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The Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 5:03pm

The nominees for this year's Man Booker Fiction Prize have been announced.

The Man Booker is one of the world's largest literary prizes, honouring the best original novel written in English and published in the UK. The winner receives £50,000.

The 2017 longlist does not, unfortunately, include any Canadian authors, however it nonetheless boasts impressive literary talent from across the world.

The longlist can be found after the jump...

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Lambda Literary Award winners for 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 5:34pm

The winners of this year's Lambda Literary Awards have been announced.

The "Lammys" identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year, and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world. They are awarded annually, and 2017 marks their 29th year.

Congratulations to all of the winners! You can find a complete list of them after the jump.

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David Grossman wins the 2017 Man Booker International Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:30pm

Israeli author David Grossman and translator Jessica Cohen have been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for Grossman's darkly comic novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, which tells the life story of a standup comedian as revealed through the course of one night's performance.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually to a work of fiction translated into English, and its £50,000 prize (approximately $84k Canadian) is shared between author and translator.

So congratulations to Mr. Grossman and Ms. Cohen!

Learn more about the 2017 Man Booker International Prize on the award's website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature

Griffin Poetry Prize winners for 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 at 5:35pm

The winners of this year's Griffin Poetry Prize – "the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English" – were announced last week.

The Canadian winner was Jordan Abel for his collection, Injun, and the International prize went to Alice Oswald for her book, Falling Awake. Each of them took home a prize of C$65,000.

Congratulations, Mr. Abel and Ms. Oswald!

To learn more about the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize, please visit the Prize's website.

Categories: Awards, Poetry, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Naomi Alderman wins the 2017 Baileys Prize

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 4:37pm

British author Naomi Alderman has won the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Power.

The Power is described as dystopian and feminist science fiction. It is a speculative tale that begins in a world that is very much like our own... until a vital new force takes root. Teenage girls develop immense power: the ability to cause pain and even death with as little as a touch — which causes a dramatic reset of society. It is an ambitious and thrilling story, touching on many major concerns of our time: censorship, religion, and of course gender politics.

This is the first time the prize has been awarded for a science fiction title, and the second time Alderman has won the women's prize  the first instance was in 2006, when the award was known as the Orange Prize, for her debut novel, Disobedience.

Congratulations, Ms. Alderman! You can read more about her win and the prize on the Baileys Women's Prize website.

Please note: The Power is, unfortunately, currently only available in the UK. A North American edition is scheduled for a Fall 2017 release. Please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to arrange for a no-charge pre-order.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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