Anne McDermid & Associates Ltd.

64 Bloem Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6E 1S1

(tel) 416.324.8845
(fax) 416.324.8870


 

ITW 2014 THRILLER AWARDS

Congratulations to Andrew Pyper. The Demonologist has just been named a finalist for the ITW 2014 Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel!

Apr-07-14 - 10:48

OTHER NEWS

NOW MAGAZINE'S 10 MUST-READS FOR SPRING

Crimes Against My Brother by David Adams Richards is number 8, and Emberton by Peter Norman is number 9!

 

Mar-27-14 - 10:21

2014 LIBRIS AWARD NOMINATIONS

Congratulations to Andrew Pyper, Wayne Grady and Stephen Kimber on their Libris Award nominations.

Mar-25-14 - 03:41

AMAZON.CA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

Congratulations to Wayne Grady (Emancipation Day) and Krista Bridge (The Eliot Girls) on being named finalists!

Mar-05-14 - 10:00

FILM RIGHTS TO CRAZY TOWN NABBED BY BLUE ICE

Daniel Iron (Watermark, Cairo Time, The Bang Bang Club, Away From Her) and Lance Samuels (The Book of Negroes, Inescapable, The Bang Bang Club) have just sealed the deal on the film/television rights for Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, by Robyn Doolittle.

Congratulations, Robyn!

Feb-10-14 - 10:26

WATCH ROBYN DOOLOTTLE'S EXTENDED INTERVIEW ON THE DAILY SHOW

Click to watch Toronto Star reporter, and Crazy Town author, Robyn Doolittle's extended interview on The Daily Show.

Feb-07-14 - 09:51

BERLINALE CO-PRODUCTION MARKET

Steven Heighton's novel Afterlands (Knopf Canada) has been chosen by director Pall Grimsson (Alcina Pictures) to be presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market, where producers and directors of 39 selected film projects and five additional companies will meet with 450 potential co-production and financing partners.

Feb-06-14 - 09:15

SHAUGHNESSY COHEN PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING

Congratulations, Charles Montgomery! Happy City (Doubleday Canada) has made the shortlist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize.

Feb-04-14 - 11:09

HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!

Happy pub day to Robyn Doolittle, whose book Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, comes out today!!!!!!!

Buy it now on:

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

Indigo

Feb-03-14 - 10:22

SHORTLIST FOR RBC TAYLOR PRIZE

Congratulations to J.B. MacKinnon on making the Taylor Prize shortlist for The Once and Future World: Nature As it Was, As it Is, As it Could Be (Random House Canada)

 

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Jan-15-14 - 09:09

BOOK TRAILER: SERAFIM AND CLAIRE BY MARK LAVORATO

Jan-14-14 - 09:11

HAPPY 2014!

We're ringing in the New Year with this fabulous review for Happy City from The New York Times !!!!!

Jan-06-14 - 11:32

BC NATIONAL AWARD FOR CANADIAN NON-FICTION SHORTLIST

Congrats to J.B. MacKinnon whose book The Once and Future World was shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

 

Dec-12-13 - 12:44

GLOBE 100

Congratulations to all our authors on the Globe & Mail's Best Books of 2013:

 

The Demonologist, by Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)

The Once and Future World, by J.B. MacKinnon (Random House Canada)

Emancipation Day, by Wayne Grady (Doubleday Canada)

Come Barbarians, by Todd Babiak (HarperCollins)

Savage Love, by Douglas Glover (Goose Lane Editions)

Oh, My Darling, by Shaena Lambert (Patrick Crean Editions)

All We Want Is Everything, by Andrew Sullivan (ARP)

 

Nov-26-13 - 10:10

MARTIN WALKER IN FRANCE

Martin Walker, author of the acclaimed, Bruno, Chief of Police series, was honored to be a chevalier of the Confrérie de Pâté de Périgueux. The event took place over the weekend in the market square of the capital of Périgord, in the presence of mayor, Gerard Fayolle, Pierrot the village policeman (who inspired the Bruno books) and the owner of Fauquet’s café, where great fictional events unfold.

