Now that we're seeing some sun and warmer temperatures, I aim to do my reading outdoors; here's four recommendations for the park, lake, beach (or night table, on those rainy evenings):
Slammerkin, by Emma Donoghue (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd).
Donoghue has most recently received wide attention for her novel Room, but her 2000 novel Slammerkin (the word is eighteenth-century vernacular, a noun that refers to both a loose gown, and a loose woman) is also definitely worth putting on your reading list. Donoghue, who holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature, employs her expertise in this era to create a vivid, breathing account of late 1740's London, and the often-vicious circumstances faced by young women who lacked fortune, titles, or family. Our heroine, Mary, whose poor family casts her out once they deem her "unvirtuous," survives and adapts to the violent, dehumanizing world of mid-century London; the brutalities of Mary's life are simultaneously mitigated and exacerbated by her attraction to luxurious clothing, fabrics, accessories, and the liberty and status that these beautiful things symbolize.
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The Tiger's Wife. At 25, Obreht is the youngest-ever author to take the Prize.has won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel
The Orange Prize for Fiction was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction written by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible. The Orange Prize is awarded to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.Categories: Awards
The Friends of Meager Fortune, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada and the Caribbean). His new novel, Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, tells an intricate story about the miscarriage of justice in the case of one man's death in a New Brunswick shipping yard in 1985. Searing and tension-filled, this is a foreboding tale about truth, lies and justice.work has been nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his 2006 novel, Categories: Reviews
signing The Listener, Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 pm.
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launching The Thirteen, Thursday, June 9, 8:00 pm.
, Free Live Music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Friday June 10, 8:00 pm.
, Free Live Music in Prairie Ink Restaurant + Bakery, Saturday June 11, 8:00 pm.
launching Fool's Republic, Sunday June 12, 2:00 pm.
I , Join for an afternoon presentation with assistance from cellists and . Sunday, June 12, 2:30 pm.
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