<![CDATA[D&M Publishers - News & Events]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Grant Lawrence, Jennifer Manuel & Ann Eriksson appearing at Galiano Literary Festival]]> Grant Lawrence, whose forthcoming memoir, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries, arrives later this spring, as well as an array of talented writers from across the country, among them two of Douglas & McIntyre’s stellar novelists. Jennifer Manuel’s debut novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float, incited rave reviews and retained a spot on the BC Bestseller list for over five months. The Vancouver Sun calls Manuel’s writing “revelatory,” noting the importance of the novel as “deeply of our time and place in B.C. and Canada in this time of Truth and Reconciliation.” Manuel, who worked as an activist and teacher in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, claims the novel is established on “twenty years of building relationships, taking missteps, correcting my misperceptions, and trying to understand it all.” Manuel will be reading on Saturday, February 18th, alongside Bev Sellars. Ann Eriksson’s fifth novel, The Performance, tells the poignant story of a young, talented classical pianist, and examines the economic disparity among classes. Eriksson’s writing combines astute social commentary with an exploration of human capacity, illustrating her belief that “writing literary fiction [is] endlessly fascinating as it is all about exploring the range of human actions and emotions.” Eriksson joins Gail Anderson-Dargatz for a reading on February 18th. For more information and the complete festival schedule, visit www.galianoliteraryfestival.com.]]> <![CDATA[Canadian sculptor Jeffrey Rubinoff passes]]> <![CDATA[Adam Lewis Schroeder's All-Day Breakfast shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Award.]]> All-Day Breakfast is shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Award in the novel category. Melding humour, horror and lots of zombie action, All-Day Breakfast is an irreverent romp featuring a substitute-teacher-turned-zombie who is desperate to find a cure for his “undead” condition. Zombies and our fascination with the undead find a new outlet in Schroeder’s novel – in this instance the zombies aren’t mindless brain-eating walking dead. They are parents, they are conflicted, they crave bacon and mayhem in equal measure, and above all they spend a fair bit of time pondering the nature of their zombiness, while desperately searching for a cure (all the while dealing with the fall-out of being a zombie, no small part being the unreliable and tenuous nature of the attachment of their limbs!). Canadian writer Adam Lewis Schroeder lives in Penticton, British Columbia, with his wife and two sons, and practices drums for hours at a time. He is co-secretary of his sons’ school’s parent advisory council so if you smack talk him you may regret it. Adam earned a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia and teaches Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan. He is the author of In the Fabled East (Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year), Empress of Asia and Kingdom of Monkeys: Stories, each a finalist for national or international fiction awards (Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book). His latest novel with Douglas & McIntyre, All-Day Breakfast, is his first and best foray into the world of zombies. The ReLit Awards were founded in 2000 by Newfoundland filmmaker and author Kenneth J. Harvey and are awarded annually in three categories: novel, poetry, short-fiction. The ReLit Awards are one of the pre-eminent literary prizes in independent Canadian publishing.]]> <![CDATA[More Books from Douglas & McIntyre's Spring 2017 List]]> Dirty Windshields: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries. Bestselling and award-winning author Grant Lawrence bares his rock-and-roll soul in this new memoir that spills all of the salacious and hilarious details from his touring days as the lead singer of the Vancouver-based band, The Smugglers. In Grant’s tell-all recollection, you’ll discover the behind-the-scenes mishaps and adventures experienced by the band during their multi-country tour in the midst of the '90s grunge era. Respected health reporter André Picard tackles the nation’s most pressing public health topics in Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada. The book explores a range of health concerns including the Zika Virus, Canada’s right-to-die law, the healthcare challenges faced by transgender people, the legalization of marijuana, and the appalling health conditions in First Nations communities. For those interested in politics, Michael Chong, Scott Simms, and Kennedy Stewart bring us Turning Parliament Inside Out: Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy. Written by MPs from each major political party in Canada, this book serves as a collaborative roadmap for the ongoing discussion of political reform in our country. Learn from these three MPs as they come together to explain why reform is so urgently needed, and how we can make it happen. With Canada’s sesquicentennial occurring this year, the release of The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds and Found Their Country: The Centennial of 1967 couldn’t have come at a better time. This historical reflection on Canada’s centennial by Tom Hawthorn recounts the quirky celebration that was at first met with indifference but soon turned into a blockbuster party that ran from coast to coast, which included everything from epic canoe trips to dog sled treks, bathtub races and the construction of a UFO landing pad. Visit our New Releases and Forthcoming pages on our website for the complete list of our Spring 2017 titles.]]> <![CDATA[Announcing Douglas & McIntyre's Spring 2017 Titles]]> Lorraine Johnson’s new edition of 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens. Featuring stunning photographs by Andrew Leyerle, this updated guide informs readers on how to successfully grow native plant species, including tips on optimal environmental conditions, to aid you in achieving a beautiful, thriving home garden. Alisa Smith’s thrilling debut novel, Speakeasy, intertwines the exciting worlds of gangster molls and World War II espionage. The book follows Lena Stillman, an elite codebreaker and former undetected outlaw who ran with Bill Bagley’s notorious gang during the depression, as she struggles to juggle her double lives while the fear of war encroaches on Canada’s west coast. For those interested in art, check out economist and bestselling author Don Thompson’s The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market. His book explores the baffling activities of buyers and sellers, the subconscious and conscious motivations behind the purchase of creations with high commercial value, and how such sought-after works come to be. Stay tuned for new updates on our Spring 2017 selection, and don’t forget to visit the New Releases and Forthcoming pages on our website for a complete list of our Spring titles. ]]> <![CDATA[Victory Gardens for Bees wins National Outdoor Book Award]]> Victory Gardens for Bees by Lori Weidenhammer has won the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award for Nature and the Environment! NOBA describes the book as "splendidly designed and photographed," providing a hive of knowledge and instruction that allows for any gardener to design a space of any size that will contribute to the essential task of saving our bee population. Packed with tips and DIY projects that will provide havens and necessities for the friendly pollinators at the heart of our ecosystem, Victory Gardens for Bees is a must-have for all nature-lovers who want to contribute to the protection of our environment. The National Outdoor Book Awards are announced each November, with the purpose of recognizing and encouraging outstanding writing and publishing. The awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Award Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. For more information on the National Outdoor Book Awards, its not-for-profit educational program, and the complete list of winners, visit noba-web.org.]]>