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Lorimer Shenher Participating in the Women in the World Summit in New York on Thurs., April 7, 2016 

“As many as 4,000 Canadian indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing since 1980. Why do these tragic cases continue to be overlooked?” -New York Times

Greystone author Lorimer Shenher will be speaking at the Women in the World Summit in New York on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

The talk will focus on the Missing and Murdered Women Investigation in Canada, which is also the driving force behind his book, That Lonely Section of Hell. Joining him at the pannel will be Melina Laboucan-Massimo, an indigenous activist and survivor of the loss of a family member in 2013. The talk will be moderated by hist of The Takeaway, John Hockenberry.

The summit runs from April 6 to April 8 and touches on many important topics, such as refugees, gun violence, activism in Turkey, sexism on the internet, dissidence in Iran, environmentalism, and more. Guests include Pakistani squash champion Maria Toorpakal Wazir, the women of the Bush family, and comedian and author Mindy Kaling. Learn more here.

 Andrew Nikiforuk at Incite on April 13, 2016 

Greystone author Andrew Nikiforuk will be giving a talk on his latest book, Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry, at Incite at the VPL Central Branch in the Alice McKay Room. The event is free to attend and you can register for it here

Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning investigative journalist and one of the first in North America to report on the devastation caused to rural communities by hydraulic fracking practices in the oil and gas industry. Slick Water weaves the science of fracking into narratives of environmental and societal devastation, including the powerful story of Jessica Ernst’s fight against oil and gas powerhouse Encana, the Alberta Government, and the Energy Reservation Conservation Board after finding the water on her property had become flammable due to pollution caused by the secret fracking of hundreds of gas wells in the area. 

Slick Water takes a hard, questioning look at the practices of hydraulic fracking, the role of oil megacorporations in government, rapidly dwindling supplies of unconventional oil and gas, and what this means for the future of society as we know it. 

Michael Pond & Maureen Palmer, Lorna Crozier & Ian McAllister at the 33rd Annual Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts (August 11-14, 2016 – Sechelt, BC)

Michael Pond & Maureen Palmer are scheduled to be at the 33rd Annual Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts on Friday, Aug 12 at 10:30 and Lorna Crozier & Ian McAllister on Sunday, Aug 14 at 10:30 am. 

The Festival will begin on Thursday, August 11 at 8 pm. Events run throughout the day and evening Friday to Sunday. The final event is at 7:30 pm on Sunday, August 14. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 25. Purchase your tickets to the festival HERE

Learn more about Michael Pond & Maureen Palmer's book Wasted here and more about Lorna Crozier and Ian McAllister's The Wild in You here

The Nature of Things presents Wasted

Psychotherapist Mike Pond built a life helping others struggling with addiction, but he could not help himself. He lost his practice, his home, and his family as a result of his out-of-control drinking. Abstinence-based treatment regimes failed to help him, but, not one to give up easily, he, along with his partner Maureen Palmer, embarked on a quest for evidence-based treatments – science-backed therapies that don’t always demand abstinence. Together they filmed the documentary Wasted, which will appear on The Nature of Things on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 8 PM on CBC-TV. 

Mike Pond's journey has also been documented in a book by the same name. Published by Greystone Books, Wasted is a gripping memoir chronicling Mike's life from successful psychotherapist to an addict living on the streets. Once sober and back on top again, Pond, along with his partner, Maureen Palmer, set out to find the best new evidence-based addiction treatments. Wasted will be available in bookstores in January 2016.


Greystone News

Greystone Authors Claim 2 Finalist Spots for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize 

We are proud to announce that That Lonely Section of Hell by Lori Shenher and Tuco by Brian Brett have both been selected as a finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. The BC Book Prizes have been celebrating achievements of British Columbian writers and publishers since 1985. We thank them for continuing to support local authors. You can view a complete list of finalists here

"That Lonely Section of Hell" by Lori Shenher intimately and vividly uncovers the author's struggles as a police detective assigned to Vancouver's Missing and Murdered Women Investigation, where a botched investigation almost let a notorious serial killer get away.

"Tuco" by Brian Brett is a raucous biography of a remarkable parrot and an incisive exploration of how we relate to those who are different from us. Vivid, descriptive, and captivating, this book is about more than just a bird - it's about the consequences of "othering" what is unfamiliar to us.

We extend congratulations out to all 2016 finalists and wish them the best of luck. 

"Slick Water" by Andrew Nikiforuk Takes on Big Oil and Earns a Spot as a Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

We are excited to announce that Andrew Nikiforuk's Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry is a finalist in the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Slick Water dives into the legal, ethical, and ecological implications of hydraulic fracking in the Canadian oil and gas industry. Interwoven into the discussion is the true personal story of “folk hero” Jessica Ernst’s battle against Encana, Alberta Environment, and the Energy Resources Conservation Board after discovering that secretly fracked wells all around her property had polluted her water supply so badly that it had become flammable. The book questions the relationship between Big Oil and the Canadian government, depleting oil and gas supplies, environmental repercussions, and - amidst all of this - the future of civil society. 

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize is now on its 16th year of celebrating books of political relevance that focus on issues considered important to Canadian readers. The five finalists for the 2015 award were selected by a jury that includes military historian Tim Cook, author and Globe and Mail journalist Robyn Doolittle, and McGill University professor Antonia Maioni.  

Greystone Books to Publish English Language Edition of German Bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Greystone will publish The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben, in North America and the UK in September 2016, in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

The Hidden Life of Trees is a number-one bestseller in Germany, where it has sold more than 320,000 copies since it was first published six months ago. In that time, the book also has been licensed to more than sixteen languages and territories. The New York Times features the book and an interview with Wohlleben in this weekend’s Saturday Profile: “German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees have Social Networks, Too.

The Hidden Life of Trees reveals the delightfully complex life of the forests around us. With their newfound understanding, readers will never look at the woods the same way again.  

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