It’s time for another update from DundurnHQ!

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It’s time for another update from DundurnHQ!

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Once again it has been a busy week, with our authors receiving award nominations and getting some awesome media attention and our staff keeping busy both in the office and overseas at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Speaking of Frankfurt, check out our booth, doesn't it look great? That's our VP Beth Bruder between appointments, surrounded by Dundurn books and posters. Beth and our Director of Sales and Marketing, Margaret Bryant, are keeping very busy meeting with publishers, rights agents, and book sellers from around the world.  

On to the highlights from this side of the pond! Have you heard about the ghosts of Dundurn? Dundurn Castle, that is, hopefully there isn't an office ghost I don't know about! If you dare, you can learn all about the ghosts of Dundurn Castle and other Steeltown shivers in Mark Leslie’s Haunted Hamilton, which was nominated for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Non-fiction this week.

The award ceremony will be held on November 12th at Theatre Aquarius, 7:00pm, and it is free and open to the public. Ghosts are welcome too. 

In media coverage news, it has been an especially busy week for Steve Paikin and Paikin and the Premiers. The Toronto Star ran a review of the book on Saturday, and stated that it "should be required reading for anyone interested in this province's modern political history."  He was interviewed on Global TV's morning show on September 26th. On September 27th, Paikin was interviewed on CFRB1010's John Tory Show and then on the 30th he was interviewed on CJBK AM 1290’s London@Large show and CKGL570 AM's Gary Doyle show. He could also be heard on CBC Radio's All Points North show on October 1st, available here if you missed it, as well as The Motts on CKTB AM 610.

Intrigued by the idea of personal reflections on Ontario politicians? Steve Paikin will be signing books at Chapters Oshawa this Saturday beginning at 2pm. He will also be reading at an IFOA event in Burlington on the 21st, more information and an interview with Paikin about the event is available from OpenBook Ontario here

Have you read Projection yet? CBCbooks has an excerpt (wittily titled 'How She Met Her Mother') that will get you hooked. Author Priscila Uppal has been receiving lots of buzz following the recent nomination of Projection for the Governor General's Award, including an interview with the Ottawa Citizen in which she talks about the challenges of bringing her fiction and poetry skills to a non-fiction memoir on such a personal topic. 

Sean Kelly's Metal on Ice was featured on BraveWords.com and MusicExpress.ca this week, including this review from Brighton Rock guitarist Greg Fraser:

"Just finished reading the Sean Kelly book Metal on Ice. For those of you who are fans of Canadian '80s rock this is a real page turner. Growing up, Sean was a real fan of Canadian bands like CONEY HATCH, Brighton Rock, HONEYMOON SUITE, HAREM SCAREM, KILLER DWARFS, HELIX, etc. and wrote this book about how it influenced his life. The book is filled with great interviews and road stories and fond (and not so fond!) memories of the '80s and early '90s Canadian Rock scene. Highly recommended!"

Confession time: this intern can't wait to read Barrett Fuller's Secret by Scott Carter. I got to go to the launch two weeks ago and between that and the consistently intriguing reviews, the book is definitely at the top of my ever-growing 'to be read' list. This week it was reviewed in Friday's Globe and Mail, and tell me that this doesn't make you put it on your reading list, too: 

"How much of him/herself does a writer put into a story? In the case of famed children's author Barrett Fuller, extremely little. So little, in fact, that he writes under a pseudonym so that fans (and their parents) won't know he's a narcissistic womanizer with a serious drug problem. Then one day, someone discovers his secret and sends him a letter: Live up to your imaginary morality or else... This is the terrific premise of Scott Carter's second novel and it's even better than Blind Luck, his excellent debut."   

Carter was also featured in an OpenBook Toronto Proust Questionnaire this week, where you can find out intresting tidbits like the author's influences, motivations, and... favourite flower? 

