Kevin Burns is Seven Stories, the company he launched in 1996. He is a writer, editor, and researcher with a focus on broad cultural and social issues. He has seen close to 300 books make their way into print in the commercial and academic publishing worlds, and has also assisted many projects on their way into the digital world. He has an extensive background in publishing, having developed and edited many non-fiction titles in theology, spirituality, religion, faith and culture, history, philosophy, memoir, and biography as the former commissioning editor at Novalis. As a writer and editor he draws on his experiences in the Canadian arts and cultural scene and from his work as the former producer of The Arts Report for CBC Radio. He continues to create documentaries for CBC Radio's Ideas. His documentary on Henri Nouwen, Genius Born of Anguish (co-authored with Michael W. Higgins and co-produced with Bernie Lucht) received the Gold Medal Award for Documentary at the 2013 New York Festivals. Besides his trade publishing background, he is also familiar with scholarly and academic publishing most likely because he taught Drama at the University of Alberta for twelve years. He is actively engaged in governance and volunteerism in the Canadian not-for-profit sector. He served three terms as member of the board of governors of St. Jerome's University, the Catholic university federated to the University of Waterloo. He was a long-time member of the advisory board for the Toronto-based Jesuit Communication Project and is a regular contributor to igNation.ca, the Candian Jesuit blog. In September 2016 he joined the national board of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and is chair of its Governance Committee. Also in 2016, Franciscan Media released his biography, Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit, which was also released in a German edition by Adeo Verlag. In 2019, Paulist Press in the U.S. and Novalis in Canada released his co-authored book with Michael W. Higgins, Impressively Free. In the current crisis in the Catholic world concerning the formation and the role of the priest, this new book proposes the example of Henri Nouwen as a model for reform.
Kevin Burns is a member of Editors Canada, The Writers Guild of Canada, The Writers' Union of Canada, and Canada's Creative Nonfiction Collective.
Every editing and writing project has a unique set of challenges and circumstances. If you have a project that needs work then these are the steps that Seven Stories takes:
1) We discuss it
2) We create an action plan
3) We establish a timetable
4) We confirm the final cost.
Selected published authors include: Michael W. Higgins, Reginald Bibby, Bill Ryan, Monty Williams, John Pungente, Charlie Angus, Max Oliva, James Clarke, Steve Georgiou, Marie Azzarello, Mark McGowan, Douglas Roche, Moira McQueen, Chris Dunford, Jim Lotz, John Dalla Costa, Lorraine Ste. Marie, Davin de Kergommeaux, Jean Vanier, Elizabeth Sheehy, Penelope Simons, Audrey Macklin, Dr. Jane Poulson, Gerard Whelan, J.S. Porter.
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