Scotiabank Giller Prize Long List Announced

Earlier this month, the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list was announced…twelve Canadian books in the running for the prestigious Canadian literary prize valued at $25,000. All of the books were presented in a field of 161 entries, and were deemed to be the best fiction published in Canada covering a variety of topics and writing styles.

gillerlonglistThe nominees are:

  • Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
  • Gary Barwin for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada
  • Andrew Battershill for his novel Pillow, published by Coach House Books
  • David Bergen for his novel Stranger, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler
  • Kathy Page for her story collection The Two of Us, published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis
  • Susan Perly for her novel Death Valley, published by Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
  • Kerry Lee Powell for her story collection Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush, published by HarperAvenue, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Steven Price for his novel By Gaslight, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
  • Zoe Whittall for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.

The winners will be announced on Monday, November 7/16 at 9pm, but you might like to attend one of the special readings taking place in various Canadian venues. Please see the website for more details on locations and times, and to get tickets.

This is always such an exciting award, and the books and authors up for nomination this year are going to make the decision very difficult. Have you read any of these, and do you have a favourite? Let us know!

Natasha Peterson Book Launch

gooseOne of our lovely patrons, Natasha Peterson, is launching her first picture book at the Carleton Place Public Library on Saturday, September 24 at 11am. This is a delightful tale called GAYLE THE GOOSE GOES GLOBAL and includes wonderful illustrations by Witls Games and Animation. Natasha will be reading from her book, selling and signing copies, and may even have a few surprises for young attendees!

About the book:

The rhyming text, beautiful illustrations, and strong characters will bring readers into Gayle’s story. Gayle is a regular Canada Goose except for one thing. She is directionally challenged. When her flock flies away, leaving Gayle behind at migration time, she is forced to either sit back and wait for their return, or take matters into her own wings by migrating on her own. Brave Gayle takes on the challenge of a lifetime and learns that she can both survive and thrive on her own.  When Gayle returns to share her adventures with the rest of her flock, the geese begin to wonder if her quirkiness may be just what the flock was missing. Perhaps a change from the ordinary routine would do them all a little good.

We asked Natasha a few things about her debut, published by Polar Bear Press.

CPPL: How long did it take you to write this book?

NP: The story took close to a year from start to finish. That included: writing it, finding an illustrator, publishing etc.  However, after I wrote the story, I didn’t decide to make a book right away. There was a gap of a few months.

CPPL:Where did you get the idea?

NP: I have always loved writing children’s poems. This is just a longer one. I often write about animals with human problems so the characters connect with kids.

CPPL: Where did you find your illustrator? The illustrations are gorgeous!

NP: I found my illustrator on a site called GURU.com.  A publisher told me about the website when I mentioned I had no idea how to find an illustrator (when self-publishing). Remember, I did this totally blindly, and didn’t know who I could ask questions to. GURU is a website where one can hire freelance anything. You simply post the job you’re looking to hire someone for (in this case, I was hoping to find an illustrator for a children’s book) and an amount I was willing to pay. Then people applied for the job. I had 13 people apply for the job so I asked to see samples of a Canada Goose image. In the end, I ended up liking a company called Witls Games and Animation best. We kinda just clicked. The company understood what I was looking for. I guess the funniest thing about this is that they had never done a book before (however, they had created video games), and to this day, I still don’t know their names! I have asked, but they prefer to promote their company, so we go by the company name.

CPPL: Any more plans for future books?

NP: Yes! A second book is currently in the works. It’s another animal book about a chipmunk and a squirrel called NUTTY NEIGHBOURS. It will hopefully be ready by Christmas!

Natasha has published a variety of poems and GAYLE THE GOOSE GOES GLOBAL was the recipient of a Canada Book Award. You can find out more about Natasha and her book at Polar Bear Press.

All The Time in the World

allThis fall, our Nerd Herd Book Club will be lucky to have local teen author S.J. Ryan visit us at a meeting to talk about her first self-published book, ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. While she’s been busy this summer volunteering at our local Carleton Place and Heritage Museum, we hope she’s had a bit of time to work on the next in this time-travel series.

From Goodreads:

The world has changed. In the last hundred years, things have changed a great deal. Technology has slowly begun its reign over mankind, and the world will never be what it once was. One band of misfits seeks to change the way they live, through the manipulation of time itself. They travel back in time to the year 1900 to attempt to carve out a simpler, more meaningful life for themselves. However, when an unexpected stowaway with a dark past threatens to ruin all they have worked so hard for, they find themselves questioning their plans. Will they be forced to return to their miserable lives in the future? Or worse?

We’re looking forward to hearing about her writing process, the struggle and satisfaction of self-publishing, and maybe a few tips for other young authors in our book club. It should be a fascinating book club!

We have a copy available in our library if you’d like to read it, or you can pick up your own copy at Amazon.

SERIAL

If you were a fan of the podcast SERIAL, you’ll be interested to know the case is back in the news. While the original podcast told the story of 20-year-old Adnan Syed who went to prison for the murder of his high school girlfriend. Now, the lawyer, Rabia Chaudry, who brought his case to the attention of the world, is telling her side of the story in a new book called ADNAN’S STORY: THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE AFTER SERIAL.

9781250087102_af9bdYou can read the L.A. Times review of the new book right here.  Will it disclose new information or make you change your mind about the case? Maybe. Maybe not. But if you were a fan of the podcast, this book will probably be a must-read.

Crichton Fans Rejoice!

It only took eight years for author Michael Crichton’s wife to find a “lost” book after her husband died in 2008. And lucky for his fans, it will be released in 2017. HarperCollins will publish DRAGON TEETH, which follows two real-life paleontologists in the late 1800’s.

8650While the work will be published as fiction–it centers on a fictional character who works for the pair of scientists–Crichton’s wife says it is full of Crichton’s “voice, his love for history, research, and science, and is woven into an epic tale”. I’m sure many of his fans are thrilled to hear about this.

Crichton is the author of other dinosaur tales such as JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD.

Stephenie Meyer is back!

9780316387835_23f09Stephenie Meyer rose to fame with her YA series, TWILIGHT. While it started a craze in the YA publishing world, her second book–an adult sci-fi called THE HOST, was not as successful.  But she’s at it again with a new adult thriller, loosely based on her love for Jason Bourne and the secret-agent genre.

It won’t be out until November 15th, but people are already chatting this book up. Will it deliver, or will readers wonder what the hype was all about?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Personally, the cover choice would be a definite draw for me, as it reflects a creep factor that looks hard to put down.

Have you read the TWILIGHT series, or THE HOST?  Will you read this?

WRIST, and Indigenous Horror Story

wrist220Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler has written a terrifying tale about the mythological creature known as the Wiindigo, and what better way to honor his indigenous roots than to put the creature from stories he heard growing up, into a horror novel that will certainly draw readers from all walks of life.

WRIST tells the tale of the Wiindigo, a giant cannibal monster who doesn’t waste any time killing his first victim in Adler’s book. Adler was inspired by many contemporary horror writers, such as Anne Rice, who often uses mythical creatures in her works. And while he didn’t include any of the rather terrifying illustrations that inspired him in his book, he said that they helped him “realize the world a little more”.

You can read more about WRIST and Adler, as well as see the illustrations that he used when writing the book right here. He is also an artist, working in a variety of mediums, and you can find all of his work on his website.