Earlier this year, Andrew Clark worked with the LCBO on a special beer insert released just before the Super Bowl. With the onset of summer, Clark got back to work, working on a number of beer-related promotions for the LCBO, including the very smart looking 28-page pocket guide to beer (pictured here), which can be picked up free of charge in stores.
Globe and Mail, Toronto Star call CWG’s ebook Finding Karla future of journalism and publishing breakthrough
Paula Todd’s ebook Finding Karla has been featured by media outlets in all formats across the country since it launched on June 21, but today’s article by Simon Houpt in The Globe and Mail was one of the first to focus on the decision to tell Paula’s story in ebook form. According to Houpt, the publication of Finding Karla “suggests that for the first time in decades, some of the power in publishing is shifting back back to writers.” The article, which also mentions other CWG ebooks, such as Russell Smith’s Blindsided and Leslie Anthony’s Bones of Contention, says that “Finding Karla proves there’s real value in the digital rights to stories.”
In early August, the Toronto Star’s Greg Quill wrote an article that called Finding Karla a “publishing breakthrough.”
Since The Globe and Mail first broke the news about the publication of the CWG original ebook Finding Karla, generating about 1500 reader comments in the process, author Paula Todd has been interviewed on television and radio programs across the country and seen her work applauded by high-profile newspaper columnists.
There were even articles about how well Finding Karla was selling. On Kindle Singles the title is now #1, and on Kobo, it reached #5 for sales of all ebooks. Finding Karla is also available on iBooks and Nook for $2.99.
CWG is also proud to announce the ebook publication of Patricia Pearson’s award-winning 1995 Saturday Night article about Karla Homolka: “Behind Every Successful Psychopath: Why Karla Homolka was the perfect match for Paul Bernardo,” now available on Kobo and Kindle. It remains an important work and is an excellent companion piece to Finding Karla.
Congratulations to CWG’s Paolo Pietropaolo for once again being named winner at the 2012 New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards. Paolo is the proud recipient of the 2012 United Nations DPI Gold Medal for his audio podcast “Electric Pow Wow” from the RPM Podcast series, which he produced for MBM Digital.
“Electric Pow Wow” was also awarded a Silver Medal in the ‘Audio Podcast – Culture & the Arts’ category and a Gold Medal in the ‘Religious Programs’ category was awarded to “Atheist Pastors”, an episode of the CBC Radio program Tapestry for which Paolo provided mix and sound design.
Congratulations to Paolo for making this the seventh consecutive year his work has been recognized by the New York Festivals.
As part of it’s new summer line-up, beginning today, June 25th, 2012, the CBC’s Radio one presents ‘Fear Itself’, a summer series plumbing the depths of our obsession with all things scary. Written, produced and hosted by CWG’s Christy Ann Conlin, who has authored her fair share of horror and ghost stories, the show airs Mondays at 7:30 PM and will be re-broadcast Thursdays at 9:30 AM throughout the summer.
Congratulations to Christy Ann for venturing where few others would dare to tread.
Paula Todd tracks down Karla Homolka and discovers mother of three in the Caribbean for original ebook
(Toronto – June 21, 2012) This spring, investigative journalist Paula Todd boarded a plane to Guadeloupe, following an obscure lead that Karla Homolka, one of Canada’s most notorious serial killers, had been living there in hiding for several years. Incredibly, what she discovered after days of searching, was that Homolka, a woman who had killed three children in southern Ontario, was now married with three children of her own.
Finding Karla, the riveting and suspenseful story of how Todd came to spend an electrifying hour in Homolka’s apartment, is available on Kindle Singles, Kobo, iBooks and Nook for $2.99. The forty-six page ebook is published by the Canadian Writers Group.
In the early 1990s, Karla Homolka and her then-husband, Paul Bernardo, became known around the world as the “Ken and Barbie Killers” after the pair were convicted of crimes related to the rape and murder of two teenage girls. Homolka struck a deal with prosecutors in 1993 to serve twelve years in prison for manslaughter.
