<![CDATA[D&M Publishers - News & Events]]> <![CDATA[Vancouver Author Shortlisted for Country’s Best Crime Novel]]> John MacLachlan Gray, whose novel, The White Angel (Douglas & McIntyre, $29.95), has just been shortlisted for Best Crime Novel in the 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. The Arthur Ellis Awards are presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada to recognize the best in mystery, crime, and suspense writing in fiction and non-fiction by Canadian writers. The White Angel is based on the unsolved murder of Janet Smith, a Scottish nanny who was found dead in her employer's posh Vancouver mansion on July 26, 1924. A dubious investigation led to the even more dubious conclusion that she died by suicide, but after a public outcry the case was re-examined—it was determined that Smith had been murdered. No one was ever convicted, though suspects abounded, from an infatuated Chinese houseboy to a drug-smuggling ring, devil-worshippers from the United States, and even the Prince of Wales. For Vancouver, the killing created a situation analogous to lifting a large flat rock to expose the creatures hiding underneath. John MacLachlan Gray is a multi-talented artist. As a playwright, composer and theatre director, he has created many acclaimed productions, most notably Billy Bishop Goes to War (1978), which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, was produced on- and off-Broadway, and was released as a feature film in 2011. He received his MA from the University of British Columbia. As a writer, Gray has authored several books, fiction and non-fiction, including a series of mystery-thrillers: A Gift For The Little Master (Random House, 2000), The Fiend in Human (St. Martins/Random House, 2004), White Stone Day (Minotaur Books, 2005) and Not Quite Dead (Minotaur Books, 2007). Gray is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, BC. Other finalists for Best Crime Novel include Gail Bowen, for The Winners’ Circle (McClelland & Stewart); Robyn Harding, for The Party (Gallery/Scout Press); Peter Robinson, for Sleeping in the Ground (McClelland & Stewart); and Rio Youers, for The Forgotten Girl (St. Martin’s Press). The winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced on May 24 in Toronto.]]> <![CDATA[Island of the Blue Foxes shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction]]> Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska, by Stephen R. Bown, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction as part of the 2018 Alberta Literary Awards. Published by Douglas & McIntyre, Island of the Blue Foxes uncovers the story of the Great Northern Expedition, one of history’s most ambitious and well-financed scientific expeditions. Conceived by Peter the Great in the 1730s and led by Danish mariner Vitus Bering, the expedition transported a grand cavalcade of scientists, secretaries, interpreters, artists, surveyors, officers, and laborers across oceans and unforgiving landscapes. Along the way, the crew was plagued by grave misfortunes, and bolstered by unparalleled success. Island of the Blue Foxes tells their incredible story: one of personal and cultural animosities, Gothic horrors, and ingenuity in the face of adversity. Natural History Magazine praised the book, calling Island of the Blue Foxes “a fine addition to the literature of Arctic exploration.” CBC News celebrated the book as “a worthwhile read and perhaps one of [Bown's] best.” Island of the Blue Foxes was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize and longlisted for the BC National Award for Non-Fiction. Stephen R. Bown is the author of many critically acclaimed, award-winning titles including most recently White Eskimo (Douglas & McIntyre, 2015), which was the winner of the 2016 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books. Bown lives in the Canadian Rockies. Winners of the Alberta Literary Awards will be announced and awards will be presented at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala on June 2, 2018 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Calgary.]]> <![CDATA[Three Douglas & McIntyre Books Shortlisted for Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year Award!]]> The World’s Most Travelled Man by Mike Spencer Bown – Adult Non-Fiction Travel • Cooking with the Wolfman by David Wolfman and Marlene Finn – Adult Non-Fiction Cooking • Dirty Windshields by Grant Lawrence – Adult Non-Fiction Performing Arts & Music Foreword Magazine is dedicated to celebrating the excellence of independent publishers and their authors. The winners will be announced on June 15, 2018 along with the Foreword Indie Publisher of the Year and the Editors’ Choice Prize winners.]]