Wednesday, September 5, 2007

New site is up!

Our new website is up and running. Please visit us at www.ecwpress.com for all our news and reviews.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Canadian in America in CARP and the Windsor Star

The Canadian in America by Brian D. Wruk with Terry F. Ritchie has been positively reviewed in the September 2007 issue of CARP Magazine: For the 50 Plus. They called the book, "A valuable resource for anyone who has moved to the U.S. Questions answered include those about U.S. laws, taxation, investment, health care, wills and estates."

The July 9 edition of
the Windsor Star included an article about Brian D. Wruk and The Canadian in America. Wruk was quoted throughout.

Benoit editorial update

The book has been with the copy editor since last Friday, we should have it back today.

We have a top-notch design in hand. We’ve got photos. We’ve got a cover. And we’ve got back cover copy.

The book should be on press by the first week of September, if not before.

We're satisfied there's nothing sensationalizing or exploitative about our book. The timing? Well, it is what it is. We can live with being the "first" because the book deserves to be done.

ECW is going to execute the production and proofing with alacrity and we’re 150% committed to pushing it through.

If you’re reading this, we thank you for your interest. Keep checking in for more updates.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Online World of Wrestling reviews The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels has been positively reviewed on the Online World of Wrestling website. Reviewer Brad Dykens gave the book a rating of 9.5/10 and called the book "a fascinating journey that manages to maintain a positive twist despite the focus on debauchery that occurs within the professional wrestling realm." Read the entire review here.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

RIP Dewey

ECW is saddened to announce that early this morning, in Hamilton, Ontario, cancer claimed the life of Byron John "Dewey" Robertson. He was 68. Under a mask as The Crusader, or wrestling as the clean cut Canadian Champ Dewey Robertson, and finally as the mysterious, ferocious Missing Link, Robertson entertained thousands. Recently, ECW published the candid and compelling Bang Your Head, the biography he co-authored with Meredith Renwick.

Robertson is survived by his sons Jason and Mark and their families, and companion Karen Antoniak. ECW offers them and all his friends our sincerest condolences.

Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.

Jeff Rybak on Ontario Today

Jeff Rybak, author of What's Wrong With University, will be a guest on CBC Radio One's "Ontario Today." The interview will air on August 29th at 1:00pm ET.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Calgary Herald reviews Sign of the Cross

Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery was positively reviewed in the July 29 edition of the Calgary Herald. Reviewer Joanne Sasvari said, "This first novel by a Halifax lawyer is a smart, elegantly written courtroom drama that will, I hope, be the first of many."

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

R.M. Vaughan reading at York University

R.M. Vaughan will be participating in the Canadian Writers in Person series at York University next January.Vaughan will be reading from Ruined Stars. The event details can be found below.

Thursday, January 24

7:00pm

Room 206, Accolade West Building
Keele Campus
4700 Keele Street
York University
Toronto, ON

This event is free and open to the public.

Media attention for Benoit

Benoit: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport by Heath McCoy, Irvin Muchnick, Steven Johnson, and Greg Oliver (October 2007) has received a large amount of pre-publication media attention.

Publishers Weekly posted an article on their website announcing Benoit on July 25. Michael Holmes was quoted.

Canada.com announced the book in a July 26 article, which also quoted Holmes.

On July 31, Quill & Quire Omni included an article announcing the book. Editor Michael Holmes was quoted.

The August 1 edition of the Globe and Mail included a brief announcement of the book.

Pre-publication coverage of Robber Baron

On July 30, the Globe and Mail published a lengthy article about the forthcoming book, Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour (October 2007) by George Tombs. The article, by James Adams, announced the book's new title and quoted Tombs and Jack David. Adams wrote, "For David and Tombs, the new, blunter title is simply a case of truth in advertising." The entire article can be read here.

Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour (October 2007) was briefly mentioned in the August 2 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. The piece can be read here.

Shelf Monkey article in Prairie Books Now

The Summer 2007 issue of Prairie Books Now includes an article about Corey Redekop and his novel, Shelf Monkey. Redekop was interviewed for the article and is quoted throughout. Redekop has posted a scan of the article on his blog.

FolkWax reviews Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman: Facing the Music by Clay Eals has been positively reviewed by FolkWax. The reviewer, Arthur Wood, gives the book a rating of 10 (out of 10) and writes, "nineteen chapters containing over seven hundred pages of detailed and informative, nay, jaw-dropping, biographical text."

