December 12, 2011
from the press peeps:
“Bestselling author and CBC Radio personality Grant Lawrence has signed a two-book deal (North American English rights) with D&M Publishers.
Grant Lawrence is the Vancouver-based author of Adventures in Solitude, which won the BC Book Prize for Booksellers’ Choice of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, the largest non-fiction prize in Canada, Adventures in Solitude being the only debut of the five finalists. The book was #1 on the B.C. bestseller list for months and reached #2 on the national bestsellers list for nonfiction paperback.
“I’m extremely excited about joining the Douglas & McIntyre team. They’re celebrating their 40th year as a publisher, and I’m celebrating my 40th year as a human being”, says Lawrence. “I’m also a huge fan of many of the books D+M have published over the years”.
Grant joins Douglas & McIntyre’s distinguished list of authors, which includes Douglas Coupland, Will Ferguson, Wayson Choy, and many others.
Grant Lawrence’s next book, currently untitled, chronicles Grant’s life through the gritty indie music world with his underdog band The Smugglers. Once called “the Forrest Gump of rock ‘n’ roll bands”, the Smugglers always rubbed shoulders with giants during their 17 year career of “ambition, good times, and denial”, rolling through the eras of grunge, alternative, and pop-punk, as well as the revivals of ska, swing, and garage rock. Even though the Smugglers never actually found much fame themselves, they still managed to tour the world to rabid crowds in dank, dark clubs. Along the way, Grant obsessed over many great rock ’n’ roll sites, from Graceland in Memphis, to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, to the site of Buddy Holly’s plane crash in an Iowa corn field. The book will publish in spring 2013.
The second book for D+M is a memoir about Grant’s lifelong tenuous relationship with hockey and his view from between the pipes as an amateur, gimpy, championship-winning goaltender, which will publish in fall 2014.
The agreement was arranged by Douglas & McIntyre’s associate publisher Trena White and Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Literary Agency.”