Robert Harris is the author of twelve bestselling novels. He is a former journalist and BBC television reporter. Harris was a columnist for the Sunday Times, but gave it up in 1997. He returned to journalism in 2001, writing for the Daily Telegraph. He was named “Columnist of the Year” at the 2003 British Press Awards. Although he began his career in non-fiction, his fame rests upon his works of historical fiction. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer, which starred Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams. Harris later shared a César Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Harris lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby, herself a writer and sister of best-selling novelist Nick Hornby. Harris contributed a short story, “PMQ”, to Hornby’s 2000 collection Speaking with the Angel.
In Harris’s new novel, The Second Sleep, it’s the year 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote English village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts — coins, fragments of glass, human bones — which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes — about himself, his faith and the history of his world — is tested to destruction.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
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The winners of the 2019 Governor General's Literary Awards, Canada's oldest and most prestigious literary prizes, have been announced.
The other English-language winners include:
- Nonfiction: To the River by Don Gillmor
- Poetry: Holy Wild by Gwen Benaway
- Young people's literature (text): Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow
- Young people's literature (illustrated): Small in the City by Sydney Smith
- Translation: Birds of a Kind by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau
- Drama: Other Side of the Game by Amanda Parris
Along with the English-language winners are seven French-language winners. For more information on those books, and on the Award in general, visit GGbooks.ca.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Among the names on the shortlists are Michael Crummey, Amanda Parris, and Winnipeg authors Joan Thomas and Catherine Hunter. To see the complete selection of finalists, please visit GGbooks.ca.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Lynn Coady is a Canadian novelist, journalist and TV writer, originally from Nova Scotia and now living in Toronto. Coady's first book, Strange Heaven (1998), was nominated for a Governor General's Award. Her 2011 novel, The Antagonist, was shortlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize and her 2013 collection of short stories, Hellgoing, about characters going through their own personal versions of hell, won the Giller Prize that year. She has published six books of fiction.
Since 2014 Lynn has worked on such TV series as Orphan Black, Sensitive Skin, Michael: Every Day, Mary Kills People, The Disappearance and Burden of Truth.
After her mother’s sudden death, Karen finds herself back in her childhood home in Nova Scotia for the first time in a decade, acting as full-time caregiver to Kelli, her older sister in Watching You Without Me. Overwhelmed with grief and the daily needs of Kelli, who was born with a developmental disability, Karen begins to feel consumed by the isolation of her new role. On top of that, she’s weighed down with guilt over her years spent keeping Kelli and their independent-to-a-fault mother, Irene, at arm’s length. And so when Trevor — one of Kelli’s support workers — oversteps his role and offers friendly advice and a shoulder to cry on, Karen gratefully accepts his somewhat overbearing friendship. When she discovers how close Trevor was to Irene, she comes to trust him all the more. But as Trevor slowly insinuates himself into Karen and Kelli’s lives, Karen starts to grasp the true aspect of his relationship with her mother — and to experience for herself the suffocating nature of Trevor’s “care.”Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Author of the Month
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