Sir John’s Table Shortlisted for 2016 Taste Canada Award14 September 2016
The nominees for the 2016 Taste Canada Awards were announced yesterday. Bestowed annually since 1997, the Taste Canada Awards showcases world-class, Canadian culinary writing. Included in this year’s shortlist for Culinary Narratives is Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister by Lindy Mechefske.
Sir John's Table traverses the colourful life of Sir John A. Macdonald and takes readers on a journey through the culinary history of a nation. From Macdonald’s passage as a young Scottish boy in the steerage compartment aboard the Earl of Buckinghamshire to his childhood years of stealing fish and scarfing down fairy cakes to the elaborate galas held in his honour, Sir John’s Table is a unique look at the life of Canada’s first prime minister through the lens of our culinary past.
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).
The awards will be presented in Toronto at a gala celebration hosted by Mary Ito on November 14. This one-of-a-kind gastronomic event will feature more than a dozen chef-led food stations presented by Toronto’s most celebrated chefs, and a Red Carpet walked by some of Canada’s most celebrated writers and culinary personalities.
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Administration Intern, Publicity Department29 August 2016
Do you have a keen eye for organization, a love of communication, and strong attention to detail?
Goose Lane Editions has an opening for an administration intern in our publicity department. This is a sixth-month, paid internship. The successful candidate will help coordinate author travel, maintain publicity files and itineraries, provide logistical support for events, and ensure important information is communicated to our sales reps, award juries, and readers in a timely matter. This is an excellent opportunity for a detail-orientated candidate to gain valuable administrative experience.
- Help to coordinate and book author travel and accommodations
- Prepare itineraries for authors attending literary festivals and events across the country
- Provide a support system for author readings and events, working with venues, internal stakeholders, and independent booksellers to ensure events go smoothly and that logistical needs are met
- Keep publicity files continuously updated as reviews and interviews are published
- Send weekly updates to management and sales reps
- Help to publicize events through community and media outreach Help to maintain company website and social media channels
- Other administrative duties as required
- Undergraduate degree or college diploma
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to within a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
- Strong attention to detail
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel Familiarity with social media an asset
Please note: This is a 6-month term position. Applicants should be registered for the New Brunswick Youth Employment Fund (details available here). Qualified candidates are invited to send a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and résumé to Kathleen Peacock, Publicity Manager, at email@example.com by September 12, 2016.
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff expresses regret, promises further action for survivors of Valcartier tragedy2 August 2016
“The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognize that those affected by this horrific tragedy have struggled with the long-term effects of the trauma they experienced and regret that it took this long to formally recognize and address this tragedy.” — Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
In the summer of 1974, a group of teenage cadets attending training camp at the Canadian Forces Base at Valcartier, Quebec, were summoned for a lecture on explosives safety. Dummy ammunition was circulated amongst the cadets as the captain explained the history and inherent danger of explosives. Unbeknownst to the cadets and the captain, a live grenade was also circulating through the group, passing from hand to hand. One boy asked the instructor if he could pull out the pin of the grenade and was assured that it was safe to do so. The resulting explosion ripped through the room, killing six boys and injuring fifty-four others.
As incomprehensible as the accident was, even more difficult to believe were the actions of the Canadian Forces in the days and decades that followed. Isolated by trauma, grief, and pain, the surviving cadets were expected to carry on with their lives. Because they were not members of the Canadian Forces, they were not eligible for financial compensation or medical care beyond what they received immediately after the explosion. The army provided no counselling of any kind for the survivors and instructed them not to speak of the incident.
On July 28, 2015, the DND/CAF Ombudsman released a report on the 1974 tragedy, finding that the cadets affected by the incident suffered long-lasting and life-altering injuries for which they received inadequate treatment and/or compensation. One year later, the statement from Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff indicates that progress toward the recommendations outlined by the Ombudsman’s report is being made.
From the statement: “Medical needs assessments were offered to all affected individuals that had been located to identify their health care needs, both physical and psychological, that are connected to this tragedy, and we continue to receive responses. Based on these assessments, the next step will be to develop individualized treatment plans to identify areas of their care where more support is needed — and some of this work is already underway. Concurrently, DND has also been engaged in determining suitable financial recognition.”
It has taken more than four decades, but the cadets of Valcartier have finally begun to receive treatment and acknowledgment.
To read the full statement from Lieutenant-General Guy Thibault, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, please click here.
ABOUT AS YOU WERE: THE TRAGEDY AT VALCARTIER The only full account of an event that received minor attention at the time, As You Were is the story of a normal day turned horrific; how duty, responsibility, and honour make ordinary people take extraordinary measures; and how the military tried to ignore this devastating incident. As You Were was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2011.
The Bastard of Fort Stikine Wins Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History20 June 2016
The winners of the 2016 Canadian Authors Awards were announced on Saturday at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre during the Canadian Writers' Summit. Included in this year’s recipients was The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr., which won the 2016 Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History.
The third installment in a four-part series from renowned forensic anthropologist Debra Komar, The Bastard of Fort Stikine unearths a shocking true story of murder and deception at the heart Hudson’s Bay Company history. Using modern forensic science, including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction, Debra Komar unlocks the mystery of what really happened the night John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Stikine — was shot to death by his own men in a murder mystery that spans 170 years.
Also shortlisted in the Canadian History category were Stephen R. Bown for White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic (Douglas and McIntyre) and Christopher Moore for Three Weeks in Quebec City (AllenLane Canada).
Bestowed annually since 1975, the Canadian Authors Awards recognize writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. For more information about the Canadian Authors Association, please visit http://canadianauthors.org.
Soraya Peerbaye nominated for Tell: Poems for a Girlhood28 May 2016
Goose Lane Editions extends our heartfelt congratulations to Soraya Peerbaye whose stunning collection Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (PEDLAR PRESS) has been recognized with nomiations for both the Griffin Prize and the Trillium Awards.
Peerabaye's first book of poetry, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2009.
The Bastard of Fort Stikine Wins 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award for Non-fiction9 May 2016
The Prince Edward Island Book Awards were presented at a gala celebration in Charlottetown on Saturday. Included in the list of this year’s recipients was The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr. by forensic anthropologist and former island resident Debra Komar. Lori Cheverie of the independent bookstore Bookmark accepted the Prince Edward Island Book Award for Non-fiction on behalf of Ms. Komar.
The third installment in a four-part series, The Bastard of Fort Stikine unearths a shocking true story of murder and deception at the heart Hudson’s Bay Company history. Using modern forensic science, including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction, Debra Komar unlocks the mystery of what really happened the night John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Stikine — was shot to death by his own men in a murder mystery that spans 170 years.
Debra Komar returns this fall with Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character.