> <![CDATA[Mark Zuehlke shortlisted for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize]]> Mark Zuehlke, whose latest book, The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Battles for the Channel Ports, is one of five shortlisted titles for the 2018 John W. Dafoe Book Prize. This prize, in memory of Canadian editor John Wesley Dafoe, is awarded to a Canadian non-fiction book of excellence and accompanied by $10,000. The winner will be announced this spring and the prize will be awarded at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation’s Annual Book Prize Dinner in May. The Cinderella Campaign is the twelfth instalment of Zuehlke’s Canadian Battles Series and describes First Canadian Army’s urgent and thankless mission of opening the Channel ports to Allied victory in World War II. Mark Zuehlke is Canada’s leading writer of popular military history and the author of the bestselling Canadian Battle Series. In 2006, Holding Juno won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and in 2014, Zuehlke won the prestigious Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media, also known as the Pierre Berton Award. Zuehlke lives in Victoria, British Columbia.]]> <![CDATA[Spindrift and Dirty Windshields Shortlisted for BC Book Prizes!]]> Anita Hadley and Michael L. Hadley have been nominated for Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea and Grant Lawrence for his book, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award is presented to the originating publisher and author(s) of the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production, and content. The 2018 nominees are: • Carleigh Baker, Bad Endings (Anvil Press) • Pat Carney, On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers (TouchWood Editions) • Anita Hadley and Michael L. Hadley (editors), Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea (Douglas & McIntyre) • Grant Lawrence, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries (Douglas & McIntyre) • Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, Hello Humpback! (Harbour Publishing) This year’s winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver. Gala tickets will be available for purchase online starting Monday, March 19. For more information about the prizes, go to www.bcbookprizes.ca.]]> <![CDATA[Arthur Black Shares His Story Until the End]]> Pitch Black (Harbour), Black Tie and Tales (Stoddart) and Black in the Saddle Again (Stoddart). His most recent books were Paint the Town Black (Harbour, 2015) and Fifty Shades of Black (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013). Originally from Toronto, ON, Arthur moved to Salt Spring Island, BC, with his partner Lynne Raymond in the 1990s. He was an active part of the Salt Spring community and often wrote about his experiences as an islander. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2018 and spent his last weeks blogging about his condition with humour and honesty—thereby giving back to his fans and other cancer survivors until the very end. We extend our sincere condolences to Arthur’s family and to his many friends and readers.]]> <![CDATA[Douglas & McIntyre's Spring 2018 Preview]]> Dan Jason and Michele Genest’s new garden-to-kitchen guide, Awesome Ancient Grains and Seeds. This book will help you grow and enjoy your own ancient grains and seeds and contains fifty delicious vegetarian recipes to try. For a different spin, Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles by Mike Lascelle is an inspiring and easy guide to growing and using perennial edibles in your Canadian garden. Alok Mukherjee, the civilian overseer who served ten years as chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, teams up with Tim Harper to examine present and future policing practices in Canada in Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing. With our country’s wellness in mind, Andrew MacLeod tackles the pressing issue of Canadian well-being and public policy in All Together Healthy. Experience history through The Unceasing Storm by Katherine Luo, with a foreword by Giller-winner Madeleine Thien, as Luo shares a rare and poignant depiction of her life in mainland China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Delve into the life of Canada’s mad man of advertising, Frank Palmer, as he shares his competitive, flawed and ferocious life in Let’s Get Frank, by bestselling author Robin Brunet. Through 26 Instagram-style photos accompanied by witty rhymes, Baby’s First Hashtag by Scott Feschuk and Susan Allen will help teach the alphabet to modern babies while fostering a sense of irony and entertaining millennial parents. Douglas & McIntyre is excited to release Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird by Armand Garnet Ruffo in paperback. This beautiful biography was originally published in 2014 and shortlisted in 2015 for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Creative Non-fiction. This Spring also brings a 40th Anniversary Edition of Indian Fishing by Hilary Stewart, which explores the importance of fishing for the First Nations of the Northwest Coast. With over 100,000 copies sold, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese is soon to be a major motion picture. To celebrate this special event, Douglas & McIntyre is publishing a movie tie-in edition of the book, which will be released in April, just before the film is released in theatres across Canada.]]