After a week of fantastic debates, this year's Canada Reads winner has been decided!
Amanda Brugel successfully championed Samra Habib's We Have Always Been Here to be crowned the "the book to bring Canada into focus".
We Have Always Been Here is an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality as it chronicles Habib's own life: her childhood in Pakistan, her religious persecution, her arrival as a refugee to Canada, and her coming out as a proud queer Muslim woman.
Congratulations to Brugel for her success in the debates and to Habib for writing such a phenomenal book!
To find out more about the 2020 Canada Reads, visit CBC's website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit
The winners of the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards have been announced!
These eleven separate awards recognize excellence in Manitoba writing, book design, publishing, and stories, honoured authors and books published in the last year.
Of particular note are This Place: 150 Years Retold published by HighWater Press, which won both the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year, and The Promise Basket by Bill Richardson, which won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People, Younger Category award.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions an awards gala is impossible this year, so instead the Manitoba Book Awards is celebrating the winners via social media. To join in, visit their Facebook Page and congratulate your favourite winners!
The full list of 2020 winners can be found after the jump...Categories: Awards, Winnipeg, Prairie Writing, Canadian Lit
The contenders for this year's Canada Reads competition have been selected!
Hosted annually by the CBC, Canada Reads is a series of debates to determine which is the one book Canadians should read right now, based on current events. This year, the competition seeks to find the "one book to bring Canada into focus."
In no particular order, the 2020 finalists and their defenders include:
- Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Alayna Fender
- Radicalized by Cory Doctorow, defended by Akil Augustine
- We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib, defended by Amanda Brugel
- Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, defended by Kaniehtiio Horn
- From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle, defended by George Canyon
The debates will take place March 16 to 19, and you can watch or listen by TV, radio, or streaming. For more information on the competition, visit the Canada Reads website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit
The finalists for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize have been announced:
- David Bezmozgis for Immigrant City
- Megan Gail Coles for Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club
- Michael Crummey for The Innocents
- Alix Ohlin for Dual Citizens
- Steven Price for Lampedusa
- Ian Williams for Reproduction
The winner will be announced on November 18, 2019. If you're in Winnipeg, we hope you can join us in celebrating the winner at our annual Giller Light Bash. For more information on that event and to purchase your tickets online, please see this page.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit
Ziya Tong, who championed Max Eisen's Holocaust memoir By Chance Alone, is the winner of Canada Reads 2019.
Published in 2016, By Chance Alone recounts Eisen's own traumatic memories of his family's imprisonment in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War.
Tong, a science journalist and herself an author, passionately defended By Chance Alone during four days of vigorous literary debates, proving to us all why the memoir is "the one book that will move all Canadians". She was ultimately decided as winner by the panellists during the final debate on March 28, 2019, thus beating out runner-up Chuck Comeau who was defending Homes, the memoir of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah written with Winnie Yeung.
The other three books that were part of Canada Reads 2019 included David Chariandy's Brother, defended by Lisa Ray; by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Suzanne, defended by Yanic Truesdale; and Lindsay Wong's The Woo Woo, defended by Joe Zee. The debates were hosted by Ali Hassan.
To read more about Canada Reads, and to stream the debates online, visit CBC's website.Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit
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