Bookviews reviews Obit by Anne Emery

Obit by Anne Emery has been positively reviewed by Alan Caruba on Bookviews.com. He says, "For anyone who loves a good mystery, this one will prove more than satisfying." Read the entire review here.

Skullring.org interviews Corey Redekop

Skullring.org has posted an interview with Corey Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey. Read the interview here.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Tablecloth Trick and Songs for the Dancing Chicken in Geist

The Tablecloth Trick by Rick Crilly and Songs for the Dancing Chicken by Emily Schultz were both excerpted in the Findings section of the Summer 2007 issue of Geist.










Friday, July 27, 2007

Publishers Weekly covers Benoit

PublishersWeekly.com has posted an article about Benoit: Wrestling with the Horror that Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport (October 2007) by Steven Johnson, Greg Oliver, Irvin Muchnick, and Heath McCoy. Editor Michael Holmes is quoted extensively. Read the entire article here.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Shelf Monkey reviewed on une nouvelle vie de boheme

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop has been positively reviewed on the blog une nouvelle vie de boheme. She says, "Redekop has moments of real wit and he isn't afraid to push his plot to entertainingly ludicrous extremes . . . [Redekop] reminds us of the pleasure, joy, and even lunacy a true love of books can inspire." Read the entire review here.

From the Flight Deck reviewed in Wings Magazine

From the Flight Deck by Doug Morris was positively reviewed in the July/August issue of Wings Magazine. They said, "Morris's easy to understand explanations and anecdotes coupled with facts, trivia and humour make From the Flight Deck an informative and most enjoyable read." Read the entire review here (scroll down to PLANE TALK FROM A COMMERCIAL AIRLINE PILOT).

Monday, July 23, 2007

From the Flight Deck review in Globe and Mail travel section

From the Flight Deck by Doug Morris was positively reviewed in the Travel section of the July 21 edition of the Globe and Mail. John Mather said, "Morris, an Air Canada pilot, flight instructor, meteorologist and general airplane guru, offers an easy-to-digest guide to commercial air travel." Read the entire review here.

Steve Goodman review in Winnipeg Free Press

Steve Goodman by Clay Eals was positively reviewed in the July 8 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. Reviewer Al Simmons wrote, "Almost all of the big-name folksingers Eals quotes have played the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and his book should be essential reading for anyone who attends the festival. It will serve as a reminder that, not too many years ago, a mainstage audience could sit spellbound listening to a man playing a guitar and singing a song, and it would be so quiet that you could hear a pin drop on the Prairie." Read the entire review here.

Songs for the Dancing Chicken review in The Annex Gleaner

Songs for the Dancing Chicken by Emily Schultz was positively reviewed in the July 2007 edition of The Annex Gleaner, a Toronto community paper. Reviewer Maria Serra wrote, "Her poems, like snapshots of everyday life, tell us poignant moments do exist and genius can be found in the most absurd and reckless actions that we humans perform...SFTDC is fun to read and the titles themselves are intriguing enough to gain your attention."

Rabble.ca reviews Shelf Monkey

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop has been positively reviewed on Rabble.ca. Reviewer Melanie Redman writes, "this book will challenge your intellect while tickling your funny bone." Read the entire review here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Chronicle Herald article on From the Flight Deck

The July 8 edition of the Chronicle Herald (Halifax, NS) included an article about Doug Morris and his book, From the Flight Deck. Morris was quoted extensively throughout the article. Read the entire article here.

Utne.com reviews Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book

A positive review of Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book (September 2007) has been posted on Utne.com. They say, 'Never has "fun time" been so charged with such raw, terror-fueled rock power. The Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book by Aye Jay Morano, to be published in September by the Canadian ECW Press, doesn't invite you to enjoy its mélange of hard rock marginalia -- it dares you not to.' Read the entire review here.

Friday, July 6, 2007

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels PWInsider.com review

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels by Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson has been positively reviewed on PWInsider.com. Reviewer Mike Johnson called the book, "an awesome addition to the collection of any wrestling fan" Read the entire review here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Rosalie Wise Sharp at Indigo, Manulife Centre


Rosalie Wise Sharp, author of
Rifke: An Improbable Life, will be in conversation with Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo.

Monday, July 9

7:00pm



Indigo Manulife Centre

55 Bloor Street West
Toronto

For more information, visit Indigo Manulife Centre's events page.

NOW Magazine reviews Brother Dumb

The June 21 issue of NOW Magazine included a very positive review of Brother Dumb by Sky Gilbert. Reviewer Susan G. Cole said, "Tender? Reflective? Subtle? These aren't the first words I'd usually use to describe anything coming out of Sky Gilbert's imagination. But his new novel, Brother Dumb, is all of those things . . . A great leap forward for one of Toronto's most important queer artists." Read the entire review here.