Nov-11-13 - 01:11

EARLY RELEASE DATE FOR ROB FORD BOOK

Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle's book CRAZY TOWN: THE ROB FOR STORY (Penguin Canada), originally slated for publication in March 2014 will now be released in February.

The book jacket was revealed earlier this week on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.

Nov-08-13 - 10:08

US AND UK PRESS FOR HAPPY CITY

Press for Charles Montgomery's new book, HAPPY CITY, is beginning to trickle in...

The World's Happiest Cities - TIME

The secrets of the world's happiest cities - The Guardian (excerpt)

How to Make Your City Happier - Businessweek

Can We Make a Happier City? - guggenheim.org

Does City Living Make Us Happy? - WNYC (interview on the The Leonard Lopate Show)
 

Nov-06-13 - 02:48

2013 TRUDEAU FELLOWS ANNOUNCEMENT

On October 16, 2013 The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation announced, at the Université de Montréal, the names of the four recipients of its prestigious research award. Timothy Caulfied, author of The Cure For Everything (Penguin Canada), was among the four recipients:

"This unrivalled communicator is debunking myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector – from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine – for the benefit of the public and decision-makers." --Trudeau Foundation

Oct-17-13 - 10:15

TORONTO STAR REPORTER WRITES BOOK ABOUT MAYOR ROB FORD

Congratulations to Robyn Doolittle whose book Crazy Town, which chronicles the drama swirling around Mayor Rob Ford and his family, will be published March 2014 by Penguin Canada!

"Doolittle is one of the Star's most revered reporters, so the likelihood this book will contain plenty of delicious details about the Ford family's past is astronomically high." --The Atlantic Wire

Oct-17-13 - 09:23

GILLER PRIZE SHORTLIST 2013

Congratulations to Lisa Moore on making the Giller Prize shortlist for her novel Caught (House of Anansi Press).

Oct-08-13 - 10:47

ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE SHORTLIST

Congratulations to our nominated authors: Krista Bridge (The Eliot Girls, D&M) and Lisa Moore (Caught, House of Anansi Press)!!!

Sep-30-13 - 09:26

VIDEO: J.B. MacKinnon Wants to Get Wild: Specifically, 'rewild.'

Sep-30-13 - 01:10

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

Congratulations to James MacKinnon on being named a finalist for the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for his book The Once and Future World (Random House Canada).

 

Sep-18-13 - 10:15

GILLER PRIZE LONGLIST 2013

 Congratulations to all our authors on this year's Giller longlist: Michael Winter, Wayne Grady and Lisa Moore

 

 

Sep-16-13 - 09:45

NED KELLY AWARD

Congratulations to Steve Lillebuen whose true crime book, The Devil's Cinema, was shortliseted for a Ned Kelly Award, Australia's top prize in crime writing.

Aug-02-13 - 09:26

TASTE CANADA

Congratulations to Karen Le Billon, whose book French Kids Eat Everything was shortlisted for the 2013 Taste Canada--The Food Writing Awards in the culinary narratives category.

Aug-02-13 - 09:21

2013 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARDS

Congratulations to Steve Lillebuen, whose book The Devil's Cinema: The Untold Story behind Mark Twitchell's Kill Room (McClelland & Stewart) won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Nonfiction.

"[A] well-written and researched exploration of a very dark side of a young would-be filmmaker who is perhaps a tad over-influenced in his life and actions by the fictional TV character, serial killer Dexter Morgan. The horrific crimes and the trial of Edmontonian Mark Twitchell is deftly presented by Steve Lillebuen in a book that is a well-paced, hard to put down, real-life thriller." --Jury citation

May-31-13 - 09:28

TRILLIUM BOOK AWARDS

Congratulations to Steven Heighton whose short story collection The Dead Are More Visible was named a finalist for the 2013 Trillium Book Award.

May-30-13 - 11:36

ALBERTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2013

Congratulations Ian Colford on winning the Trade Fiction Book Award for The Crimes of Hector Thomas (Freehand Books).

