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The Countdown is On...

Posted on December 12 by admin

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and all of us here at DundurnHQ spent today pigging out on a table of excessively delicious holiday cookies after a very sucessful cookie exchange/bake-off.  

'Tis definitely the season for great holiday eats and great holiday reads! So as the countdown to the holidays continues, here are some highlights from our awesome titles (any of which would look great under your Christmas tree)!

Time for another update on all the amazing things Dundurn authors have been getting up to! 

Looking for a 'great' gift? Outdoor Canada magazine suggests The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock in their 'Seven Gift Ideas for Outdoor Families' feature. Perfect for anyone looking for their next adventure! 

Brr! It's getting chilly (and snowy!) outside, definitely time to hibernate with a good book! Don't worry, DundurnHQ has got you covered-- here are our weekly highlights, perfect for finding your next great read!

This week Quill & Quire released their picks of Books of the Year, and Projection by Priscila Uppal was included as one of the top nonfiction releases for 2013.  

Dundurn is excited to announce that Diana Walsh’s harrowing memoir, Empty Cradle, was awarded the 2013 Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Non-fiction. The announcement was made in a ceremony last night at the Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre, with Dundurn president, Kirk Howard, and vice president, Beth Bruder, among those in attendance.

Dundurn is thrilled to announce that The Chinese in Toronto from 1878  by Arlene Chan and Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812 by Peggy Dymond Leavey have both been nominated for the 2013 Speaker’s Book Award. Sponsored by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Speaker’s Book Award “recognizes works by Ontario authors reflecting the diverse culture and rich histo

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**This blog post is from Allison, Senior Editor**

What goes on inside the mind of a trauma specialist as he fights to save his patients’ lives?

Marc Dauphin was a civilian ER doctor and had been a reservist for twenty-seven years when he was recalled to serve in uniform again. His first posting was in Germany, where he helped to stabilize wounded Canadian soldiers before sending them home. The next year he was in Afghanistan, serving as what would be the last Canadian Officer Commanding at the NATO-run Kandahar Role 3 Multinational Hospital.

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Ottawa Jail Hostel

Posted on November 1 by Terry Boyle And Mark Leslie

Today's blog post is from Laura, our Assistant Editor here at Dundurn.


Here at Dundurn we nurture a healthy interest in Canadian history and the paranormal (an eclectic mix, to be sure!) For those of you fortunate enough to live in Canada, many of the settings featured in books published by Dundurn authors can be visited and explored. I had just such an opportunity during a recent trip to our nation’s capital, when I attended an event at the Ottawa Jail Hostel.

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!

Chances are high that you heard, saw, or read about a Dundurn author this week—they were everywhere! So let’s jump right into our weekly highlights, starting with the exciting news that Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World won the Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction on Tuesday.

Library Memories

Posted on October 22 by admin

In honour of Ontario Public Library Week and Canadian Library Month, here’s a confession: from the time that I was around six until I was about ten I thought of my local librarian as one of my best friends, and I didn’t think it was weird. It was a bit of a joke in my family, starting early when I included her name in a school journal entry listing my best friends. But really, when you grow up in a library, why can’t the librarian be a friend?

Dundurn Press is pleased to announce that two of its titles, Haunted Hamilton by Mark Leslie and Empty Cradle by Diana Walsh, have been nominated for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Non-fiction. They are joined in the non-fiction category by one other finalist: Hamilton Illustrated by David Collier.

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. 

Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that a number of its YA titles have been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading awards.

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"Book Description Phrases That Drive Me Nuts"

Posted on October 11 by caitlyn

While scrolling through Dundurn's social media channels a couple of weeks ago, I found this great headline: "Book Description Phrases that Drive Me Nuts." It was from Book Riot and naturally I was intriqued and had to check it out. Hilarity ensued.

I then had to show it around the office, and our copywriter Andre decided to add to the fun and come up with a list of his own. I had to share:

Security and Desertification

Posted on October 10 by John Bacher

In an address to the American Congress as President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt stressed the connections between  world peace and  pushing back deserts.  He warned  how the looming disintegration of China and its related Boxer Rebellion  had stemmed from national collapse caused by deforestation and the subsequent rampant spread of deserts.