Brian D. Wruk in Edmonton Journal

The June 29 edition of the Edmonton Journal included a feature article on Brian D. Wruk and his book, The Canadian in America. Read the entire article here.

Shelf Monkey review on Skullring.org

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop has been positively reviewed on Skullring.org. Reviewer Matt Staggs said, "Shelf Monkey is by turns hilarious and disturbing . . . the nihilistic cheer that permeates throughout this book is going to make it a big hit among fans of Chuck Palahniuk." Skullring.org is a website devoted to horror and suspense, interviews, reviews, creepy culture, strange news, books, movies, comics and more. Read the entire review here.

Irvin Muchnick media

Macleans.ca has posted a lengthy Q&A with Irvin Muchnick, author of Wrestling Babylon. The interview focuses on Muchnick's book, the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide, and the media coverage surrounding the events. Read the interview here.

Muchnick was interviewed about the Benoit tragedy on the CNN Headline News program "Nancy Grace" on Friday, June 29.

Muchnick made a second appearance on MSNBC's "Scarborough County" on Monday, July 2.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Planet S reviews Shelf Monkey

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop was positively reviewed in the June 21 issue of Planet S, Saskatoon's news, arts, and entertainment magazine. Reviewer Kelly Brownlee called Shelf Monkey, "a crazed tale of justice for the literary world . . . it's a very fun ride." The entire review can be read here.

Momscape reviews Love, Mommy

Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters to Your Baby by Judy Siblin-Librach has been positively reviewed on Momscape, a popular Mom blog. Reviewer Susie Cortright said, "Siblin-Librach's writing style is elegant, perfectly capturing the depth of emotion that all of us mothers feel at one point or another . . . Judy Siblin-Librach has written a beautiful and heartfelt book." The entire review can be read here.

Muchnick media

Irvin Muchnick, author of Wrestling Babylon will be a guest on the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor" this evening. The interview will air tonight (June 27) at 8:00pm ET.

Last night (June 26), Muchnick was interviewed on
MSNBC's "Scarborough County" about the double murder-suicide involving pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and 7-year-old son. The interview can be found online here (go to the box "Killer wrestler?").

The Sun Times reviews Shelf Monkey

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop was positively reviewed in the June 22 edition of The Sun Times (Owen Sound, ON). Reviewer Andrew Armitage called Shelf Monkey, "howlingly funny" and said, "if you love books and really need a good laugh in your life, track it down." Read the entire review here.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone reviewed in the Winston-Salem Journal

Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone by Stewart T. Stanyard was positively reviewed in the June 21 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal. Reviewer Tim Clodfelter stated, "The documents [in Dimensions] in particular are fascinating rarities, including network correspondence, contracts and casting call sheets -- things that diehard fans will find intriguing . . . There are plenty of intriguing anecdotes about Serling throughout the book." The entire review can be found online here.

Gordon j.h. Leenders at Plank Road Bookstore


On July 7, Gordon j.h. Leenders, author of the
To Be Continued series, will be doing a reading and signing in Caledonia.

Saturday, July 7
1:00pm

Plank Road Bookstore
62 Argyle Street North
Caledonia, Ontario

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the bookstore at 289-284-0351.

Obit reviewed in Globe and Mail

Obit by Anne Emery was reviewed in the June 23 edition of the Globe and Mail. Reviewer Margaret Cannon said, "it's good . . . the characters are intriguing and the plot works."

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Irvin Muchnick on CNBC

Irvin Muchnick, author of Wrestling Babylon, will be interviewed on CNBC's "On the Money" tonight. The interview will air at 7:41pm ET and will focus on wrestling promoter Vince McMahon's faked death.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Shelf Monkey review in Scene

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop was positively reviewed in the June 7 edition of Scene magazine, a London, ON news, arts, and entertainment publication. Reviewer Ursula Molin said, "This book is an entertaining and mildly insightful look at the world of books and words . . . Funny and strange all at the same time, Shelf Monkey is an addictive read by a talented writer."

Friday, June 15, 2007

National Wrestling Alliance in New York Daily News

Today, New York Daily News wrestling columnist The Slammer devoted his column to National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling by Tim Hornbaker. The Slammer called the book, "well-researched" and recommended it as a Father's Day gift. Read the entire column here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Judy Siblin-Librach On the Line

Love, Mommy author Judy Siblin-Librach will appear on the CTS TV program "On the Line" on Wednesday, June 27, 2007.