“This ambitious and riveting novel grips the reader from the first page and doesn’t let go until its chilling ending. Combining precise detail with sweeping statements of sharp insight, the author has written both a spellbinding story and an unsettling exploration of dark human truths. This is a masterful work of great imagination…” --jury citation

May-28-13 - 01:23

DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD

Congratulations to Anton Piatigorsky (The Iron Bridge, Goose Lane Editions) and John Vigna (Bull Head, Arsenal Pulp Press) whose short story collections have been shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed!

May-14-13 - 11:40

2013 ARTHUR ELLIS SHORTLISTS

Congratulations to Peggy Blair on being shortlisted in the Best First novel catagory for The Beggar’s Opera (Penguin Canada), and to Steven Lillebuen who was shortlisted in the Nonfiction category for his true crime book The Devil’s Cinema: The Untold Story behind Mark Twitchell’s Kill Room (McClelland & Stewart).

Arthur Ellis 2013 Shortlists

Apr-19-13 - 09:27

QUILL & QUIRE APRIL 2013

"Anansi's New Star" Saleema Nawaz graces the cover of next month's Quill & Quire! Saleema's debut novel Bone & Bread  comes out next week.   

 

Mar-15-13 - 01:40

THE DEMONOLOGIST IS ON FIRE

Andrew Pyper'sThe Demonologist debuts at #3 on the Maclean's hardcover fiction list, is #8 on the Toronto Star's Fiction Bestseller List, and debuted at #9 on the The Globe and Mail fiction list (#6 on the Canadian list).
 

And the reviews keep pouring in:

"[B]ring on the devils and make way for Milton."
-New York Times Book Review

This book is going to be big, and it’s going to be popular, and it absolutely deserves to be both of these things. You should buy it, and read it, and let it scare you stupid.”
-National Post

“A chilling novel for readers who like their horror presented with literary flair.”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram (US)

"In the sly, creepy and often-horrific The Demonologist, Andrew Pyper knows how to get under the skin of even the most rational reader."
-The Columbus Dispatch (US)

“Proper creepy.”
-Chatelaine Magazine

“With THE DEMONOLOGIST, Andrew Pyper has created a truly blood-curdling work that will have readers looking over their shoulders and on edge from beginning to end. Whereas other classics in the genre have focused on battling evil, this novel seeks to understand the very nature of evil from its origins. The fact that he is able to breathe life into the book’s plausibility creates an unsettling feeling and completely satisfying horror read without ever becoming clichéd in the process.”
-Bookreporter.com

"Taut, intelligent and utterly gripping...[The Demonologist] is a fascinating exploration of the darkest corners of the human psyche."
-Raven Crime Reads

"* * * * [Four Stars]...Intense and satisfying."
-BookBanter Blog

“The plot rarely flags and remains difficult to predict, twisting elegantly rather than through clear contrivances, and the Miltonic and biblical echoes add an extra layer to what is, at its heart, a dissection of depression and an argument for hope.”
–Winnipeg Free Press

"[U]napologetically pulpy..."
-Toronto Life
 

Mar-14-13 - 09:52

PUBLICATION DAY FOR ANDREW PYPER'S THE DEMONOLOGIST

Congratulations to Andrew Pyper on the publication of The Demonologist (Simon & Schuster, Canada and US). The book has already generated a lot of buzz. Here is just some of the attention it has received so far:

Amazon.com Editor's Pick
One of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Mysteries & Thrillers of Spring 2013
An Indie Next Pick for March 2013 by the American Booksellers Association
Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

 

Profile in the Toronto Star

"A complex novel about loss, anger, faith, grief, love and forgiveness...[The Demonologist] will frighten you out of your shoes."
-Toronto Star

Profile in the National Post

“The Demonologist is a literary horror story that values smarts over scares, though there are plenty of both.” -National Post

An excerpt in the National Post:

Indigo feature

A review in NOW

"Pyper’s a star because he writes so spectacularly. The entire story is drenched in dread, and his most terrifying scenes are so vivid, you’d best not be reading the book just before hitting the sack." -NOW

A review in Maclean's

"The Demonologist reads like a ready-made screenplay, a fast-paced Exorcist-meets-Da Vinci Code where the actual horror happens off-screen, in the mind. Which, as Pyper surely knows from Milton, is where evil truly dwells." -Maclean's Magazine

