Salt Spring Author Gives Poetry Reading at World-Renowned International Book Fair
Brian Brett, author of Trauma Farm, recently did a poetry reading at “Wege durch das Land” (Paths Through the Country) in Schloss Wehrden, Germany. The valley of Schloss Wehrden contains many manor homes and small castles that were built by former aristocracy. In previous years visiting guests found poetic inspiration in the hills and river. The names of famous German poets such as Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and Rainer Maria Rilke are tied to this region.
Each year it gets more difficult to get one of the limited tickets to this event as "Paths Through the Country" offers beautiful scenery combined with literary and musical talent of the highest order. Brett was invited to show case his poetry, and he chose to read “Coming Home” and “Burn Me”. The audience was fascinated by the expression of his most private and intimate feelings, and the applause was long and loud.
Greystone Books is proud to announce that Brett’s new book, Tuco: The Parrot, the Others and a Scattershot World, will be available in August, 2015.
Ian McAllister to speak at "A Celebration of Herring" In Steveston
On June 9th, at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, Pacific Wild, The Heiltsuk Nation, and award-winning Hawksworth Restaurant are teaming up for an unforgettable evening of culture, science, presentations, and traditional cuisine to celebrate one of the earth's greatest natural history events and chart a course for a sustainable future for Pacific herring and coastal communities.
Ian McAllister, author of Great Bear Wild and The Last Wild Wolves, will give a keynote speech at the event. Copies of his books will also be available. Other speakers include Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk First Nation, journalist Damien Gillis of the Common Sense Canadian, and author and activist Riki Ott.
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For more information, visit the event page here.
David Suzuki Letters to My Grandchildren Tour Dates
Join author, scientist, and environmentalist David Suzuki on a special national tour! Based on inspiring letters to his grandchildren from his new book, he speaks personally and passionately about their future, reflects on life’s deepest questions and offers up a lifetime of wisdom for future generations. Please check back here, or on the David Suzuki Books website, for tour updates and ticket availability.
Toronto – May 27
Vancouver – May 29
Sidney – May 30
Bellingham – June 14
Calgary – June 16
Ottawa – June 19
Winnipeg – June 20
Windsor – June 22
Sarnia – June 22
Oakville – June 23
Hamilton– June 24
Edmonton – June 27
Don't miss brunch at the King Eddie Hotel to hear about Bruce Fogle's sweet memoir of boyhood in cottage country.
Sunday, May 31, 10:00 am
King Edward Hotel
37 King St. East
Puckstruck's Stephen Smith at Leacock Summer Festival
Ontario book-lovers (and everybody else!) take note: Stephen Smith will be at this summer's Leacock Festival.
Tuesday, July 21
50 Museum Drive
MediaplanetUSA gets behind Personalized Medicine
Check out MediaplanetUSA's #PersonalizedMedicine campaign where they united with like-minded industry leaders to empower patients who are suffering from cancer, cardiovascular illnesses, neurological disorders and others diseases and bring much needed awareness and education to the massess about this new and emerging field of medicine. The campaign was distributed through USA Today on June 26, 2015 and is published online. For the full campaign visit http://bit.ly/1LJHJgC and be sure to check out The Personalized Medicine Revolution by Pieter Cullis!
Greystone aquires 1000 Lashes, political blog posts by Raif Badawi
Vancouver, BC – Greystone Books announces the acquisition of 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think (World, English language) by imprisoned Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi. The book gathers a selection of Badawi’s pivotal texts, in which he expresses his opinions on life in an autocratic-Islamic state under the Sharia and shares his perception of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, and tolerance. Badawi was imprisoned in 2012 for peacefully expressing his views on his blog.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Badawi’s sentence of 10 years in prison, 1000 lashes, and a fine of roughly $270,000 USD. Throughout the world, Amnesty International and other supporters are staging events and peaceful protests outside Saudi embassies.
Greystone’s publisher Rob Sanders says, “1000 Lashes is a resounding call to everyone who believes in the basic right of free speech. Greystone Books is proud to support Raif Badawi, his family, and people around the world who have taken up this important cause.”
Proceeds from the book will be donated to a non-profit organization in support of the author. Greystone will publish the book in July 2015. To learn more about Raif Badawi and the campaign to secure his release, visit raifbadawi.org.
Celebrate World Environment Day by attending Pacific Wild's all-day symposium Saturday June 6 in Sooke House Harbour, BC. The symposium will support Pacific Wild's work to conserve the Great Bear Rainforest, the inspiration for Great Bear Wild. Don't miss this incredible event!
Earth Day Inspiration
In honour of Earth Day, take a moment to meditate on this post about the Earth being tied to our common humanity over at davidsusuzkibooks.com.
Greystone aquires new book on fracking by Andrew Nikiforuk
Greystone Books announces that it will publish the book Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider's Stand against the World's Most Powerful Industry by award-winning writer Andrew Nikiforuk. The book reveals the shocking and powerful story of Jessica Ernst’s legal stand to hold government and industry accountable for the damage fracking leaves in its wake.
After energy giant Encana secretly fracked hundreds of gas wells in fresh water zones around her home, biologist Jessica Ernst, a long-time oil patch consultant, launched a lawsuit against Encana and two government regulators, alleging negligence and a breach of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Rob Sanders, publisher of Greystone Books, says of Slick Water: “By placing an incredible human story at the centre of the hotly debated technology of fracking worldwide, Andrew Nikiforuk reveals how an industry driven by profit runs rough-shod over human values and resource sustainability, enabled by the very agencies set up to regulate it”.
Andrew Nikiforuk is the author of Saboteurs, winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of Tar Sands, for which he won the prestigious Rachel Carson Environment Book Award presented by the U.S.-based Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ).
Greystone Books will publish Slick Water in Fall 2015.
Canadian Authors for Indie Day
Saturday May 2nd, 2015 will mark the first-ever Canadian Authors For Indies Day. The brainchild of Vancouver-based author Janie Chang, the event is designed to support and celebrate independent bookstores acrooss Canada. Authors will volunteer at their local indies to throw their weight behind independent booksellers.
It's a great cause and we can't wait! Make a note on your calendar (or phone) to pay a visit to your local indie bookstore on May 2nd. Go here to learn more.
Ian McAllister and the Great Bear Rainforest on PBS
Great Bear Wild author and PacificWild.org founder Ian McAllister has teamed up with PBS for their new documentary 'Earth: A New Wild.' The Great Rainfoest was featured on their 'Forests' episode which you can watch online here, and catch more about the Great Bear ecosystem (including live webcams!) here.
Puckstruck longlisted for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize
Greystone is thrilled to share the news that Puckstruck by Stephen Smith has been longlisted for the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize! The full longlist can be found here and shortlist will be announced January 15th.
Spring 2015 Catalogue
The Greystone Spring 2015 Catalogue is now available! Have a look at our upcoming titles!
Read the Globe & Mail's coverage of Great Bear Wild, including an interview with author Ian McAllister.