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Once again it has been a busy week, with our authors receiving award nominations and getting some awesome media attention and our staff keeping busy both in the office and overseas at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Speaking of Frankfurt, check out our booth, doesn't it look great? That's our VP Beth Bruder between appointments, surrounded by Dundurn books and posters. Beth and our Director of Sales and Marketing, Margaret Bryant, are keeping very busy meeting with publishers, rights agents, and book sellers from around the world.  

*Today's Post is from the Editor of Barrett Fuller's Secret, Allister Thompson*


Scott Carter’s novel is his second trip to the murky underworld of the male psyche, the first being Blind Luck, which dealt with illicit, dangerous gambling and ruminations on the nature of fate.

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.

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Dundurn Press is proud to announce that Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother by Priscila Uppal has been shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award in the Nonfiction. Projection, a memoir exploring Priscila’s painful reunion with the mother who abandoned her as a child, has also already been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

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Leading journalist Michael Petrou has been shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award in the non-fiction category for his book, Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World. Petrou was nominated alongside Donna Naughton, Robert Sibley, Jefferey Simpson, and Lane Tanguay. The award is presented by the City of Ottawa to the best English and French language books written each year by an Ottawa-based author.

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Dundurn Press would like to congratulate Russell Wangersky, who was just awarded the Thomas Head Randall Prize for Atlantic Canadian Fiction for his most recent collection of short stories, Whirl Away. Wangersky is the first writer to win the award for short fiction in the last fifteen years.


Posted on September 21 by Adira Rotstein

In 1919 Dr. Charles Norris becomes the first coroner/medical examiner in New York City who was actually a trained scientist!  Before he got the job coroners only had to be friends with the mayor, with no scientific expertise.  Instead of just stamping death certificates, Norris set about turning the office into a tool of scientific justice. 


Dundurn Press is proud to announce that Projection: Encounters with my Runaway Mother by Priscila Uppal has been shortlisted for the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Projection, a new memoir exploring Priscila’s bittersweet reunion with the mother who abandoned her as a child, was one of three front list titles that Dundurn acquired in its recent acquisition of Thomas Allen Publishers.

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Jennifer Maruno, author of the recently released Kid Soldier sits down with me to tell me all about her new book. Jennifer is a long-time educator. Her debut novel, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, was shortlisted for the Hackmatack Award and the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award. She is also the author of Warbird, and Cherry Blossom Winter. She lives in Burlington, Ontario

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

I remember when back to school meant new pants, usually brown corduroys and a pair of Sears Toughskins. They were as sexy as oven mits and made of a denim weave as forgiving as tarpaulin. I think that was the idea; if you could only afford one pair of jeans a year, then these were the ones for you. And that was regardless of how many inches one grew between the months of August and June.

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“Tell me what you want, what you really, really want?”

“Old cap, I already have it — mad love for Dundurn titles”


Robin Esrock, author of The Great Canadian Bucket List will launch a companion website for his book in early October. Look out for it! It’s sure to be aces.

Dundurn was featured in Canadian Business magazine “It’s Alive”, article on the status of Canadian book publishing.

Super Hero Journalists

Posted on August 20 by Rick Revelle

I grew up reading newspapers. I loved opening a freshly delivered daily paper, it was like opening a birthday or Christmas present. The sense of expectation though for a newspaper was that every page held a surprise or a mystery either solved or insinuated.

    As a youngster fifty years ago I delivered the Kingston Whig Standard in my small home town of Wilton, Ontario. Thirty-four newspapers delivered over a three to four mile route. Walking in the winter and riding my bike the other three seasons. All for two cents a paper.

The Role of a Journalist

Posted on August 19 by John Scully

Ever faced a firing squad? Been stranded in the Sahara Desert? Bribed your way into a secret Russian atomic submarine base? I have in my career as a journalist that has taken me to nearly 80 countries and 36 war zones. Journalists are people who rush into places while everyone else is rushing out. Our job is to take you somewhere you haven’t been, show you something you haven’t seen, tell you something you don’t know.

