OMDC Newsletter
Fall 2016

OMDC and Ontario Magazine Publishers Attended Digital Media Strategies Conference

In September, OMDC supported the attendance of eight Ontario magazine media professionals at the Digital Media Strategies USA conference in New York.

Digital Media Strategies USA brings together leading CEOs, senior executives and innovators from newspapers, magazines, B2B publishers, broadcasters and digital media businesses new and old, big and small, as well as brands and agencies. The conference provided a high-quality opportunity for Ontario publishing professionals to advance their business strategies and knowledge, and expand their international networks. In addition to keynotes and panels, the conference experience included roundtable meetings and a VIP Networking Dinner for the OMDC-supported delegates and selected guests.

OMDC’s support is part of an ongoing emphasis on International Business Development initiatives to encourage magazine media professionals to explore international business opportunities. The OMDC-supported delegates were from Media Matters, AZURE Magazine, Precedent Magazine, Cottage Life, Maple Media and The Bay St. Bull and Magazines Canada. The feedback was very positive!

“(The) experience was extremely well coordinated; communication to delegates was very effective. Thank you to the OMDC for providing this opportunity. In addition to networking with international delegates, the Canadian delegates had a chance to exchange ideas and connect on shared opportunities in Canada” - Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life

Congratulations to these Ontario authors and publishers on the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis* International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler Zoe Whittall* for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.*
Emma Donoghue* for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Gary Barwin* for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada.


*Ontario authors /publishers.

Canadian Children’s Book Award 2016 Finalists

Congratulations to these Ontario authors and Ontario publishers* including: Annick Press, Clockwise Press, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Groundwood Books, Kids Can Press, Owlkids Books, Pajama Press, Second and Story Press on the list.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award  
Missing Nimâmâ by Melanie Florence (Toronto, ON)
llustrated by François Thisdale (Carignan, QC), Clockwise Press*
The Nest Written by Kenneth Oppel (Toronto, ON)
HarperCollins Publishers
That Squeak Written by Carolyn Beck (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by François Thisdale (Carignan, QC) Fitzhenry & Whiteside*
The Wolf-Birds Written and illustrated by
Willow Dawson (Toronto, ON) Owlkids Books*
A Year of Borrowed Men Written by Michelle Barker (Vancouver, BC)
Illustrated by Renné Benoit (St. Thomas, ON) Pajama Press*
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
In a Cloud of Dust Written by Alma Fullerton (Midland, ON)
Illustrated by Brian Deines (Toronto, ON) Pajama Press*
InvisiBill Written by Maureen Fergus (Winnipeg, MB)
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Toronto, ON/Zemun, Serbia) Tundra Books
Sidewalk Flowers Storyline by JonArno Lawson (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Sydney Smith (Toronto, ON) Groundwood Books*
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox Written and illustrated by Danielle Daniel (Hanmer, ON)
Groundwood Books*
The Wolf-Birds Written and illustrated by Willow Dawson (Toronto, ON)
Owlkids Books*
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction
The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics
Written by Edward Keenan (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (Vancouver, BC) Owlkids Books*
A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars
Written by Maria Birmingham (Brampton, ON)
Illustrated by Josh Holinaty (Toronto, ON) Owlkids Books*
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War (CitizenKid)
Written by Jessica Dee Humphreys (Toronto, ON) and Michel Chikwanine (Toronto, ON) Illustrated by Claudia Dávila (Toronto, ON) Kids Can Press*
Foodprints: The Story of What We Eat
Written by Paula Ayer (Vancouver, BC) Annick Press*
Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You
Written by Cory Silverberg (Houston, TX) Illustrated by
Fiona Smyth (Toronto, ON) Seven Stories Press
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Avis Dolphin
Written by Frieda Wishinsky (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Willow Dawson (Toronto, ON) Groundwood Books*
The Farmerettes
Written by Gisela Tobien Sherman (Dundas, ON) Second Story Press*
Mad Miss Mimic
Written by Sarah Henstra*(Toronto, ON) Razorbill Canada
Uncertain Soldier
Written by Karen Bass (Hythe, AB) Pajama Press*
The Unquiet Past (Secrets)
Written by Kelley Armstrong (Aylmer, ON) Orca Book Publishers
John Spray Mystery Award
The Blackthorn Key (Blackthorn Key#1)
Written by Kevin Sands (Toronto, ON) Aladdin
Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Nest Written by Kenneth Oppel (Toronto, ON)
HarperCollins Publishers
The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace, #1)
Written by Erin Bow (Kitchener, ON) Margaret K. McElderry Books
A Thousand Nights Written by E.K. Johnston (Kitchener, ON) Disney-Hyperion
Amy Mathers Teen Book Award
5 to 1 Written by Holly Bodger (Manotick, ON) Penguin Random House The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace) Written by Erin Bow (Kitchener, ON) Margaret K. McElderry Books
Young Man With Camera Written by Emil Sher (Toronto, ON) Arthur A. Levine Books

The winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature award will be announced on Nov. 17, 2016.

Governor General Literary Awards Winnner’s Announced!



A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser – Fifth House/Fitzhenry & Whiteside*


The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton* – House of Anansi Press*

Young people's literature (text)

Calvin by Martine Leavitt – Groundwood Books*

Young people's literature (illustration):

Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano*, illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka* – Groundwood Books*


Pig Girl by Colleen Murphy* – Playwrights Canada Press*

Translation (French to English):

The Party Wall translated by Lazer Lederhendler, written by Catherine Leroux – Biblioasis*

FRENCH  - Non Fiction

Amerindia : essais d'ethnohistoire autochtone by Roland Viau*-  Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal