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Courtney Horner

Courtney Horner - Designer

New York, NY, United States

Hi, I'm Courtney and I'm a graphic designer with a passion for book design.

Overview

I'm a senior graphic design professional with 9+ years in the publishing industry, and have designed interior layouts and covers in a wide range of genres and styles.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Home & Garden Parenting & Families Politics & Current Affairs Transportation True Crime
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Humor & Comedy Literature Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Senior Designer

Dundurn Press
May, 2008 – September, 2016 (over 8 years)

Freelance Graphic Designer

Self-employed
May, 2008 – Present (over 9 years)

Portfolio (32 selected works)

Deer Life

Ron Sexsmith

A wicked fairy tale of witchcraft, bullying, revenge, and a mysterious bowler hat. Includes Ron’s own whimsical illustrations. Deryn Hedlight was not having a very good day and it was about to get much worse. He’d read stories of witches as a boy, but never believed for a second they were true. That is, until an unfortunate hunting accident turns his world upside down. What seemed like an hone... read more

A wicked fairy tale of witchcraft, bullying, revenge, and a mysterious bowler hat. Includes Ron’s own whimsical illustrations. Deryn Hedlight was not having a very good day and it was about to get much worse. He’d read stories of witches as a boy, but never believed for a second they were true. That is, until an unfortunate hunting accident turns his world upside down. What seemed like an hone... read more

The New Canadian Garden

Mark Cullen

An exciting vision of the blossoming new role gardening plays for this generation and the next. In The New Canadian Garden, Canada’s gardening guru, Mark Cullen, explores new trends that are redefining today’s gardening experiences. Many of us are utilizing small urban spaces — balconies, patios, and even rooftops — and growing our own fruits, vegetables, and herbs, both at home and through co... read more

An exciting vision of the blossoming new role gardening plays for this generation and the next. In The New Canadian Garden, Canada’s gardening guru, Mark Cullen, explores new trends that are redefining today’s gardening experiences. Many of us are utilizing small urban spaces — balconies, patios, and even rooftops — and growing our own fruits, vegetables, and herbs, both at home and through co... read more

Green Mama: What Parents Need to Know to Give Their Children a Healthy Start and a Greener Future

Manda Aufochs Gillespie

From choosing environmentally friendly diapers to identifying the hidden toxins in children’s food, cribs, car seats, and toys, Green Mama discusses topics that are vitally important to new parents. What are the most pressing problems facing new parents today? As the world has become increasingly more complicated, so has parenting. We are concerned about pervasive toxins in the environment and... read more

From choosing environmentally friendly diapers to identifying the hidden toxins in children’s food, cribs, car seats, and toys, Green Mama discusses topics that are vitally important to new parents. What are the most pressing problems facing new parents today? As the world has become increasingly more complicated, so has parenting. We are concerned about pervasive toxins in the environment and... read more

Alzheimer's Disease: The Complete Introduction (Your Health)

Judes Poirier, Serge Gauthier

A guide for caregivers and sufferers coping with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a reality in millions of lives and a serious concern for seniors and their loved ones. In developed countries where people are living longer than ever before, the incidence of Alzheimer’s is reaching epidemic proportions, according to the World Health Organization. For families, sufferers, and caregivers, the ... read more

A guide for caregivers and sufferers coping with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a reality in millions of lives and a serious concern for seniors and their loved ones. In developed countries where people are living longer than ever before, the incidence of Alzheimer’s is reaching epidemic proportions, according to the World Health Organization. For families, sufferers, and caregivers, the ... read more

Justin Trudeau: The Natural Heir

Huguette Young

A National Bestseller • The Hill Times: Best Books of 2016 This unauthorized biography provides a rare look at the real Justin Trudeau, retracing his steps from his early days to the height of power. Having grown up in the shadow of his famous father, a political giant who dominated Canadian politics for almost sixteen years, Justin Trudeau took many detours before discovering that he was a na... read more

A National Bestseller • The Hill Times: Best Books of 2016 This unauthorized biography provides a rare look at the real Justin Trudeau, retracing his steps from his early days to the height of power. Having grown up in the shadow of his famous father, a political giant who dominated Canadian politics for almost sixteen years, Justin Trudeau took many detours before discovering that he was a na... read more

The Ontario Craft Beer Guide

Robin LeBlanc, Jordan St. John

Forget wine tours! This is the comprehensive guide to Ontario’s craft-beer revival and the brewers behind it. The renaissance of craft beer that has swept North America over the past thirty years has transformed the Ontario landscape, leaving over two hundred breweries, both great and humble, dotting the province. The diversity of craft beers we now enjoy is unprecedented in history and dazzli... read more

Forget wine tours! This is the comprehensive guide to Ontario’s craft-beer revival and the brewers behind it. The renaissance of craft beer that has swept North America over the past thirty years has transformed the Ontario landscape, leaving over two hundred breweries, both great and humble, dotting the province. The diversity of craft beers we now enjoy is unprecedented in history and dazzli... read more

With Faith and Goodwill: 150 Years of Canada-U.S. Friendship

For 150 years Canada and the United States have shared something truly unique. The countries may have the world’s longest unmilitarized border and the most prosperous free-trade arrangement in history, but what most distinguishes the Canada-U.S. relationship is neither geographic nor commercial ― it’s personal. Our special relationship is the product of shared values, countless cross-border co... read more

For 150 years Canada and the United States have shared something truly unique. The countries may have the world’s longest unmilitarized border and the most prosperous free-trade arrangement in history, but what most distinguishes the Canada-U.S. relationship is neither geographic nor commercial ― it’s personal. Our special relationship is the product of shared values, countless cross-border co... read more

The Secrets We Keep

Deb Loughead

First she blamed herself. Now she doesn’t know who to trust. When Kit disappeared at a party and was found drowned in the quarry the next day, Clem knew who to point the finger at: herself. She was the last person to see him alive, the last person who could have helped. If she had just kept a closer eye on him instead of her crush, Jake, maybe Kit would still be here. She knows she made a mist... read more

First she blamed herself. Now she doesn’t know who to trust. When Kit disappeared at a party and was found drowned in the quarry the next day, Clem knew who to point the finger at: herself. She was the last person to see him alive, the last person who could have helped. If she had just kept a closer eye on him instead of her crush, Jake, maybe Kit would still be here. She knows she made a mist... read more

The Indifference League

Richard Scarsbrook

Can anyone be a hero in an age where the lines are so blurred? Sexy, racy, hilarious, and even moving, The Indifference League is a story of what happens when the starry-eyed optimism of the Greatest Generation crashes into the obsessions and fears of the New Lost Generation. Under the faded banner of Superman, Wonder Woman, and other heroes past steps the Indifference League: The Statistician... read more

Can anyone be a hero in an age where the lines are so blurred? Sexy, racy, hilarious, and even moving, The Indifference League is a story of what happens when the starry-eyed optimism of the Greatest Generation crashes into the obsessions and fears of the New Lost Generation. Under the faded banner of Superman, Wonder Woman, and other heroes past steps the Indifference League: The Statistician... read more

You Can Have a Dog When I'm Dead: Essays on Life at an Angle

Paul Benedetti

Hamilton Spectator columnist Paul Benedetti’s essays paint a wonderfully funny portrait of family life today. Paul Benedetti has a good job, a great family, and successful neighbours ― but that doesn’t stop him from using it all as grist for a series of funny, real, and touching essays about a world he can’t quite navigate. Benedetti misses his son, who is travelling in Europe, misplaces his g... read more

Hamilton Spectator columnist Paul Benedetti’s essays paint a wonderfully funny portrait of family life today. Paul Benedetti has a good job, a great family, and successful neighbours ― but that doesn’t stop him from using it all as grist for a series of funny, real, and touching essays about a world he can’t quite navigate. Benedetti misses his son, who is travelling in Europe, misplaces his g... read more

Cold Mourning: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery

Brenda Chapman

Nominated for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel When murder stalks a family over Christmas, Kala Stonechild trusts her intuition to get results. It’s a week before Christmas when wealthy businessman Tom Underwood disappears into thin air ― with more than enough people wanting him dead. New police recruit Kala Stonechild, who has left her northern Ontario detachment to join a specializ... read more

Nominated for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel When murder stalks a family over Christmas, Kala Stonechild trusts her intuition to get results. It’s a week before Christmas when wealthy businessman Tom Underwood disappears into thin air ― with more than enough people wanting him dead. New police recruit Kala Stonechild, who has left her northern Ontario detachment to join a specializ... read more

Tell It to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo

Eliott Behar

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction ― ShortlistedOn April 5, 1999, local police in Serbia found a truck floating half-submerged in the Danube River. When they pulled it to shore and opened the cargo hold, they found it filled with human bodies. Following orders, they hid the truck and its contents. Two weeks later, on the other side of Serbia, another truck containing bodies surf... read more

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction ― ShortlistedOn April 5, 1999, local police in Serbia found a truck floating half-submerged in the Danube River. When they pulled it to shore and opened the cargo hold, they found it filled with human bodies. Following orders, they hid the truck and its contents. Two weeks later, on the other side of Serbia, another truck containing bodies surf... read more

When the Bubble Bursts: Surviving the Canadian Real Estate Crash

Hilliard MacBeth

Starting in 2008, investors, upset by the stock market collapse, started to see real estate as a "safe haven" investment. While talking with numerous clients, investment manager Hilliard Macbeth realized that Canadians have far too much of their investment capital and savings tied up in expensive real estate when better opportunities are about to appear in other asset classes. He argues that C... read more

Starting in 2008, investors, upset by the stock market collapse, started to see real estate as a "safe haven" investment. While talking with numerous clients, investment manager Hilliard Macbeth realized that Canadians have far too much of their investment capital and savings tied up in expensive real estate when better opportunities are about to appear in other asset classes. He argues that C... read more

Lives of Magic (Seven Wanderers Trilogy)

Lucy Leiderman

An ancient battle is renewed in the modern world. Seventeen-year-old Gwen is settling into her new home in Oregon and looking forward to senior year when she is kidnapped by Kian, who warns her that she is in terrible danger. An ancient war was fought between magical Celtic warriors and three evil magicians. Those magicians are alive and well and need Gwen’s magic to regain their power. If the... read more

An ancient battle is renewed in the modern world. Seventeen-year-old Gwen is settling into her new home in Oregon and looking forward to senior year when she is kidnapped by Kian, who warns her that she is in terrible danger. An ancient war was fought between magical Celtic warriors and three evil magicians. Those magicians are alive and well and need Gwen’s magic to regain their power. If the... read more

The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden[STRANGE GIFT OF GWENDOLYN GOLD][Paperback]

PhilippaDowding

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Title: The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: PhilippaDowding <>Publisher: DundurnGroup(CA)

Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction

Vera Tarman

A fact-filled guide to coping with compulsive overeating problems by an experienced addictions doctor who draws on many patients’ stories of recovery. Overeating, binge eating, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia: Food Junkies tackles the complex, poorly understood issue of food addiction from the perspectives of a medical researcher and dozens of survivors. What exactly is food addiction? Is it po... read more

A fact-filled guide to coping with compulsive overeating problems by an experienced addictions doctor who draws on many patients’ stories of recovery. Overeating, binge eating, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia: Food Junkies tackles the complex, poorly understood issue of food addiction from the perspectives of a medical researcher and dozens of survivors. What exactly is food addiction? Is it po... read more

The Big Book of UFOs

Chris A. Rutkowski

Chris Rutkowski’s name is synonymous with UFO research the world over, and this book captures his most breathtaking research, along with new and exciting accounts, that will have you questioning "are we alone in the universe?" The Big Book of UFOs is a compendium of his best and most disturbing UFO stories for enthusiastic fans everywhere, with startling evidence to make even the biggest skept... read more

Chris Rutkowski’s name is synonymous with UFO research the world over, and this book captures his most breathtaking research, along with new and exciting accounts, that will have you questioning "are we alone in the universe?" The Big Book of UFOs is a compendium of his best and most disturbing UFO stories for enthusiastic fans everywhere, with startling evidence to make even the biggest skept... read more

Now You Know Canada: 150 Years of Fascinating Facts

Doug Lennox

A National Bestseller! A new collection of the best Canadian trivia in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday comes this collection of the best in Canadian questions and answers, covering history, famous Canadians, sports, word origins, geography, and everything in between. In these pages, you’ll learn the answers to questions like: Where did the word Canuc... read more

A National Bestseller! A new collection of the best Canadian trivia in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday comes this collection of the best in Canadian questions and answers, covering history, famous Canadians, sports, word origins, geography, and everything in between. In these pages, you’ll learn the answers to questions like: Where did the word Canuc... read more

Is Canada Even Real?: How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe

J.C. Villamere

This quirky ode to a quirky land is a humorous nostalgia trip and a fun Canadian history lesson couched in a hipster quiz book. If you’ve ever wondered Why is the inuksuk more revered than Wheelchair Jimmy? Does the iconic beaver really represent us better than The Littlest Hobo? Is everyone going canoeing without me or is canoeing way less of a thing than it’s made out to be? then this book i... read more

This quirky ode to a quirky land is a humorous nostalgia trip and a fun Canadian history lesson couched in a hipster quiz book. If you’ve ever wondered Why is the inuksuk more revered than Wheelchair Jimmy? Does the iconic beaver really represent us better than The Littlest Hobo? Is everyone going canoeing without me or is canoeing way less of a thing than it’s made out to be? then this book i... read more

Festival Man

Geoff Berner

Maverick music manager Campbell Ouiniette makes a final destructive bid for glory at the Calgary Folk Festival. Travel in the entertaining company of a man made of equal parts bullshit and inspiration, in what is ultimately a twisted panegyric to the power of strange music to change people from the inside out. At turns funny and strangely sobering, this "found memoir" is a picaresque tale of i... read more

Maverick music manager Campbell Ouiniette makes a final destructive bid for glory at the Calgary Folk Festival. Travel in the entertaining company of a man made of equal parts bullshit and inspiration, in what is ultimately a twisted panegyric to the power of strange music to change people from the inside out. At turns funny and strangely sobering, this "found memoir" is a picaresque tale of i... read more

Riverside Drive: Border City Blues

Michael Januska

Prohibition takes the battle, along with the party, to the streets. Jack McCloskey returned to Windsor, Ontario, from the Great War shell-shocked and battling inner demons. Channeling his energy into amateur fights, he’s noticed by a gangster sidelining as a boxing promoter. After a brief professional stint, Jack is invited to join the crew. It’s the early days of Prohibition along the Detroit... read more

Prohibition takes the battle, along with the party, to the streets. Jack McCloskey returned to Windsor, Ontario, from the Great War shell-shocked and battling inner demons. Channeling his energy into amateur fights, he’s noticed by a gangster sidelining as a boxing promoter. After a brief professional stint, Jack is invited to join the crew. It’s the early days of Prohibition along the Detroit... read more

Real Life Super Heroes

Nadia Fezzani

An in-depth look at the men and women who call themselves "Real Life Super Heroes." Dressed like heroes from comic books and action movies, Real Life Super Heroes are out there. They dress up at night, fight crime, save people, and some of them even have secret identities. Are they ordinary, mild-mannered citizens, or are they larger-than-life characters, determined to fight crime, risking lif... read more

An in-depth look at the men and women who call themselves "Real Life Super Heroes." Dressed like heroes from comic books and action movies, Real Life Super Heroes are out there. They dress up at night, fight crime, save people, and some of them even have secret identities. Are they ordinary, mild-mannered citizens, or are they larger-than-life characters, determined to fight crime, risking lif... read more

Canadian Failures: Stories from Successful Canadians About How Failure Got Them There

Alex Benay

Successful Canadians write about failure, and how it got them where they are today. What does it mean to fail? To some of the most successful Canadians, it was a rite of passage, a stepping stone to greater things, or even a brilliant source of inspiration. The light bulb (patented by two Torontonians), the Avro Arrow, Nortel Networks, and many other examples have had profound impacts on our n... read more

Successful Canadians write about failure, and how it got them where they are today. What does it mean to fail? To some of the most successful Canadians, it was a rite of passage, a stepping stone to greater things, or even a brilliant source of inspiration. The light bulb (patented by two Torontonians), the Avro Arrow, Nortel Networks, and many other examples have had profound impacts on our n... read more

The Paper Sword: Spell Crossed

Robert Priest

A painted sword is their only protection from evil sorcery, strange creatures, and enemy forces.On the spell-crossed Phaer Isle, teenage Xemion dreams of being a great swordsman. When he finds a blade-shaped stick, he fashions it to look like a real sword. Knowing that the laws of their cruel Pathan conquerors would require a death sentence for possession of such an object, his friend Saheli d... read more

A painted sword is their only protection from evil sorcery, strange creatures, and enemy forces.On the spell-crossed Phaer Isle, teenage Xemion dreams of being a great swordsman. When he finds a blade-shaped stick, he fashions it to look like a real sword. Knowing that the laws of their cruel Pathan conquerors would require a death sentence for possession of such an object, his friend Saheli d... read more

Rails Over the Mountains: Exploring the Railway Heritage of Canada's Western Mountains

Ron Brown

Journey through the engineering marvels, stations, and heritage sites of Canada’s western mountains. Ride the rails through Canada’s western mountains to explore the many vestiges of the region’s spectacular and surprising railway heritage. Here is where grand railway hotels were built to attract tourists to the West’s beautiful scenery and bring profit to the railway lines as well. Rustic sta... read more

Journey through the engineering marvels, stations, and heritage sites of Canada’s western mountains. Ride the rails through Canada’s western mountains to explore the many vestiges of the region’s spectacular and surprising railway heritage. Here is where grand railway hotels were built to attract tourists to the West’s beautiful scenery and bring profit to the railway lines as well. Rustic sta... read more

Lost Beneath the Ice: The Story of HMS Investigator

Andrew Cohen

The story of the bold voyage of HMS Investigator and the modern-day discovery of its wreck by Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists. When Sir John Franklin disappeared in the Arctic in the 1840s, the British Admiralty launched the largest rescue mission in its history. Among the search vessels was HMS Investigator, which left England in 1850 under the command of Captain Robert McClure. Whil... read more

The story of the bold voyage of HMS Investigator and the modern-day discovery of its wreck by Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists. When Sir John Franklin disappeared in the Arctic in the 1840s, the British Admiralty launched the largest rescue mission in its history. Among the search vessels was HMS Investigator, which left England in 1850 under the command of Captain Robert McClure. Whil... read more

Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve

Alexandra Shimo

A vivid first-person account of life on a troubled reserve that illuminates a difficult and oft-ignored history. Globe and Mail 100: Best Books of 2016 • The Hill Times: Best Books of 2016 • 2017 RBC Taylor Prize ― Longlisted • 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction ― Shortlisted • 2016 Speaker's Book Award ― Shortlisted When freelance journalist Alexandra Shimo arrives in Kashechewan... read more