No point in anchoring the media coverage, its full sails ahead— the new world, here we come, we’re looking at you ebooks.  

In this Sunday’s paper, look out for a double-page excerpt feature of Metal on Ice by Sean Kelly in the Toronto Star.

Under the Blue Beret by Terry “Stoney” Burke gets an excerpt in the National Post article “Welcome to Cyprus”.

I blame it on Perry Mason.

Although technically I suppose the real culprits were Earl Stanley Gardner, the creator of the Perry Mason mysteries and my dad who introduced them to me when I was ten or eleven years old. We had a deal--I read his Perry Mason novels and Dad read my Hardy Boys books. Then we'd talk about them.

And my obsession with the mystery novel was born. 

We are excited for all the new titles and authors. Read all about Dundurn’s purchase of Thomas Allen Publishers in the links below.


National Post, Afterword online article Dundurn Acquires Thomas Allen Publishers, July 31, 2013

Quill & Quire.com, Dundurn Press Buys Thomas Allen Publishers, July 31, 2013

Open Book Toronto, Dundurn Press Purchases Thomas Allen Publishers, July 31, 2013

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Distribution change: Thomas Allen Publishers

Posted on August 1 by caitlyn

Effective August 1, 2013, Thomas Allen Publishers, currently distributed by Thomas Allen & Son, will be catalogued, sold and distributed by Dundurn/UTP.
Returns will be accepted by Dundurn/UTP.
Canadian sales will change to Ampersand Inc.
Backorders, where possible, will be transferred to UTP.  Ampersand Inc. reps will confirm with accounts.
Fall 2013 frontlist will be scheduled to release this Fall from Dundurn

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Each year, the Scene of the Crime Festival on Kingston’s idyllic Wolfe Island invites Canada’s top crime-writing talent for a day of presentations, workshops, and discussions on the finer points of the genre. Dundurn is pleased to announce that this year’s festival will feature two of its crime-writing luminaries, Gloria Ferris and Barbara Fradkin. Join them on August 17th as they share their expertise and experiences with colleagues and contemporaries.

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Open Book Toronto featured an article called “Ebook fever at Dundurn.” And it’s true; we are heating up with a fever, because our titles are so hot!!

Fire on the Runway by Mel Bradshaw according to the Calgary Herald was the #1 Fiction Bestsellers in Calgary. We love too Calgary!

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More exciting awards news from Dundurn!

The fast-paced, YA novel Old Man, by author David A. Poulsen, has been nominated as a 2014 Popular Paperback Young Adults (PPYA), by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association. His book falls under the "Conflicted Life During Wartime" category.

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Today on the blog we have an interview with Nathan Tidridge, author of the new release Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. Nathan teaches Canadian history and government and was awarded the Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence (Teacher of the Year) in 2008. In 2011, he received the Charles Baillie Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching from Queen’s University.

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Is it me, or did it just get hot in here— with a heat wave of coverage.


Terry Burke, author of Under the Blue Beret, received an author feature in the The Londoner.

Belleville Intelligencer interviews Janet Kellough, author of 47 Sorrows.

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Today on the blog we have an interview with Roger Gunn, author of Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight. Roger has been a student of history since he was a young boy. When not reading about or researching the history of the First World War, he is an instructor of Human Resources Management at the JR Shaw School of Business at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. He currently lives in Edmonton.

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I have stacks of books around the house at any given time, and read them according to what's imminently due back at the library.


How Music Works, by David Byrne - as big as a textbook, but fascinating. It's so dense it has taken me a while to get through it, but I mean dense in a good way...  it's the kind of book you keep setting down to think about what you've just read. Both wide-ranging and personal, and fascinating even if you aren't a massive Talking Heads fan like me.

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Today we have an interview with Nancy Runstedler, author of the very new release Beautiful Goodbye. Nancy grew up in Wellesley, Ontario. She has worked in both public and school libraries. Though her home library is overflowing with books, she intends to keep collecting. She lives with her daughter in Paris, Ontario. Today Nancy tells us about her new book, her idea writing environment, what she's currently reading, and what she's working on next!

