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April 5

Second Helping, Please! celebrates 50 years in print.

Author Norene Gilletz celebrated the occasion by making her first podcast from her new podcast, Norene’s Kitchencast, where she’ll be sharing her expertise on kosher food and Jewish culinary traditions.

  Click here to read more about the Norene and the podcast.

March 28

Nominations have been announced for the 2018–2019 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award. Three of our titles are on the short list for next year’s award. They are:

5 Giraffes by Anne Innis Dagg

Smiley: A Journey of Love by Joanne George

Big Blue Forever by Anita Miettunen

The Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award is a literary program designed for young readers in Atlantic Canada. Each year, thousands of children aged nine to twelve (grades four to six) read from the selection of outstanding Canadian books and vote for the winners.

February 14

The School Library Journal announce their Recommended Book List for the 2018 In the Margins Book Award

Saving Stevie by Eve Richardson has been selected in the Fiction category

In the Margins strives to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody - or a cycle of all three. Our charge is to seek out and highlight the best fiction and non-fiction titles (Pre-K through adult) of high-interest appeal to youth ages 9-21 living in poverty, on the streets, or in custody, with a preference for marginalized books (small, independent press or self-published). Youth feedback is a critical factor in both book nomination and selection.

February 5

VOYA Magazine announces their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers list for 2017

On the list of 25 books is Yellow Dog by Miriam Körner

"Fans of Gary Paulsen's books will find a great adventure story here."
From VOYA's Top Shelf selection committee

February 1

As part of Black History Month SportsNet put together a series of videos on significant black Canadian athletes. Included in the list is sprinter Harry Jerome.

Click here to see SportsNet's video on Jerome.

Harry Jerome is the subject of our recent young-adult book Runner: The Life of Harry Jerome, World's Fastest Man.

January 29

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, today announced 23 new appointments to the Order of Ontario, the province's highest honour.

Included in this year's list is author Robert J. Sawyer

January 29

On January 29th 2018 author Beverley Brenna discussed the writing of her new children's book, Fox Magic, on CTV's Lets Talk.

Click here to see the interview.

January 25

The 2018 Gourmand Award finalists are announced.

The Gourmand Awards are the major Food Culture event in the world. They started in 1995 for cookbooks and wine books, at Frankfurt Book Fair. They now include all Food Culture content.

The countries:

This year they had entries from 215 countries and regions and Finalists for Food from a total of 134 countries.


There are 100 categories for Food. This is reflects the wide diversity of world food culture. It is a major achievement to be on this list of Finalists. 67% of the categories have 12 or less finalists.

Below are the Fitzhenry books that are finalists under the Whitecap imprint as well as those by Grup Street Publishing, a UK publisher we distribute in Canada.

Television English category

Canada - Honest to Goodness, Christine Tizzard (Whitecap)

Barbecue category

Canada - On the Road with the Cooking Ladies (Whitecap)
UK - Finger Food From the BBQ and Grill, Andreas Rummel (Grub Street)

Vegan category

UK - Vegan Recipes from the Middle East, Parvin Razavi (Grub Street)

Spices and Herbs category

UK - Herbs, Spices & Flavourings, Tom Stobart (Grub Street)

January 23

The Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets committee has named its Top Ten Best Bet for 2017!

On the Top 10 list is Animals Illustrated: Walrus by Herve Paniaq, illustrated by Ben Shannon and published by Inhabit Media.

The official list of winners and honourable mention books will be announced at their session on Thursday, February 1 at the 2018 OLA Super Conference.

December 7

The Guardian (UK) published their Best Books on Drink list of 2017

Included on the list is 9000 Years of Wine: A World History

From the selection committee: "It’s impeccably researched: if you want to know the impact of the French Revolution on wine, this is the place to start. The statistics in particular are wonderful, such as a hospital in Darmstadt, Germany, that got through 4,633 bottles of white, 6,332 bottles of red, 60 bottles of champagne and 30 dozen bottles of port in one year, 1870. That’s where I want to convalesce."

November 20

The following books have been featured in the fall issue of CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens:

Big Blue Forever
The Dream
Fatima and the Clementine Thieves
The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito
Sammy and the Headless Horseman

From our agencies:

Bent Not Broken (Clockwise Press)
What's My Superpower? (Inhabit Media)
Those Who Run the Sky (Inhabit Media)
Putuguq & Kublu (Inhabit Media)
Animals Illustrated: Walrus (Inhabit Media)
On My Bike (Tradewind Books)