Agility Inc. is a Toronto-based web-development company and a leading content management system (CMS) provider. When Agility’s co-founder and CEO, Michael Assad approached CWG in search of a writer for its Unbound Media blog, Rachel Sanders turned out to be the perfect candidate. Sanders, who’s the editor of Story Board, a web site for independent journalists in Canada, covers the modern publishing beat for Agility, with an eye to the print-digital shift. Her most recent post, on May 2, 2013, is “Readers First: Smart Publishers Know Where to Focus,”. Another recent piece is about the ups and downs of branded content for digital publishers.
Chris Turner led all writers with four NMA nominations for work published in Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, and Marketing. Congratulations to Chris and the fourteen other CWG writers who received nominations this year. Jason McBride, Lynn Coady, and Denise Balkissoon also received multiple nominations.
Russell Smith was nominated in the Personal Journalism category for his memoir “What I Can’t See” in Toronto Life, which was published in e-book format by CWG as Blindsided and quickly became the top-selling non-fiction e-book on Kobo.
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s new fatherhood column in Sharp magazine was also nominated.
The complete list of nominees can be found here.
The winners will be announced at an awards gala in Toronto on June 7, 2013 in Toronto.
The LCBO’s latest promotion, “Southern Cocktails,”designed beautifully by Parcel Design, includes a 40-page magazine with contributions by Andrew Braithwaite (Ramos Gin Fizz), Jay Somerset (Seelbach), Andrew Clark (Carousel Bar), Brooke Lockyer (French 75), and Don Genova (recipes for southern hospitality). Don’s amazing recipes are among those found here.
CWG Launches “Unscripted,” a New Political E-Book Memoir by Deborah Coyne with Exclusive Excerpt in Toronto Star
When Deborah Coyne decided to enter the race for the leadership of the federal Liberal Party, she knew it was time to address one very important chapter in her life that she had never before discussed publicly – her long time relationship with iconic Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the daughter they had together, Sarah, in 1991. This was especially so because the frontrunner to lead the federal Liberals is none other than Trudeau’s son, Justin. The result is the e-book memoir “Unscripted,” in which Coyne writes candidly about her childhood, becoming a mother, as well as her career as a lawyer, professor, and constitutional activist. The e-book is available though Kobo and Kindle for $2.99.
The Toronto Star is excerpting two chapters that deal with Coyne’s relationship with Trudeau that are running in two parts over Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2013. The excerpt is in the print publication only. On the Star’s web site, there is a short promotional article about the e-book , and readers can download a PDF file of “Unscripted” for $2.99 from the StarStore.ca.
The CBC invited winners and finalists for the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction to recommend short works by “writers to watch.” CWG writer Jeff Gailus was nominated by award-winning journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, and his short work, “Change the World, Read Plato and Wordsworth” was featured on Canada Writes.
When Maclean’s recently conducted a public survey in partnership with Angus Reid Public Opinion to determine the most infamous criminals in the country, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka came out on top, ahead BC pig farmer Robert Pickton and serial killer Clifford Olson. The survey was done to coincide with a special edition of Maclean’s that features a 106-page murderers’ row going back to the Black Donnellys. Most of the stories are compiled from original Maclean’s reports, though the magazine commissioned Todd to write “Ken and Barbie Killers” through the Canadian Writers Group.
Yahoo! Canada has declared Paula Todd, author of Finding Karla, the bestselling e-book published by the Canadian Writers Group, as the number-two newsmaker of 2012. Todd was ahead of Justin Trudeau (#9), Toronto mayor Rob Ford (#8), and Jerry Sandusky (#6). Ahead of Todd in the list was alleged murder suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta.
Although Russell Smith’s e-book, Blindsided, was published in March, it continues to garner rave reviews. In a round-up review written by Cameron Johnson for the Autumn 2012 issue of NUVO magazine, Smith’s short memoir about losing his eyesight is described as an “intense, fascinating, and mostly frightening look at the condition [retinal detachment] and its far-reaching effects.”
When Canadian Wildlife editor Cooper Langford contacted CWG looking for a writer to pen a feature about innovative conservation efforts at the African Lion Safari in southern Ontario, he ended up commissioning Patricia Pearson. The African Lion Safari, widely known as a tourist attraction, has enjoyed great success with its captive breeding programs for elephants, cheetahs, birds of prey and Rothschild giraffes.