Canada AM interview

Review in The Globe and Mail

“Part horror, part thriller, all page-turner . . . The Demonologist has all the twisting excitement of a Dan Brown novel, and all the lurid, gory violence of a Stieg Larsson.” -The Globe & Mail

Piece in Toronto Life

Cover story in Quill & Quire


 

Mar-05-13 - 02:44

AMAZON.CA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

Congratulations to Pasha Malla, whose novel People Park (House of Anansi Press) has been named a finalist for the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

 

Feb-27-13 - 11:53

LISA MOORE WINS CANADA READS 2013

Huge congrats to Lisa Moore on winning Canada Reads 2013 for her novel February (House of Anansi Press). Way to go, Lisa!!!!!!!

Feb-14-13 - 09:56

CANADA READS

Only two books left! Lisa Moore's February is a finalist for Canada Reads 2013. Good luck, Lisa! 

Feb-13-13 - 10:09

TORONTO STAR'S SIX OF THE BEST: 2013

The Toronto Star names Andrew Pyper's The Demonologist one of the six most highly anticipated titles of early 2013.

Jan-07-13 - 10:30

THE NATIONAL POST'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2013

Congrats to all our authors who made the list, particularly Andrew Pyper whose novel The Demonologist (Simon & Schuster Canada/US, March 2013) was named the book most likely to go "Gangnam Style" in 2013!

Other clients on the list include:

Saleema Nawaz, Bone & Bread (Anansi, March 2013)

Jowita Bydlowska, Drunk Mom (Doubleday Canada, April 2013)

Jan-07-13 - 09:28

CANADA READS 2013

Congratulations to Lisa Moore, the Atlantic finalist for Canada Reads: Turf Wars! Lisa's book, February, will be defended by Trent McClellan.

Nov-29-12 - 11:16

CANADA READS 2013

Five of our authors have made it through to the next round!

Gook luck to Lisa Moore, Alison Pick, Fred Stenson, Todd Babiak and Ivan E. Coyote.

Nov-14-12 - 12:14

Advance Praise for Andrew Pyper's The Demonologist

“A smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving novel. Pyper’s gift is that he deeply respects his readers, yet still insists on reducing them to quivering children. I like that in a writer.”
—GILLIAN FLYNN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of
Gone Girl

The Demonologist is that rare thing - a novel that is both genuinely terrifying and erudite.  The research is excellent and lightly worn, the pace and cleverness of the plot thrilling, one of the most exciting works of fiction I've read for some time.”
-Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel

"As compelling and smoothly chilling a tale as you'll find this year. The Demonologist shows an enormously gifted writer at the top of his game, producing a novel of eerie menace and unique depth. Those of us who write supernatural stories do not throw the names Ira Levin, William Peter Blatty, and Peter Straub around lightly. You'll be hearing all three associated with Mr. Pyper soon, and all such comparisons are warranted, the highest praise I can offer."
-Michael Koryta, New York Times Bestselling author of The Prophet

"Plenty of books claim to be scary, but this is genuinely terrifying, don't-read-late-at-night stuff. Thrilling, compelling and beautifully written, The Demonologist makes Rosemary's Baby feel like a walk in the park."
-SJ Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep

"Andrew Pyper's The Demonologist is a smart psychological thriller served up straight with a twist of Milton. Part road trip, part family tragedy that touches on the nature of good and evil, it unfolds like a classical descent into hell, only played out against Interstates and cheap motels with vivid demons at every turn. Carefully crafted, claustrophobic, and deeply deeply creepy."
-Simon Toyne, author of Sanctus

"Richly crafted, deliriously scary and compulsively page-turning from beginning to end. Imagine The Exorcist and The Da Vinci Code as penned by Daphne du Maurier. Don't miss this one!"
-Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author


"Andrew Pyper’s satisfying prose propels a narrative sure to please readers with or without a dog-eared copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost on their shelves. If you’re looking for smart horror that chills without resorting to Grand Guignol, give The Demonologist a look."
-Christopher Buehlman, author of the World Fantasy Award-nominated Those Across the River

 "Smart and astonishing, Andrew Pyper has created a recurring nightmare for adults. The Demonologist holds a mirror to the reader and reveals the places where our deepest darkness lurks. Like Milton's Paradise Lost, this is the story of the human condition, the fall, and the way back. I slept with the light on for nights, too obsessed to stop reading and too terrified to dream."
                             -Brunonia Barry, New York Times and International Best Selling Author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places  

Nov-14-12 - 10:15

DAVID ADAMS RICHARDS LONGLISTED FOR IMPAC AWARD

Congratulations to David Adams Richards, who is on the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist for Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul!

