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
Convinced from childhood that she wanted to write fiction, Ann Patchett studied creative writing first at Sarah Lawrence college in New York and then at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She hit her stride with her fourth novel, Bel Canto, a stylish kidnapping fantasy set in an unnamed South American capital. It became a bestseller and went on to win Britain's Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Prize. Since then her work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
Her seventh novel, Commonwealth, tells the story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes the lives of two families. One Sunday afternoon, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
An abundance of new fiction from some of Canada's greatest authors, books reflecting on what it means to be Canadian, fresh seasonal specials at Prairie Ink, and more in the autumn 2016 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller.
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