Congratulations to Ann Birch, whose 2010 historical novel, Settlement has been selected for Orillia's Big Read 2014. The community reading program, hosted by the Orillia Public Library, encourages Orillians to read and reflect on a singel title each year. As part of this year's 'Big Read',...
Silver Donald Cameron
Silver Donald Cameron is one of Canada's most versatile and experienced professional authors. He is currently the host and executive producer of TheGreenInterview.com, an environmental website devoted to intense, in-depth conversations with the brilliant thinkers and activists who are leading the way to a green and sustainable future. His guests on The Green Interview include Vandana Shiva, Farley Mowat, Robert Bateman, Ronald Colman, James Lovelock, Jane Goodall and the Prime Minister of Bhutan. A recent partnership with Gale Cengage Learning has made the Green Interviews available in 15,000 libraries around the world. Dr. Cameron is also the writer and narrator of The Green Interview's two documentary films, Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness (2010) and Salmon Wars: Salmon Farms, Wild Fish and the Future of Communities (2012).
His literary work includes plays, films, radio and TV scripts, an extensive body of corporate and governmental writing, hundreds of magazine articles and 17 books, including two novels. His non-fiction subjects include history, travel, literature, politics, nature and the environment, community development, ships and the sea, as well as education and public affairs. He was for 13 years a weekly columnist with the Halifax Sunday Herald. His most recent books are Sailing Away from Winter and A Million Futures: The Remarkable Legacy of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.
His books have received the Evelyn Richardson Award, the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Award, and the City of Dartmouth Book Award. His TV drama Peggy was named Best Short Film at the Canadian Film Celebration and the Moonsnail Awards, and was also a Gemini Award finalist. His magazine articles have received four National Magazine Awards. Four of his radio dramas have been ACTRA Award finalists; The Sisters (available on CD) was also nominated for the international Prix Italia. He has also won a Mercury Award and a Wilmer Shields Award for corporate writing.
He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the University College of Cape Breton. He has been a member of numerous Canada Council juries, and has served as a consultant to many corporate, governmental and non-profit clients, including four federal departments, five provincial departments, several important corporations and major charitable foundations.
Dr. Cameron is also a distinguished educator, having served as the first Dean of the School of Community Studies at the University College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University). He previously taught at Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia and the University of New Brunswick. He holds a B.A. from U.B.C., an M.A. from University of California, and a Ph.D. from the University of London, England. In 2004 he received an honourary Doctor of Civil Law degree from the University of Kings College, and in 2007 Cape Breton University awarded him an honorary D. Litt. In 2012 he was appointed to membership in both the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.
Dr. Cameron was the founding Chairman of Telile, Isle Madame's community television station, and was also a founding director of Development Isle Madame. He has served on many volunteer boards, including several terms on the executive of the Writers Union of Canada, of which he is currently Treasurer.