The five finalists for this year's Canada Reads challenge have been decided.
Canada Reads, an annual competition run and broadcast by the CBC, pits books against each other to determine which book is the one all Canadians should read. Each of the contending books is championed by a media personality, who defends its merits through the rounds while panellists vote out titles one by one until the last remains.
The 2018 contenders and their champions are:
- The Boat People by Sharon Bala, defended by singer Mozhdah Jamalzadah
- American War by Omar El Akkad, defended by actor Tahmoh Penikett
- Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson, defended by severe weather expert Greg Johnson
- Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto, defended by stylist and editor Jeanne Beker
- The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, defended by singer Jully Black
The debates take place March 26 - 29, 2018. You can listen to them live on CBC Radio One, or stream them online through CBC's website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit
Michael Redhill has won this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, Bellevue Square, a darkly comic tale about a woman who fears for her sanity and her life when she learns that her doppelganger has appeared in a local park — Toronto's Bellevue Square.
The Giller Prize is Canada's richest literary award, with $100,000 given to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists, and is awarded annually to the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The award was founded by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who named the prize in honour of his wife, the late literary journalist Doris Giller.
The other shortlisted authors for the 2017 prize were Rachel Cusk for her novel Transit; Ed O'Loughlin for his novel Minds of Winter; Eden Robinson for her novel Son of a Trickster; and Michelle Winters for her novel I am a Truck.
So congratulations, Mr. Redhill! For more details about the 2017 Giller Prize, visit their website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature
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
The finalists for the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards — which honours books by Manitoba authors, about Manitoba, and/or published within Manitoba in 2016 — have been unveiled.
The Awards, an annual project of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild produced with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers and various Manitoban sponsors, celebrate literary excellence, originality and diverse talent, and provide over $30,000 in prizes to Manitoba writers each year. Past winners include Carol Shields, Miriam Toews, David Bergen, and Wab Kinew.
This year's winners will be announced and celebrated at a gala dinner on Saturday, April 22nd, at The Fort Garry Hotel. All are welcome to attend, and tickets can be purchased online or by phone. Visit this page for more details.
The 2016/2017 shortlists can be found after the jump...Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit
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
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