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30 November 1999


Times Colonist reviews Debra Komar's The Bastard of Fort Stikine

30 November 1999

"The Bastard of Fort Stikine is a fine tale, and Komar has done a superb bit of detective work in gathering the evidence and sorting out what happened the night McLoughlin was murdered.

Even after all of these years, some secrets are out, and it makes for fascinating reading."

Read the full review here.

The Globe and Mail Reviews The Hunter and the Wild Girl

30 November 1999

"Holdstock’s 19th-century story of connection between this odd pairing of psychological isolates hints at great depth beneath the surface. Resonant and troubling, like all good fairy tales."

Read the full review here.

30 November 1999

Goose Lane Editions is pleased to announce that Cinegrafica Films has optioned the film rights to As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier by Gerry Fostaty.

In the summer of 1974, a live grenade inadvertently made its way into a box of dud ammunition used for safety instruction at an army base in Valcartier, Quebec. Days later, an explosion ripped through a group of cadets, killing six boys and injuring fifty-four others.

Gerry Fostaty, an NCO at the training camp, was one of the first on the scene after the explosion. In As You Were, Fostaty chronicles both the horrible events of that day and the trauma, grief, and isolation experienced by the surviving cadets as the Canadian government shirked responsibility. As You Were was instrumental in drawing attention to the event, sparking discussion within the Canadian military and in the House of Commons upon publication. The book was cited in the Canadian Department of National Defence Ombudsman’s report in June 2015: An Investigation Into the 1974 Valcartier Cadets Grenade Incident.

Acting for Cinegrafica Films is executive producer and director Nicholas Kinsey, a veteran producer and director with some 30 years of experience. His directorial credits include the features: Tree Line (2012), Killing Ruth — The Snuff Dialogues (2011), Leatha Acidents (2011), and Women Without Wings (2002). He has directed and photographed 500 films and videos over his career including the documentary films Martin Frobisher and the Baffin Fraud (2004) and The Hudson Mutiny (2014).

 “As I read As You Were, I felt more and more that this was a story that had to be seen on the screen,” said Kinsey. “It is a very personal account of a horrific event. This is very much a Canadian story, and a bittersweet story of lost youth. We are very excited by the opportunity to bring Gerry Fostaty’s work to the screen.”

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 did their best to ignore this devastating incident. As You Were was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2011.

Cinegrafica Films is involved in film and TV drama, and documentary film production. It is a spin-off from Cinegraphe Productions which was founded in 1976 with offices in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Canada. The company has produced some five hundred films and videos and won numerous awards.  Cinegrafica is involved in film and TV drama co-productions in Canada and in Europe.

The Lost Wilderness shortlisted for first annual New Brunswick Book Award

30 November 1999

The Fiddlehead, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary publications, and the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick have announced the shortlisted titles for the first-ever New Brunswick Book Awards.

Two titles from Goose Lane Editions have been included on the lists. The Lost Wilderness: Rediscovering W.F. Ganong's New Brunswick from acclaimed author and naturalist Nicholas Guitard was named to the shortlist for non-fiction and Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman was shortlisted in the fiction category.

The awards will be presented at the 2016 Atlantic Book Awards Gala — the first time New Brunswick will host the event — on April 27 at the Capitol Theatre, Moncton, as part of the Frye Festival. 

Visit the New Brunswick Book Awards website here for more information: http://nbbookawards.wix.com/info 

30 November 1999

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.


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