Congratulations to Anne Innis Dagg, the recipient of Planet in Focus' 2018 Canadian Eco-Hero award! Anne was honoured at last night's screening of the film The Woman Who Loves Giraffes at the 19th Environmental Film Festival in Toronto.
The winners of the 2018 Banff Mountain Book Competition Awards are announced. A special Jury Mention was made for one of our books:
“Bert Riggall’s photographs from the first half of the 20th Century frame some fabulous writing about the people, terrain and history of the Greater Waterton Region. The images alone tell a fabulous story. Sid Marty’s Mistakis-The Backbone of the Earth and Kevin van Tighem’s God’s Breath should be required reading for anyone who travels to southwest Alberta. This is a story of the origins of a regional conservation legacy that to this day strives to include the landscape, flora, fauna and people who live in this very special part of the world.”
— 2018 Book Competition Jury
The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival showcases the best mountain culture films, photography and books.
The Forest of Reading nominees are announced. Three of the nominees are either books we published or are published by publishers we distribute.
Nominated for the 2019 Red Maple Fiction Award are:
Skating Over Thin Ice by Jean Mills
A Time to Run: Stuart & Sam by Lorna Schultz Nicholson (published by Clockwise Press)
Nominated for the 2019 Blue Spruce Award
What's My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston and Illustrated by Tim Mack (published by Inhabit Media)
The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers seven reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 270,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.
The Nominations for the 2018–2019 Hackmatack Awards have been announced. Among the nominees for the English Non-Fiction award are 3 Fitzhenry & Whiteside books:
- 5 Giraffes by Anne Innis Dagg
- Big Blue Forever: The Story of Canada's Largest Blue Whale Skeleton by Anita Miettunen
- Smiley: A Journey of Love by Joanne George
The Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award is a literary program designed for young readers in Atlantic Canada. Each year, thousands of children in grades four to six (aged nine to twelve) read from the selection of outstanding Canadian books and vote for their favourites. The award is designed after similar successful programs in Ontario (The Silver Birch Award) and British Columbia (The Red Cedar Award). Just as other provinces have chosen names of well-known trees in their regions for their reading programs, the name of the Hackmatack program comes from a tree commonly found in Atlantic Canada, also known as a tamarack or larch.
The Lane Anderson Award announced their 2017 Shortlists. Included in the Young Adults category is:
Big Blue Forever: The Story of Canada's Largest Blue Whale Skeleton by Anita Miettunen
The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada today, both in the adult and young reader categories.
CBC Books have issued a list of 13 Canadian works of fantastical fiction for young readers. On the list is:
The Royal Society of Canada announced their list of award winners for 2018. They have awarded 18 eminent Canadian scientists, scholars and researchers, recognizing their outstanding achievements in advancing knowledge and understanding of the past and present.
The winner of the J.B. Tyrrell Medal for outstanding work in the field of the history of Canada is Bill Waiser. Waiser is a long-time author of our publishing house and was a winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards in the Adult Non-Fiction category for A World We Have Lost.
BC BookLook did a profile on Ray Michalko and his book Obstruction of Justice: The Search for Truth on Canada’s Highway of Tears. The following excerpt is from the profile:
This is an important book about justice, race, and gender in Canada, themes that surface throughout the narrative. The book's relevance has only increased since it was published in 2016, particularly given recent controversies surrounding the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and national conversations about Indigenous rights and the commemoration of Sir John A. McDonald.
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) have announced the finalists for the 2018 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.
The Champlain Society have announced the winner of the 2017 Chalmers Award for Ontario History. The winner is Georgian Bay: Discovering A Unique North American Ecosystem, edited by Nick Eyles.
From the Chalmers Award jury:
"'Impressive' . . . 'Compelling'. . . 'Seductive'. . . With such comments, the Champlain Society's Chalmers Award Committee gave unanimous approval to a beautifully illustrated compendium of essays on Georgian Bay.
Georgian Bay: Discovering A Unique North American Ecosystem, edited by Nick Eyles, takes the reader on a two billion year journey through geological time to reveal the complex and singular ecosystem that is often called the Sixth Great Lake. The book tells the story of the clash between water and rocks and the myriad ways that flora and fauna have adapted and flourished along the Bay’s windswept shores and its many thousands of offshore islands. Individual chapters focus on life on the land, in the air above and in the water beneath the wide-mouthed bay. Maps, charts, stunning photographs old and new, complement the clear-eyed prose. And then there are the stories of the peoples of the Bay with their varying histories, triumphs and failures. First Nations, traders and settlers all receive appropriate attention. Special regard is given to the colourful history of Collingwood, and the art of Georgian Bay before and after the Group of Seven's iconic work.
In short, the book enriches our appreciation of the constantly interacting aquatic and terrestrial spaces that characterize this massive and monumental region of Ontario. Congratulations to the Georgian Bay Land Trust who sponsored it and to editor Nick Eyles and all the contributors for a book which will delight scholars, general readers, and visitors as well as all those fortunate enough to live along the shores of the Bay"
The 2018 Taste Canada Awards Shortlist is announced.
A champion of cookbook authors and food bloggers, Taste Canada inspires and encourages readers at home and abroad to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.
Click here to see the entire shortlist.
This year two of our books are on the shortlist.
9000 Years of Wine: A World History by Rod Phillips, and
Honest to Goodness: Everyday Recipes for the Home Cook by Christine Tizzard
Also on the list are two books from one of the publishers we distribute, Klorofil Editions from Quebec. Klorofil published a French and English edition of each book. The French editions are on the shortlist. We sell the Engish edition. The books are:
Canada's Culinary Heritage: 100 recipes from Notable Canadians by Melanie Joly & Daniel Germain and edited by Sylvain Perron
Culinary Treasures from around the World: Authentic Recipes from diplomats posted in Canada by Karyne Gagné and edited by Sylvain Perron
The July 1st issue of Kirkus Reviews has an article titled "Celebrate Canada Day with a Canadian Book". The article features three of our books:
- Spirit Trackers by Jan Bourdeau Waboose and illustrated by François Thisdale
- Charles by Stephen Hume and illustrated by Jessica Bartram, and
- Eat This! by Andrea Curtis and illustrated by Peggy Collins
Check out the complete article at