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Sir Johnís Table wins 2016 Taste Canada Award

15 November 2016

The best culinary writers in the country were celebrated in Toronto last night at the 2016 Taste Canada Awards. Bestowed annually since 1997, the Taste Canada Awards showcase world-class, Canadian culinary writing.

This year’s winner of the Gold Award for Culinary Narratives was Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister by Lindy Mechefske. A unique blend of culinary history and biography, Sir John’s Table traces the colourful life of Sir John A. Macdonald through some of the common foods of the day. Each chapter is accompanied by recipes of the era — many sourced from cookbooks of the time — allowing readers to try their hand at everything from gooseberry pie to mulled wine.

Also nominated in the Culinary Narratives category were Jeffrey Alford for Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village (Douglas & McIntyre), Linda Gaylard for The Tea Book (DK), Alissa Hamilton for Got Milked? What You Don’t Know About Dairy, The Truth About Calcium, And Why You’ll Thrive Without Milk (HarperCollins), and Peter McClusky for Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival (Arcadia Publishing and The History Press). For further information about the Taste Canada Awards, please visit tastecanada.org.

M. Travis Lane Recognized with Lieutenant-Governorís Award for High Achievement in the Arts

8 November 2016

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) announced the winners of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts in Fredericton on Monday evening. Presented annually, the awards  recognize and reward the outstanding contribution of artists to the arts in New Brunswick.

Recognized this year for high achievement in English literary arts was noted New Brunswick poet M. Travis Lane. Born in 1934, Lane is the author of sixteen books of poetry and has been widely published in literary journals as a poet and critic. She is a founding member as well as Honorary President of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick and a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets, where she has participated vociferously in its feminist caucus.

The award could not come at a more appropriate time for the Fredericton-based poet and critic. M. Travis Lane’s The Witch of the Inner Wood: Collected Long Poems (Goose Lane Editions) was published to critical acclaim in early October, while Heart on Fist: The Selected Prose of M. Travis Lane (Palimpsest Press) was published later that month.

Also honoured last night for high achievement in visual arts was Suzanne Hill. Further information about The Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts can be found at artsnb.ca.

Prairie Ostrich selected by Amnesty International Book Club

1 November 2016

Tamai Kobayashi's Prairie Ostrich has been selected by the Amnesty International Book Club for their November read. The poignant tale of the Murakami family's life in 1974 Bittercreek Alberta captured the hearts of readers and critics upon publication. Blending physical, cultural, ancestral, and sexual isolation into an account of one girl’s attempt to find her place against schoolyard battles and the mysteries of the adult world, Prairie Ostrich is an unforgettable read that breaks barriers and expands horizons.

Find out more about the Amnesty International BookClub at amnestybookclub.ca.

The Hunter and the Wild Girl Awarded City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

13 October 2016

Pauline Holdstock was awarded the 2016 Victoria Butler Book Prize last evening for her novel The Hunter and the Wild Girl. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century France, Holdstock’s haunting tale of loss and redemption explores the delicate coexistence between a recluse and a feral child on an abandoned estate. The book was published to wide critical acclaim in 2015.

Also nominated for this year’s Victoria Butler Book Prize were Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver by Frances Backhouse (non-fiction, ECW Press), Becoming Lin by Tricia Dower (fiction, Caitlin Press), He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car by Arleen Paré (poetry, Caitlin Press), and Double Dutch by Laura Trunkey (fiction, House of Anansi).

Celebrating thirteen years of literary excellence, the Victoria Butler Book Prize is bestowed annually to authors of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry from the Greater Victoria area.

Shadow of Doubt Publication Date Advanced to Coincide with Oland Appeal

21 September 2016

Goose Lane Editions announced today that it will advance the publication date of Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland by CBC reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon to Tuesday, October 18. Publication will now coincide with the appeal of Dennis Oland’s second-degree murder conviction.  

On July 7, 2011, Richard Oland, scion of the Moosehead brewing family, was found murdered in his Saint John office. The killing was brutal. Oland suffered forty-five blows to his head, neck, and hands, all inflicted by a weapon that would never be found.  But as shocking as the killing was, it was the arrest and subsequent trial of Oland’s only son which kept the nation riveted.

Shadow of Doubt is reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon’s fast-paced, on-the-scene account of the murder, the police investigation, and the trial. MacKinnon covered the case from the beginning. She was present at the crime scene and at every day of the trial. She was also a driving force behind the legal battle that led to the unsealing of search warrants and other key evidence, including the release of the recording of the full police interview with Dennis Oland. MacKinnon broke several key stories about the investigation and trial, including stories about the admissibility of evidence and the violation of Oland’s Charter Rights.

Readers can count on:

  • An up close, court-side seat at one of the most sensational murder trails in recent history.
  • A behind-the-scenes account of the controversial police investigation.
  • New details about relationships within the Oland family.
  • Information on evidence presented and not presented at trial, including evidence that was missing from the crime scene and was never recovered.
  • Commentary from first-person interviews conducted prior to, during, and after the trial.

 

Oland’s appeal of his second-degree murder conviction will be heard from October 18 to October 21. The Supreme Court of Canada will hear Dennis Oland’s bail appeal on October 31.

BOBBI-JEAN MacKINNON is a reporter and web editor for CBC News.  She has also worked at the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Telegraph-Journal. MacKinnon has been a finalist for two National Newspaper Awards and three Atlantic Journalism Awards, including one for her early reporting on the Richard Oland murder. She lives in Saint John.  

NOTICE TO MEDIA:
Print and digital ARCs are now available for media. Finished copies will be available for media distribution during the week of October 3. To arrange an interview with the author, or to receive a copy of the book, please contact:
Debbie Gaudet (Toronto) at debbie@gaudetpublicity.ca  or (888) 926-8377
Kathleen Peacock (Fredericton) at publicity@gooselane.com or (888) 926-8377
 

 

The Hunter and the Wild Girl Named Finalist for City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

15 September 2016

The finalists for the 2016 Victoria Butler Book Prize were announced yesterday in Victoria. Celebrating thirteen years of literary excellence, the award is bestowed annually to authors of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry from the Greater Victoria area.

Included on this year’s list of finalists is The Hunter and the Wild Girl by Pauline Holdstock. A haunting tale of loss and redemption set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century France, The Hunter and the Wild Girl was published to wide critical acclaim in 2015.

Also nominated for this year’s Victoria Butler Book Prize are Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver by Frances Backhouse (non-fiction, ECW Press), Becoming Lin by Tricia Dower (fiction, Caitlin Press), He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car by Arleen Paré (poetry, Caitlin Press), and Double Dutch by Laura Trunkey (fiction, House of Anansi).

The winner will be announced at an Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Club of British Columbia at 805 Gordon Street.

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