Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists, Literature
The Canada Council for the Arts recognizes its country's rich literary landscape with the annual Governor General's Literary Awards (GGs). The awards cover a generous number of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, youth literature, youth illustrated literature, and works in translation.
The winners in each category will be announced on October 25, 2016. Each individual winner will receive a $25,000 prize, and each runner-up will be awarded $1,000. The publishers that put forth the works will also be given $3,000 for promotional purposes.
The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction announced its list of five finalists this past week. This award recognizes the unique voices of nonfiction authors of many genres, including essays, history, biographies, memoirs, journalistic work, and social and political commentaries.
The list of 2016 finalists includes:
- Ian Brown for Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
- Deborah Campbell for A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
- Matti Friedman for Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier's Story
- Ross King for Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
- Sonja Larsen for Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary
The list of finalists for the 2016 Rogers' Writers Trust Fiction Prize was released on September 21.
This $25,000 prize is awarded annually to a standout Canadian novel or short story, as chosen by a panel of three judges from the literary community. This is the twentieth anniversary of the prize, which was created in 1997 by The Writers Trust of Canada, a charitable organization that strives to celebrate top-notch Canadian writing, and sponsored by Rogers Communications.
The winner will be chosen from the following five authors:
- Michael Helm (Dundas, ON) for After James
- Anosh Irani (Vancouver, BC) for The Parcel
- Kerry Lee Powell (Moncton, NB) for William de Kooning's Paintbrush
- Yasuko Thanh (Victoria, BC) for Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountrains
- Katherena Vermette (Winnipeg, MB) for The Break
The Man Booker Prize 2016 Shortlist, released on September 13, is comprised of the following six titles:
- The Sellout - Paul Beatty (US)
- Hot Milk - Deborah Levy (UK)
- His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK)
- Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh (US)
- All That Man Is - David Szalay (Canada-UK)
- Do Not Say That We Have Nothing - Madeleine Thien (Canada)
This prize, created in 1969 with the purpose of bringing about the widest possible readership of literary fiction, rewards the winning author with a sum of £50,000 and a uniquely designed bound copy of their book. The winner will be selected from this shortlist and announced on October 25, 2016.
This year, two of the six shortlisted authors happen to hail from Canadian soil: David Szalay and Madeleine Thien.Categories: Awards, Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book Lists
Here you are, beach bums. Shelf Awareness has compiled a list of lists of the best summer books for 2014.
> From Flavorwire: "Summer Reading: 20 New Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter"
> From The Boston Globe: "Summer reading suggestions"
> From BuzzFeed: "22 Books You Need To Read This Summer"
> From Guest of a Guest: "Summer Reading List: 8 Hamptons-Based Books For The Beach"
> From New Republic: "The 2014 Summer Reading Guide"
Know of any other summer or beach reading lists? Have any suggestions of your own? Just leave them in the comments below!
Kudos to Shelf Awareness for the lists!
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