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Dundurn Press founder Kirk Howard receives Janice E. Handford Award

Kirk Howard Dundurn PressThe Ontario Book Publishers Association named Dundurn Press founder and president Kirk Howard the recipient of its Janice E. Handford Award at a reception in Toronto last night.

Established in 1997, the annual award honours a member of the publishing industry who has “advanced the cause” of Canadian small presses.

Howard founded Toronto-based Dundurn in 1972 with the aim of publishing mainly Canadian historical non-fiction, though the press has since expanded to boast more than 2,500 fiction, YA, biography, mystery, business, and current-affairs titles.

Howard says, in a press release: “This is a meaningful award for me. After more than four decades navigating this ever-evolving and always uncertain field, I can think of no greater achievement than to be recognized by one’s peers.”