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Anna Porter has won the 2011 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing

by D - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 2:25pm

Author and book publisher Anna Porter has won the 2011 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing for her book The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys Through Central Europe's Troubled Past and Uncertain Future. Anna Porter, founded Key Porter Books in 1982, in 1991, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for bring international attention to Canadian books. The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing carries a $25,000 purse.

The other finalists are,
Tim Cook, for The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie.
Shelagh D. Grant, for Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America.
Lawrence Martin, for Harperland: The Politics of Control.
Doug Saunders, for Arrival City: The Final Migration and our Next World.

Categories: Awards

Patti Grayson -- Night Table Recommendations

by Rachel Bergen - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 at 11:05am

I fall in love with most books I am reading. I am steadfastly fickle in this matter. Whittling out recommendations from my night table stacks is a daunting task, so I have chosen a few special books that have contributed to my journey as a writer. These works not only delighted me as a reader, but also informed my own endeavours - made me ask the questions: How did the author craft this offering? How did they evoke emotion? Conjure humanity? How did they convince me of the authenticity of their created worlds? (With apologies to those omitted, including Shakespeare and Atwood).

Categories: Reviews, Discussions, Authors, Night Table Recommendations


2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize Shortlist

by D - Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011 at 9:45am

The regional shortlists for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize have been announced, and Canadian books have swept this year's nominations for best book and best first book for the Canadian and Caribbean region.

The nominees for best book from Canada and the Caribbean are:

The Sky Is Falling by Caroline Adderson
Room by Emma Donahue
The Master of Happy Endings by Jack Hodgins
In The Fabled East by Adam Lewis Schroeder
The Death of Donna Whalen by Michael Winter
Mr. Shakespeare's Bastard by Richard B. Wright

The nominees for best first book from Canada and the Caribbean are:

Bird Eat Bird by Katrina Best
Doing Dangerously Well by Carole Enahoro
Mennonites Don't Dance by Darcie Friesen Hossack
Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod
This Cake is for the Party by Sarah Selecky
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

The winners of the regional categories, who will go on to compete against writers from across the Commonwealth, will be announced on March 3.

Categories: Awards

Charles Foran Wins the Charles Taylor Prize

by D - Monday, Feb 14, 2011 at 2:20pm

Charles Foran was awarded this year's $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction for his biography Mordecai: The Life and Times at a lunchtime ceremony in Toronto today. He beat out Stevie Cameron for On the Farm, Ross King for Defiant Spirits, George Sipos for The Geography of Arrival, and Merrily Weisbord for The Love Queen of Malabar. Each of the runner-up authors will take home $2,000.

Categories: Awards

Brian Jacques 1939 - 2011

by Lynn Popham - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2011 at 4:55pm

British author Brian Jacques, renowned for his bestselling Redwall children's fantasy series, has died suddenly at age 71. The creator of the 21 story series, which sold an estimated 20 million copies, passed away on February 5.

Categories: Authors


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