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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)
Vancouver, B.C.: Tuesday, December 16 – Talk and book signing at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch in the Alice MacKay Room, 7pm
Arno Kopecky, author of The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. The shortlisted authors were revealed by the Canada Council for the Arts, which oversees the annual Canadian prize. Winners in each category will receive $25,000 while the rest of the finalists receive $1,000.
Also shortlisted for the Non-Fiction prize are: Michael Harris for The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection; Edmund Metatawabin wiht Alexandra Shimo for Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey through the Turbulent Waters of Native History; and Maria Mutch for Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours.
The shortlist announcement comes just weeks after Kopecky was named recipient of the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.
Part investigative journalist, 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 travel 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.
Daniel Francis, an author, editorial director and columnist, has received the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Excellence! The Mayor's Arts Awards celebrate distinction in arts and culture in the city of Vancouver.
Daniel Francis has written two dozen books during his career, and he is known for combining engaging narrative with the investigation of deeper historical themes. His most recent book, Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars was published this September. It uncovers the history of North American prohibition from a Canadian perspective, revealing our country's role in keeping an apparently dry America supplied with booze and giving context to our own (rather brief) period of teetotalling. Complete with more than 200 images—including archival photos, newspaper clippings, and artifacts from the Jazz Age, Closing Time is an exceptional account of a fascinating time period.
Other recent books by Daniel Francis include Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History (Harbour Publishing, 2012) and Selling Canada: Three Propaganda Campaigns that Shaped the Nation (SA&D, 2011). He was also the editorial director of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour Publishing, 2000). In 2010, Francis was shortlisted for the prestigious Pierre Berton Award, which recognizes excellence in bringing Canadian history to a wide popular audience.
Join Grant Lawrence and singer Jill Barber as they embark on a library tour of the Kootenay Valley. Lawrence will share stories from his books, show slides and a short film, and talk about his conflicted—yet ultimately positive—relationship with hockey. Jill Barber, a celebrated jazz singer, will also perform. Dates and locations are as follows:
In addition to being a CBC host, an eminent indie-rock alumnus, and the award-winning author of the best-selling book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound, 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, 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 most recent 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. The book instantly hit the national bestseller list on its release in October 2013. It is a hilarious account of hockey's influence throughout Lawrence's life: first when he was a knee-brace-wearing bully-magnet, tormented by the hockey-obsessed jocks at his school; then as a 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.
Lawrence's first book, Adventures in Solitude, is full of tales of his summers spent in Desolation Sound, where going to a neighbour's potluck meant being met with hugs from portly naked hippies, and where Russell the Hermit's school of life (boating, fishing and rock 'n' roll) influenced Lawrence to pursue a career in music. Shortly after it was released in 2010, Adventures in Solitude was nominated for multiple awards and won the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award. It quickly hit the #1 spot on the BC Bestseller list and stayed there many months.
The Lonely End of the Rink may differ from Adventures in Solitude in that is has hockey stick-wielding bullies rather than an octopus armed with a wrench, or scenes of locker-room nudity instead of the au natural displays of Desolation Sound, but both books are full of Lawrence’s signature storytelling ability and side-splitting narration. This free event is presented by the Kootenay Library Federation. For more information about Grant Lawrence and his books, go to www.grantlawrence.ca. You can also find out more about Jill Barber, and listen to samples of her music at www.jillbarber.com. Books and CDs will be available for purchase at the events.
Our congratulations to Mark Zuehlke, author of the Canadian Battle Series, who is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Pierre Berton Award. This award, given out by Canada’s National History Society, celebrates those who have brought Canadian history to a wider audience. Zuehlke will receive the award, which includes a $5,000 prize, from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Monday, November 3rd in Ottawa at Rideau Hall.
Zuehlke's Canadian Battle Series is the most detailed account of any army during World War II ever written by a single author. The bestselling series has continued to confirm Zuehlke’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading popular military historians. As Canada’s National History Society notes on their website, “In granting the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: the Pierre Berton Award, Canada’s National History Society recognizes [Mark Zuehlke’s] extraordinary work in ensuring that our military heritage is not forgotten. He has given all of us a greater understanding of vital aspects of Canadian history.”
Late this October, D&M is releasing the eleventh book in the Canadian Battle Series: Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944-45. It relates 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, Zuehlke seeks to redress this historical oversight.
Mark Zuehlke has worked as a journalist, been educated as a historian and written award-winning fiction and non-fiction. In 2006, his Canadian Battle Series book Holding Juno won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. He has also written six historical works outside of the series, including For Honour’s Sake (Knopf Canada), which won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. Zuehlke lives in Victoria, B.C. For more info, visit www.zuehlke.ca.
For more information about the Pierre Berton Award, visit www.canadashistory.ca.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
Fri, November 7
Krista Bridge at the Ridgeway Reads Literary Festival
Ridgeway, ON ➥
Thu, October 30
Ann Eriksson Reading at University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, M.B. ➥
Tue, November 4
Canadian Spacewalkers book launch
Bolen Books - 1644 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC ➥
Sat, November 8
Darrell Dennis at the Victoria Writer's Festival
Oak Bay United Church - 1355 Mitchell Street, Victoria ➥
Tue, November 4
Scott Feschuk - Ottawa Book Launch
Metropolitan Brassiere - 700 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ➥
Sun, November 2
Mark Zuehlke Gives Keynote Speech at Canada's History Forum
Canadian War Museum, Ottawa ➥
Mon, November 3
Mark Zuehlke receives Pierre Berton Award
Rideau Hall, Ottawa, ON ➥
Tue, November 4
Daniel Francis talk and book signing in Vancouver
Green Leaf Brewery - 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC ➥
Sat, November 8
Darrell Dennis at the Victoria Writers Festival
Oak Bay United Church, 1355 Mitchell Street ➥