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Dundurn Press' Kirk Howard wins 2015 Janice E. Handford Award

Yesterday evening, the Ontario Book Publishers Organization honoured Kirk Howard, founder and president of Dundurn Press, with the Janice E. Handford Award.

The award recognizes "an individual who has advanced the cause of small and literary Canadian publishing” and has been a spotlight on some of the industry's most influential individuals, many of whom contributed to the original creation of a homegrown publishing industry in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Dirty Dozen, with Susan Glickman

Multi-genre author Susan Glickman seems to move effortlessly between fiction, poetry, writing for young readers and non-fiction. Just when it seems like she's tackled every genre, she shows readers she's got even more skills in reserve, publishing a mystery novel this spring: Safe as Houses (Cormorant Books).

Safe as Houses tells the story of a murder in Toronto's tony Hillcrest Village. When Liz and Maxime, two local residents, find themselves on the case, it seems at first like an intellectual exercise, a puzzle to be solved. But the real danger and violence of the situation becomes all too apparent, and Liz and Maxime finds themselves in uncharted territory.

On Writing, with John Lorinc

If you live in Toronto, you know what The Ward is, even if you've never heard it referred to that way. The area between College and Queen Streets, bordered by Yonge Street and University Avenue, is now a vibrant neighbourhood containing Toronto's City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, the Eaton Centre and many more landmark attractions. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was filled with recent immigrants living in dubious rooming houses, considered a slum by the city and referred to simply as "The Ward". The area was bulldozed in the 1950s, transforming it into the squeaky clean urban neighbourhood it has since become. But what happened to all those people, new to Canada and living tough, hard scrabble lives?

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