We Remember Battle Stories

Posted on November 3 by Kyle

In honour of Remembrance Day, we’re reading up on the men and women who have served in some of the most iconic battles that echo through world history to the present day.

The Battle Stories series was written by renowned experts and complete with quotes, photographs and detailed maps, each Battle Story offers readers clear insight into the unfolding action. 

Don't Forget: Between October 11 - Nov 11, 2016, you can use promo code REMEMBER for 25% off select Battle Stories books!

 

Beth Bruder Retires from a Lucky Life in Publishing

Posted on February 23 by Beth Bruder

Lucky — a word that genuinely expresses how I feel about my life in publishing.

Publishing is reading, or more accurately the love of reading. When you speak to anyone in this business they express their love of reading — something quite different from their love of the day-to-day business of producing a book. Most of us really don’t care what we read, as long as it transports us to another world. It could be magical fiction, true crime, a wonderful history, or whatever else you want.

Seeing the Whole Process - Part 1

Posted on February 22 by Kathryn in Teens

Publishing is an exercise in patience, collaboration, and organization. Everyone at Dundurn Press plays an important role in getting books from a raw manuscript to the finished product you pick up at your favourite bookseller!

I started working at Dundurn Press last September as the editorial intern. While I had completed a publishing program, and had a broad understanding of the industry, I was still completely surprised by the amount of time and team work it takes to create a book from scratch.

I wrote the fifth Dan Sharp mystery, The God Game, during the much-publicized political antics of what became known as the Ford Nation. Its self-proclaimed leader, Rob Ford, was then mayor of Toronto. Like many, I was appalled by his aberrant behaviour, but dismissed it as a passing phase in Canadian history. Not for a moment did I think it was just the beginning of what in many ways is now the defining ethos of our current political era.

“Well, no,” I say, a little taken aback. “I was on the subway during the bombing, so I totally don’t think it’s okay, but it also doesn’t seem right to just let innocent people die.”

Sandra nods. “I understand. But tough times call for tough decisions. We’ve done this to ourselves. Humans...the most destructive species ever. We’ve ruined the biosphere — The Earth — and overpopulated ourselves.”

— excerpt from Finding Jade

 

Who isn’t curious when a police car shows up at the house next door? Or when a fire truck screams up your street? Or an ambulance? Something unusual has happened. Your community now has a mystery. Don’t we immediately imagine the story behind it? Maybe there was a break-in, a fire, or some other emergency. Hopefully no one was hurt, and  the neighbour is not in any trouble. Doesn’t our neighbourhood, and, by extension, our lives, instantly become more exciting?

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