On a more serious note, Scientific Parenting authors Nicole Letourneau and Justin Joschko had a fascinating article in the Guelph Mercury this week on post-partum depression's effects on family members beyond the mother while What Every Parent Should Know about School's Michael Reist was featured in a Napanee Guide column on educating boys. Phil Edmonston, of The Art of Complaining, gave advice on consumer action on CFAX's the Terry Moore Show on October 1st and CJOB's Nighthawk on October 8th. 

J-Source.ca reviewed Michael Maclear's Guerrilla Nation on October 7th and remarked that: "With all its lies and misinformation, the history of the undeclared Vietnam War might well be different were it not for Michael Maclear . . . Guerrilla Nation transports the reader to the bombed-out ruins, the fields of bodies and the nothingness of a terrain battered daily for years by American bombs from the sky." The full review is available here.

Well, those are the highlights from this week at Dundurn. If you haven't already, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. 

 

 

Ted Barris

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014
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Ted Barris

Ted Barris is an award-winning author, journalist, and broadcaster. For more than forty years his writing has appeared in the national press, as well as in history, news, and arts magazines, and he has authored seventeen non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy, Juno, and The Great Escape. In 2014, The Great Escape received the national Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.

Geoff Berner

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Geoff Berner

Geoff Berner is the author of Festival Man and the graphic novel We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians. A singer-songwriter and accordion player, he has released six albums and toured in seventeen countries. He lives in Vancouver.

Scott Carter

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Scott Carter

Scott Carter is an author and screenwriter. His first short film debuted at the Exploding Cinema Film Festival in Los Angeles. Since then his films have played in festivals across North America and his script The Unspoken Promise was written for Bravo! Television. His first novel was the critically acclaimed Blind Luck. Carter is a Toronto native who still lives in the city.

Marc Dauphin

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Marc Dauphin

Marc Dauphin is a 60-year-old ex-military physician. He was a civilian ER physician and a reservist for 27 years before being recalled, at age 54, to serve in uniform again. He spent nearly a year in Landstuhl, Germany, helping to stabilize our wounded soldiers before bringing them home. The next year, he was in Afghanistan. He recently retired from the military and the profession, and lives with his wife Christine in Coaticook, Quebec.

Phil Edmonston

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Phil Edmonston

Phil Edmonston, Canada’s toughest customer, is a former MP and a long-time consumer advocate. For over forty-five years, he has written more than 150 consumer guides in the bestselling Lemon-Aid series. About three decades ago Nissan and Honda sued Phil for five million dollars — and lost.

Robin Esrock

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Robin Esrock

Robin Esrock is a bestselling author, journalist, TV host, and public speaker. His stories and photography have appeared in major publications on five continents, including National Geographic Traveler, the Guardian, Chicago Tribune, and the Globe and Mail. The creator and co-host of the internationally syndicated television series Word Travels, Robin lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Sean Kelly

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly is the billboard-charting guitarist of his own band, Crash Kelly. He has released several classical guitar albums, and tours as lead guitarist for Grammy Award-winning superstar Nelly Furtado. Kelly has also performed with Helix, Carl Dixon, Gilby Clarke, and Carole Pope, among many others. He lives in Toronto.

Nicole Letourneau

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Nicole Letourneau

Dr. Nicole Letourneau is a research chair in parent–infant mental health at the University of Calgary. Her research has been featured in the Globe and Mail and Huffington Post and on CTV News, Global News, and the CBC. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Michael Maclear

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Michael Maclear

Michael Maclear was a foreign correspondent for CBC-TV in the 1960s and early 1970s. His weekly CTV documentary series Maclearearned him an ACTRA Award as Best Broadcaster. In the early 1980s he wrote the television series and book Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War. In 2013 he was presented with the Canadian Journalism Foundation's lifetime achievement award. Maclear lives in Toronto.

Steve Paikin

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin is anchor of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO’s flagship current affairs program since 2006. He has written four previous books on politics, including Paikin and the Premiers. Paikin has spent more than 30 years in journalism, 20 of them at Ontario’s provincial broadcaster. He lives in Toronto.