The 2014 Media Kick Off

The 2014 Media Kick Off

Posted on January 8 by caitlyn
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For all that the new year has just started, there are already a ton of things happen here at Dundurn! 5 new books arrived today at our office:

Lives of Magic by Lucy Leiderman

Dead Brilliant by Christopher Ward

The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden by Philippa Dowding

Presto Variations by Lee Lamothe

Poisoned by Lies and Hypocrisy by Gavin K. Watt

and they're looking good!

If you're still in the mood to rock out to the new year (and let's face it, who isn't?) then these reviews of Metal on Ice by Sean Kelly from, and, will help prolong your party. If you're still looking back at 2013 and thinking what a great year it was, then check out Quill & Quire list of best 2013 books! Projection, by Priscila Uppal and Contested Land, Contested Memory by Jo Roberts are on the list!

There are some big dates and annivsaries ahead of us in 2014, so there's lots of things to look forward to! 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of WWI, and the 70th anniversary of The Great Escape (the actual Great Escape, not the movie with Steve McQueen). To mark the occassion of the 70th anniversary we have a book by Ted Barris called The Great Escape, and this past week it was number 5 on the Vancouver Sun Non-Fiction Bestseller List!

Did you have a new years resolution to become your own boss this year? Learn all you need to know to succeed with your resolution with Everday Entrepeneur by Fred Dawkins! CHCH TV, Biz TV, KW Record, Guelph Mercury , and all learned some things when they read the book!

Since the holidays a lot of us are sick of the cold (-40 is not an okay temperature!) and the snow, so to take your mind off your winter blues you should check out some of these great reads we have!

If you're in the mood for mystery and mayham then you should check out Corpse Flower by Gloria Ferris which we're drowning in good reviews about. Quill & Quire, Friday Nirvana Blog, National Post , and Mystery Maven Canada are all huge fans of our new author. If you want to get to know Gloria better then you should check out this author interview with her here. Another great mystery is The Whisper of Legends by Barbara Fradkin. The National Post really liked it, and you probably will too!

Now if mysteries aren't your genre, never fear! Have you read Surface Rights by Melissa Hardy? It's a great fiction read the Toronto Star, and the Hamilton Spectator enjoyed. Open Book Ontario interviewed Melissa Hardy as part of their Writers as Readers series. You should pop over and see what Melissa has been reading lately.

We've also got a review of Canada's Other Game by Brian I. Daly from the Victoria Times-Colonist, an interview with Philippa Dowding from Bloor-West Villager about her new book The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden (which just arrived in our office today!), and a discussion going on from the Toronto Star about the awesome accoustics in Roy Thomson Hall

For those of you who like cold reads for cold winter days then check out Death Wins in the Arctic by Kerry Karram about the death of a four-man patrol from the North West Mounted Police who left Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, and were heading for Dawson City, Yukon, on December 21, 1910. The Yukon News says that "Karram weaves a colourful day-by-day account of the patrol, leading to its sad conclusions."

If the cold and the weather are still getting you down and you're dreaming of trips and warm weather then your next stop should be Rails Across Ontario by Ron Brown. As, the Fort Erie Times, Sault Star, and KW Record discovered you can make a good trip by taking the trains around Ontario! If you're dreaming of a bigger trip somewhere in Canada then The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock is the book for you. You can Harvest an iceberg to make a refreshing Newfoundland cocktail, dig for dinosaur bones in Alberta, see the Northern Lights, Zipline over a giant waterfall in New Brunswick - the list is endless! Happy planning!