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Toronto Life magazine Navigator, Top Ten Things column will feature Eberhard Ziedler author of Buildings Cities Life in the August issue. I wonder what he likes to drink, eat, and wear—all the things we want to know, but are too intimidated to ask. 

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Dundurn Staffers Celebrate Ontario and OAC

Posted on July 5 by caitlyn

Continuing on our 50th anniversary theme for the Ontario Arts Council, some of the staff here at Dundurn have shared their favourite Ontario memories, things to do and authors:

Anoja – Intern

Toronto is the best part of Ontario

A retreat into the woods is only an hour away in Ontario...

The memories, like the corners of my mind are the best parts of Ontario

Watching a bear majestically running across a field is a sweet memory of Ontario


Synora – Inside Sales

It’s the Ontario Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary this year, and in honour of that some of our Ontario authors have written in with their favourite Ontario memories, places, and things to do.


Cindy Watson – Out of Darkness: the Jeff Healey Story

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The Hamilton Spectator went mad with reviews for Dundurn titles this week and we don’t blame them, we’re a little crazy for our titles too. Crazy in the good sense of the word— if there is?!? mhaha.

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Today's blog post is an author interview with Adam Dodek who's written the book The Canadian Constitution. Adam is an award-winning law professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. He teaches and writes about the Canadian Constitution and the Supreme Court of Canada and has worked at the Supreme Courts of Canada and Israel and the U.S. Court of Appeals. He lives in Ottawa.

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Flutter flutter flutter!


Great White Fleet by John Henry is praised by Montreal Gazette for being a “Porthole into our passenger ship past.”

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Our great northern book adventure is almost over. We arrived in Dawson City late Tuesday night after a very interesting stop en route to talk to a mixed group of school children and adults in the small rural community of Pelly Crossing. It was the first time we had spoken to children, and we enjoyed the added challenge.

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We've been to Yellowknife as invited authors at the NorthWords Literary festival, to museums, libraries, and bookstores in Whitehorse, Haines Junction, and Skagway.  With one week to go in the tour, we have more stops in Whitehorse,  and we're heading to Pelly Crossing to visit the library there, and to Dawson City for a talk at the museum.

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 The 25th Annual Lamda Literary Awards were announced in New York on Monday, June 3rd at a sold out gala ceremony. Dundurn is thrilled to announce that Jeffrey Round, author of Lake of the Mountain, won for Best Gay Mystery. Lake on the Mountain is the first in the Dan Sharp mystery series, and is set in Prince Edward County. Jeffrey Round has published five other novels, and has also written plays, and directed short films.

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Yellowknife, NWT

It’s been an eventful, laughter-filled weekend at the NorthWords Writers’ Festival, with a perfect blend of work and play.  Friday began with a mystery panel discussion and readings at the local high school in an auditorium filled with attentive and enthusiastic teenagers. Friday evening , at the festival’s most popular event, the BLUSH open mic, Vicki and I both read short funny erotica spoofs that brought the house down. To get into character, I wore a red boa and Vicki a feathery white fascinator.

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Vicki and Barbara arrive in Yellowknife

As we flew north out of Calgary, first the cities dropped away, and then the towns, then the farms, finally the roads.  We flew over endless forrest and lakes for hours.  Then in the far distance I could see an expanse of white. Clouds?

No. As we got closer, we could see Great Slave Lake, still iced over.  On the 29th of May.

Fortunately only the lake was still covered in snow - I've brought summer clothes. 

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Congratulations to Morley Torgov on his nomination for the 2013 Bony Blithe Award for The Mastersinger from Minsk.


In 1868, Munich, Inspector Hermann Preiss investigates a series of murders based around the production of a new opera by troubled composer Richard Wagner. Many people have reasons to dislike the man, but who wrote the anonymous note declaring that the night of the premiere will be Wagner's day of reckoning?


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Many Japanese left their Asian world to find a different kind of life in Canada. The first wave of Issei (first generation) began in 1877. They sought a life that brought both satisfaction and financial success. Once they mastered the language of their new country, the Japanese knew employment opportunities beyond labour and servitude would arise.

