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Wade Davis: The Sacred Headwaters

To honour Earth Day 2014, anthropologist, photographer, author and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Wade Davis will speak on the sacred headwaters as the guest of Elizabeth May, O.C., MP and leader of the Green Party of Canada. Dr. Davis is world-renowned for his research and photography of indigenous people and places, and for his beautifully illustrated presentations.

April 24, 7pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Victoria, B.C.
Tickets available at Russell's Books, Ivy's Book Shop, and Tanner's Books


Ben Kaplan at the Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo for the BMO Vancouver Marathon

The Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo includes a variety of exhibitors and is free and open to the public. Ben Kaplan will be there with his book Feet, Don't Fail Me Now. Feet, Don't Fail Me Now is an unconventional guide to running the marathon complete with celebrity running playlists.

Thursday, May 1, 4pm – 8pm
Friday, May 2, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, May 3, 10am – 6pm
Vancouver Convention Centre East, Hall C
999 Canada Place


Olive Odyssey Book Launch and Olive Oil Tasting at Books to Cooks

Julie Angus will be launching her book, Olive Odyssey, with a reading, Q&A and olive oil tasting at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks. The tasting will be provided courtesy of the Vancouver Olive Oil Company. Olive Odyssey follows Julie and her young family as they sail the Mediterranean researching the culinary, social, historical and genetic origins of the olive.

Saturday, May 10, 2pm – 4pm
Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks
1740 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, B.C.


Julie Angus at Olive the Senses

Julie Angus will informally sign books on May 24 at Olive the Senses before returning to the store for a book presentation on Sunday. Julie's book, Olive Odyssey, is the story of her young family's journey around the Mediterrean by sailboat in pursuit of the origins of the olive.

Saturday, May 24, 1pm and Sunday, May 25, 11am
Olive the Senses
The Hudson
1701 Douglas Street
Victoria, B.C.


Ian Coutts at the National Homebrewers Conference

Ian Coutts, author of The Perfect Keg, will be taking his hard-won brewing knowledge on the road and presenting a seminar during teh 35th Annual American Homebrewers Association's National Homebrewers Conference. The conference, Mashing in Michigan, includes educational seminars and exciting beer events to build skills and camaraderie in the homebrewing community. Coutts will be presenting on his year-long saga towards brewing the best possible keg of beer using homegrown ingredients. Check the conference website for more details and updates.

June 12–14, 2014
DeVos Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan


Chris Turner appearing at the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival

Registration opens in May for the 2014 Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival. The festival combines readings and discussion with a beautiful location. Acclaimed journalist Chris Turner is a featured speaker at the event. His book, The War on Science, reveals the extent of the Conservative government’s assault on science in Canada.

July 17 – 20
Various venues, village centre
Denman Island, B.C.

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The War on Science Shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards

More exciting news, The War on Science by Chris Turner has been shortlisted for the 2014 Wilfried Eggleston Award for Nonfiction as part of the Alberta Literary Awards. Presented by the Writers' Guild of Alberta, the Alberta Literary Awards celebrate literary excellence from Alberta authors. The War on Science confronts the extent of the attack by the federal government on scientific inquiry and communication in Canada. It is joined in the nonfiction category by Rosina, The Midwife, by Jessica Kluthe, published by Brindle & Glass; and by Almost a Great Escape by Tyler Trafford, published by Goose Lane Editions.


And Then There Were Nuns Short-Listed for Leacock Medal

Greystone is thrilled to announce that And Then There Were Nuns has been short-listed for the 2014 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life documents Christmas's stay in a series of convents to see whether she is, as she puts it, "nun material." Living among these communities of cloistered nuns and monks, she shares—and occasionally rails against—the silent, reverent, pared-down existence she has sought all her life. With insight and humour, she provides a glimpse into a seldom seem lifestyle.

Jane Christmas's previous books include What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim and Incontinent on the Continent. The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour is awarded annually for the best book of humour written by a Canadian. A hearty congratulations to all those nominated: Fifty Shades of Black by Arthur Black, The Promised Land by Bill Conall, The Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnson, and Red Green's Beginner's Guide to Women by Steve Smith.


Peter Cocking Joins Greystone

Peter Cocking has worked as a designer for more than 25 years, focusing on book design since 1995. He spent eleven years as the Art Director of D&M Publishers, where he oversaw the design process for Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, the two publishing imprints of D&M. During his tenure at D&M he won more than 50 awards for his work, and art-directed other designers to many more. Cocking also has a stellar reputation as a design educator, having taught at the Emily Carr University of Art Design since 2002, and Simon Fraser University since 1997. Before returning to the Greystone fold, Cocking was a founding partner of Figure 1, the custom publishing venture based in Vancouver.

Sanders said of Cocking, “Peter is exactly the right person to oversee the design process at a reborn Greystone Books. His well-earned design reputation, and his skill as a mentor, are extremely appropriate for Greystone at this time.”


Olive Odyssey Trailer Launched

Julie Angus’s Olive Odyssey will be available starting May 17. In anticipation of the book, you can view a trailer with beautiful footage of olive trees and production in the Mediterranean, where she sailed with her husband and their young son exploring the historical, cultural, and genetic origins of the olive.


Rivers, a 10-metres tall metal sculpture designed by Vancouver artist and Greystone author Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas,  was unveiled in Kamloops last month at the point where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet to form the Thompson River. The sculpture represents the two arms of the Thompson with stylized female swimmers sculpted from aluminum with copper heads. Click here for a view of the piece in Delta just after it was constucted.


Between the Pipes in the News

Author Randi Druzin made an appearance (and shared some childhood pictures!) on NHL Live and was interviewed on TSN Drive Radio. Between the Pipes explores the on and off-ice exploits of twelve of the NHL’s most famous, and infamous, goalies.


Fisheries Libraries Dismantled in Canada

"Paranoid ideologues have burned books and records throughout human history to try to squelch dissenting visions that they view as heretical, and to anyone who worships the great God Economy monotheistically, environmental science is heresy." Dr. David Schindler, water ecologist.

As first reported by Andrew Nikiforuk in The Tyee, the Harper government recently shut down a number of leading aquatic research libraries, and in many cases the contents were left for the taking or disposed of. This loss of scientific research is marked by many as the government's assault on science, the closures fitting into a larger pattern of censorship and control. As a publisher of books, we strongly oppose closing libraries and putting limitations on the sharing of knowledge. We encourage readers to stay informed and fully suppost the Canadian Library association in raising questions and alarm about the government's process. In the book The War on Science, award-winning journalist Chris Turner provides an arresting and meticulously researched argument against the Harper government's current attack on basic science, science communication, environmental regulations, and the environmental NGO community in Canada.


Andrew Nikiforuk is the recipient of the Writers' Trust 2013 Matt Cohen Award

Greystone has been honoured to publish, in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, three books by Andrew Nikiforuk. His latest book, The Energy of Slaves, poses the argument that the energy institution of slavery has shaped our careless use of fossil fuels.
The Writers’ Trust Awards 2013 Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life recognizes a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer. The jury cited that “As a journalist and author of major investigative books, Nikiforuk cares deeply about accuracy, government accountability and the cumulative impacts of policies that affect all citizens.” You can read more about the award here.


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