A vivid first-person account of life on a troubled reserve that illuminates a difficult and oft-ignored history. Globe and Mail 100: Best Books of 2016 • The Hill Times: Best Books of 2016 • 2017 RBC Taylor Prize ― Longlisted • 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction ― Shortlisted • 2016 Speaker's Book Award ― Shortlisted When freelance journalist Alexandra Shimo arrives in Kashechewan... read more

Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer's Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit

Kathleen Trotter

Ten simple, practical ways to get moving, get healthy, and feel great. Wanting to get on track and actually getting (and then staying) on track are two totally different things. The million-dollar question is: how do we find the inner motivation to go from thinking about a healthier lifestyle to actually adopting one? How do we get off the sofa and out the front door? Finding Your Fit: A Compa... read more

Ten simple, practical ways to get moving, get healthy, and feel great. Wanting to get on track and actually getting (and then staying) on track are two totally different things. The million-dollar question is: how do we find the inner motivation to go from thinking about a healthier lifestyle to actually adopting one? How do we get off the sofa and out the front door? Finding Your Fit: A Compa... read more

Fighting to Lose: How the German Secret Intelligence Service Helped the Allies Win the Second World War (Secrets of the Second World War)

John Bryden

Startling new revelations about collaboration between the Allies and the German Secret Service. Based on extensive primary source research, John Bryden’s Fighting to Lose presents compelling evidence that the German intelligence service ― the Abwehr ― undertook to rescue Britain from certain defeat in 1941. Recently opened secret intelligence files indicate that the famed British double-cross ... read more

Startling new revelations about collaboration between the Allies and the German Secret Service. Based on extensive primary source research, John Bryden’s Fighting to Lose presents compelling evidence that the German intelligence service ― the Abwehr ― undertook to rescue Britain from certain defeat in 1941. Recently opened secret intelligence files indicate that the famed British double-cross ... read more

Cavalry of the Air: An Illustrated Introduction to the Aircraft and Aces of the First World War

Norman S. Leach

Many of the airmen of the First Word War who challenged both the enemy and death did not survive. These are their stories. In the clinging mud and trench warfare of WWI, it was soon clear that the cavalry ― the elite of the elite ― would be of little use. The dashing men and officers of the cavalry searched for a way to be front and center in the conflict, and found it in the new air forces be... read more

Many of the airmen of the First Word War who challenged both the enemy and death did not survive. These are their stories. In the clinging mud and trench warfare of WWI, it was soon clear that the cavalry ― the elite of the elite ― would be of little use. The dashing men and officers of the cavalry searched for a way to be front and center in the conflict, and found it in the new air forces be... read more

The 11th Hour

Kristine Scarrow

Annika Dietty thinks her future is with Dylan Sopick ― until they run away together. One day, after weeks of secret planning, seventeen-year-old Annika Dietty leaves home at dawn to run away with her boyfriend, the charming and popular Dylan Sopick. She tried telling her friends and family how amazing Dylan is, but after they all seem set against the relationship, she’s decided their only chan... read more

Annika Dietty thinks her future is with Dylan Sopick ― until they run away together. One day, after weeks of secret planning, seventeen-year-old Annika Dietty leaves home at dawn to run away with her boyfriend, the charming and popular Dylan Sopick. She tried telling her friends and family how amazing Dylan is, but after they all seem set against the relationship, she’s decided their only chan... read more

The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd

Joanna Kafarowski

The first comprehensive biography of Louise Arner Boyd ― the intrepid American socialite who reinvented herself as the leading female polar explorer of the twentieth century. Born in the late 1880s to a gritty mining magnate who made his millions in the California gold rush and a well-bred mother descended from one of New York’s distinguished families, society beauty Louise Arner Boyd was rais... read more

The first comprehensive biography of Louise Arner Boyd ― the intrepid American socialite who reinvented herself as the leading female polar explorer of the twentieth century. Born in the late 1880s to a gritty mining magnate who made his millions in the California gold rush and a well-bred mother descended from one of New York’s distinguished families, society beauty Louise Arner Boyd was rais... read more

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