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!

Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Announced

gillerThe jury for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced, and it’s going to be another interesting year! The 2017 jury consists of Anita Rau Badami, Lyn Coady, Andre Alexis, Nathan Englander, and Richard Beard.

gillerjury2017The Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist will be announced in September, the short-list in October, and the winner will be announced in November. This is the largest literary prize that celebrates the best Canadian novel or short story collection of the year, and is worth $100,000.

Who do you think will be on the list?

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?