Nov-12-12 - 09:48

DEAL NEWS

Karen Le Billon’s FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING has picked up its tenth territory! Most recently it has sold to Atena in Finland.

Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine David Casarett's SHOCKED, an exploration of the new science of resurrection and resuscitation, has sold to Current/Penguin US (world)

Nov-06-12 - 01:50

CANADA READS 2013

Congratulations to all our nominated authors!

In the British Columbia and Yukon region: Ivan E. Coyote and Angie Abdou; Prairies and North: Fred Stenson, Todd Babiak and Wayne Arthurson; Ontario: Alison Pick; Atlantic: David Adams Richards, Jessica Grant, Michael Crummey, Lisa Moore and Don Hannah.
 

Oct-24-12 - 11:31

THOMAS HEAD RADDALL PRIZE

Congratulations to David Adams Richards for winning the Thomas Head Raddall Prize for his novel Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul! This award celebrates Atlantic Canadian adult fiction and is presented by the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia.

Oct-15-12 - 09:23

Vincent Lam a Governor General's Literary Award Finalist!

Congratulations to Vincent Lam, who has been named as a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for The Headmaster's Wager! The winner will be announced mid-November. For a full list of nominees, click here.

Oct-02-12 - 09:09

Caitlin Cronenberg shoots novelist Grace O'Connell for Elle Canada's October issue

Oct-01-12 - 02:17

ANDREW WESTOLL NAMED EDNA STAEBLER WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

Andrew Westoll

Congratulations to Andrew Westoll who has just been named Wilfrid Laurier University’s Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence.

“I am honoured to have been selected. Every writer yearns for a creative opportunity like this. But I am especially excited to begin engaging with the Laurier student community through lectures and workshops. If I can help aspiring writers on campus find their own literary voices, I'll consider these three months a success.”

 

Sep-28-12 - 12:59

Deal News

Karen Le Billon's FRENCH KIDS EAT EVERYTHING

Canada: HarperCollins, April 2012
US: William Morrow, April 2012
UK: Little, Brown/Piatkus
Russia: Sinbad Publishers Limited
Korea: Korea National Open University Press
Poland: Swiat Ksiazki/Weltbild Polska Ltd.
Taiwan: Business Weekly Publications, A Division of Cite Publishing Ltd.
Brazil: Editora Alaude
Lithuania: Gimtasis Zodis
 

Sep-24-12 - 12:27

VIGNA'S BULL HEAD PUBLISHED TO STUNNING REVIEWS

 

John Vigna's short story collection, BULL HEAD, published this month by Arsenal Pulp Press, is receiving rave reviews accross the boad! Here's what some reviewers are saying: 

"His characters have messy, squalid lives, but his prose is luminous and precise, infused with a kind of merciless compassion, paradoxically beautiful in its depiction of the ugliness of poverty and the confusions of broken masculinity. Imagine a blend of Vancouver genius Billie Livingston’s urban grit with Alberta’s Mark Anthony Jarman’s detailed portrayal of men in and making trouble. Go out and get a copy of this impressive debut and discover John Vigna’s world of scars, bottles, heart break and occasional tenderness. These are stories that will haunt the reader and open up mountain vistas to new insights into the human condition."
-Vancouver Sun

"Vigna showcases an aptly spare style and an impressive willingness to explore the fraught relationships of guys deeply flummoxed, or else defeated, by the wintery meanness of getting by in the valley... The outstanding strengths of Bull Head relate to Vigna’s style and voice."
-The Globe and Mail

“[A]t no point does Vigna condescend to his characters: These men may yearn for something beyond themselves, but they are all possessed of dignity and at least some measure of self-respect. This, more than anything, elevates these stories and lends them an aspect of striking melancholy.”
-National Post
 

