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Q&A: Allison Hirst on acquiring and editing mysteries

Allison Hirst is Dundurn’s resident woman of mystery. The developmental editor is responsible for a variety of non-fiction titles and crime mysteries, including Steve Burrows’ popular Birder Murder books, Nick Wilkshire’s new Foreign Affairs series, and Janet Kellough’s “brilliant historical series,” the Thaddeus Lewis Mysteries.

Kevin Sands on theoretical physics, smoke bombs, and the biggest compliment he’s received from a fan

Toronto author Kevin Sands had earned two degrees in theoretical physics and was toiling away as a researcher and teacher before writing his first middle-grade novel, The Blackthorn Key (Simon & Schuster Canada).