evocation of ecology, culture, and history in which Kopecky describes a sailing trip along the Northern Gateway tanker route. He meditates on the line between impartial reportage and environmental activism, ultimately arguing that there are some places oil tankers should never go.
Arno Kopecky is a journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, The Tyee and Kenya's Daily Nation. He has covered civil uprisings in Mexico, cyclones in Burma, Zimbabwe's 30-year dictatorship and election violence in Kenya. He lives in Squamish, B.C.
Arthur Erickson is an intimate portrait of the brilliant and controversial architect who put Canada on the world stage. This first full biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 at the age of 84, traces his life from its modest origins to his emergence on the world stage. Grounded in interviews with Erickson and his family, friends and clients, Arthur Erickson is both an intimate portrait of the man and a stirring account of how he made his buildings work.
David Stouck is a biographer whose works include Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography, shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize, and Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun: The Correspondence of Sinclair Ross 1933-86, a finalist for the Alberta Book Prize. With Myler Wilkinson, he edited Genius of Place: Writing about British Columbia. He is professor emeritus of English at Simon Fraser University.
David Stouck 's book is also a finalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, awarded to the author of the book which contributes the most to the enjoyment and understanding of the province of British Columbia. The book must be original and may deal with any aspect of the province (people, history, geography, oceanography, etc.).
Grant Lawrence's The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie and Paula Wild's The Cougar are both finalists for The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, which is given to book that is the most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. The prize is shared by the publishers and the authors.
The Lonely End of the Rink is a witty and personal memoir about nerds, jocks and the ability of the game of hockey to make or break their affinity for one another. It also offers an entertaining history of the sport, with a focus on the Vancouver Canucks, all through the grill of a goalie mask.
Grant Lawrence is a CBC host, an eminent indie-rock alumnus, and the award-winning author of the bestselling book Adventures in Solitude, which won the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award in 2011. As a toddler, Lawrnece spent the majority of a plane ride from Toronto to Winnipeg on Bobby Orr’s lap.
The Cougar is a skillful blend of natural history, scientific research, First Nations stories and first person accounts. With her in-depth research, Wild explores the relationship between mountain lions and humans, and provides the most up-to-date information on cougar awareness and defense tactics for those living, working or travelling in cougar country.
Paula Wild is the author of One River, Two Cultures, The Comox Valley and Sointula: Island Utopia, winner of a BC Historical Federation Certificate of Merit. Paula has also written for numerous periodicals, including Beautiful British Columbia, Canada’s History Magazine and the Vancouver Sun. Her work has been nominated for National Magazine Awards and she received the John Alexander Media Award for “On a Mission for Life.” She lives in Courtenay, B.C.
For more information about the BC Book Prizes, or for a complete list of awards and finalists, go to www.bcbookprizes.ca.
Emberton is a quirky and original debut for anyone with a love of books and language. The part-satire, part horror-tinged mystery tells the story of a man who has never been able to read, but is anonymously offered help in the form of a job at Emberton Dictionary.
Below is a Q&A session with Peter Norman, exploring the world of Emberton:
Q ~ In Emberton, language becomes a physical substance—something that the bad guys extract and store and use to gain power. What gave you this idea?
A ~ I’ve had a lifelong attraction to playing with language. I grew up in a family where puns were de rigueur (if I’d really wanted to rebel against my parents, refusing to pun might have been my most devastating option) and word games and puzzles abounded. As a poet, I try to roll around in language like a hippo in mud—I like to come out smeared with it. Most of my favourite literature cherishes the sonic textures of language. So I often think of language as a physical material, like paint. Which led me to wonder: What if people could capture and hoard language? What would it mean if that physical material were drained from the world and stored up in a cave underground? (And of course the answer is that language would die. Like a lot of things, it gathers force only by being shared.)
Q ~ If your novel had an online dating profile, what would it say?
A~ I’m mysterious and alluring, but I have a sense of humour. My friends tell me I’m well written. I’m not too big but not too small; I hope I have just the right amount of substance. I like to be open.
Q ~ What celebrity would most enjoy your novel?