 Read an interview with John Vigna at VANCOUVER IS AWESOME

Sep-19-12 - 01:40

AMERICAN PUBLICITY FOR VINCENT LAM'S 'THE HEADMASTER'S WAGER'

 

Interview with CBS

'How To Write a Novel About Your Family' in Publishers Weekly

“[A] sumptuously plotted first novel... Lam goes for the jugular, combining an operatic love story…with evocations of Vietnam’s occupation by the Japanese and the later horrors of the Vietcong’s persecution of the city of Hue.”
-The New York Times Book Review

"Lam, a Canadian whose family lived for a time in Vietnam's community of Chinese expatriates, is sensitive to the complexities of allegiance, to the impossibility of being impartial, and to the way that, in war, every gambit, no matter how well calculated, entails loss."
-
The New Yorker

"Lam writes tellingly about intrigue, political collusion and the clash of
cultures."
-Kirkus

"[A] masterfully paced exploration of a world convulsed by war, wherein faith and reason no longer hold sway."
-Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Lam's straightforward prose draws readers into wartime Saigon, where everyone is on the take and choosing the wrong allies can prove deadly… Readers who enjoyed Denis Johnson's The Tree of Smoke will appreciate this Vietnamese view of the conflict.”
-Library Journal
(starred review)

Aug-13-12 - 03:50

GLOBE AND MAIL SUMMER FICTION

Read a short short story by Steven Heighton: 'A tale about a shamingly strict sort of suicide watch'

Jul-09-12 - 01:51

GRACE O'CONNELL

Grace O'connell, author of Magnified World (Knopf Canada) has been named one of the 10 Writers to Watch by CBC Books AND one of The Globe and Mail's Fab Five up-and-coming Canadian authors. Congrats, Grace!

 

Jul-03-12 - 04:32

NEW SHORT STORY COLLECTION BY STEVEN HEIGHTON

Steven Heighton's new volume of short stories, The Dead Are More Visible, published last month by Knopf Canada, is receiving stellar reviews:

 

"The best stories in this book . . . are as good as the fiction of Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant. Or, to be more blunt, Heighton is as good a writer as Canada has ever produced… It is a testament to his authorial gifts that he not only can write about sex with exquisite delicacy, but that many of the best passages in his stories are about intimacy in the broadest sense . . . At its best, [his] vivid and precise prose manages to achieve the same miracle of incarnate expressiveness found in Joyce and Nabokov, masters whose words are so intensely textured and specific that we feel them pulsing through our body . . . The best stories in this book do what only great art can do: make us more fiercely alive."
National Post

"Work of this quality is a real achievement, even if the technique, as it should be, is often invisible."
Toronto Star

"Heighton has returned to the short story with a collection as powerful as the much earlier linked stories of Flight Paths of the Emperor… A delight… Funny, scary, sad… He can write smart stories without seeming literary, while unafraid of tough stories about very unliterary people… [His] talent might be called a knack, but it could also be called genius."
Globe & Mail

"A wonderfully engaging read . . .[His] characters . . . are appealingly human and compassionately constructed."
Winnipeg Free Press

"Heighton is indisputably one of Canada's most important literary talents."
Kingston Whig-Standard

 

Jun-14-12 - 10:12

CBA LIBRIS AWARDS

Congratulations to Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt, for winning the 2012 CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction, awarded by the Canadian Booksellers Association.

Jun-06-12 - 09:07

WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING

Congratulations to Andrew Westoll. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary has recently been named a finalist for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. The prize is intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

May-18-12 - 09:22

GILLER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR VINCENT LAM DAZZLES WITH FIRST NOVEL

 

Vincent Lam's hotly anticipated first novel, The Headmaster's Wager (Doubleday Canada), debuted last week to stellar reviews and a flurry of press.

