Yes it sounds dorky, but … I always wanted to be a business leader!
Jaclyn and Kendra headed to Calgary at the end of February for the Alberta Regional Book Fair. While our Ampersand sales team was busy presenting titles to Alberta booksellers, Jaclyn and Kendra were visiting local bookstores, libraries, Chapters stores, and festival contacts!
We kicked off the visit with our Dundurn Breakfast event attended by Calgary authors David Poulsen, Hilliard Macbeth, Shirlee Smith-Matheson, Frank O'Keeffe, and Dennis McConaghy. It was great to meet them in person for the first time and get the low-down on the local book scene.
Women's History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women around the world.
Merna Forster is the author of 100 Canadian Heroines and 100 More Canadian Heroines, the source for all the trivia about to follow. Test what you know of the almost encyclopedic knowledge of Canada's HERstory found in these two books!
Dundurn hit the road in February to visit booksellers in Montreal for the Montreal Book Fair. Enclosed in their rental Fiat, sales manager Synora Van Drine and publicist Michelle Melski battled snowbanks and cold weather to find what they love most: books and booksellers.
The first stop for Synora and Michelle was Bibliophile, an English-language bookstore that has been in business for over thirty years. Inside those cozy walls is a curated collection that is both intimate and wide-reaching. Be sure to sign up to their newsletter for book reviews!
You might want to have a look at the nudes in The Beaver Hall Group and Its Legacy.
Today it is difficult to imagine that at the time they caused such a stir. It was not only their Modernist style, but also their “unbridled sexuality.” Several Beaver Hall artists dared to break academic tradition, which required that the nude be idealized and set in a landscape to counter any sensuality or eroticism.
Bryan Prince is a respected historical researcher on the Underground Railroad, slavery, and abolition. We asked Bryan to test our knowledge of slavery and abolition. Care to take the quiz?
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Toronto writer and artist Helen Mclean.
A talented artist, she exhibited her paintings across Canada, she has shown in several cities and has painted portraits of authors Margaret Laurence, Michael Ondaatje, and Sarah Sheard.
She also worked as a teacher and a journalist.
She was the author of Sketching from Memory (Oberon Press), Of All the Summers (Women's Press), and the acclaimed memoir Details From a Larger Canvas (Dundurn Press).
February is Black History month. It is a time when we celebrate the people of African descent who have helped and contributed to make the world the amazing place that it is today. Black History month is most often talked about when you are a student, and it’s where you learn about courageous people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chinua Achebe, and Buddy Guy to name only a few. It’s where you learn about slavery, about civil rights, and about racism.