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Is it me or is time flying by quicker than usual? It is suddenly weekly update time again, and there are lots of highlights, so let's jump right in.

Robin Esrock was in the office yesterday chatting with our marketing team and signing copies of his book, The Great Canadian Bucket ListIf you haven't seen him already on his cross-country tour, make sure you come out to his bucket list presentation this Saturday, November 9th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel from 2-4 pm. The bucket list is still garnering lots of media attention, and was #1 on McNally Robinson's Paperback Non-Fiction Bookseller list for the week of October 27th. 

The Festival Man himself, Geoff Berner, was in Toronto yesterday, performing as part of the This Is Not A Reading Series program. His tour continues across Ontario, check here for the full listing and learn more about the man and the accordian here. The New York Review of Books says about Festival Man, "It's a picaresque little tale indeed, full of pitfalls, pratfalls, sex and drugs, but then so's the business in which Festival Man is set. So be warned: if it's the Sound of Music you're after, this one's definitely not for you." 

Last week Spooky Sudbury was featured in both The Sudbury Star and Northern Life's Halloween coverage while Parenting Your Parents appeared in the Huffington Post's blog with a fascinating interview on Elder Care in Canada. Check it out here.

Glenn Dixon, author of Tripping the World Fantastic, mentored students and acted as a Writer in Residence at a Vancouver High School last week. His experience is captured in this Daily Townsman article. 

The Hamilton Spectator called Corporate Asset's author Don Easton "a master at bridging fiction and real-life."

And my favourite review of the week goes to vueweekly.com, who said this about Metal on Ice: "...it's a quick way to remember a long time ago, when Much Music ruled the airwaves and vans had astral princesses riding intergalactic dragons on the side." If that doesn't make you want to read the book, I don't know what will, but these reviews (here and here) will give it another shot.   

And finally, the bright poppies appearing around the city are a visual reminder that Remembrance Day is almost upon us. Three Dundurn authors, Ted Barris, Marc Dauphin and Larry D. Rose will be sharing their stories and paying tribute to heroes this coming week. The Great Escape's Ted Barris will be going One-on-One with Peter Mansbridge this week, airing November 9th and 10th, and will be on both CTV National News with Sandi Rinaldo and The Agenda with Steve Paikin on November 11th. Similarly, Mobilize! author Larry D. Rose will be on CanadaAM and Daytime Toronto and Combat Doctor Marc Dauphin is appearing on CBC Radio on the 11th. Their books are a great way to learn more about the men and women who have protected us. 

In slightly unrelated news, my personal highlight this week was going to the Giller Light Bash on Tuesday. So much fun to see the vibrancy of the Canadian publishing industry and meet lots of new bookish people. Congratulations from all of Dundurn to Lynn Coady and House of Anansi on their win!  

Be sure to follow us on all your social media to stay up to date on everything our authors and staff are up to, and let us know what you are reading this week!

Ted Barris

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014

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.

Marc Dauphin

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Marc Dauphin

Marc Dauphin is a 60-year-old ex-military physician. He was a civilian ER physician and a reservist for 27 years before being recalled, at age 54, to serve in uniform again. He spent nearly a year in Landstuhl, Germany, helping to stabilize our wounded soldiers before bringing them home. The next year, he was in Afghanistan. He recently retired from the military and the profession, and lives with his wife Christine in Coaticook, Quebec.

Glenn Dixon

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Glenn Dixon

Glenn Dixon has published travel articles in major publications such as National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. An expert on language with an M.A. in socio-linguistics, he is currently a language consultant with the Calgary Board of Education. He lives in Calgary.

Don Easton

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Don Easton

Don Easton worked as an undercover Mountie for twenty years, including seven years in an RCMP Intelligence Unit. He lives in Victoria, B.C.

Mark Leslie

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

Mark Leslie

Mark Leslie is the author of Creepy Capital and Tomes of Terror as well as many other books on the fascinating and paranormal. He is also the editor of Campus Chills and Fiction River: Feel the Fear. Mark lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Larry D. Rose

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Larry D. Rose

Larry D. Rose is the author of Mobilize!: Why Canada Was Unprepared for the Second World War. His articles have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and other publications. He lives in Toronto.