When she was released from prison in 2005, Homolka lived briefly in Montreal, where she was confronted by reporters. By 2007, she had disappeared. Some said Homolka had changed her name and left Canada for Haiti, France, or the Czech Republic. Others said she was living in the Bahamas with a bisexual porn actor named Luka Magnotta.
These rumours had Homolka in the news once again last month when Magnotta allegedly killed and dismembered a man in Montreal, mailing his body parts to the offices of two major Canadian political parties and to at least two schools on Canada’s west coast, making him the subject of an international manhunt.
About Paula Todd:
Paula Todd is a writer, lawyer and an independent investigative journalist. She is a print and broadcast journalism professor in Toronto and sits on the board of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Her bestselling book, A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us, details the secrets of ordinary people around the world who survived and thrived after profound tragedy. Paula is currently at work on another non-fiction book, Inside Out, which documents the post-prison lives of violent criminals. She has worked for Canada’s largest broadcasters and newspapers, and is a frequent public speaker.
About Canadian Writers Group:
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On June 8th, 2012 the Professional Writer’s Association of Canada (PWAC) came together for their annual 2012 Writers Awards, given out for works published and edited in 2011. Amongst the 2011 standouts was CWG’s own Jay Somerset, who earned PWAC’s ‘Features Writing Award’ for 2012 for his story “Local Hero” in Taddle Creek, his profile of music promoter and former journalist Dan Burke.
Congratulations Jay for a most deserving award.
Two different feature articles for The Walrus by CWG’s Paul Wilson netted him Gold and Silver awards in the One-of-A-Kind category at the National Magazine Awards in Toronto on June 7. “Adrift on the Nile,” a report from Egypt on the so-called “Arab spring”, as well as “The Archivist,” a look at Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s journalism, which was largely researched during a trip Paul took to Sweden. Two other CWG writers won gold (Katherine Ashenburg, “The Long Goodbye”) and silver (Chris Turner, “The Farms are Not Alright”) for Walrus stories in the Society category. Congratulations also go out to Don Gillmor, who won gold in the Arts and Entertainment category for “All In” (18 Bridges), as well as Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall for “Mostly Awesome, with Brief Periods of Terrible” for explore (Silver, Sports & Recreation) and David Eddie for “It Takes Balls” for Canadian Family (Silver, Service: Health and Family).
Called “tenderly observed and elegantly drawn” by Giller-prize winning author Vincent Lam and “a deeply impressive piece of work” by Lisa Gabriele, CWG’s Katrina Onstad is off to running start with the launch of her new novel, Everybody Has Everything. A summary of the novel – What happens when the tidy prosperous life of an urban couple is turned inside out by a tragedy with unexpected consequences? – and a moving video trailer can be found here.
Third CWG Ebook Investigates Incredible Dinosaur Fossil Site that Paleontologists are Keeping Secret
Bones of Contention, by Leslie Anthony, the third ebook in CWG’s spring series, is now available on Kobo for $1.99 as well as Kindle.
In 2007, a massive, concentrated deposit of dinosaur fossils, some of the oldest ever found, were discovered in the mountain ridges of northern British Columbia, near an old coal mining town. The site contained the largest number of tyrannosaur teeth ever found with another species, an unfortunate lambeousaur who’d been scavenged by a pack of hyena-like juvenile predators millions of years ago. The small group of paleontologists digging the site have had to keep its location a secret to protect it from fossil hunters, as there are no laws in British Columbia to prevent commercial fossil excavations. Leslie Anthony, an acclaimed adventure writer, was the first journalist to visit the site during a rugged rafting trip through remote mountain rivers in the fall of 2011. Bones of Contention: Inside the Struggle to Unearth the Great Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Discovery is an extended version of a story that appeared (print only) in the January/February 2012 issue of Canadian Geographic magazine.
The Kobo version contains photos taken by Anthony during his trip.