A ~ Donald Trump might like it, because its villain is a ruthless older man running a business empire from a tower named after himself. Except he kills people instead of just firing them.
Q ~ You are a poet as well as a novelist. How does writing one differ from the other, and is it difficult to make the transition between them?
A ~ Poetry is better suited for short bursts of energy and inspiration. If a poem is short, you can bang out a first draft in half an hour or less. Sure, hours upon hours of revision may lie ahead (and you might end up chucking the thing out anyway), but at least you’ve finished something. Completing a novel requires faith in a single idea, and that faith has to be sustained for the long haul. The idea has to be developed in expansive and interesting ways; a huge canvas needs filling in. It’s kind of scary!
If a poem succeeds, people out there might really cherish a line or two, maybe even learn a bit of it by heart. (A poem of mine was put on buses and subways by the Toronto Transit Commission; to my delight, someone tweeted its last line late one Friday night, presumably while busing home.) If a novel succeeds, readers will enjoy a days- or weeks-long journey. Each of these scenarios is very rewarding; it’s a different kind of gift to the reader.
Q ~ If you weren’t a writer, what vocation would you most like to have?
A ~ Composer/conductor. Imagine building the soundscape for an orchestra to make, and then standing on a podium in front of a hundred musicians and drawing that music out of them! My father is a conductor (choral rather than orchestral), keyboardist, and composer, and my sister’s a singer/songwriter, so I do get some vicarious music-making kicks from them.
And of course my conscience would rest easier if I were a doctor or farmer or plumber or anyone whose contribution to humanity was beyond dispute.
Q ~ In Emberton, there is a conflict between two groups: those who want to uphold the standards of good English, protect the language from the forces of laziness and decay; and those who see change as part of the natural progression of a language. Which side are you on?
A ~ Both.
I love the rich trove of words and structures that English has amassed over the centuries. I’m sad to see a gorgeous word or sophisticated structure slide from common usage. And I’m as capable as anyone of getting irked by new idioms and forms of expression that don’t suit my taste (particularly the loathsome coinages of corporate jargon). However, some proper English words and structures began as irritating barbarisms. I recognize that languages are living species, and it’s necessary and good that they evolve.
Researching Emberton shifted my position on this spectrum. When I started writing the book, I was young—still in my twenties—and a bit of a zealot on these matters. I read Kingsley Amis’s The King’s English and Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves with joyful approbation. If I’d been bolder and more inclined to vandalism, I’d have been out on the streets with a Jiffy marker, correcting the punctuation on signage. But the more I read about the history of language—books like Guy Deutscher’s The Unfolding of Language—the closer I came to a big-picture, laissez-faire viewpoint. That said, I still cling to my pet peeves. Tell me about your “expectations going forward” and I’ll start walking rapidly in the opposite direction!
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 co-authors Beverly Delich and Shelley Fralic as they sign copies of their book about the decade Beverly spent working with Michael—Come Fly with Me: Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom, a Memoir (Douglas & McIntyre, $32.95). The event will take place at Book Warehouse in Vancouver (632 West Broadway) on Friday, February 28 from 1pm to 2pm.
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.
For more information on the Come Fly with Me book signing at Book Warehouse, please contact the store at (604) 872-5711 or email . This event is free to attend and all are welcome.
Join Burlington Ontario's A Different Drummer as they present author Susan Delacourt in conversation with Paddy Torsney.
Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life, by David Stouck, has been shortlisted for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize. It is one of five titles to be selected for this prestigious award recognizing excellence in literary non-fiction writing.
Arthur Erickson is an intimate portrait of the brilliant and controversial architect who put Canada on the world stage. It is the first full biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 at the age of 84, and traces his life from its modest origins to his emergence on the world stage. Brilliantly written and superbly researched, it is a provocative look at the phenomenon of cultural heroes and the nature of what we call “genius.”
Three jurors decided the RBC Taylor Prize shortlist: literary scholar Coral Ann Howells, author and professor James Polk, and author and creative instructor Andrew Westoll. The jury considered 124 book submitted by 45 publishers.
