Recently I attended a book signing event with Crime Writers of Canada, and someone in the audience asked the group, “Do you need to do a formal writing program to learn to write?”
Dear Dr. Jabour,
There is no precise process nor exact speed at which the disturbing becomes routine, nor any surefire way of shifting what is perceived as routine into the realm of surprising or newsworthy.
“Why rent when you can buy?” More than any other, this phrase captures the overwhelmingly unanimous promotion of home ownership to Canadians. Real estate agents, mortgage brokers, family, friends, and even the government promote ownership as a safe, attractive, and sure-fire path to personal wealth. This one-size-fits-all advice ignores the reality of Canada’s housing market.
Canadians deserve better advice. Take a look at this nifty infographic to get you started.
Introducing one of the newest additions to Dundurn’s marketing team, meet Kendra. If anyone fits the idiom of “wearing many hats”, it’s her. Not only is she a publicist, but also Dundurn’s marketing administrator.
“As a publicist, I work with authors for everything marketing, which is a new thing for me at Dundurn,” Kendra says, “As the marketing administrator, I’m in charge of all our metadata, making sure it’s correct, put out on time, stuff like that. I also help with proofing and copy-writing.”
My decision to write a book about my 50 political campaigns was influenced by a couple things. First. a desire to share a number of the lessons that I have learned along the way with future candidates and campaign managers and second, to provide entertaining reading for the many political junkies who enjoy hearing about what really happened behind the scenes in many important election or leadership campaigns.
Acclaimed reviewer Don Graves sent us a review for Stephen Maher's debut novel Savage. We then asked him how book reviewing has changed recently, for better or worse. Read his answer underneath the review.
Stephen Maher’s second novel, Salvage, is a no-holds-barred, come from away… winner.
But fifteen years is a long time for a writer to spend with the same characters in the same place. I wanted to travel. I wanted to meet new people. So I put him, his long-suffering wife, and his loyal colleagues on the shelf, left the complex, subtly hued city of Ottawa, and set off into the wilderness, both literally and figuratively.
Those familiar with Farley Mowat's writing know him as a defining and controversial force in the literature of Canada's wild spaces and wilderness. Fewer may know how he holds similar sway in historical writing on Canada's Second World War experience.