"[T]ransfixing...This is a novel of many startling twists and turns... Lam has created a hypnotically tragic tale, epic in scope. One can only hope he will continue and fill in the years between the end of this novel and the beginning of 'The Long Migration.' It could turn out to be his Gold Mountain."
-Toronto Star

"It’s that street-level view of a story we’re more accustomed to viewing in panorama that ultimately makes Lam’s novel so effective and affecting. In stages so subtle they’re scarcely noticeable until he’s got you fully in his grip, Lam combines elements of historical fiction, political thriller and domestic drama to present one of the 20th
century’s defining stories in a whole new way. The Headmaster’s Wager is more than just an absorbing read. It’s a testament and memorial in fiction to a community that no longer exists."
-Montreal Gazette

"Lam's compelling family saga has believable characters manoeuvring in situations beyond their control, making desperate decisions in the hope of surviving the geo-political battles waging around them.The story is a suspenseful page turner, with the fate of many lives resting on the roll of the dice.A sweeping story, The Headmaster's Wager was the first novel Lam wrote, which has now found its final form. The wait has proven worthwhile. Vincent Lam has turned out a winning wager."
-Winnipeg Free Press

"Vincent Lam’s first novel, about Vietnam, has makings of a masterpiece... a powerful and engrossing work."
-The Globe and Mail

"In The Headmaster’s Wager, Lam has created a genuine page-turner. The author takes full advantage of the inherent suspense as the fall of Saigon looms and Chen finally realizes that he and his family may not survive the violence of the Viet Cong. The Headmaster’s Wager is a novel full of surprises and excitement."
-Quill & Quire

"Lam, an emergency physician in Toronto, vividly imparts the ways in which life is a high-stakes game of chance. Here, his ability to convey the scope of his character’s experiences through moments and gestures fills a greater canvas, artfully portraying heritage’s influence and the enduring ties between sires and heirs."
-Straight.com

Toronto Star interview

Winnipeg Free Press interview

National Post interview

CTV's Canada AM interview

Apr-30-12 - 11:47

ORANGE PRIZE SHORTLIST

Esi Edugyan has done it again! The Giller-winner is now a contender for the UK's Orange Prize, a major literary honour celebrating female novelists.

Apr-17-12 - 02:20

KAREN LE BILLON ON GLOBAL BC NEWS

Karen Le Billon talks French Kids Eat Everything with Global BC news.

Watch the video here!

Mar-26-12 - 02:48

MATT LENNOX ON THE MORNING SHOW (GLOBAL NEWS)

Canadian military soldier turned author Matt Lennox talks about his writing passion and his new book "The Carpenter".

Mar-15-12 - 09:47

MATT LENNOX ON CTV'S CANADA AM

Soldier turned author Matt Lennox discusses his first novel, The Carpenter (HarperCollins Canada) on Canada AM this morning.

Watch the interview here at the 8:16 mark.

Mar-08-12 - 10:16

ORANGE PRIZE

It was announced earlier today that Esi Edugyan's Half-Boold Blues has been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Mar-08-12 - 09:27

FINALISTS FOR BC BOOK PRIZES

Congratulations to all our authors who made the list.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen Publishers)
Michael Christie’s The Beggar’s Garden (HarperCollins Canada)
Steven Price’s Into That Darkness (Thomas Allen Publishers)

Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize

Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt (Greystone Books)

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt (Greystone Books)
Robert J. Wiersema’s Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen (Greystone Books)

Mar-08-12 - 09:11

ANDREW WESTOLL WINS CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE

Congratulations to Andrew Westoll, winner of the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary (HarperCollins Canada).

The prize was awarded in Toronto Monday March 5th.

Mar-05-12 - 01:28

HALF-BLOOD BLUES DEBUTS TO STELLAR REVIEWS IN THE US

"Though Half-Blood Blues is a jazz book, its greatest strength lies more in the rhythms of its conversations and Griffiths' pitch-perfect voice than in any musical exchanges. A simple, one-word sentence that could be just an expletive — 'Hell' — becomes so much more as Griffiths watches Nazis march into Paris under 'that dancing black spider,' and his dazed account of a band of weary survivors coalescing around Hiero's Half-Blood Blues is intoxicating enough to send you crate-digging through a record store's back room for anything like it. 'This was it, this was everything,' Griffiths says with a delirious awe that nearly excuses his unforgivable selfishness. 'We was all of us free, brother. For that night at least, we was free.' If there's a better description of jazz and its brilliant, in-the-moment power, you're not likely to find it."
--LA Times

