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:

016 Man Booker Shortlist

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!

books-100-banner-revMake it your goal to expand your list this summer!

Books, Translated

vegetarianWhile 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!


Our Winners!

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:

Blue Spruce™

Cardinal-and-the-Crow-WebSilver Birch Express™ —a three-way tie!

express.jpgSilver Birch Fiction™—a two-way tie!

fictionSilver Birch Non-Fiction™—another two-way tie!

nonficAll 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.

We’re Voting!

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?

20160414_112710If 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!