CBC 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!
Make it your goal to expand your list this summer!
Congratulations to Northern Ontario poet Liz Howard on winning the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. It is the world’s largest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry, at $65,000.
What an accomplishment! You can read a little more about the prize and the winner here.
While we don’t often talk about books that are written in another language and then translated, at the library we come across this on occasion when talking about French books for children. Many popular English books are translated into French and then released for French readers, but sometimes, the translation leaves something to be desired. So much so, in fact, we’ve had requests from Francophone parents who have asked us to only purchase books by French authors. The art of translation is a tricky one, even at the picture book or chapter book level, so you can imagine how difficult it must be for adult fiction to be translated well.
It gets even more mind-numbing when you think that there is a literary award given to books that have been translated from some other language into English. The Man Booker International Prize for 2016 was just awarded to Han Kang for her book THE VEGETARIAN, translated from Korean into English by 28-year-old Deborah Smith who only started learning Korean at the age of 21. Wow. The translation must not only be accurate, but also portray the beauty of the author’s prose and their original intention.
Kang has won a variety of literary awards in Korea for her novels and teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute for the Arts, but this was her first book translated into English. It is a novel in three parts, telling the tale of a dutiful Korean wife who one day decides to become a vegetarian. Along the way, the act of giving up meat also leads her to give up other things in her life, and eventually, leads to her discard the whole premise of humanity, causing her life to spiral. You can read more about this author and the award right here.
What an amazing accomplishment!
Last Thursday, our young readers who had participated in Forest of Reading® from December to April, came and voted on their favourite books. They had to read at least 8 books in most of the categories in order to be able to vote, so we feel confident they picked the best ones of the lot.
And the winners were:
Silver Birch Express™ —a three-way tie!
Silver Birch Fiction™—a two-way tie!
Silver Birch Non-Fiction™—another two-way tie!
All of the winners we picked were tabulated and sent off to Toronto to join in all of the libraries and schools who also participated. Once all of the votes are in, “official” winners will be announced, and the Canadian authors and illustrators who were chosen will win one of the coveted prizes. We can’t wait to see how we did! Check back here in May for all the details.
It’s Forest of Reading® Voting Night at the library, and we’re excited! We have the polling stations ready, pencils sharpened, and ballots ready to cast. Who knows what books we’ll be picking as the winners tonight?
If your young reader finished all of the required books in their category, they are eligible to come and vote starting at 6pm. If they did not finish enough books to vote, they can still come and enjoy the party from 6-7pm. At the end of the session, we’ll announce the winning books, and get our votes all sent off to Toronto for the final tabulations.
This is an exciting night, so if you’re at the library, expect to hear kids having fun talking about books!
It’s almost that time of year again—Oscar time! Yes, at the end of this month, the Academy Awards will be given to the most outstanding movies of the year. And if you haven’t seen all of the movies nominated for Best Picture, we’ve got them at the library! Sure, you might have to wait until after the winners are announced, but it can still be fun to get caught up and see if they picked the right one.
And the nominees for Best Picture are:
A lot of these movies were books first, so it will also be interesting to see which ones have a surge in popularity over the next few weeks. If you’ve read any of these, or seen the movies, do you have a favourite pick? Let us know! And cross your fingers on February 28th. We can’t wait to see who wins!
The Canada Reads contenders have been announced, and it looks like they’re gearing up for a great debate! This year, the theme is “starting over”, and all of the books feature transformation or second chances, something I think we can all relate to in some way.
All of the books will be defended during the Canada Reads debates, which will take place from March 21-24, 2016. Each book is defended by a famous Canadian who will strive to make “their” book feel the most relevant, in order to earn votes. As well this year, there will be a social media panelist who will read the books and lead the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
This year, the books–and the celebrities defending them–are:
Adam Copeland defending MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO by Michael Winter.
Bruce Poon Tip defends BIRDIE by Tracey Lindberg
Clara Hughes will be defending THE ILLEGAL by Lawrence Hill
Farah Mohamed will defend BONE & BREAD by Saleema Nawaz
And Vinay Virmani will defend THE HERO’S WALK by Anita Rau Badami.
You can find out more about Canada Reads, the authors, and the defenders at the Canada Reads website right here. It’s going to be an exciting event!