"History is at the core of Esi Edugyan's brilliant second novel, Half-Blood Blues. Told in the jazzy patter of Sid's first-person monologue, which makes the Nazis into 'Boots' and every woman a 'jane,' even the well-known prelude to war feels intensely lived in... Swinging back and forth between the eras, this book - which won Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize - is both lively and imbued with regret..."
--Boston Globe

"Esi Edugyan's excellent Half-Blood Blues sets its sights on the jazz musicians who flourished in Berlin during the cabaret heyday of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s and found themselves endangered after Hitler's rise and Goebbels's proscription of what he called 'Jewish-Hottentot frivolity.' ... [A] tense, well-wrought novel."
--The Wall Street Journal

"While the rarely explored subject adds to the book’s allure, what stands out most is its cadenced narration and slangy dialogue, as conversations, both spoken and unspoken, snap, sizzle, and slide off the page."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Edugyan tells this incredibly rich story of music, politics, and personal betrayal both subtly and dramatically, unveiling the mystery of what happened to Falk as she exposes the tensions between the band members and the secret that has been gnawing at one of them for half a century...Edugyan’s novel mixes palpable period atmosphere with an interpersonal drama of great emotional depth. That narrow moment in time when the freewheeling decadence of Weimar Germany gave way to jackbooted tyranny has been the subject of much fine fiction, but Edugyan is the first to overlay it with jazz history. It makes a sublime marriage ."
--Booklist (Starred)

"A memorable evocation of the defiant thrill of jazz at a terrible time."
--Kirkus

"The novel's surprising end, and Edugyan herself, are proof that the mischling experience beautifies art in all of its forms."
--Mother Jones

Read Esi's interview with CNN

Mar-02-12 - 10:01

BC BOOK PRIZE

Congratulations to Charlotte Gill, winner of British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for her tree-planting memoir Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe.

 

Feb-14-12 - 09:05

Steven Heighton Reading at the AGM dinner of the Kingston Community Health Centres Organization, June 2011

Feb-13-12 - 02:00

CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE

Congratulations to Andrew Westoll, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary (HarperCollins Canada), and Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt (Greystone) on being named finalists for the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize.

Jan-10-12 - 09:42

NATIONAL POST'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2012

It looks like it's shaping up to be a pretty good year for McDermid authors! We're proud to represent 5 out of 12 of the National Post's 'not to be missed titles':

Vincent Lam, The Headmaster’s Wager (Doubleday Canada, April)
Matt Lennox, The Carpenter (HarperCollins Canada, February)
Grace O’Connell, Magnified World (Knopf Canada, May)
Steven Heighton, The Dead Are More Visible (Knopf Canada, May)
Kevin Chong, My Year of the Racehorse (Greystone, April)

Jan-09-12 - 09:06

CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION

Congratulations to our longlisted authors, Charlotte Gill (Eating Dirt, Greystone Books), Andrew Westoll (The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, HarperCollins Canada) and David Adams Richards (Facing the Hunter, Doubleday Canada).

Dec-12-11 - 10:14

BC NATIONAL AWARD FOR CANADIAN NON-FICTION

Congratulations to Andrew Westoll and Charlotte Gill whose books The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary (HarperCollins Canada) and Eating Dirt (Greystone Books) were named finalists for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Dec-08-11 - 11:29

BEST BOOKS OF 2011

Congratulations to Esi Edugyan, Michael Christie, Charlotte Gill and Andrew Westoll for being named on Amazon.ca's Best Books of 2011 list! Further congratulations go to Esi, Charlotte and Andrew for also being included in the Quill & Quire's Books of the Year list!

Click here for the full Amazon list

Listed on The Globe and Mail's 'The Very Best of 2011', are Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues, Andrew Pyper's The Guardians, Jamie Zeppa's Every Time We Say Goodbye, Antanas Sileika's Underground, Vincent Lam's Tommy Douglas, Andrew Westoll's The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary and Charlotte Gill's Eating Dirt.

Nov-28-11 - 04:02


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