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 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
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 finalists for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey's Women's Prize, have been announced.
The Women's Prize is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best novel written in English in the past year. 2020 marks its 25th anniversary.
The 2020 shortlist includes:
- Dominicana by Angie Cruz
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes*
- The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
- Hamnet & Judith by Maggie O’ Farrell
- Weather by Jenny Offill
The winner will be announced on September 9, 2020.
(*As of posting this article, A Thousand Ships is not yet released in North America, though a NA edition is scheduled to be released in January 2021. Contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to pre-order.)Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
The finalists for the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards have been announced!
These awards celebrate books written and published by Manitoban authors in the past year.
The COVID-19 pandemic of course means we will have to forego the usual gala celebration, but the winners will still be announced and celebrated online on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Look after the jump for all of this year's finalists...Categories: Awards, Winnipeg
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