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National Dog Day - August 26

August 26, 2016 | Lynn | Comments (4)

This is the day of the year that we acknowledge our furry four legged friends who greet us as we come home with tail wags and licks to the face. That is not to say other pets such as cats, birds, hamsters, snakes, turtles and other pets aren't special too. This is simply a day that is set aside for dogs. Dogs have worked with and for humans for centuries and they show no sign of slowing down. Just to name a few of the jobs that dogs do for us: bomb detection, drug detection, seeing eye dog, diabetic alert, therapy for nursing homes and people in hospitals, help Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers, sniff out mushrooms and search and rescue just to name a few. All they ask in return is a belly rub and maybe some peanut butter, at least that's what my dog wants.  These books highlight some amazing dogs from history and a few books on breeds in case you are looking for a four legged companion.

Stubby the war dog the true story of world war I bravest dog

Stubby the war dog: the true story of World War I bravest dog 

Stubby worked behind enemy lines and earned many commendations for his work. He became a mascot for the troops and is honored in this book.

Judy: the unforgettable story of the dog who went to war and became a true hero

Judy: the unforgettable story of the dog who went to war and became a true hero

Judy found herself in a POW camp where she would scavenge food for the prisoners and offer them hope of getting out one day. She might be the only dog considered a POW.

Thunder dog the true story of a blind man, his guide and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero

Thunder dog: the true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero

This book highlights the importance of the trust between a person who is blind and their dog. Roselle and her human were in the North Tower when it was struck and it was up to Roselle to get them to safety.




Working like a dog: the story of working dogs through history

Working like a dog: the story of working dogs through history

This fascinating book by Norma Fleck Award-winner, Gena K. Gorrell, describes the dogs of history, the evolution of breeds for different purposes, and the training involved in preparing the modern-day heroes who find lost children, nab criminals, and point out contraband – heroes who just happen to be dogs.

What the dog knows the science and wonder of working dogs

What the dog knows: the science and wonder of working dogs

A firsthand exploration of the fascinating world of “working dogs”—who seek out missing persons, sniff for explosives in war zones, and locate long-dead remains—through the experiences of a journalist and her canine companion, an incorrigible pup named Solo.



Soviet Space Dogs

Soviet Space Dogs

Tells the true stories of Laika, Belka, Strelka, and the other space dogs who were sent on experimental space flight explorations by the Soviet Union between 1951 and 1956.

Paws of courage true tales of heroic dogs that protect and serve

Paws of courage: true tales of heroic dogs that protect and serve

Readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion. Their touching stories are sure to inspire animal lovers everywhere.


If you are at all inspired to get your own dog, I would encourage research with any of the following books, and finding the dog that fits your family.

Your dream dog a guide to choosing the right breed for you  The dog encyclopedia  The howell book of dogs the definitive reference to 300 breeds and varieties

Your dream dog: a guide to choosing the right breed for you

The dog encyclopedia

The Howell book of dogs: the definitive reference to 300 breeds and varieties



Music, Time and Popular Culture

August 25, 2016 | M. Elwood | Comments (0)

As one of the olds, I regularly bemoan the state of pop music. Why does every song have guest stars? Why do the songwriter credits look like phone books? Why is everything so repetitive? Yes, Taylor Swift, you have mentioned that you're "lying on the cold hard ground" a dozen times already. Tell me something new.

Also, you kids get off my lawn!

Change is inevitable. I get that. There are a lot of new artists I like a great deal. They tend to not be the music you hear in the gym or the supermarket, though.

Do you harbour a secret desire to write songs? Do you just want to understand why listening to the radio is so painful? These books may help:

Let's talk about love Song machine inside Ta ra ra boom de ay Yeah yeah yeah

Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson
Céline Dion. Some love her, some hate her. Globe and Mail music critic Wilson used his own dislike of Dion for a look at personal preferences. How much of our preferences are determined by social factors? The New York Times review said that this book could make you more tolerant of other people's musical taste. I should definitely read it.

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook
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Hit songs are no longer the creation of a person with something to say but are often written by teams of songwriters capitalizing on neurological, cognitive and psychological research into the human response to music. In this entertaining book, Seabrook explores the collaboration of commerce, creativity, technology and science in popular music.

Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay: The Dodgy Business of Popular Music by Simon Napier-Bell
Napier-Bell shines a light on the sometimes sketchy music industry from the advent of copyright in 1713 to the present.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce by Bob Stanley
Stanley traces the popularity of different types of music (rock, folk, disco, grunge, new wave) from the 1950s on. Why have different eras embraced such different sounds?

Nothing is Dead Down Here, It's Just a Little Tired: Canada, Stories, The Tragically Hip

August 20, 2016 | M. Elwood | Comments (4)

The Tragically Hip have spent a lot of time in my car. The start of every hockey season, Fifty-Mission Cap goes into regular rotation so I can remember that the Leafs have won the Stanley Cup--more than once even! Driving around the US, their songs make me feel less lonely, more connected to home, so I often pop in one of their CDs as soon as I cross the border. 

Phantom power
The CD in my car right now is Phantom Power, a criminally underrated album full of quintessentially Canadian stories. For me, the Tragically Hip is all about the stories. Their songs tell big stories about injustice (Wheat Kings) and small stories about living each day (Throwing Off Glass, Emperor Penguin). Their songs are populated by Canadian icons like Bill Barilko (Fifty-Mission Cap) and Jacques Cartier (Twist My Arm, Looking for a Place to Happen). Then there are the ordinary people--Candy, the stripper in So Hard Done By is a personal favourite. They contain references to Canadian writers like Hugh MacLennan (Courage) and Al Purdy (Poets). They tell stories of death (Fiddler's Green, A Beautiful Thing) and survival (Nautical Disaster). The small communities (In Sarnia, Bobcaygeon, Thompson Girl, Goodnight Attawapiskat) and big cities far and wide (Springtime in Vienna, New Orleans is Sinking, Toronto #4) make appearances. 

When I started writing this post, I thought I'd be able to make a list of happy songs because the emotion I associate with the Tragically Hip is joy but the lyrical theme that pervades their music is perseverance, meeting adversity face on and pushing through which seems very Canadian to me and maybe why the band has been so meaningful. 

I'm writing this on August 20, 2016, the date of the final Tragically Hip concert. 

If you're a fan or a novice, you can find lots of their music at the library. The songs mentioned above are on these CDs:

Phantom Power
• Poets
• Emperor Penguin
• Bobcaygeon
• Thompson Girl

Fully completely In violet light Road apples

Fully Completely
• Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)
• Fifty-Mission Cap
• Wheat Kings
• So Hard Done By
• Looking for a Place to Happen

In Violet Light
• Throwing Off Glass
• A Beautiful Thing

Road Apples
• Twist My Arm
• Fiddler's Green

Day for night Man machine poem Now for plan a

Day for Night
• Nautical Disaster

Man Machine Poem
• In Sarnia

Now for Plan A
• Goodnight Attawapiskat 

Trouble at the henhouse Up to here Music at work

Trouble at the Henhouse
• Springtime in Vienna

Up to Here
• New Orleans is Sinking

Music @ Work
• Toronto #4

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

August 17, 2016 | M. Elwood | Comments (0)

August 17 is the annual day to celebrate the wonders of black cats. The one I had as a child was wonderful -- smart, beautiful, devious and kind of a jerk. Basically, she was a perfect cat. 

If you've never been lucky enough to have your own black cat, you can live vicariously through these memoirs by Tom Cox. Cox has published several memoirs about life with his cats, most notably The Bear (@mysadcat), an earnest black cat.

Under the paw Good bad furry Close encounters of the furred kind

Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man
In the first of Cox's memoirs, Tom meets future wife Dee and has his first encounter with her cats, The Bear and Janet. Through the book, more and more cats enter their lives including Ralph (@mysmugcat) and Shipley (@myswearycat).

The Good, the Bad and the Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat
Is Tom's life complicated enough? A difficult new kitten named Roscoe joins the family and Tom tries to befriend a series of ginger strays.

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind: New Adventures with My Sad Cat and Other Feline Friends
In the latest installment, Tom and his cats move from Norfolk to Bristol where a new ginger stray named George enters the picture. I was lucky enough to get this one when it was published in the UK last year. It's just come out in Canada, so place your holds!

Although Under the Paw features a "posh actor kitten" on the cover, The Bear is the model for the other two books. You can spot Shipley and Roscoe in the background of Close Encounters of the Furred Kind

These books are delightful but some online reviews have complained about profanity, so be aware, that they may not be suitable for all readers.   

