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Canada Reads 2018 contenders

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Feb 03, 2018 at 1:16pm

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

29th annual Manitoba Book Awards winners

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:49am

At an awards gala held in Winnipeg's historic Fort Garry Hotel this past Saturday, the winners of the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards were announced and celebrated.

The Awards, presented by the Manitoba Writers' Guild and made possible by sponsorships from government funding and many local businesses, honour books published in 2016 that were written by a Manitoba author, made by a Manitoba press, or with a focus on Manitoba content.

Congratulations to all of the winners! See a complete list of them after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Canadian Lit

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2017 Poetry Awards shortlists

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 1:05pm

Last week, the League of Canadian Poets announced the 2017 Poetry Awards shortlists for the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, the Raymond Souster Award, and the finalists for the 2017 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, each of which honours a specific form of Canadian poetry published last year.

Details on each award and their shortlists can be found after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Poetry, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit

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The Manitoba Book Awards 2017 shortlists

by Tyler Vitt - Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:35pm

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

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Canada Reads 2017 contenders

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 3:37pm

The five panelists — an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer, and a veteran — and the five final books for CBC's 2017 Canada Reads competition have been announced.

The contenders and their selected books are:

Between March 27 and 30, 2017, the contenders will debate and defend their chosen books live on CBC-TV, CBC Radio One, and online at CBCbooks.ca. The debates will be hosted by Ali Hassan from CBC's Laugh Out Loud.

Get all of the details, including biographies of each contender, on CBC's website.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit