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2018 Pulitzer Prize winners

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 at 11:42am

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. The Prizes celebrate achievements in a wide range of fields, so we shall highlight only the winners of the literary and entertainment prizes:

FICTION: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

HISTORY: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis

BIOGRAPHY: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

POETRY: Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

GENERAL NONFICTION: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

MUSIC: Damn by Kendrick Lamar

Each winner receives a certificate as well as a $15,000US cash prize. For a full list of the 2018 winners and finalists, visit the Pulitzer Prize website.

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Canada Reads 2018 winner

Thursday, Mar 29, 2018 at 4:37pm

Mark Sakamoto's Forgiveness has been chosen as the champion of this year's Canada Reads competition.

The book follows Sakamoto’s maternal grandfather as a prisoner of war in Japan and his paternal Japanese-Canadian grandmother’s internment in Canada during World War II. It is the true tale of two brave individuals who survived desperate transgressions that threatened to destroy their humanity, and who through their trials learned to forgive. Without this forgiveness their grandson, author Mark Sakamoto, would never have come to be born.

During the Canada Reads debates, Forgiveness was defended by fashion icon and TV host Jeanne Beker. Said Beker: "Forgiveness sheds light on a shameful chapter in our history, but it also shows us that healing is possible with tolerance and compassion. The message for Canadians is a timely one: forgive in order to move forward, but never, ever forget."

For more on the 2018 Canada Reads champion, visit CBC's website.

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Canada Reads 2018 contenders

Saturday, Feb 03, 2018 at 1:16pm

The five finalists for this year's Canada Reads challenge have been decided.

Canada Reads, an annual competition run and broadcast by the CBC, pits books against each other to determine which book is the one all Canadians should read. Each of the contending books is championed by a media personality, who defends its merits through the rounds while panellists vote out titles one by one until the last remains.

The 2018 contenders and their champions are:

  • The Boat People by Sharon Bala, defended by singer Mozhdah Jamalzadah
  • American War by Omar El Akkad, defended by actor Tahmoh Penikett
  • Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson, defended by severe weather expert Greg Johnson
  • Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto, defended by stylist and editor Jeanne Beker
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, defended by singer Jully Black

The debates take place March 26 - 29, 2018. You can listen to them live on CBC Radio One, or stream them online through CBC's website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Literature, Canadian Lit

Michael Redhill wins the 2017 Giller Prize

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 at 4:21pm

Michael Redhill has won this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, Bellevue Square, a darkly comic tale about a woman who fears for her sanity and her life when she learns that her doppelganger has appeared in a local park — Toronto's Bellevue Square.

The Giller Prize is Canada's richest literary award, with $100,000 given to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists, and is awarded annually to the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The award was founded by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who named the prize in honour of his wife, the late literary journalist Doris Giller.

The other shortlisted authors for the 2017 prize were Rachel Cusk for her novel Transit; Ed O'Loughlin for his novel Minds of Winter; Eden Robinson for her novel Son of a Trickster; and Michelle Winters for her novel I am a Truck.

So congratulations, Mr. Redhill! For more details about the 2017 Giller Prize, visit their website.

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The Giller Prize 2017 shortlist

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 5:24pm

The five finalists for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize have been announced. They include:

The winner, who will receive a $100,000 prize, will be announced at a gala hosted by comedian Mary Walsh on November 20th, 2017.

To celebrate the evening, we will be hosting our annual Giller Light Bash inside of Prairie Ink Restaurant. Tickets are available for the event online or at the bookstore, and proceeds go to supporting Frontier College. For more information about the Bash, please visit this page.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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