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Giller Prize 2015 winner: André Alexis

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 at 12:21pm

The winner of this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize is André Alexis, who won for his book Fifteen Dogs.

The Giller Prize strives to highlight and honour the best in Canadian fiction each year, awarding the winner $100,000 and each finalist $10,000. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994.

This news comes just after Alexis' win of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize last week, which was awarded for the same book. So it seems safe to say that Fifteen Dogs is well worth the read.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize: The Winner Is...

by Brock Peters - Thursday, Nov 05, 2015 at 9:37am

The third time was the charm for André Alexis. On Tuesday he was awarded the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for his novel Fifteen Dogs, having been shortlisted in 1998 and 2014 for Childhood and Pastoral.

In Fifteen Dogs, a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leaves a group of dogs struggling with the ramifications of having been granted human consciousness. The jury declared it "an original and vital work written by a master craftsman: philosophy given a perfect form." Fifteen Dogs has also been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the winner of which will be announced next week.

The Writers' Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that supports Canadian writers through a variety of prizes, grants, and other programming. The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, worth $25,000, is awarded to a Canadian writer of fiction for a novel or story collection published in the past year. You can take a look at the shortlist here.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Books of the Season 2015 is now online

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 9:54am

The 2015 edition of our annual holiday catalogue, Books of the Season, is now online. Browse it here.

You can also subscribe to the Books of the Season and The Bookseller email list.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter, Books of the Season

November's Author of the Month: Kate Morton

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 9:10am

Kate Morton has sold over 10 million copies of her books in 26 languages, across 38 countries. The House at Riverton (2008), The Forgotten Garden (2009), The Distant Hours (2010), and The Secret Keeper (2012) have all been number one bestsellers around the world.

In her latest novel, The Lake House, the Edevane family discover that their youngest child has disappeared after a party at their Cornwall estate, and is never seen again. Decades later, a young detective, Sadie Sparrow, stumbles upon a crumbling estate, clearly abandoned, while visiting her grandfather in Cornwall. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that reveal shocking truths about a past that remains more present than ever.

Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month

2015 Governor General's Literary Awards

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 at 3:27pm

The winners of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards were announced today. Each winner of the seven English-language categories was selected from a shortlist of five titles. In the fiction category, Guy Vanderhaeghe picked up his third GG for Daddy Lenin and Other Stories, joining Hugh MacLennan, Alice Munro, and Michael Ondaatje as the only authors to attain such a literary hat-trick. The other winners are:

  • Children's Literature (Illustrated Books)Sidewalk Flowers by JoArno Lawson and Sydney Smith

Vanderhaeghe photo by Matt Smith

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