Tales from the Intern Desk

Wow, it’s Hallo-week already, and tomorrow the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins galore. There’s nothing spooky about our media highlights though, so take a break from carving pumpkins and practicing your zombie walk to hear about what our authors have been up to this week!

Steve Paikin has been busy with two festival appearances this past week, including last night at IFOA where he was interviewed by former Ontario Premier Bob Rae.The best (and funniest!) interview of the week, however, may be this one where he interviews himself. If that doesn't give you enough insight into the man behind Paikin and the Premiersclick here to find out where he writes in Ontario.

Metal on Ice was reviewed in the San Antonio Express News, which stated that "if this book were a song, it would be a lighter-waving power ballad to Canadian bands such as Helix, Coney Hatch, Honeymoon Suite, Killer Dwarfs and more." 

Ron Brown was featured in the Cochrane Times-Post, which remarked that "Rails Across Ontario will take the reader back to a time when the railway ruled the economy and the landscape, exploring rail across the province including the town of Cochrane."

The Great Canadian Bucket List is continuing its cross-country expedition/speaking tour, and receiving some great media attention along the way. Highlights include this feature in the National Post, and this interview from a Moosejaw radio station. Don't forget to check out canadianbucketlist.com to build your own bucket list and to see when Robin Esrock will be in your city!

Ted Barris is also on tour this month, talking about his book The Great Escape and the role of Canada in the nearly mythical escape operation of 1944. For a snippet, check out this article from the Calgary Herald. Intrigued? Watch for lots of media attention closer to Remembrance Day, or better yet get your copy now and get the whole fascinating story.

Another great Remembrance Day read, Guerrilla Nation, received a great review from Blacklock's Reporter, which exclaimed that "To read Guerrilla Nation is to recall in a flash this angry era, and then marvel at how it is so completely forgotten."

Corporate Asset was reviewed by bookgasm.com, "Easton sets up the plot perfectly, even giving this loyal reader a bit of a surprise."

Lots of authors gave great interviews this week, including Brian Daly, author of Canada's Other Game, who appeared on Global Morning News in Montreal to discuss the explosion of basketball in Canada. Check out the full interview here. Rick Revelle talked I am Algonquin with Kingston This Week, that interview can be found here, while Douglas L. Bland spoke about Uprising with Georgia Straight, here, and Combat Doctor Marc Dauphin was interviewed (in French) on 107.7 Sherbrooke, available here

And last, but certainly not least, Michael Petrou’s Ottawa Book Award win for Is This Your First War? was featured in the Ottawa Citizen

From all of us here at DundurnHQ, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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.

Douglas L. Bland

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014

Douglas L. Bland

Douglas L. Bland served for 30 years as a senior officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and held the chair of defence studies at Queen’s University for 15 years. He is the author of six books and numerous published contributions on Canadian and international security affairs. His political novel, Uprising, was published in 2009. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Ron Brown

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Ron Brown

Ron Brown, a geographer and travel writer, has authored more than twenty books, including Canada&#8217s World Wonders and The Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. A past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a current member of the East York Historical Society, he gives lectures and conducts tours along Ontario’s back roads. Ron lives in Toronto.

Brian I. Daly

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Brian I. Daly

Brian I. Daly's basketball articles have been published by The Canadian Press, the Toronto Sun, and Le Journal de Montreal. In 2003 he launched QHoops.net, one of the first dedicated basketball websites in Canada. Brian was also a player at the university, community college, and high school levels. He lives in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec.

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.

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.

Michael Maclear

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Michael Maclear

Michael Maclear was a foreign correspondent for CBC-TV in the 1960s and early 1970s. His weekly CTV documentary series Maclearearned him an ACTRA Award as Best Broadcaster. In the early 1980s he wrote the television series and book Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War. In 2013 he was presented with the Canadian Journalism Foundation's lifetime achievement award. Maclear lives in Toronto.

Steve Paikin

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin is anchor of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO’s flagship current affairs program since 2006. He has written four previous books on politics, including Paikin and the Premiers. Paikin has spent more than 30 years in journalism, 20 of them at Ontario’s provincial broadcaster. He lives in Toronto.

Michael Petrou

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Michael Petrou

Michael Petrou, an award-winning senior writer at Maclean's, has covered wars and conflicts across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. He is the author of Renegades: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War, and holds a doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford. Petrou lives in Ottawa.