2016 Aurora Awards Winners Announced

August 17, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association announced the winners of its annual Aurora Awards on Saturday. 

Daughter of no nation

Best Novel:

A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica

Toronto author, A.M. Dellamonica is this year's winner for the second entry in her Hidden Sea Tales series, about a young woman with connections to both Earth and Stormwrack, a colourful parallel world of sailors, pirates and adventure.




Inheritance of ashes

Best YA Novel:

An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

The land has been ravished in a terrible war but the evil God has been defeated. Now sisters Hallie and Marthe wait on their family farm to see who will return from the battle. Marthe's husband has not come back, but another veteran arrives seeking shelter. Is the farm safe? Is the war truly over?



Waters of versailles

 Best Short Fiction

Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson

This novella is available as an eBook. It is also included in the anthology, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, volume 10, currently available at the Merril Collection.




Lady paranorma

Best Graphic Novel

The Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone

Based on Marcone's short film, this is a stunningly beautiful, nearly wordless book about a woman who communicates with ghosts. Check out the book trailer to get a sense of the work.




The Association presents awards in a number of other categories including art and fan-created works. The complete list of winners is available on the Aurora website.

Want To Live Longer? Read Books

August 12, 2016 | Kelli | Comments (2)

In the recent article Read Books, Live Longer, the New York Times reported on a study that found a connection between book reading and a longer life. In the study of over 3,000 participants, the researchers found that people who read books for over three and a half hours a week lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read books at all.  

Great news, eh?  

Of course, we've known for a long time that books and reading can have a positive influence on quality of life as well. Here are a few books about reading and the importance of books in our lives:


Reading Lolita in Tehran The Prison Book Club A History of Reading End of your life

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi
Nafisi's memoir tells about her experiences growing up in the Islamic Republic of Iran and about the group of young women who gathered secretly at her home every week to read and discuss great books of Western literature.
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The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley
Ann Walmsley spent eighteen months leading a book club at a men's prison in Kingston. While there, she chronicled the experiences of six book club members and their lives after they left prison.
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The History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
A set of interlinked essays that follows the quirky 4,000-year-old history of the written word. 

The End  of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
When Will Schwalbe's mother, Mary Ann, was undergoing chemotherapy, Will and his mom decided to discuss books during her chemotherapy treatments. This book club of two allowed them to speak thoughtfully and honestly, to get to know each other better and helped them to talk about death. 
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Stay Gold: Books and Movies About the Olympic Games

August 4, 2016 | Viveca | Comments (1)

File:Olympic rings without rims.svg

Graphic: Wikipedia Creative Commons, logo designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, 1912

If controversy was an Olympic event, the Olympic Games would certainly place. 

Boycotts, cheating, corruption, discrimination, doping, human rights violations, terrorism, and violence have taken a place on the podium for decades. Nevertheless, millions will be watching as the Olympic torch is lit on August 5 heralding the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Olympic history, with its tales of human endeavor, scandal, triumph and heartbreaking failure, makes for compelling reading and viewing.  

Available at the Toronto Public Library: 

   Book cover of Today we die a little! : the inimitable Emil Zátopek, the greatest Olympic runner of all time Unsinkable Book Cover
Book cover of For the glory : Olympic legend Eric Liddell's journey of faith and survival Chasing Water Book Cover Golden Girl Book Cover Open Heart Open Mind

Olympic Lyon: The Untold Story of the Last Gold Medal for Golf by Michael G. Cochrane 

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand 

Today We Die A Little: the Inimitable Emil Zátopek, the Greatest Olympic Runner of All Time by Richard Askwith

Unsinkable: My Untold Story by Silken Laumann

For the Glory: Olympic Champion Eric Liddell's Journey of Faith and Survival 

Chasing Water: An Elegy of An Olympian by Anthony Ervin

Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged Conventional Wisdom, and Became America's Olympic Champion by Michael Silver

Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

The Nazis' scheme to stage the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a showcase for so-called "Aryan superiority" fell apart when the legendary Jesse Owens entered the arena. A complicated victory - Jesse faced his own challenges living under US racist policies - and there was the not-so-well-known story of Marty Glickman, one of the Jewish athletes on the US team who was prevented from participating so as 'not to offend' their violently anti-Semitic hosts.   