Corey Redekop in Quill & Quire

The July/August 2007 issue of Quill & Quire includes this photo of Shelf Monkey author Corey Redekop and his new tattoo.

Judy Siblin-Librach on Fine Print

Judy Siblin-Librach, author of Love, Mommy, was interviewed for a 10-minute segment about her book that will air on "Fine Print". The segment will air repeatedly this week.

National Wrestling Alliance review on 411mania.com

National Wrestling Alliance by Tim Hornbaker was positively reviewed on 411mania.com. The review, posted on June 7, states that "Tim Hornbaker's in-depth new book finally gives the real story of the NWA . . . With its incredible detail and excellent writing, National Wrestling Alliance is one of the best wrestling books ever written . . . I highly recommend this book for any wrestling library." Read the full review here.

Shelf Monkey review on Bookgasm

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop has been positively reviewed on Bookgasm, a popular literary blog. Reviewer Rod Lott writes, "There are entire scenes that are so funny, I wish I could reprint them in their entirety. This is not all the book has going for it, though, as Redekop displays a surprising literary depth in this brutally witty slice of wickedness . . . there's no mistaking SHELF MONKEY's subversive brilliance." Read the full review here.

Clay Eals on CKUT

Clay Eals, author of Steve Goodman: Facing the Music, will be interviewed by John Maciel on CKWR's "KW Magazine" on Wednesday, June 20th at 6:50pm. This live interview will be approximately 10 minutes long. CKWR is based in Waterloo, ON and is broadcast on 98.5FM.

Love, Mommy review on "Mama Drama"

Love, Mommy by Judy Siblin-Librach was positively reviewed on "Mama Drama", the parenting blog on the Austin American-Statesman website on June 8, 2007. Reviewer Nell Carroll writes, "The book is positive, sweet and reminding me of scrapbooking without the photos and geegahs." Read the entire post here.

Baron Black mentioned in Toronto Star

Baron Black of Crossharbour (October 2007) by George Tombs was mentioned in an article discussing Conrad Black books in the June 6 edition of the Toronto Star. The full article can be read here.

National Wrestling Alliance review in The Rocky Mountain News

National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling by Tim Hornbaker was praised in the June 8 edition of The Rocky Mountain News. Syndicated wrestling columnist Alex Marvez said, "One outstanding new release I highly recommend is National Wrestling Alliance ($19.95, ECW Press), a comprehensive look at the history of the industry's leading cartel of territories from the late 1940s until Vince McMahon's national expansion of WWE in the mid-1980s. Author Tim Hornbaker details each of the NWA's major champions." Read the article here.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Four More Wars! wins Gold Medal - ForeWord Book of the Year Awards

Four More Wars! by Mike Luckovich was awarded a gold medal in the humour category in the 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards contest.

Shelf Monkey in Chatelaine

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop was positively reviewed in the July 2007 issue of Chatelaine. Reviewer Nathalie Atkinson said, "This satire has enough snooty literary schadenfreude to satisfy even the most seasoned bibliophile."

Monday, June 4, 2007

Apostrophe shortlisted for the ReLit Awards

Apostrophe by Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler-Henry has been shortlisted for the 2007 ReLit Awards in the Poetry category. The winners will be announced sometime in June.

Doug Morris on "KW Magazine"

Doug Morris, author of From the Flight Deck, will be interviewed by John Maciel on CKWR-FM's "KW Magazine" on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:40pm EDT. CKWR-FM is based in Waterloo, ON.

To Be Continued...Volume Three in Vancouver Sun

To Be Continued . . . Volume Three by Gordon j.h. Leenders was named as an Editor's Choice in the May 26 edition of the Vancouver Sun. They call Leenders, "a writer with a gift for dialogue."

Corey Redekop in Uptown Magazine

An interview with Corey Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey, has been posted on Uptown Magazine Online. Writer Quentin Mills-Fenn calls Shelf Monkey, "a savage and funny book, like Fahrenheit 451 meets Revenge of the Nerds . . . It's a Fight Club for bookworms." The entire article can be read here.

Emily Schultz on Taste T.O.

Emily Schultz, author of Songs for the Dancing Chicken, was interviewed by Taste T.O. The article mentions Songs for the Dancing Chicken and Joyland and and can be read here.

Jeff Rybak in Maclean's

Macleans.ca posted a lengthy interview with Jeff Rybak, author of What's Wrong With University, on May 31. The article mentions the book and discusses a topic from the book. The entire interview can be read here.