It’s Time to Start Reading!

Calling all readers in Kindergarten to Grade 6, we’re starting Forest of Reading® today at the Carleton Place Public Library. Drop in to register, pick up your reading list, grab a book to sign out, and get reading! You have from now until mid-April to finish the books in your category.

BLUE SPRUCE (Kindergarten to Grade 2) — Must read all 10 books in order to vote

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SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS™ — Grades 3 & 4—Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote

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Silver Birch Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT in order to vote

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Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6 — Must read at least EIGHT books in order to vote.

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Goodreads Choice Awards!

choiceIt’s that time of year again...the Goodreads Choice Awards! The lists are up, and you’re encouraged to vote for your favourite books in twenty different categories! If you’re a reader, hopefully you’ve been through the books from 2016 in your favourite genre and have a good sense of what’s out there. And now you can have your say in what you think are the best books of the year.

I’ll admit, I only voted in one category this year, although a lot of the books in other categories were ones that I wanted to read. Where did the time go? November 1-6 is the opening round, so you only have a few days to vote. Sign in, and make your vote count! It’ll be a lot easier picking a winner here than in the U.S. election next week!

And the Winner Is…

Earlier this week, the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for literature was announced, and the book makers were quite surprised. American author Paul Beatty won with his novel THE SELLOUT, making him the first American to win this coveted literary prize worth more than $50,000.

22237161While some find Beatty’s humour a little dark for this current age, he admits it was meant to be funny and painful all at the same time.

Beatty was an unexpected win, where many were sure Madeleine Thien’s DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING would bring in the prize. But fans of her book need not fret—Thien won the Governor General’s 2016 Award just last week.

Did you pick the winner?

Man Booker Prize 2016 Shortlist

It’s that time of year….literary award book lists are out, and this year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist has just been announced as well. Six authors–three men and three women–are up for the very prestigious award, and all are very deserving. It is also very evenly split between countries, with two Canadians, two US, and two British authors making the grade.

shortlist-website-imageThe jury was under a great deal of pressure to pick the best from the best, and finally decided on these entries for their short list:

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The 2016 shortlist of six novels is:

Author (nationality) – Title (imprint)

Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout (Oneworld)

Deborah Levy (UK) – Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) – His Bloody Project (Contraband)

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – Eileen (Jonathan Cape)

David Szalay (Canada-UK) – All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)

Madeleine Thien (Canada) – Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 25th. You can read more about the short list books and the prize right here.

 

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!

How Many Have You Read?

books100-bannerdesktop-nwqCBC Books has just come up with a list of 100 Canadian novels they feel you should read. Take the simple quiz to see how many you’ve already read, and then add the rest to your TBR pile right away. We have amazing authors in Canada, and we should all be able to say we’ve read some from the list.

Not really into adult fiction? They also have a YA list for Canadian books for teens!

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