Donna                                     Out on the trail with Spunky: Summer of the Horse author Donna Kane. (Photo: Wayne Sawchuk)                           


These are some of the works of nonfiction I have worked on as a substantive editor, copy editor or proofreader:

  • A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia, by Andrew MacLeod. Did the substantive edit and copy edit for Harbour Publishing. (Won the 2016 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature and appeared on the Vancouver Sun’s list of 20 best books of the year.)
  • Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion, by Chef David Wolfman and Marlene Finn. Did the substantive edit for Douglas & McIntyre. (In 2017, won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Book of the Year for Canada in the English category. The book also won a bronze medal in the “Cookbooks — General” category of the international 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards; was shortlisted for a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year award in the “Cooking” category; and was shortlisted in the "Regional/Cultural Cookbooks" category of the 2018 Taste Canada Awards.)
  • Crossing Home Ground: A Grassland Odyssey through Southern Interior British Columbia, by David Pitt-Brooke. Did the substantive edit for Harbour Publishing. (Shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, a 2017 BC Book Prize.)
  • Notes from the Hyena’s Belly, by Nega Mezlekia. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada. (Won the 2000 Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction.)
  • Power: Journeys Across an Energy Nation, by award-winning journalist Gordon Laird. Substantive and copy-editing work for Penguin Canada. (A national bestseller that was listed as one of Canada’s top 100 books of the year after its release in 2002. The Globe and Mail has said the author has “one of the best and best-informed minds in the world.”)
  • Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhoodby Pauline Dakin. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada — a Viking title. (A bestseller that made The Globe and Mail’s list of Best Canadian Non-Fiction of 2017. )
  • Summer of the Horse, by Donna Kane. Copy-edited for Harbour Publishing — a Lost Moose title. (“A rich draught from a deep well” is how Shirley A. McDonald described the 2018 literary memoir in an early review in BC Studies: The British Columbia Quarterly. The book was nominated for a Jeanne Clarke Local History Award and has appeared on the Edmonton Bestsellers List.)
  • The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds and Found Their Country: The Centennial of 1967, by Tom Hawthorn. Did the substantive edit for Douglas & McIntyre. (Hit the BC Bestsellers List soon after publication, and bothThe Globe and Mail and The Hill Times listed it as one of their top 100 books of 2017.)