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Today on the blog we have an interview with Mel Bradshaw, author of the new release Fire on the Runway. Mel studied English and philosophy at the University of Toronto and continued at Oxford. His first novel, Death in the Age of Steam, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel. Today Mel talks about this new book, his ideal writing environment and what he's reading right now.

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This week our social media theme is mysteries, and to kick us off we've got an interview with Michael Januska, author of Grey Cup Century, and his new release (and first mystery) Riverside Drive. Michael was born in Windsor, Ontario. He has worked with books his whole life, both as a bookseller and for several book publishing companies. He is also an award-winning crime fiction writer.

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Like a lot of things, my feelings were summed up by a Twitter post.

I wish that for just one day I could care as little about the Leafs as my wife does.

I wrote those words on my Twitter account (@PRGolfWriter) in the minutes after the Boston Bruins took a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series on Wednesday night, putting the Leafs on the brink of elimination.

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Today's interview is with Carol Christie, author of the new release Property. In the early 1970s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous and abusive relationship with a man called the Prophet. In 2008, nearly 40 years later, in the dead of night she fled and created a new life. Today Carol tells us about her experience writing this book.


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This week is Mental Health week. Over the past few years, it has become easier to talk about mental health, thanks in part to Bell's "Let's Talk" day, to weeks, such as this one, where there is media coverage for it, and to the people who suffer from mental health issues who are writing books and talking to the public about their issues.

Many people suffer from some sort of mental health issue. But the most important thing to remember if you are strugging with it, is that you're not alone, and there is always help. 

Here are some books that will help you remember that:

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Today we have an author interview with John Scully, author of the new release Am I Sane Yet? Journalist John Scully has covered stories in over 70 countries and 35 war zones. He has suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder for much of that time. Scully is the author of Am I Dead Yet: A Journalist's Perspective on Terror. He lives in Toronto.

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

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Earth Day!

Posted on April 22 by caitlyn

Today is Earth Day.

International Earth Day started in 1990, and today over one billion people in 170 countries participate in this day – six million of whom are Canadian. Earth Day exists to raise awareness about environmental concerns such as pollution, rising world temperatures, melting ice caps etc.

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This week’s blog theme is British Columbia. We’re talking to authors from B.C., and we’ve got some B.C. authors who are writing blog posts for us too. Today’s blog post is an interview with E.R. Brown, author of the new release Almost Criminal. E.R. Brown is an award-winning advertising writer whose fiction has been heard on CBC Radio 3 and seen in national magazines. Born in Montreal, he lives in Vancouver.

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

In Memoriam

Posted on April 5 by admin

A Few Memories of Kildare Dobbs from Tony Hawke

When I first started working in publishing as promotion director of McClelland & Stewart in 1965, I quickly became aware of Kildare Dobbs as a prominent author, editor, and CBC radio personality – someone who was very important in Canadian letters. In fact, I seem to recall that the first large promotion lunch that I had to organize for an M&S title included Kildare as one of the most prominent guests. He seemed then to be a great wit, full of life, with an enchanting Irish accent.

Vote on your favourite book cover!

Posted on April 2 by admin

This week’s book cover contest features four covers of books that celebrate Canada in different ways. You can find out more about each one below. But first, pick your favourite cover. The one that is chosen will determine the book that is given away in this week’s Twitter contest.


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Mr Canoehead

Posted on April 1 by admin

Today’s guest blog post is from Kevin Callan author of the new release Dazed But Not Confused. Kevin is the author of 13 books, including the hugely popular Paddler’s Guide series and the bestselling The Happy Camper. His writing and photography appear in Explore and Canoeroots magazines, and he is the recipient of five National Magazine Awards. Kevin lives in Peterborough, Ontario.


There are few things that rouse a Dutchman to anything resembling national pride, but rare as they are I’ve recently discovered one in the form of a blog post by my girlfriend, the hot-tempered, red-haired Irish heavyweight Laura Boyle. You may have noticed from popular history the Dutch like to keep a low profile, we get a lot done without calling attention to ourselves. When I read Laura’s blog post it struck me I would have my work cut out for me if I was to respond.

The Lure of the Unexplained

Posted on March 20 by admin

Today’s blog post is from Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe, author of the new release Mysteries and Secrets of Numerology. Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe are president and first lady of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. They have over half a century’s experience investigating and writing about the paranormal, with more than 30 successful titles. They live in Cardiff, Wales.

Vote on your favourite book cover!

Posted on March 19 by admin

Because we’ve recently released a whole bunch of paranormal books, we decided to feature them for the book cover contest. You can find out about each one by clicking on the book title below. But for now, cast your vote on the cover that creeps you out the most! The winning book will determine the prize that we give out for Thursday’s Twitter giveaway.


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Them’s fighting words!

Posted on March 15 by admin

You know when someone insults you and you can’t come up with an appropriate comeback in time? You seethe over it for hours, sometimes days, until you find that one thing that’ll put your opponent in their place. Well I’ve been brewing a comeback for 2 weeks, so I’m pretty sure that now is as good a time as ever for the Ruinous Retort.

Irish Genealogy

Posted on March 13 by admin

Today’s blog post is written by David R. Elliott, who is the author of Researching Your Irish Ancestors at Home and Abroad. David R. Elliott is a retired professor of Canadian and European history and the author of three previous books. He has operated a genealogical research company, Kinfolk Finders, for ten years. As well as lecturing on Irish research he has indexed Irish cemeteries, parish registers, and poor law union registers. Dr.

Vote On Your Favourite Book Cover!

Posted on March 12 by admin

Today’s book cover contest celebrates St Patrick’s day by featuring four books by Irish authors and/or featuring Irish themes. You can find out more about each book below. But first, pick your favourite cover!


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Vote on your favourite book cover!

Posted on March 5 by admin

This week we celebrate International Women’s Day. In recognition of this event we’ve chosen four books that feature strong, independent women for our book cover contest. The winning title will be given away in Thursday’s Twitter contest. You can find out more about each book below. But first, pick your favourite cover!


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Author Interview with Roger Gunn

Posted on March 1 by admin

Today’s author interview is with Roger Gunn, the author of Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight. Roger Gunn has been a student of history since he was a young boy. When not reading about or researching the history of the First World War, he is an instructor of Human Resources Management at the JR Shaw School of Business at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. He currently lives in Edmonton.

Vote on your favourite book cover!

Posted on February 26 by admin

This week’s cover contest features four books on Military History. The winner will be this week’s Twitter Giveaway prize. You can find out more about each book below. But first, pick your favourite cover!


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James F. Blake

Posted on February 15 by admin

In 2002 James F. Blake died of a heart attack in Montgomery, Alabama. He was 89 years old. Though his was not a household name, Blake unwittingly eventuated the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, a critical moment in the American Civil Rights Movement. Without any consideration of the history that would unfold from his actions, Blake was the driver who one otherwise unmemorable evening told Rosa Parks to move to the back of the bus. When she refused, he called the police.

Can you follow the plot?

Posted on February 14 by admin

Wakefield finds himself in a doomed relationship.

Finch falls in and out of love with his cousin Sarah.

Does Adeline love Philip?

Two grandsons cause tumult when they bring their brides to live at the family home.

Philip falls in love with a beautiful governess. Renny has a love affair with Claire, the widow of his best friend.

On a ship, Adeline meets a charming Irishman and falls in love.

Maurice brings with him his own problematic affairs of the heart.

Renny becomes entangled in his cousins’ affairs of the heart.

Valentine’s Day has deeper roots than you might expect — even in the frosty soil of Canada. It turns out that our first Prime Minister may have set the standard by which all future Valentine’s Day parties will have to be judged. But since the Sir John A’s bash was all about fancy food and drink (like most of the best things in life), here’s a quick primer on the culinary history of the holiday for lovers, from Dorothy Duncan’s incomparable book Feasting and Fasting.

Vote on your favourite book cover!