> <![CDATA[Stephen R. Bown shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize]]> Stephen R. Bown, whose latest book, Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska, is one of the five titles shortlisted for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize. Island of the Blue Foxes tells the story of the Great Northern Expedition, an epic tale of shipwreck and survival from the Age of Sail. Lasting nearly ten years and spanning three continents, and despite its vast geographical, cartographical and natural history accomplishments, the voyage was plagued by ill fortune--a supply ship failed to arrive, officers quarrelled and the ships were separated in a storm. While the St. Paul reached Alaska and reported back to Russia, Bering's ship, the St. Peter, was wrecked on a desolate island in the Aleutian Chain inhabited by feral foxes. Island of the Blue Foxes is an incredible true-life adventure story, a story of personal and cultural animosities, unimaginable Gothic horrors and ingenuity in the face of adversity. The RBC Taylor Prize acknowledges excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction annually. The winner will be honoured at the awards gala in downtown Toronto on February 26.]]> <![CDATA[Cooking with the Wolfman wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award]]> Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion has been recognized by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards as the winner of Best Book of the Year for Canada (English). Cooking with the Wolfman will now compete against other countries in its category. The international winner of the “Best in the World” will be announced on May 26, 2018 at the annual Gourmand Awards Ceremony in Yantai, China. In Cooking with the Wolfman, Canadian Chef David Wolfman (APTN food star and George Brown College Culinary Instructor) and his partner Marlene Finn take on the culinary bisects of culture and food from a First Nations perspective. Whether the topic is cooking utensils, curing fish, soup making, smoking game, or baking bread, each chapter explores the past and present use of foods native to the western hemisphere by indigenous peoples. Recipes combine ingredients of the New World with those of the Old World, with a focus on contemporary cooking techniques, to illustrate how the use of Indigenous foods has changed over time, reflecting changes in hunting, fishing, and farming; diet; technology; health and safety standards; and consumer demand. The addition of personal stories from David (member of the Xaxli’p First Nation of BC) and Marlene (member of the Métis Nation of Ontario) round out the book, sharing insights on what it means to enjoy Indigenous foods (with classical twists) today.]]> <![CDATA[Armand Garnet Ruffo wins inaugural Mayor's Arts Award]]> video presented by the City of Kingston. Armand Garnet Ruffo is a poet and writer. He is the author of four books of poetry including The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour Publishing, 2015). He also wrote Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, the first book-length biography of the internationally acclaimed and controversial Ojibway painter. A new edition of this Governor General's Award-nominated book is being released in January 2018. Ruffo is also the author of the screenplay, Windigo’s Tale, which has been shown across Canada and at film festivals internationally. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University. The Mayor's Arts Awards in Kingston celebrates high artistic achievement and recognizes extraordinary contributions in and to the arts. They aim to affirm the value of the arts in city life, and to nurture and inspire sustained development of the cultural sector to the benefit of all its citizens. Visual artist Su Sheedy and composer and multimedia artist Matt Rogalsky also received creator awards. Yessica Rivera Belsham was presented with the Arts Champion Award, and the Limestone Arts Legacy Award honoured David Kemp.]]> <![CDATA[Daniel Francis receives the Governor General's History Award for Popular Media]]> Daniel Francis has won the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. This prestigious prize recognizes a vast body work by Francis that covers a wide range of subjects. The award will be presented at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 22, 2017. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the award ceremony. Daniel Francis is the author of over thirty books that explore the many aspects of Canadian history. His works include Far West: The Story of British Columbia (Harbour, 2006), a fact-filled book for young readers; Trucking in British Columbia: An Illustrated History (Harbour, 2012); Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners, and Border Wars (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014); and Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver (Harbour, 2016). He also edited The Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour, 2000), the definitive reference work on BC. He is a regular contributor to KnowBC.com, an online resource for information on the province, and he is a columnist and editorial board member of Geist magazine. Daniel Francis lives in North Vancouver, BC. The Pierre Berton Award, named for its first recipient, is one of five Governor General's History Awards that aim to recognize the many different ways history is taught, communicated, and celebrated by Canadians. It is awarded by Canada's History and honours exceptional dissemination of Canadian history in books, film, television, and new media. Past winners include Lawrence Hill, Mark Zuehlke, Will Ferguson and Charlotte Gray.]]> <![CDATA[Stephen R. Bown Named Finalist for BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction]]> Island of the Blue Foxes tells the story of the Great Northern Expedition, an epic tale of shipwreck and survival from the Age of Sail. Lasting nearly ten years and spanning three continents, its geographical, cartographical and natural history accomplishments are on par with James Cook's famous voyages, the scientific circumnavigations of Alessandro Malaspina and Louis Antoine de Bougainville, and Lewis and Clark's cross-continental trek. Stephen R. Bown is the author of many critically acclaimed titles, including The Last Viking and award-winning White Eskimo. The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction honours fine Canadian writing in the field of non-fiction to celebrate a genre that stimulates our national conversation and shares knowledge about the complex world in which we live. The award winner will be announced in early 2018.]]> <![CDATA[Peter MacLeod's Backs to the Wall shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Awards]]> Backs to the Wall: The Battle of Sainte-Foy and the Conquest of Canada in the English Non-Fiction category. The Ottawa Book Awards recognize the top English and French books published in the past year by local authors. Finalists include fifteen prominent authors from Ottawa’s thriving literary community. In Backs to the Wall, MacLeod describes the Battle of Sainte-Foy, which was less a battle for territory than a struggle for survival between two equally desperate adversaries. If the British lost the battle, they would lose Quebec. If the French lost the battle, they would very likely lose Canada--both had their backs to the wall. MacLeod presents this historical event in riveting detail, from the preparation and day-by-day actions during the engagement to the compelling siege of Quebec by land and ship. Backs to the Wall is an accessible and engaging account of an important episode in Canadian history. D. Peter MacLeod is the pre-Confederation historian at the Canadian War Museum, where he curated the permanent exhibits on the Seven Years' War and The Battle of the Plains of Abraham. He is currently working as English language style editor for the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian War Museum's partner institution, the Canadian Museum of History. His previous books include The Canadian Iroquois and the Seven Years' War (Dundurn, 2012) and Northern Armageddon (Douglas & McIntyre, 2008). He lives in Ottawa, ON. The winners of each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm, which will take place in Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa City Hall. Each winner will receive $7,500, while finalists will each receive $1,000.]]> <![CDATA[D&M Authors Attend Fall Festivals]]> Word Vancouver on Sunday, September 24, to join our fellow independent publishers, where books will be available to browse and purchase. We will also be holding a free raffle for a chance to win some of our newest books, including the latest novel from John MacLachlan Gray. Gray will be presenting The White Angel, his novel based on the true story of the 1924 murder of a Scottish nanny in upscale Shaughnessy Heights. Grant Lawrence will also be at Word Vancouver on Sunday, sharing stories from his bestselling memoir, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries. Word on the Street is a national event, so readers across the country can attend! In Toronto, Dan Needles will be reading stories from his new book True Confessions of the Ninth Concession, while David Wolfman shares his favourite recipes from Cooking with the Wolfman at the Cooks ‘n’ Books stage. In Saskatoon, world backpacker Mike Spencer Bown talks travel with fellow nomad John Early at the Brave New World Tent, and will later return to his home province of Alberta for the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, running from November 1-5, 2017, to present on his memoir, The World's Most Travelled Man. In October, D&M heads north to the Whistler Writers Festival. Catch readings from John MacLachlan Gray, Grant Lawrence, Alisa Smith and Drew Hayden Taylor in one of the most stunning spots in Canada. For a complete listing of our events, please visit our online calendar, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for details on more readings and festivals!]]> <![CDATA[Douglas & McIntyre Fall Book Preview Part II]]> events calendar for details on which authors will be appearing in a city near you. Kicking off the festival season is Word Vancouver, running from September 19 to 24, where John MacLachlan Gray will be presenting his new novel, The White Angel, a fictionalized version of seedy 1920’s Vancouver and the infamous murder of Janet Smith. Gray will also appear at the Whistler Writer’s Festival in October. Stephen R. Bown tells the fascinating story of the disastrous Great Northern Expedition in Island of the Blue Foxes, while his brother Mike Spencer Bown takes us on a world-wide and decades-long journey to and through every country on the planet in his memoir The World’s Most Travelled Man. Mike Bown will be sharing his thrilling stories at Saskatoon Word on the Street in September, and at the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival in November. Also in November, Mark Zuehlke returns with the latest instalment of the bestselling Canadian Battle Series, The Cinderella Campaign, depicting First Canadian Army’s battle for the Channel ports in September 1944. Rounding out the Fall list is Derek HayesHistorical Atlas of Early Railways for the avid historian and train enthusiast, and Maria Tippet’s Sculpture in Canada, an authoritative survey of sculpture’s coming of age in Canada. Visit our New Releases and Forthcoming pages for more information on all of our new books!]]