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Roses – Part 2

The last long weekend of the North American summer is now behind us, so it’s back to a regular schedule of Author Notes for the Iceberg Publishing website. For my first of the fall season, I decided I should pick up where I left off in Roses–One Red. One White. In that post I talked […]

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Bellevue

Over the past few weeks it has felt like I’ve been home less than I’ve been away, traveling on a combination of Iceberg and non-Iceberg business. The week before last I was in New York City to accept the 2013 IPPY Award silver medal for A Daughter’s Gift –– a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable adventure […]

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New York City

If you’re a regular reader of these posts, you know I’ve been in New York with Kenneth since Wednesday –– we arrived mid-afternoon on May 29th, checked into the Hudson (a charming boutique hotel on 58th Street) and after changing from travel to event-appropriate clothes, headed for the IPPY Awards venue. Kenneth has already reported on […]

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Standing Tall

When we were passing through customs on our way out of Toronto today, the officer at the desk asked whether my mother and I were traveling for business, or pleasure. The answer was both; we said business first. Then I explained that my mother was going to Manhattan, to receive an IPPY silver medal. It […]

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Creative Award Wins

This week at Iceberg, it’s all about awards. Jacqui Tam and I are bound for New York tomorrow, so that she can receive her IPPY Silver Medal for the Tenth Anniversary Edition of A Daughter’s Gift. Expect me to gush rather extensively about that occasion in my note on Thursday… and expect my mother to […]

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A Girl, Her Dad and a Land Rover

Ten years ago today, I brought Kal –– my 2002 Land Rover Discovery Special Edition Kalahari –– home from the dealership. Those of you who have read A Daughter’s Gift would know how much my father loved his Land Rovers, and how much it meant to me to be his fellow adventurer in them. You’d […]

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Black Band

One of the questions I’ve been asked many times over the years is how I remembered the things I wrote about in A Daughter’s Gift. Part of the answer is context related –– as my father increasingly forgot things, I became more and more determined to remember them. It was my way of preserving and […]

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IPPY Silver for A Daughter’s Gift

Ten years after its original release, the powerful story of a father-daughter relationship that defies the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease has won an international award. The special tenth anniversary edition of A Daughter’s Gift, by Canadian author Jacqui Tam, has won an Independent Publisher Book Awards –– or ‘IPPY’ –– silver medal. “This book is […]

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Thank you to the Caregiver

My mother was a nurse –– a white-uniform, white-stockings, white-leather-duty-shoes, white-cap-with-black-band, and navy-blue-cape-with-red-lining nurse. She loved to work in Emergency, or “Emerg” as she called it. But after a gastric hemorrhage when I was five, she moved into nursing education at the same hospital where she’d received her training, before eventually finishing her career as […]

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Lessons My Father Taught Me

During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in 2003, more than 100 people braved a cold and windy winter night to visit the Land Rover Newfoundland dealership for that province’s launch of the first edition of Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift. On the 10th anniversary of that memorable evening, it seems fitting to share some of the lessons my father […]

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Behind Cover

I am sometimes asked about book covers… where they come from. The details of my answer vary depending on the context and the person asking the question, but the essence is very simple: they come from the book. The current edition of Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift, for instance, features an image of the ‘old […]

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Writing to Music

Earlier this week I talked about writing as a tactile experience –– about how switching from keyboard to pen and paper can, among other things, help the words flow. It can also be an experience that is enhanced by sound… more specifically music. I wrote Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift while listening to tracks from […]

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Alzheimer Awareness Month – See the Person

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada, and the Alzheimer Society has just launched a new campaign: “See me, not my disease. Let’s talk about dementia.” According to the Society’s website, the goals of the campaign include increasing knowledge about Alzheimer’s, decreasing the stigma associated with it, and helping people remember to see the person […]

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The Christmas Fence

In A Daughter’s Gift, I shared a terribly sad memory of the Christmas my father no longer remembered how to sign ‘Love Dick’ on the card we had picked out for him to give my mother. With a few noted exceptions during his later years, though, Christmas was a magical time in my childhood home, […]

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Iceberg Titles Featured in the Apple iBookstore

Two of Iceberg Publishing’s most popular books are now featured as New and Notable titles on the Apple US iBookstore. Jacqui Tam’s Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift and Kenneth Tam’s The Rogue Commodore, debuted in this position on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. “We’re very excited to start Iceberg’s ebook operations on this high note,” said […]

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Iceberg International Editions Now Available

Iceberg Publishing is pleased to announce that the new international editions of Kenneth Tam’s Equations Novels, along with the special omnibus editions of the Defense Command series, are now available. The new special edition of Jacqui Tam’s Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift, will also be available soon. “We’re very excited to see the first new […]

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Iceberg Publishing Announces 2010 Plan

Iceberg Publishing enters a new phase of growth in 2010, with new distribution, new editions, new formats, and new series planned for launch. These evolutions will change the way Iceberg helps its readers look beneath the surface of everyday life, without altering the distinct and environmentally friendly approach the company has pursued for the past […]

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Guiding Hand: An Interview with Jacqui Tam

Founding partner and chief editor Jacqui Tam is one the key figures within Iceberg Publishing. With the release of Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift –– Iceberg’s first and perhaps most celebrated title –– she became the company’s first author, and in the five years since she has overseen the editorial work on all of its […]

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Looking Back at 2005, and Forward to 2006

The 2005 year was an exciting one for Iceberg Publishing. Though only one new title, The Earther Equation, was added to our book list, the year marked our move to the new, highly successful pocket paperback format, and the first book tours in Alberta and Newfoundland. Pocket paperback editions of The Human Equation, The Alien […]

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Standing-room only at Newfoundland Launch

More than 100 people braved the winter conditions on January 23, 2003 to gather at Land Rover of Newfoundland for that province’s launch of  Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift. “It’s hard to describe how special the evening was,” Tam says, “or how much I appreciate the fact that so many people came out on a […]

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