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Giller Prize 2020 shortlist

Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020 at 3:31pm

The shortlist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced. The entire list is comprised of great Canadian books but we are especially thrilled to see a Winnipeg finalist make the cut: David Bergen for his newest collection of stories, Here The Dark.

Congratulations, David, and to all of the others who made the list!

The 2020 finalists include:

  • Gil Adamson, for her novel Ridgerunner (Anansi Press)
  • David Bergen, for his short story collection Here The Dark (Biblioasis)
  • Shani Mootoo, for her novel Polar Vortex (Book*hug Press)
  • Emily St. John Mandel, for her novel The Glass Hotel (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
  • Souvankham Thammavongsa, for her short story collection How To Pronounce Knife (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada)

The winner will be announced on November 9, 2020, and you can celebrate with this year's virtual Giller Light Bash, with all proceeds going to Frontier College. For details on the Giller Light Bash, please see this website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Canadian Lit

Maggie O'Farrell wins 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction

Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 at 3:45pm

The winner of this year's Women's Prize for Fiction is Maggie O'Farrell, who won for her novel Hamnet and Judith!

Founded in 1996, The Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as The Orange Prize and The Baileys Women's Prize) is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating fiction written by women. It comes with a £30,000 prize.

Hamnet and Judith, originally published in the UK under the title Hamnet, follows a family torn apart by the bubonic plague in 1596 England. The story is inspired by the life and death of William Shakespeare's only son.

Congratulations, Maggie O'Farrell! Find out more about the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction here.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

The 2020 Booker Prize longlist

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020 at 1:05pm

The longlist for this year's Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced!

The list of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges from a total of 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020. The Prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Look after the jump to see the longlist...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

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Canada Reads 2020 winner

Friday, Jul 24, 2020 at 6:44pm

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

Saskatchewan Book Awards 2020 winners

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 4:49pm

The winners of the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards have been announced! These awards highlight the best recent literature from Saskatchewan authors and publishers, honouring books in a variety of categories.

Congratulations to all of the winners! The complete list can be found after the jump...

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon

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