The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction announced its list of five finalists this past week. This award recognizes the unique voices of nonfiction authors of many genres, including essays, history, biographies, memoirs, journalistic work, and social and political commentaries.
The list of 2016 finalists includes:
- Ian Brown for Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
- Deborah Campbell for A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
- Matti Friedman for Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier's Story
- Ross King for Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
- Sonja Larsen for Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary
The shortlist of six authors in line to win the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced on September 26. This prize, celebrating high-caliber Canadian fiction, rewards the winning author with a lump sum of $100,000 as well as national literary recognition.
This year's shortlist includes:
- Mona Awad - 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
- Gary Barwin - Yiddish for Pirates
- Emma Donoghue - The Wonder
- Catherine Leroux - The Party Wall (Translated from its original French by Lazer Lederhendler)
- Madeleine Thien - Do Not Say We Have Nothing
- Zoe Whittall - The Best Kind of People
These six selections will be narrowed down to one by a panel of five jurors, including esteemed Canadian author Lawrence Hill. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 7 at the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala. The event will air on CBC and will be streamed live at CBCbooks.ca at 9 pm (10 AT/10:30 NT).
You can read the juror's comments on the nominated titles here.
And for our Winnipeg readers and customers, don't forget to join us at the Giller Light Bash!
The list of finalists for the 2016 Rogers' Writers Trust Fiction Prize was released on September 21.
This $25,000 prize is awarded annually to a standout Canadian novel or short story, as chosen by a panel of three judges from the literary community. This is the twentieth anniversary of the prize, which was created in 1997 by The Writers Trust of Canada, a charitable organization that strives to celebrate top-notch Canadian writing, and sponsored by Rogers Communications.
The winner will be chosen from the following five authors:
- Michael Helm (Dundas, ON) for After James
- Anosh Irani (Vancouver, BC) for The Parcel
- Kerry Lee Powell (Moncton, NB) for William de Kooning's Paintbrush
- Yasuko Thanh (Victoria, BC) for Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountrains
- Katherena Vermette (Winnipeg, MB) for The Break
The Man Booker Prize 2016 Shortlist, released on September 13, is comprised of the following six titles:
- The Sellout - Paul Beatty (US)
- Hot Milk - Deborah Levy (UK)
- His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK)
- Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh (US)
- All That Man Is - David Szalay (Canada-UK)
- Do Not Say That We Have Nothing - Madeleine Thien (Canada)
This prize, created in 1969 with the purpose of bringing about the widest possible readership of literary fiction, rewards the winning author with a sum of £50,000 and a uniquely designed bound copy of their book. The winner will be selected from this shortlist and announced on October 25, 2016.
This year, two of the six shortlisted authors happen to hail from Canadian soil: David Szalay and Madeleine Thien.Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists
The longlist for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced this past week, comprising 12 Canadian writers all vying to win the $100,000 award. The list was selected by a panel of five judges, who will pare their selections down to a six-book shortlist to be announced on Monday Setpember 26th.
The 2016 Giller longlist is:
- Mona Awad for 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Canada)
- Gary Barwin for Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada)
- Andrew Battershill for Pillow (Coach House Books)
- David Bergen for Stranger (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
- Emma Donoghue for The Wonder (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
- Catherine Leroux for The Party Wall (Biblioasis, translated by Lazer Lederhendler)
- Kathy Page for The Two of Us (Biblioasis)
- Susan Perly for Death Valley (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers)
- Kerry Lee Powell for Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
- Steven Price for By Gaslight (McClelland & Stewart)
- Madeleine Thien for Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
- Zoe Whittall for The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi Press Inc.)
We had the pleasure of launching David Bergen's Stranger in front of a packed house on Tuesday September 6. Catherine Leroux will be reading from The Party Wall at Thin Air 2016: The Winnipeg International Writers Festival. You can also join us here at the store for an evening with Zoe Whittall on Saturday November 26.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Prairie Ink
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