To coincide with International Women's Day, the longlist for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) was announced yesterday. The award honours the best novel published in English in the past year by a female author, and comes with a £30,000 ($49,000) prize.
Of the 16 authors on the list, we're thrilled to see that three are Canadians: Margaret Atwood, Madeleine Thien, and Heather O'Neill.
The complete longlist can be found after the jump...Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature
The shortlist for the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards has been announced. This is the 24th anniversary of the awards, which strive to promote the work of the province's talented writers and publishers. It is the only Saskatchewan-focused awards ceremony of its kind, providing invaluable support and publicity for the literary community.
The offical awards ceremony will take place on April 29 at the Conexus Arts Center in Regina. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please click on this link.
This year's shortlist is comprised of the following works:Categories: Awards, Site News, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists, Prairie Writing, Regional Interest
Madeleine Thien has won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Do Not Say We Have Nothing, a novel set in China before, during, and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
The Giller Prize is considered Canada's most prestigious literary award, and comes with a $100,000 cash prize.
This comes after Thien's win of the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction earlier this autumn, as well as a finalist nomination for the Man Booker Prize.
A highly regarded book, indeed! Congratulations to Ms. Thien for all of the honours.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
The 2016 Governor General's Awards released its list of winners on October 25. Each individual author will take home a prize of $25,000, as well as invaluable literary exposure on both a national and international scale.
The winners in each category are as follows:
- Fiction: Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing
- Poetry: Steven Heighton, The Waking Comes Late
- Dramatic Work: Colleen Murphy, Pig Girl
- Non-Fiction: Bill Waiser, A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905
- Youth Literature: Martine Leavitt, Calvin
- Illustrated Youth Literature: Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka, Tokyo Digs a Garden
- Translated Work: Catherine Leroux, The Party Wall (Translated by Lazer Lederhendler)
For the official list of 2016 winners and finalists, click here.Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Book Lists, Literature
After much deliberation, Paul Beatty has been chosen as the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sellout. The £50,000 ($87,000 CAN) prize is awarded annually to the best novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom. Previously restricted to authors hailing from the UK and the Commonwealth, the prize opened its doors to all English-language authors in 2014. This is the first time that the prize has been given to an American writer.
The Sellout is a darkly comical novel about race relations in America. It follows the story of the young narrator, Bonbon, who stirs up controversy in his Californian town by setting out to reintroduce slavery and segregation to his high school. The book, which has been described as a "blistering satire" by the New York Times, uses Beatty's unique flavour of humour to take an unflinchingly honest look at racial prejudices and stereotypes.
54-year-old Beatty is the author of three other novels: Slumberland, Tuff, and The Whiteboy Shuffle. He has also published two books of poetry, and is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. He currently lives in New York City.Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News, Literature
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