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The Globe and Mail on David W. McFadden

Today’s Globe and Mail has an obituary for the late David W. McFadden. He was a masterful writer and will be sorely missed. A nice appreciation of who he is and what we lost.

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Puneet Dutt, Souster and Trillium nominee, reading tonight

Puneet Dutt’s The Better Monsters has gotten tremendous acclaim for a first book. Dutt was nominated for the Raymond Souster Award, though that award ultimately went to Karen Enns for her book Cloud Physics. The Better Monsters was also nominated for the Trillium Award and we’ll find out tomorrow whether or not it wins. Either way, it is a winning book, worthy of the acclaim, and to celebrate, we’re extending our 20% discount until the end of the month.

In advance of tomorrow’s award ceremony, Puneet Dutt will be joining the rest of the Trillium nominees tonight at the Toronto Reference Library for a public reading. Doors open at 6:30 and the readings start at 7 pm. It’s a stellar group of writers and well worth checking out.

Here’s a little video interview with Puneet to give you a taste of her interests and concerns.

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Remembering David W. McFadden

It has been gratifying to see Dave McFadden pop up here and there on the internet and in conversation since we lost him last week. He was a great writer and a beloved man and his work exerted a lasting influence on so many people. Susan Walker wrote a lovely appreciation. Quill and Quire also published a remembrance, and CBC’s As It Happens broadcast an interview with Stuart Ross who edited all of Dave’s last books including everything published by Mansfield Press.

For those of you who want to pay respects to Dave in person, there will be a funeral service Saturday, June 16, at 11 am, at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue.


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Shannon Quinn in Ottawa Tonight

If you happen to be in Ottawa tonight, Shannon Quinn will be reading from her new book Nightlight for Children of Insomniacs at the excellent Factory Reading Series hosted by rob mclennan. Also featured are Conyer Clayton (Ottawa) and Manahil Bandukwala (Ottawa)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
doors 7pm/reading 7:30pm
The Carleton Tavern,
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)

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David W. McFadden 1940-2018


This past week the Mansfield office was closed so we could launch our spring books and attend a family funeral out of town. It was a week of celebration and sadness that became all the more insistent when we returned to Toronto to discover that David W. McFadden had died. Dave was, is, and will remain one of our greatest writers. Over the course of a long career he gave us so many wonderful books filled with his characteristic gentle wit and wisdom. He has been a huge influence on countless Canadian writers and it has been a great honour to publish his remarkable late-career books. Our thoughts go out to Dave’s family and his remarkable wife Merlin Homer.

We will post more about Dave and his work in the coming days. For now have a listen to a CBC interview with Stuart Ross. Stuart edited all of Dave’s books for Mansfield Press. Together they made some formidable titles that will keep Dave alive to anyone able to read.

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