January 2017

Our kids are called “digital natives” because screens are their natural environment. Most of them will end up working at a screen. What place will reading have in their lives? Why is reading still relevant? 

1. Reading does what visual content can’t do. While reading, the imagination becomes the screen. The reader creates the images, and more importantly, the reader creates the meaning. This is a rich, deep experience that only reading can deliver.

History is not what actually happened, but rather what is recorded to have happened. For numerous reasons, some deliberate, others not, the recording of history can often be a distortion, if not a complete misrepresentation, of the events as they actually occurred. As such, the historian must be a sleuth to uncover, as closely as possible, the actual reality and drivers behind those events. This can be a daunting task as there are a myriad of challenges to obscure the “truth,” especially for military historians.

Tips From Dundurn's Publicity Pros

Posted on January 18 by Kyle in Interview

Dundurn’s Publicity Pros Share Their Tips

We asked Marketer Kate Condon-Moriarty and Publicists Jaclyn Hodsdon, Kendra Martin, and Michelle Melski what makes for the most successful collaborations between authors and publicists (and the most successful books). Here's what they had to say.

 

What advice would you give to authors on how to establish a great working relationship with their publicist and publisher?

The Passing of Patricia Bow

Posted on January 13 by Kyle

This has been a very sad week indeed. So soon after losing one author, we are saddened to announce that author Patricia Bow passed away on January 7, 2017.

A writer of on science, and history for the University of Waterloo by day, her passion for fiction came out in children's fantasy and wrote such titles as The Bone Flute, which was nominated for a Silver Birch Award in 2006. She was also the author of a 2-book young adult fantasy series called Passage to Mythrin. 

Secrecy Vs. the Truth

Posted on January 12 by Deb Loughead in Teens

As a child I was fascinated by mysteries. This clearly originated in my reading, from Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, to Enid Blyton’s adventure, and later every single Agatha Christie novel.  When I was ten, I started my own sleuthing club, the Amateur Detective Club. My sister and best friend and I even followed a pickle trail once.

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The holiday season has passed, and right now, many people are staring glumly at their scales, fearing the inevitable weight creep that seems to come each year. If you find yourself among them, rest assured you are not alone. This holiday accumulation of pounds, brought on by the cakes, booze, stuffing, and chocolate, is the main culprit for the steady weight gain many of us experience as we age from our 30s to our 40s to our 50s. Each year, more pounds get added to the already stretched waistline.

Remembering Stuart Hamilton

Posted on January 4 by Kyle in News

We're deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Stuart Hamilton. He was a kind man, an accomplished vocal coach, and mentor to generations of Canadian singers.

Hamilton was one of Canada’s premier vocal coaches for over 65 years. 

He was the founder and artistic director emeritus of Opera in Concert and was the first artistic director of the Canadian Opera Company ensemble. 

His master classes in vocal interpretation were widely attended across not only Canada but North America