<![CDATA[D&M Publishers - News & Events]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Jeffrey Alford wins Silver at the Taste Canada Awards]]> Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village by Jeffrey Alford has been awarded the Silver Medal in the Taste Canada Awards, in the Culinary Narratives (English) category. Chicken in the Mango Tree describes a year in a remote rural village of Kravan, on the border of Thailand and Cambodia, in which bestselling food writer and photographer Jeffrey Alford immerses himself in Thai-Khmer culinary traditions alongside his partner Pea, a talented forager, gardener and cook. Part memoir, travelogue, cookbook and foodie journal, Chicken in the Mango Tree combines a hunger for adventure with the shared comfort of cooking and brings exotic traditional Thai cuisine to home. In it's 19th year, the Taste Canada Awards annually honours superior writing and publishing throughout Canada's culinary community, in both English and French. The Taste Canada Awards Gala, held on Monday, November 14th at the historic Arcadian Court in Toronto, announced the Gold and Silver winners from each of their five categories, celebrating the many aspects of Canadian culinary writing, from single-subject cookbooks to the unique regions and cultures across the country. Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village placed second to Gold Medal winner Sir John's Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada's First Prime Minister by Lindy Mechefske. For the complete list of winners and to learn more about the awards, visit the Taste Canada Awards.]]> <![CDATA[Jim Douglas, co-founder of Douglas & McIntyre, Passes]]> <![CDATA[Taste Canada Awards Shortlist features Signe Langford and Jeffrey Alford]]> Taste Canada Awards Shortlist. In its 19th year, TASTE CANADA—THE FOOD WRITING AWARDS annually honours superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary community, in both English and French. Taste Canada will celebrate the winners during the Awards Gala on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at the historic Arcadian Court in Toronto. Gold and Silver Award winners will be announced at the Gala. Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs: Urban farming, including raising backyard flocks, stems from the desire to be more environmentally conscious, humane in our food production and to eat healthier. In Happy Hens Signe Langford provides personal, practical and charming advice on how you can bring chickens into your own backyard successfully…paired with delicious recipes for those tasty homegrown eggs. Chicken in the Mango Tree follows the ebbs and flows of one agricultural year in a remote rural village on the border of Thailand and Cambodia. Bestselling food writer and photographer Jeffrey Alford immerses himself in Thai-Khmer culinary traditions while living in the tiny Thai village of Kravan with his partner Pea, a talented forager, gardener and cook. Stories of village and family life illuminate unique recipes associated with each season. Part memoir, travelogue, cookbook and foodie chronicle, Chicken in a Mango Tree is a distinctive and addictive window into a year in a part of the world that still holds a few mysteries (and edible scorpions).]]> <![CDATA[Barry Gough to receive Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal!]]> <![CDATA[Stephen R. Bown is the Winner of the 2016 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books]]> <![CDATA[Author Tom Wayman wins The Diamond Foundation Prize]]> The Shadows We Mistake for Love. The awards are designed to celebrate excellence in writing on Jewish themes and subjects, showcase the achievements of authors who reside in Western Canada and recognize the writers’ contributions to Jewish culture. A multiple award-winning author, Wayman has published three books of fiction, as well as more than a dozen collections of poems, six poetry anthologies and three collections of essays. His previous short story collection Boundary Country (Thistledown Press, 2007) was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed award. His poetry has been awarded the Canadian Authors’ Association medal for poetry, the A.J.M. Smith Prize, first prize in the USA Bicentennial Poetry Awards competition, and the Acorn-Plantos Award; in 2003 he was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He has taught widely at the post-secondary level in Canada and the US, most recently (2002-2010) at the University of Calgary. He has been a resident of BC’s West Kootenay region since 1989. The Shadows We Mistake for Love is a diverse collection of short stories based in BC’s West Kootenays. Living in the shadow of the Selkirk Mountains in southeastern BC, the inhabitants of the Slocan Valley are tied together by magical and dramatic geography, but also by an intricate web of shared history, common needs and the deep and complex relationships that evolve in isolated locations, where everyone is visible and there is no anonymity. The collection brings together loggers and environmentalists, marijuana growers and small-town lawyers, back-country skiers and homesteaders, to overlap and coalesce into a brilliant portrait of rural life and place. Each award comes with a $2000.00 prize. The winners of the awards were announced at a ceremony held in Vancouver on June 19, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Stephen R. Bown Named a Finalist for a National Award]]> <![CDATA[Charles Demers Longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour]]> <![CDATA[Authors for Indies Day]]> www.authorsforindies.com This year, participating Douglas & McIntyre authors include: Ian Wier - Black Bond Books Central City (Surrey, BC) Adam Lewis Schroeder - Otter Books (Nelson, BC) Richard Van Camp - Audreys Books (Edmonton, AB) Signe Langford - BookLore (Orangeville, ON) Grant Lawrence - 32 Books (North Vancouver, BC) Sharon Hanna (Vancouver, BC)]]> <![CDATA[Stephen Bown shortlisted for Alberta Literary Award]]>