September 2017

It’s an exciting time to be having a baby. Even if you, yourself, are not the one having the baby. I discovered this over the last year as I wrote my newest book, Green Mama-to-Be: Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy. Some of the research is so new that the studies are literally just now being published. They are changing the very idea of what we thought to be true about the nature of human life. They are also fundamentally hopeful concepts: perhaps our health — or lack thereof — is not as set in stone as we once believed.

 

From September 14 to September 17, I traveled around Nova Scotia, talking about my new book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting. The book examines how 20 sets of royal parents from medieval times to modern times raises their children, from fending off Viking attacks to fending off paparazzi.

Coast-to-Coast Gallery Highlights

Posted on September 22 by Kyle

Let's say you're going from one side of North America to the other. What are some places you'd want to stop along the way? If you're anything like us, those places would include art galleries. And the must visits are all in our new book, 149 Paintings You Really Need to See in North America.

Here are such a couple of our favourites in some of our favourite cities.

Dundurn Behind the Covers

Posted on September 22 by Kyle in Non-fiction, Teens

Three of the most recent covers to come out of the Dundurn design department are Sadia, The 4 Year Olympian, and The Teen's Guide to Debating and Public Speaking. These books all feature illustrated covers but are aimed at vastly different audiences. Here are the upcoming books and what our designers had to say.

Born in a manse in Molesworth, Ontario, in 1884, John Paris Bickell would overcome family tragedy to become one of Canada’s true renaissance men of the first half of the twentieth century. JPB or ‘Smiling Jack’, as he was known to many – was fatherless at seven, owned his own brokerage firm at twenty-three and was a millionaire before he turned thirty. As one of the most important industrialists in Canadian history, J.P. Bickell cut an enormous swath across a nation that he helped to shape.

In Canada, weather is always on our minds. Mother Nature is a constant companion, sometimes charming, sometimes atrocious, but never taken for granted. When two Canadians greet each other, the first words out of their mouths, often before hello, are a commentary on the weather. “Lovely day, isn’t it?” “Isn’t this awful?” “Do you believe this snow?”

The Magic of a Backstory

Posted on September 11 by Steve Burrows in Mystery

The spotlight shines on the magician’s stage. In the box lies a lady, her torso sliced in two by a shiny, razor-sharp blade. In the audience, breathing stops. Beads of sweat trickle down temples, palm are damp. Can she have survived her ordeal? Is she still alive? Suddenly, the magician speaks: “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m afraid you’ll just have to wait a while before you find out what happened.”