Best Books of 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again….the best books of the year are being announced—and debated.

According to Publishers Weekly, the best piece of fiction this year was Hari Kunzru’s WHITE TEARS. But Indigo books though Angie Thomas’ YA book, THE HATE YOU GIVE, was more deserving of praise. I guess it depends on the type of books you read, and how extensive your reading list was this year.

Here are the listings for the Publishers Weekly winners, followed by the Indigo picks:

PW
White Tears
, Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
Ill Will, Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
In the Distance, Hernán Díaz (Coffee House)
Grief Cottage, Gail Godwin (Bloomsbury)
Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India, Sujatha Gidla (FSG)
The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost, Peter Manseau (HMH)
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein (Liveright)
Extreme Cities: The Perils and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change, Ashley Dawson (Verso)
Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, Kim Phillips-Fein (Metropolitan)

Indigo
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (Balzer & Bray)
The Sun & Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMeel)
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman (Atria)
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, by Heather O’Neill (Riverhead)
Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime, by Ben Blum (Doubleday)
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Knopf)
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of The Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel (Knopf)
Hunger, by Roxane Gay (Harper)
The Child Finder, by Rene Denfeld (Harper)
Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman (Norton)

Are these the best books of the year? What do YOU think? Let us know in the comments!

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Man Booker Short List Announced

One of the most important literary awards celebrating the English language, the Man Booker Prize, has just announced their short list for 2017. The list consists of six titles, from authors all over the world, and surprisingly, doesn’t include many of the other big award winners of 2017.

The nominees include:

4 3 2 1,  Paul Auster, January 31, 2017, Macmillan/Henry Holt and Co.; Trade pbk, Picador, February 6, 2018 — U.S.

 

History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund, January 3, 2017, Atlantic Monthly Press; Trade pbk, Grove Press, November 7, 2017 — U.S, debut authorTr

 

Exit West, Mohsin Hamid, Riverhead Books, March 7, 2017; Trade pbk, March 6, 2018 — UK/Pakistan

 

Elmet, Fiona Mozley, No US publisher announced yet. UK publisher is Hodder & Stoughton — UK. A first novel, this one is considered a wild card.

 

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders, February 14, 2017, Random House; Random House Trade Paperback, February 6, 2018 — US

 

Autumn, Ali Smith, February 7, 2017, PRH/Pantheon; Trade pbk, PRH/Anchor, October 31, 2017 — Scotland

Who will win? The award will be announced on October 17, 2017.

The Commuter Pig Keeper

THE COMMUTER PIG KEEPER: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO KEEPING PIGS WHEN TIME IS YOUR MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY by Michaela Giles, has won an illustrious award—The Bookseller’s Diagram prize for the worst book title this year.

Author Giles was really excited about the prize, which came right after one of her prize pigs was crowned supreme champion in a rare breeds show. While there is no monetary prize, the person who nominates the book wins wine. This sounds like a perfectly acceptable way to get people to participate!

The cover of this book is really cute, and I don’t even really mind the title (which won over a book called LOVE YOUR LADY LANDSCAPE). But this brings up the question, what is the weirdest book title you’ve ever seen? And did you read it?

 

Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist

If you love books, you’ve probably heard of the Man Booker Prize. It aims to award the best book of the year published in English in the United Kingdom, and awards the author with 50,000 pounds as the prize. But more importantly, it is a wonderful way to promote amazing books and writing. It’s always very exciting to wait for the short list, but the long list was just announced.

Here is the full list of authors and their books:

The 2017 longlist:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)

How many of these have you read?

It’s a Mystery!

It was supposed to be a typical awards ceremony for the Mystery Writers of America. Incoming president and author Jeffery Deaver gave an entertaining speech, and began the presentation of Edgar awards for this years best mysteries, when he suddenly passed out in the middle of an announcement. EMS arrived, and Deaver was able to walk out of the ceremony on his own (he was later cleared of all health issues), it certainly made for a dramatic pause.

But the show must go on, and several books were awarded the prestigious Edgar, including BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley, for best novel overall.

For best first novel, Flynn Berry won for UNDER THE HARROW.

And the winner in the Best Fact Crime this year was THE WICKED BOY by Kate Summerscale.

If you’re a mystery fan, did you read any of these great titles? If you did, would you have picked them as winners?

Our Forest of Reading® Picks!

Last week, our young readers gathered to vote on their favourite books in Forest of Reading®. They’ve been reading books in their categories since December, and the time finally arrived to choose the winners.

We had students reading in Blue Spruce™, Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™ & Non-Fiction™, and Red Maple. It was an exciting night!

And the winners were:

In the Blue Spruce category for Kindergarten to Grade 2:

THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK by Kyo Maclear, and HARRY AND WALTER by Kathy Stinson.

In the Silver Birch Express category for Grades 3 & 4, it was a tie:

MYLES AND THE MONSTER OUTSIDE by Philippa Dowding, and THE ENCHANTED EGG by Callie George.

In the Silver Birch Fiction category, for Grades 5 & 6: THE NEST by Kenneth Oppel (see photo above).

And in the Silver Birch Non-Fiction category for Grades 5 & 6:

HALF-TRUTHS AND BRAZEN LIES: AN HONEST LOOK AT LYING by Kira Vermond.

And last but not least, our Red Maple Fiction winner for Grades 7 & 8 was another tie:

MINRS by Kevin Sylvester, and TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE by Stephanie Tromly.

Congratulations to all of the wonderful Canadian authors and illustrators who were nominated. Now, our votes will be added to those from across Ontario, and the “official” winners will be announced in Toronto in mid-May.

We can’t wait until next year!

Beckwith Photo Contest Celebrating Canada 150

Beckwith Township Photo ContestOur local communities are celebrating Canada 150 in so many great ways! Beckwith Township is running a fun photo contest right now for all ages. Submit a photo in one of these categories for consideration:

  • Built Heritage
  • Natural Heritage
  • Historical Photos

I’m sure you could interpret these in so many different ways. Drop off the hard copy to the Beckwith Township Office, or email your digital photo to be entered. Good luck!