Triumph Book Cover Boys in the Boat Book Cover
Book cover of More than just games : Canada and the 1936 Olympics Jesse Owens Book cover of Glickman

Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics by Jeremy Schaap

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel Brown

Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games by Christopher Hilton

More Than Just Games: Canada and the 1936 Olympics by Richard Menkis and Harold Troper

Jesse Owens. A PBS documentary on DVD. 

Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936 by David Clay Large

Glickman directed by James L. Freedman.  An HBO documentary on DVD. 

Further reading on the political, social and ethical issues surrounding the Olympic Games:   

Book cover of Olympic industry resistance : challenging Olympic power and propaganda Book cover of Racism and the Olympics
  Book cover of Inside the Olympics : a behind-the-scenes look at the politics, the scandals, and the glory of the games  Book cover of The dirtiest race in history : Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m final

Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London by Jules Boykoff

Olympic Industry and Resistence: Challenging Olympic Power and Propaganda by Helen Lenskyj

Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World by David Maraniss

Racism and the Olympics by Robert G. Weisbrod

Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response by Aaron J. Klein

Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup by Andrew Zimbalist

Inside the Olympics: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals, and the Glory of the Games by Richard W. Pound

The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final by Richard Moore

The Olympics on screen: 

Chariots of Fire DVD cover Race DVD Cover Unbroken DVD Cover Eddie the Eagle DVD Cover
Downhill Racer DVD Cover Twenty Twelve DVD Cover  Cool Runnings  Munich DVD Cover

Chariots of Fire (1981) directed by Hugh Hudson, with Ben Cross, Ian Charleson. Based on the true story of two British runners in the 1924 Olympics. Won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Song - the Vangelis theme-song - now seared for all time into our collective consciousness. 

Race (2016) directed by Stephen Hopkins, with Stephen James, Jason Sudeikis. Toronto actor James is excellent as the legendary Jesse Owens. 

Unbroken (2014) directed by Angelina Jolie, with Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson. Based on the true story of Olympian Louis Zamperini who participated at the 1936 Berlin games. 

Eddie the Eagle (2016) directed by Dexter Fletcher, with Taron Egerton,  Hugh Jackman. Based on the true story of Eddie Edwards, a British skier who took part in the 1988 Olympics. 

Downhill Racer (1969) directed by Michael Ritchie with Robert Redford, Gene Hackman. Michael Ritchie's debut film. Based on Oakley Hall's novel about a driven US skier. 

Twenty Twelve: The Complete Series (2012) directed by John Morton, with Hugh Bonneville, Amelia Bullmore. BBC television comedy series about fictional organizers of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Cool Runnings (1993) directed by John Turteltaub, with Leon Robinson, John Candy. Disney comedy, loosely-based on the true story of the Jamaican bob-sled team who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Munich (2005) directed by Steven Spielberg, with Eric Bana, Daniel Craig. Based on the true story of the operation to hunt those responsible for the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. 

Finally . . . 

If you are not a fan of the Olympics, or would like to see something a little different, try the Kitten Olympics

August 7th is Psychic Day

August 4, 2016 | M. Elwood | Comments (1)

But you knew that, didn't you? 

These novels feature characters with psychic abilities. 

Firebird Ink and bone Leaving time Shut eye

The Firebird by Susannah Kearsley
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Nicola Marter sees past events when she touches an object. After she has a vision of Catherine the Great as she touches a carved bird, she decides to investigate further.

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger
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A young woman who has inherited her grandmother's psychic abilities may be the only one who can help a missing child.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
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A 13-year-old joins forces with a discredited television psychic and a washed-up detective to solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance ten years earlier.

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer
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Four-year-old Daniel Buck went missing several months ago, leaving his father guilt-ridden and his mother barely clinging to sanity. She turns to a psychic for help but is he real or simply exploiting the vulnerable? Belinda Bauer's thrillers are excellent.

You Are Being Watched: Books about Artificial Intelligences

July 28, 2016 | Andrea | Comments (4)

Earlier this week, a cherubic spiky-haired robot named Ludwig made his debut at a Toronto retirement home. Designed by a team of U of T researchers, he can carry conversations and analyze speech patterns to help detect Alzheimer's disease. Ludwig's creators are hopeful that after a trial period, the artificial intelligence can be fine-tuned for eventual mass production.