Of Arthur Erickson, the jury noted: “Biographer Stouck brings a subtle yet distinct narrative flair to this study of the whirlwind, colorful life of Canada’s most famous architect. The genius behind Simon Fraser University, Roy Thomson Hall, and many other private and public gems was a complicated man with more tragic flaws than a Greek drama. Through deeply sensitive portrayals of Erickson’s idealistic philosophy of art, his creative and financial troubles, his charisma, his arrogance, and his sexual identity, Stouck demonstrates the empathy and rigour of a truly fine biographer. His full-length portrait also reveals much about the cultural life and personalities of Vancouver in the 1940s and 50s. This book tells all, and in the telling is a work of art in itself.” Awarded to one author each year, the RBC Taylor Prize consists of $25,000 plus promotional support. The winner will also announce his or her choice for the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer’s Award, consisting of $10,000 and the opportunity to be mentored. All runners up receive $2,000.
David Stouck will be in Toronto for a series of celebratory RBC Taylor Prize events in early March. The award winner will be announced on March 10 at The King Edward Hotel in Toronto.
Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce seven titles for Spring 2014, with subjects including cooking and gardening, memoir, fiction and First Nations.
Following the success of her national bestseller, The Book of Kale (Harbour Publishing, 2012), Sharon Hanna is back, teaming up with gardening editor Carol Pope, for even more fun with kale. The Book of Kale and Friends introduces readers to thirteen more easy-to-grow superfood crops that pair perfectly with kale in the garden and the kitchen. For readers looking to branch out, Master Gardener Melanie J. Watts’ Growing Food in a Short Season tackles the unique challenges of northern gardeners, who are blessed with some of the longest summer days on earth but must harvest before early autumn frosts arrive.
Continuing D&M’s proud tradition of quality Canadian literary publishing are two novels and a memoir. Ann Eriksson’s new novel, High Clear Bell of Morning, illustrates the strain on families facing mental illness. Elegantly told and affecting, it lives up to the high praise Eriksson’s writing has received from Robert Kroetsch, Nino Ricci and many others. Emberton, from poet and first-time novelist Peter Norman, is a literary gothic novel aimed at lovers of books and language who also appreciate a dose of genre and a dash of humour. In her moving and inspirational memoir, Writing with Grace: A Journey beyond Down Syndrome, Judy McFarlane, graduate of UBC’s MFA Creative Writing program, delves into what it takes to face one’s own prejudice, and what it means to live a full life and believe you are worthy.
Douglas & McIntyre is also pleased to add The Snow Walker, a collection of stories that give voice to a vanishing people who live in the vast Arctic wilderness, to the Farley Mowat Library series, which includes the other recently re-released titles Sea of Slaughter, People of the Deer, A Whale For the Killing, And No Birds Sang and Born Naked.
The groundbreaking graphic novel Red by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, a groundbreaking mix of Haida imagery and Japanese manga, will be available in paperback this spring. The hardcover edition was nominated for the B.C. Bookseller’s Choice Award, a Doug Wright Award for Best Book and a 2010 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Cartoonist. It was also an Amazon Top 100 book of 2009.
Fri, June 6
Paula Wild Gives Presentation on 'The Cougar' in Port Townsend
Jefferson Museum of Art & History ➥
Fri, April 25
Peter Norman at Ottawa International Writers Festival
Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, ON ➥
Sun, April 27
Nicole Lundrigan at Junction Reads
Toronto, ON ➥
Sat, June 7
Paula Wild Gives Presentation on 'The Cougar' in Bellingham
Village Books ➥
Sat, June 7
Paula Wild Gives Presentation on 'The Cougar' in Seattle
Burke Museum of Natural History ➥
Thu, May 8
Paula Wild Gives Presentation in Nanoose Bay, BC
Nanoose Library Hall ➥
Wed, April 23
Peter Norman at IFOA Weekly Reading Series
York Quay Centre, Toronto, ON ➥
Sat, May 3
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas book launch in Vancouver
Douglas Udell Gallery ➥
Wed, April 30
Krista Bridge at the ceremony and winner announcement event for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award ➥