The Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist announced!

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Early last week, the Scotiabank Giller Prize Short List was announced, and there are some great choices! The authors will have a variety of public events over the course of the next month, and the final winner will be announced on  CBC at 9pm on November 10th. Who will you pick as the winner?

 

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THE BETRAYERS by David Bezmozgis is about a disgraced Israeli politician.

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TELL by Frances Itani takes place at the end of the Great War.

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US CONDUCTORS by Sean Michaels is a mix of love, electricity and the jazz age.

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THE GIRL WHO WAS SATURDAY NIGHT by Heather O’Neill is the tale of two special twins and their charmed life.

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ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Mirian Toews , a story about two very different sisters.

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THE EVER AFTER OF ASHWIN RAO by Padma Viswanathan is set in the time after the 1985 Air India bombings.

Published in: on October 14, 2014 at 3:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Long Lists Announced

The National Book Awards Long Lists are now being announced in various categories. These awards can go a long way toward bringing an author to the forefront, but they also strive to recognize great literary fiction.  This week, the Young People’s Literary Long List was announced, and the books are so great, I don’t know how they’ll choose a winner.

If you’ve been reluctant to get into Young Adult fiction because of the hype, these books are a wonderful place to start. There are seasoned authors as well as debut authors here, but we hope to keep seeing more from all of them.

The long list includes:

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THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson

GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

SKINK-NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen

GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford

THREATENED by Eliot Schrefer

THE PORT CHICAGO 50 by Steve Sheinkin

100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

REVOLUTION by Deborah Wiles

 BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Get reading!

Published in: on September 17, 2014 at 3:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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Man Booker Longlist Announced

If you follow literary awards, the 2014 longlist has just been announced for the Man Booker Prize!  It includes quite a diverse group of books and authors. You can click on the links to find out more about each author and their books.

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TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR by Joshua Ferris

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan

WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Joy Fowler

THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt

J by Howard Jacobson

THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth

THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell

THE LIVES OF OTHERS by Neel Mukherjee

US by David Nicholls

THE DOG by Joseph O’Neill

ORFEO by Richard Powers

HOW TO BE BOTH by Ali Smith

HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Williams

Have you read any of these books, and if so, do you have a favourite?  Let us know your choice!

Published in: on July 28, 2014 at 3:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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