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The 2020 Booker Prize longlist

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020 at 2:22pm

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...

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Canada Reads 2020 winner

Friday, Jul 24, 2020 at 6:58pm

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

July Author of the Month: KEVIN KWAN

Friday, Jul 03, 2020 at 12:38pm

Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians, the international bestselling novel that has been translated into more than 30 languages. Its sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, was released in 2015, and Rich People Problems, the final book in the trilogy, followed in 2017. For several weeks in 2018, the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy commanded the top three positions of the New York Times bestseller list — an almost unprecedented single-author trifecta, and the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians became Hollywood’s highest grossing romantic comedy in over a decade. In 2018, he was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Sex and Vanity is the first novel in a new trilogy by Kwan, each of whose books will be set in one of the world’s greatest cities: New York, London, and Paris. Sex and Vanity is a glittering tale of love andlonging as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds — the WASP establishment of her father’s family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, it is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.

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Saskatchewan Book Awards 2020 winners

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 5:16pm

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...

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Normal by Magdalena Newman and Nathaniel Newman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Monday, Jun 01, 2020 at 4:53pm

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Normal. Who is to say what this word means? For Magda Newman, it was a goal. She wanted her son Nathaniel to be able to play on the playground, swim at the beach, enjoy the moments his friends took for granted. But Nathaniel’s severe Treacher Collins syndrome—a craniofacial condition—meant that other concerns came first. Could he eat without the aid of a gastrointestinal tube? Could he hear? Would he ever be able to breathe effortlessly? But Nathaniel looks at “normal” from a completely different perspective.

I think Normal is really awesome because, it is telling people to be more thankful for what we have because some people don’t have a much as you. I think that having two Jacobs in the book is sometimes a bit confusing. But I love that the book is supporting people with disabilities, facial differences or other medical problems. I like that it is written in Nathaniel’s perspective and also in his mom’s perspective. “Normal” is an outstanding book!

-Sanna, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids
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