Awards, interviews and reviews, oh my!

Awards, interviews and reviews, oh my!

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After a little over a month as Dundurn's intern, I am realizing that there is never going to be a week where our authors and staff aren't busy, so I will refrain from saying it's been another busy week here from now on. Take it as a given! With that said, our weekly media highlights are gathered together once more, so take a moment and catch up on what we've been (very) busy with. 

Of course a major highlight this week was the announcement that five Dundurn books have been nominated for the Ontario Library Association's 2013 Forest of Reading awards. Congratulations again to our fabulous YA authors!

Geoff Berner's Festival Man is receiving widespread attention, especially in the lead-up buzz for his three Calgary WordFest appearances. The Calgary Herald and FFWD Weekly Calgary both featured write-ups, calling the book "hilarious and smart" and Berner a "master storyteller" respectively. Maclean's also declared Festival Man "required reading for anyone who’s ever played, worked or fallen down drunk at a folk festival.” Solid praise indeed, and in the same vein as this awesome blog review. You can also catch up on Berner's multiple radio appearances from the week: listen here, here, and here.  

Projection received a fantastic review in the Globe and Mail this week, where Sarah Barmak stated that "Uppal’s carefully crafted memoir illustrates the way art and life mesh in our mental fabric." The Winnipeg Free Press also ran a great review, and pointed out that "It's a gritty, insightful, honest and sometimes infuriating read that probes the often messy reality of family ties and mother-daughter relationships."

The Great Escape was featured in the KW Record on October 12th, complimenting the way "Barris’ research leads one to the realization that Canadians constituted about one-third of the escape’s human resources." Ted Barris was also interviewed in the Brock Citizen. 

Robin Esrock kicked off The Great Canadian Bucket List's cross-country speaking tour this week, and was featured in the Globe and Mail with an excerpt and a Q & A, as well as on the CBC's BC Almanac show. Manitoba Hot also featured Esrock on their website, looking ahead to his upcoming Winnipeg tour stop.

Metal on Ice is still getting great feedback from the Canadian music blogging community in anticipation of the accompanying album's release, and was featured on three this week: check them out here, here and here

And finally, if you haven't seen the pictures from Barrett Fuller's Secret's launch, you can find them on OpenBook Toronto

Dundurn authors can be found at several festivals in the coming weeks, including Calgary WordFest, the Vancouver Writer's Fest, and IFOA. Tickets and more information can be found on each festival's website. Have a great week, read some great Dundurn books! 

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.

Robin Esrock

Posted by Kendra 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.

Priscila Uppal

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Priscila Uppal

Priscila Uppal was an internationally acclaimed poet, prose writer, and playwright. A York University professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she was the author of Ontological Necessities and Cover Before Striking. Her memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize and a Governor General’s Award.