A Very Exciting Week!

It’s been a fantastic week here at DundurnHQ, with media coverage and awards news galore.  Fall is in the air and the busy book season is upon us, with new releases arriving in the office every few days, book launches happening, and awards nominations all ramping up the excitement level in our offices.

A major source of the excitement is the buzz around Priscila Uppal’s fabulous Projection. The newly Governor General’s Award-nominated memoir has been receiving lots of attention, including a fantastic review in the National Post on September 28th, which noted that the memoir is “a book that’s simultaneously cerebral and visceral, and its ardent refusal of any sort of mind-body split — to sacrifice sophistication for sentiment or vice versa — is the sign of an author who has thrown herself wholly into her work.” Toronto Life included the book on its Best of Fall list of must-read books by Toronto authors, and the Owen Sound Sun-Times stated in their review that “this beautifully written memoir goes far to explode many of the myths of family, often made of fantasy”. In the online sphere, picklemethis.com called Projection “fascinating, compelling, as beautifully written as it is honest. Honest too that there is artifice at work here, that this book is so consciously art instead of a factual record. And yet there is documentation, note and photographs. A fantastic blurring of art and reality, which is the book’s very point, how we all do this to suit our own purposes, Uppal’s mother escaping to movies in order to justify her own choices.”

Philippa Dowding (whose book Gargoyle at the Gates is nominated for the Red Cedar Book Award, the Stellar Book Award, and the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice 2013 Diamond Willow Award, by the way) was reviewed for The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden in Canadian Materials on Oct. 4, 2013. They called the book "an engaging realistic fantasy. It would be wonderful to read aloud to children; it may be a valuable suggestion for children dealing with loss, and it is great for middle graders who love stories with a little magic, a modern setting and which are a quick read."

A favourite book in the office, and a source of many over-the-cubicle  discussions, is Robin Esrock’s The Great Canadian Bucket List. We can’t stop debating which destinations would be on our personal bucket lists and sharing activities we’ve already checked off! NationalGeographic.com shared our enthusiasm with a Places of a Lifetime write-up featuring 18 of Robin’s picks from the book.

Barrett Fuller’s Secret launched this past Friday at the Bata Shoe Museum in a fun-filled evening celebrating the book with the author’s friends, family and colleagues. Author Scott Carter read from the book and talked a little about the very busy couple of weeks of promotion he has had, including being guest editor of the National Post’s The Afterword all of last week. His posts can all be found here. He was also featured on SaltyInk.com’s Pitch and Plug page, where he pitched his book and plugged another. He described main character Barrett Fuller as “an internationally successful, universally beloved, and extraordinarily wealthy children’s author who chooses to writes under a pseudonym because he is, in fact, a self-absorbed and morally bankrupt womanizer and drug-user (he’s not fond of children either).” Scott also shares some of the thought process that went into the extortion attempts in the book. It’s an interesting read, check it out!

Metal on Ice by Sean Kelly is rocking along, recently hitting the studio to record the companion album and continuing to get great support from the Canadian music scene with an interview on Metal-Rules.com, an interview in Canadian Music Magazine and an interview on Sirius XM’s Wade & Al Show on September 30th.  

Steve Paikin celebrated his memoir, Paikin and the Premiers, with a successful Toronto signing this past weekend, as well as being featured in a Global TV’s Morning News interview on September 26th. He’s also been active on the radio this week, with interviews on both CFRB, Newstalk 1010, Live Drive with John Tory on September 27, 2013 and on CBC Radio, Here and Now on September 30th. 

Speaking of Paikin, Michael Reist, author of What Every Parent Should Know about School was featured as part of a panel discussion on the future of learning on his TVO show, The Agenda on Tuesday, October 1st.

Halloween is fast approaching, and Spooky Sudbury is haunting Northern Ontario, with radio coverage on CBC’s The Morning North and KISS 105.3’s morning show on September 27th.

Canada’s Other Game and The Crown and Canadian Federalism were also hitting the airwaves this week. Brian I. Daly of Canada’s Other Game was interviewed on the Stuph File radio show in Montreal on September 30th and D. Michael Jackson of The Crown and Canadian Federalism appeared on the CTV Regina Morning Show on October 2nd.

Be sure to check out S.P. Hozy, author of The Scarlet Macaw, on OpenBookToronto.com to sneak a peek at the books that shaped her as she discusses first loves and favourites from her bookshelf.

Contested Land, Contested Memory and Under the Blue Beret were both reviewed positively in the September 30th edition of Publisher’s Weekly. Jo Roberts, author of Contested Land, Contested Memory was complimented for her “masterful job of presenting all perspectives in their proper context”, while in Under the Blue Beret, Terry “Stoney” Burke’s “descriptions of the interactions between the peacekeepers are fascinating and give a personal feel to the massive operation that is the U.N. This is a real, humbling, hilarious and poignant memoir by a veteran, giving readers a minute idea of what soldiers sacrifice to promote peace and stability.”

Keep your eye open for Dundurn titles and authors on TV and radio, blogs and magazines this week, they will be popping up everywhere from Canadian Geographic magazine’s October issue cover story on Ryan Harris, the lead underwater archaeologist on the Investigator excavation featured in Lost Beneath the Ice, to your local radio waves, and we will recap the highlights for you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Carter

Posted by Kendra 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.

Brian I. Daly

Posted by Kendra 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.

Philippa Dowding

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014
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Philippa Dowding

Philippa Dowding is an award-winning children’s author, a poet, and a copywriter. Her many literary nominations include the Silver Birch Express, Red Cedar, and Red Maple awards. She lives in Toronto.

Robin Esrock

Posted by AliciaE 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.

S.P. Hozy

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

S.P. Hozy

S.P. Hozy is the author of four novels set in Asia. A world traveller for most of her life, she is retired from the film industry, where she won numerous awards as a sound editor and currently works as a book editor, dividing her time between Malaysia and Toronto.

Sean Kelly

Posted by Kendra 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.

Steve Paikin

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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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.

Jo Roberts

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Jo Roberts

Trained in her native England as a lawyer and anthropologist, Jo Roberts is now a freelance writer. For five years she was managing editor of the New York Catholic Worker newspaper, to which she frequently contributed. Her reportage from Israel and from the West Bank has appeared in Embassy, Canada's foreign policy weekly. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Priscila Uppal

Posted by AliciaE 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.