And now, the shortlist for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced! At an event hosted by Rick Mercer, judges announced five finalists who were selected from a longlist of 12 books. The 2015 finalists are:
- André Alexis for Fifteen Dogs (Coach House)
- Samuel Archibald for Arvida (Biblioasis)
- Rachel Cusk for Outline (Harper Perennial)
- Heather O'Neill for Daydreams of Angels (HarperCollins)
- Anakana Schofield for Martin John (Biblioasis)
The award, recognizing a work of Canadian fiction published in English, is worth $100,000. The winner will be announced on November 10.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Nino Ricci’s novels have been published to critical acclaim around the world. They include the Lives of the SaintsTrilogy, adapted as a miniseries starring Kris Kristofferson and Sophia Loren, and Testament, a fictional re-imagining of the life of Jesus. His 2008 novel, The Origin of Species, earned him the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award and his second Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In 2006 Ricci was the winner of the Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement and in 2011 he was appointed to the Order of Canada.
His new novel, Sleep, is the story of one man’s descent into sleeplessness. David Pace has it all: a successful career, a wonderful family, a lovely home. But his brain has begun to misfire. It shuts off when he is meant to be awake, but otherwise denies him any rest. Popping pills at an increasingly alarming rate, David’s sense of what is real and what he is capable of slip terrifyingly out of reach until he finds himself with a loaded gun in his hands, and is suddenly gloriously and powerfully awake. (Hardcover. $30.00. Doubleday. September)Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Ted Barris' Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited tells the history of Canadian steamboats, captained by seafaring skippers who'd moved inland and piloted by indigenous peoples who knew the intricacies and dangers of the waterways. These boats, named "fire canoes" by aboriginal people, helped to form the Canadian West, and Barris brings the tales of them alive in this new book.
We will have the pleasure of hosting Barris for a book launch in both our Saskatoon and Winnipeg stores. The Winnipeg launch will take place on October 13th, 2015, followed by the Saskatoon launch the next day.
After the jump you will find two excerpts from Fire Canoe, the first featuring a Winnipeg angle and the second with a touch of Saskatoon.Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Event News, New Releases, History
The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced the five finalists for the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The jury, consisting of Aislinn Hunter, Shani Mootoo, and Richard Wagamese, made their selections from a pool of 127 entrants. The finalists are:
- André Alexis for Fifteen Dogs
- Elizabeth Hay for His Whole Life
- Pamela Mordecai for Red Jacket
- Russell Smith for Confidence
- John Vaillant for The Jaguar's Children
The winner of the $25,000 prize will be announced on November 3.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
The shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced yesterday, for just the second year that the award has been open to writers of any nationality writing in English. It includes debut novelist Chigozie Obioma, Marlon James, who is the first ever shortlisted author from Jamaica, and Anne Tyler, Pulitzer-winner and author of twenty novels. The full shortlist is:
- Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings
- Tom McCarthy for Satin Island
- Chigozie Obioma for The Fishermen
- Sunjeev Sahota for The Year of the Runaways
- Anne Tyler for A Spool of Blue Thread
- Hanya Yanagihara for A Little Life
The winner will be announced at a black-tie dinner in London on Tuesday, October 13.
Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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