> <![CDATA[Douglas & McIntyre Fall Book Preview]]> Bill Gaston. The Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage is populated by the lonely and alienated, architects of their own destruction, and Gaston is lauded by Quill & Quire as among “the masters of Canadian literature.” Gaston will also be appearing at the Vancouver Writer’s Festival in October. Also available in August is True Confessions from the Ninth Concession, a funny and affectionate chronicle of rural Canadian life, from Dan Needles, a winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. For more laughs, Tabatha Southey takes on pressing political and cultural topics with biting wit and unapologetic honesty in Collected Tarts & Other Indelicacies, available in September. Renowned chef David Wolfman and his wife, Marlene Finn, fuse European cooking techniques with traditional North American ingredients in Cooking with the Wolfman, coming to stores in October. Wolfman and Finn share their favourite recipes—including tips for foraging and preparing local ingredients for all culinary skill levels—inspired by the traditional diets of Indigenous peoples. In celebration of Canada’s relationship to the sea, Anita and Michael Hadley have compiled a salt-soaked anthology of the nation’s most significant literary voices, from Michael Crummey and Nino Ricci to Edith Iglauer and Farley Mowat, in Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea, available now. Enjoy the remainder of sunny days spent reading on the beach, and stay tuned for more new releases from Douglas & McIntyre!]]> <![CDATA[Drew Hayden Taylor makes Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Shortlist!]]> Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories, Drew Hayden Taylor’s collection of Indigenous science fiction stories, is one of the three finalists on the 2017 Leacock Medal shortlist! The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour recognizes an outstanding contribution to Canadian literary humour writing and is awarded annually, accompanied by a $15,000 prize. The award is a tribute to Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock, and is unique in its recognition of Canadian humour writing. Inspired by classic science fiction stories of the 1940s and 50s and infused with a contemporary First Nations perspective, Take Us to Your Chief is a mystical and hilarious collection of short stories from award-winning author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. The book explores themes of alienation, conspiracy and belonging, examining social issues through a lens both playful and wise. Taylor is a prolific author with nearly thirty books to his name, and is recognized for his ability to blend genres and break literary barriers. He has been nominated for two Governor General’s Awards for his fiction and theatre work. This is his first nomination for the Leacock Award. Taylor’s reaction to the nomination was revealed on Twitter: “Just found out I was longlisted 4 the @LeacockMedal award. So cool. I’m honoured. And I now have actual proof for my family that I am funny.” The award will be presented to the winner at a gala awards dinner on June 10.]]> <![CDATA[Wade Davis receives the 2017 George Ryga Award]]> Wade Davis, who has been awarded the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his most recent book, Wade Davis: Photographs. This stunning collection of photos, taken by Davis throughout his 40-year career as an anthropologist, provides a diverse and impressive catalogue of cultures and practices from around the world. Accompanied by powerful essays from Davis, these intimate portraits of family and community life tell the story of the human condition across the globe: from sacred tribal initiations, to love songs sung by warriors on mountaintops, to silent prayer in forgotten temples. The George Ryga Award recognizes a BC writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in a book published in the previous year. The prize, named for the twentieth-century Canadian playwright and novelist, George Ryga, will be presented at the Vancouver Public Library on June 29, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[The Smugglers hit the stage for Dirty Windshields release]]> Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries, by bestselling author, CBC radio personality, and Smugglers frontman Grant Lawrence. In this memoir of life on the road, Lawrence shares the hilarious, salacious, and raucous behind-the-scenes tales – from igniting a riot in a Denver nightclub to getting robbed in Australia – of 16 years of touring. As Ira Robbins, rock writer for Rolling Stone and Village Voice, put it, “this uproarious chronicle is the perfect companion to the band’s mega-fun music.” Luckily, we don’t have to pull out the cassette player to get our nostalgic grunge music fix. In honour of the release of this highly-anticipated backstage tell-all, The Smugglers are reuniting for a hometown show at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, May 13, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[D&M Books awarded BC Book Prizes]]> Jennifer Manuel, whose debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float, has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize! This prize is awarded to the author of the best original work of literary fiction in British Columbia. In her acceptance speech, Jennifer Manuel thanked readers who took the time to tell her that reading her novel made them want to honour the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. "I wrote the book because I care deeply about that relationship. I want us to honour that relationship. And 2017 is the year of reconciliation. I ask that this mean more than metaphor." The Heaviness of Things That Float is a deft exploration of the delicate dynamic between First Nations communities and non-native outsiders. Through Jennifer Manuel's skillful depiction of a woman who has spent the last forty years serving as a nurse in a remote West Coast First Nations community, the novel throws down the gauntlet to every non-First Nations Canadian in this time of Truth and Reconciliation: try to know the other, but never assume to know the other. Jennifer Manuel is an award-winning fiction author whose short fiction has been published in PRISM international, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine and Little Fiction. In 2013, she won the Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference. Author Diana Gabaldon describes Manuel’s writing as “astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity and sense of compassion.” A long-time activist in Aboriginal issues, Manuel was a teacher at elementary and secondary schools in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. The late Richard Wagamese was also honoured at the Prizes, with Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations receiving the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award, which celebrates both the book and publisher deemed most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations is the carefully curated selection of everyday reflections, finding lessons in both the mundane and sublime and drawing inspiration from interactions with nature. Recognized as one of Canada's foremost First Nations authors and storyteller, Richard Wagamese was an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, and spent much of his later years in Kamloops, BC. He is remembered for his many inspiring contributions to Canadian literature. 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. The winners of the BC Book Prizes were announced at an awards gala in Vancouver on April 29, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[Douglas Coupland to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in BC]]> Douglas Coupland, who will be the 14th recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in BC. The Lieutenant Governor’s Award jury announced on Tuesday, April 4, that they would recognise Coupland for giving “BC literature a good name globally.” Douglas Coupland was born in Germany, and moved to Vancouver, Canada, with his family in 1965. His first novel, Generation X, was published in 1991, and became an international bestseller. He has since published many novels, including Girlfriend in a Coma and Hey Nostradamus!, and a number of non-fiction books, including City of Glass and the Terry Fox biography Terry, both published by Douglas & McIntyre, which pay homage to Vancouver and demonstrate Coupland’s admiration and devotion to his home city. This prize was established in 2003 to recognise British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate. The award will be presented at the upcoming BC Book Prizes on April 29, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial with us!]]> Canada: An Illustrated History, by Derek Hayes, includes this and many other fascinating articles and images of Canada's history, in celebration of 150 years since Confederation. The Midwest Book Review calls the compendium of Canadian history “impressively informative, exceptionally well written, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation from cover to cover.” Hayes, a geographer and city planner with a passion for old maps and the stories they tell, published the first edition in 2004, and felt it was time that Canada caught up with the changing nation. With over 450 illustrations including photographs, paintings and maps, Canada: An Illustrated History, Revised and Expanded is the perfect literary companion for celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.]]> <![CDATA[D&M books shortlisted for Foreword INDIES Awards!]]