Whether this is a stepping stone into a Jetsons-esque future filled with robots to cook and clean and care for us, who can say for sure? It is certainly fun to speculate, though. We often imagine AIs (artificial intelligences) as villainous in fiction, perhaps reflecting how humans strive to create technology to improve our lives, but also struggle with a deep-seated anxiety about machines supplanting us. In Neil Gaiman's new book of collected non-fiction, The View from the Cheap Seats, there's a thought-provoking piece in which he discusses three questions at the heart of speculative storytelling: the ones that begin with what if, if only, and if this goes on. Last month, an AI called ALPHA defeated an experienced pilot in an air combat simulator. If this goes on… well, we've seen the movies.

"Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history," Stephen Hawking and a group of fellow scientists told us. "Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks." Fiction allows us to explore "cautionary worlds" and consider real life implications and consequences. For example, "You are being watched" is the unsettling warning that opens each episode of Person of Interest, a cerebral sci-fi drama about all-seeing machines that index, order and control our lives. Over the course of its five-season run, the show masqueraded as a standard procedural while digging deep into themes of surveillance and sentience, slowly escalating into a war between two artificial superintelligences and their human agents.

In the June series finale, our ragtag team of protagonists made one last effort to destroy Samaritan, the ruthless ASI bent on razing civilization to protect it. But saving the world requires sacrifice, and not all heroes emerge unscathed from the battle. Here are more stories where you can get emotionally invested in AIs and the characters who fight for or against them:

Alex and Ada Vol 1 by Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna  Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson  Speak by Louisa Hall  Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Alex + Ada, Volume 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn  

Want to read about sweet and supportive robots instead of sinister ones? This graphic novel is the unlikely love story of a lonely human and an android.

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson  

"With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon," tech mogul Elon Musk warned us. Both he and Hawking have signed an open letter calling for responsible oversight to maximize the societal benefits of AI. But as readers snug in the safety of our imagination, we don't want to avert the scenario in the title of this novel — we want the action and thrills of a machine takeover. (Steven Spielberg was previously attached to a film adaptation, but the project was delayed, possibly because Skynet put a stop to it.)

Speak by Louisa Hall

Embark on a literary voyage similar to Cloud Atlas, spanning centuries and featuring a cast that ranges from a 17th century Puritan to Alan Turing to a "babybot."

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Five hackers find more than they bargained for in the depths of cyberspace when they are recruited by the government to work on an off-the-books project. 


Classic novels: 

2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke  I, Robot by Isaac Asimov  The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick  Neuromancer by William Gibson

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Astronauts aboard the Discovery One begin to suspect that something is amiss with HAL 9000, the AI running the spaceship's systems.

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

This collection of short stories examines the relationship between humans and robots, and the applications (and loopholes!) of the Three Laws of Robotics. 

The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

Person of Interest is based on the same premise as this short story: what if a machine were able to predict and prevent crimes before they occur?

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Hailed by many as the definitive cyberpunk novel, this dystopic conspiracy thriller inspired and informed a great deal of modern science fiction, including The Matrix.

Man Booker Longlist 2016

July 27, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

This year's Man Booker Prize longlist was released on July 27, 2016. Thirteen books were nominated. Madeleine Thien and David Szalay are the Canadian representatives on the longlist. Thien's book Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a powerful family saga set during China's Cultural Revolution. It is narrated by a woman now living in Vancouver who describes her relationship with her musician father and the impact of repression on the lives of two generations. Hungary-based David Szalay was born in Montreal. All That Man Is is a collection of nine short stories that portray men at different parts of life. 

The longlist:

All that man is Do not say we have nothing Eileen

All that Man is by David Szalay

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
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His bloody project Hot milk Hystopia

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae
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Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
• This book is not currently available in Canada. The library will get copies as soon as possible.

Hystopia by David Means


The-many My name is lucy barton North water

The Many by Wyl Menmuir
• This book is not currently available in Canada. The library will get copies as soon as possible.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
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The North Water by Ian McGuire

Schooldays of jesus Sellout Serious sweet Work like any other

The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee

The Sellout by Paul Beatty
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Serious Sweet by A.L. Kennedy
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Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
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The shortlist will be revealed on September 13.

The winner will be announced on October 25. 

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