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About Hedgehog Productions


Hedgehog Productions was founded in 1989 by Frank B. Edwards as an editorial consulting service and book packager.  Today it also provides a wide range of editorial and research services in the field of educational outreach and public communications.

Magazine editor  A journalist by training (B.J., Carleton University), Frank worked as a magazine editor, feature writer, photo editor and editorial manager for Canadian Geographic, Harrowsmith and Equinox magazines before switching to the book publishing business.

  Equinox magazine cover   Equinox cover    Harrowsmith cover    harrowsmith mag
                                              

Book publisher  In 1985, Frank became publisher and editorial director of Camden House Books, a division of the small company that published Harrowsmith, Canada's legendary rural living magazine. Over the next five years, he oversaw an editorial team that created almost 100 books and calendars as well as catalogues, display ads and newsletters promoting book sales. Annual sales were over $4 million by the time he left in 1989.

 Beyond Everest   Traditions in Wood   Life after the city   universe and beyond

Book Packager  In 1989, Frank left Camden House to set up Hedgehog Productions. His first contract was to produce Queen's: The First 150 Years, an illustrated history (15,000 copies) of Queen's University which was celebrating its sesquicentennial in 1990. Other projects followed, including The Cottage Book (30,000 copies), a compilation of useful advice for cottagers, packaged in 1991 for Firefly Books.

Queens book                cottage book

Children's Books  While still at Camden House, Frank launched a children's publishing company, Bungalo Books in 1986 with his friend John Bianchi, a talented cartoonist and illustrator who was a regular freelancer for Harrowsmith. For most of the 1990s, Frank concentrated on developing children's books with John Bianchi. Together, the duo created 38 books with sales approaching 2 million  copies. A distribution alliance with General Publishing in 1999 led to the re-branding of Bungalo Books as Pokeweed Press. After General's bankruptcy in 2002, Pokeweed moved to North American distributor Fitzhenry-Whiteside.

Last of the Tree Ranchers cover  The Artist cover  Frank B. Edwards and John Bianchi  Ottawa for Kids cover  
                                Frank B. Edwards and John Bianchi, 1993.

Educational and Outreach Consulting  In 2002, Frank teamed up with a former Canadian Geographic colleague, Janet Uren (who operates Ottawa's WordImage), to take on a number of educational projects for the National Capital Commission (NCC),  the new Canadian War Museum and the Archives of Ontario. Using his understanding of school curriculum and children, Frank helped develop a series of programs to deliver client messages to students and teachers.

Biography and History  His non-fiction book packaging activities resumed with the publication of two illustrated titles in 2005 and 2006, Cultivating the Wilderness for the County of Lennox & Addington, and A House Worthy of God for Napanee's St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. In 2007, Frank wrote and researched a biography of bestselling author Robert Munsch for Fitzhenry-Whiteside that was nominated for the Ontario Library Association's 2010 Silver Birch non-fiction award. In the fall of 2009, he began to write feature obituaries for the Globe & Mail.

     Smiling Wilderness cover   House Worthy of God cover  Cultivating the Wilderness cover   Robert Munsch biography cover


 Specialty Writing  As well as research and writing projects for adult audiences for the NCC, the National Arts Centre, the Canadian War Museum, and the Archives of Ontario (from speeches, web exhibits,  displays, brochures and administrative documents), Frank has also written several television scripts for children's producer Sinking Ship Productions (Roll Play). Working with John Bianchi and musician David Archibald, he is developing a new preschool series based on his book Downtown Lost & Found, working with entertainment agent Sarah Cooper of The Saint Agency. In early 2010, Frank prepared a series of feature length stories for Parks Canada exploring several infrastructure projects from the Beaufort Sea to Halifax.

Building Ontario's memory logo    archives brochure cover   inside pages archives brochure

Current projects  Frank's attention is currently on ebooks. After a year back at college studying epublishing, he is now specializing in illustrated books for Apple's iOS devices. He has created two adventure photography books with mountaineer Pat Morrow as well as 13 kids storybooks. In 2015, he is working with Mercury Inpress on its new line of augmented-reality educational books for children.


View Frank B. Edwards' resume.


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