> 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! The Book of the Year Awards were founded in 1998 by Foreword Reviews magazine and recognize the best books published annually by independent publishers, independent authors and university presses across North America. The National Parks of the United States: A Photographic Journey, by Australian author Andrew Thomas, is a finalist in the Photography category. This coffee-table book gathers together over 250 photos by a single photographer to showcase all fifty-nine parks of the US National Park Service. Vancouver author and bee educator Lori Weidenhammer, who has already won a National Outdoor Book Award for Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide for Saving the Bees, is also finalist in the Home & Garden category. Victory Gardens for Bees investigates the growing problem of bee mortality and offers practical tips for planting beautiful bee-friendly gardens and outdoor spaces. In the Cooking category, The Power of Pulses: Saving the World with Chickpeas, Favas and Lentils, is one of the shortlisted titles. Written by Salt Spring author and gardening expert Dan Jason, with recipes by award-winning cookbook authors Hilary Malone and Alison Malone Eathorne, The Power of Pulses is an inspiring do-it-yourself guide to growing and eating pulses and features fifty delicious vegetarian recipes. The Performance, the fifth novel by Thetis Island author Ann Eriksson, has been shortlisted for the Fiction award. Eriksson, acclaimed for her deft explorations of social issues, takes on the theme of inequality by contrasting the strikingly different worlds that coexist within a single city: the wealthy circles of Manhattan's cultural elite and the stark existence of those who struggle to survive from day to day. Finalists for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards were handpicked by Foreword Reviews editors from over two thousand entries. Winners in each category--along with Editor’s Choice winners, and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year--will be announced during the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 24, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[Richard Wagamese, 1955-2017: A Great Loss]]> Embers, is a collection of Ojibway meditations. It is currently on the shortlist for a BC Book Prize. He is best known for his novel Indian Horse, which was the 2013 People’s Choice winner in CBC’s Canada Reads. Wagamese was born in 1955 in the Ojibway Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He was removed from his family by the Children's Aid Society as part of the Sixties Scoop and ended up in foster care in suburban Toronto. He struggled for many years before he went on a traditional Ojibway camping trip when he was 22 years old, where an elder told him he had the gift for storytelling. He began his writing career in 1979, first as a journalist. then as a radio and television broadcaster. His debut novel, Keeper 'n Me, came out in 1994 and won the Alberta Writers Guild's Best Novel Award. In 1991, he became the first Indigenous writer to win a National Newspaper Award for column writing. He has twice won the Native American Press Association Award for his journalism and received the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his 2011 memoir One Story, One Song. In 2012, he was honoured with the Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications, and in 2013 he received the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize. In 2015, he won the Matt Cohen Award, a recognition given out by the Writers' Trust of Canada that honours a writer who has dedicated their entire professional lives to the pursuit of writing. Wagamese told the CBC in 2015 that he felt telling stories "is definitely who I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing." Wagamese was always open about his struggles with alcoholism and PTSD and the impact the residential school system had on his family. "I know that if I don't look at my whole history and embrace the dark and hard parts, I don't know my own story," he told CBC in 2012. "And if I don't know my own story, I can't heal myself." "Richard was a wonderful writer and a wonderful human being. His writing provided us with some of the most articulate descriptions of the struggles endured by his people, and the struggles he himself grappled with to the end,” said his publisher Howard White. Douglas & McIntyre extends its condolences to Richard's family, friends and readers.]]> <![CDATA[D&M authors featured on BC Book Prizes shortlists]]> Wade Davis: Photographs, which features 140 of the renowned author and anthropologist's favourite photos taken over the course of his career, is nominated for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award. Also vying for this award is Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations, the stunning collection of inspiring writings from Richard Wagamese, one of Canada's most acclaimed First Nations authors. This award is presented annually to the BC author and publisher of the book that is most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. Jennifer Manuel's debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float, is shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, honouring the best original work of literary fiction written by a BC author. Manuel's novel has made regular appearances on the BC Bestseller List since it was published in April of last year. The winners will be announced at the 33rd annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Vancouver. British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. For more information about the prizes and the rest of the nominees, visit bcbookprizes.ca.]]>