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Tune in to City TV's Book Club.

by D - Saturday, Feb 05, 2011 at 11:38pm

Tune in to City TV's Jenna Khan and McNally Robinson Bookseller's Krista Strang this Monday, February 7 at 7:25 am on Breakfast Television for the announcement of February's title in the BTV Book Club.

Canadian Speculative Poetry Getting Its Due

by Chadwick Ginther - Thursday, Feb 03, 2011 at 10:47am

I've never thought too hard about science fiction and fantasy poetry. I knew it existed. I knew that Robert J. Sawyer's wife Carolyn Clink was one of the form's noted practitioners. But like many fantasy readers, I've been guilty of skipping the poems or the songs that inevitably find their way into fantasy epics.

So why am I talking about it now?

In October 2010, I attended the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio. At one of the many parties, this one hosted by Canadian publisher ChiZine, a poetry reading broke out amidst the launch of Paul Tremblay's In the Mean Time and Robert Boyczuk's Nexus: Ascension.

Sandra Kasturi, ChiZine co-publisher declared we would listen to a poem because "she'd bought the beer". She read a poem from her first collection The Animal Bridegroom called "Frankenstein's Monster's Wife's Therapist."

Amazing.

Now, lo and behold, one of Canada's two major SF&F awards, the Prix Auroras, have added a poetry category. Both Clink and Kasturi published numerous poems in 2010, also notable is Helen Marshall's "Waiting for the Harrowing". Even the "Dean of Canadian Science Fiction", Robert J. Sawyer has an eligible work; his prose poem, "The Transformed Man".

No longer a category I'll be ignoring.

A list of 2010 publications

Nominate for the Auroras

Categories: Awards, Poetry, SciFi & Fantasy, Horror

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What Will Stephen Harper Read?

by Chadwick Ginther - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 10:15am

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Yann Martel, the Booker Prize winning Saskatoon resident began his letter campaign of sending books promoting "stillness" to our Prime Minister in 2007, Recently Martel sent his one hundredth, and final book to Prime Minister Harper: Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, translated from the French by Linda Gaboriau.

And it so happens that this is the hundredth letter I've written to you. One hundred. One, zero, zero. The same as 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1. That's a lot of letters and books. And come to think of it, it's the same number of chapters as in my novel Life of Pi. One hundred is a nice round number and a good number to end on. (The number of times you personally have written back to me is also a nice round number, by the way: 0. That's zero, naught, nada, zilch.)

It's true, too, that I'm tired of using books as political bullets and grenades. Books are too precious and wonderful to be used for long in such a fashion.

Martel's efforts are documented on the website What is Stephen Harper Reading.

2011 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

by Chadwick Ginther - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 2:08pm

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the shortlists for the 2011 Edgar Awards. Prizes are awarded for Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Fact Crime,Best Critical Biographical,Best Short Story, Best Juvenile,Young Adult, Play, and Television Episode.

In the Best Novel Category:

A list of nominees in all categories can be found here.

Categories: Awards, Mystery & Crime

The American National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

by D - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 10:15am

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The, American, National Book Critics Circle Award is an annual award given by the National Book Critics Circle to promote the best books published in America in a given year. Here are the finalists for 2010. The winners will be announced March 10, 2010.
Fiction
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad.
Jonathan Franzen. Freedom.
David Grossman, To The End Of The Land. Translated by Jessica Cohen.
Hans Keilson.Comedy In A Minor Key. Translated by Damion Searls.

Nonfiction
Barbara Demick. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.
S.C. Gwynne. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American.
Jennifer Homans. Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet.
Siddhartha Mukherjee. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

Poetry
Anne Carson. Nox.
Kathleen Graber. The Eternal City.
Terrance Hayes. Lighthead.
Kay Ryan. The Best of It.
C.D. Wright. One with Others: [a little book of her days].

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