Posted on February 12 by admin

Today’s book cover poll features four romance novels. You can find out more about each one below. But first, pick your favourite cover. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Lincoln Alexander died in October, 90 years old and just three months short of his 91st birthday. His long life saw him through careers as a WWII pilot, lawyer, MP and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The few constants in his varied life were his focus on education and anti-discrimination, both of which were central to his term as Lieutenant Governor.

Vote on your favourite book cover!

Posted on February 5 by admin

Today’s book cover poll celebrates Black History month. The winning cover will determine the book that is given away in this Thursday’s Twitter contest, so stayed tuned at  https://twitter.com/dundurnpress. You can find out more about each book below. But first, pick your favourite cover!


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Vote on your favourite cover!

Posted on January 29 by admin

Today’s poll features four books for teens: a fantastic adventure through the streets of Paris; an emotional YA novel dealing with family, friendships and love; a non-fiction title detailing the story of a little-known Canadian victory in the Second Boer War; a Juvenile Fiction exploring friendships, loyalty and self-esteem in the setting of a dance academy. You can find out more about each one by clicking the links below — first, pick your favourite cover!


Returning Favourites

Posted on January 28 by admin

Among the starring characters of our recently released books for kids and teens, ten-year-old Michiko Minagawa has to be one of my favourites. Of Japanese heritage, Michiko is caught up in the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II, in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor bombing, is forced to relocate.

Putting the Present in the Context of History

Posted on January 24 by admin

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence officially ended her 5-week
hunger strike today, an act that spawned the grassroots Idle No More movement
and led to signed commitments from first nations leaders and politicians to
advance Chief Spence’s mission of improving the lives and stature of First Nations
nationwide. Both the hunger strike and the Attawapiskat crisis that, in part,
eventuated it, presage growing unrest among Native peoples coming to an
unprecedented head unless meaningful initiatives are put in place.

‘Toronto’s First Gangland Killing’

Posted on January 18 by admin

It started with the ruthless – and some say botched – killing of a bookie the police had been unable to charge with any crime, and it would mark the beginning of the rise and fall of one of Canada’s few gangland terrors. Donald McDonald, aka “Mickey.” Not unlike his nick-namesake Mickey Cohen, the real-life mob boss portrayed in the movie Gangster Squad, McDonald began his criminal career as an outsider and earned fearsome notoriety as a racketeer.

Vote on your favourite book cover!

Posted on January 15 by admin

Each of these thrilling books explores different aspects of true crime in Canada, from Canada’s most wanted criminal to a compendium analyzing the lives of Canada’s worst serial killers. You can find out more about each book below. But first, pick you favourite cover!


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Author Interview with Jon Wells

Posted on January 14 by admin

Today’s author interview is with Jon Wells, the author of the new release Death’s Shadow. Award-winning Hamilton Spectator journalist Jon Wells delivers four blockbuster murder stories, taking readers up close into multiple homicide investigations, the agony of victims and their loved ones, and into the heart of darkness of cold-blooded killers.

Caitlyn: How did you come up with the title?

A Contemporary Sage

Posted on January 10 by admin

Today is the birthday of Charles G.D. Roberts. This distinguished poet and novelist, born in 1860 in Douglas, New Brunswick, was considered to be the father of Canadian poetry. Sadly, aside from students of early Canadian poetry and fiction, he seems to have been forgotten. A great pity because his work still has much relevance in contemporary society.

This week’s theme here at Dundurn is Canadian Sagas. An important and definitive saga in Canadian history is that of the pioneers who helped to shape the country as we know it. In celebration of Catharine Parr Traill’s 210th birthday today, we offer you a selection of books written by or about these early observers of settler life.


Vote on your favourite book cover!

Posted on January 8 by admin

Today’s book cover poll features four adventure books for teens. You can find out more about each book below, but first, pick your favourite cover!


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Getting Your Downton Fix

Posted on January 7 by admin

The new series of Downton Abbey started this week, and while I completely love the show, I need more than one hour a week of it. Since I realize that isn’t going to happen (and I assume that you love the show like I do), I have some things that’ll sate your appetitie while you’re waiting for a new episode: