Gord Downie, 1964-2017

October 18, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Gord Downie, poet, musican, activist, icon was open with his diagnosis of glioblastoma -- terminal and aggressive brain cancer -- and yet his death is still a blow. After announcing his illness in May 2016, Downie was a constant presence in Canadian life. He completed the Tragically Hip's final tour...

2017 Man Booker Awarded to George Saunders

October 17, 2017 | Book Buzz

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George Saunders' novel Lincoln in the Bardo has won this year's Man Booker Prize. The novel takes place on the night that Willie Lincoln, beloved son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, was buried in a Washington cemetery. Although children generally move quickly into the afterlife, 11-year-old Willie is tempted...

B. Denham Jolly wins 2017 Toronto Book Award

October 12, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The 2017 Toronto Book Award was presented to B. Denham Jolly for his autobiography In the Black: My Life which documents his experiences as a businessman, publisher, broadcaster and civil rights activist. Born in Jamaica, Jolly graduated from McGill University in 1955. When he returned to Canada, he taught science...

Kazuo Ishiguro Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

October 5, 2017 | Book Buzz

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After 2016's controversial selection of Bob Dylan for the award, the Nobel committee has opted for somewhat safer ground this year, presenting the coveted prize to Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro was born in 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan but has lived in England since he was five years old, when his father...

Governor General's Literary Award 2017 Shortlist Announced

October 4, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on October 4, 2017. The awards are presented in 14 categories and include books for adults and children in both official languages. These are the nominations in the adult English categories. Drama 1979 by Michael Healey The Colony of Unrequited Dreams...

Happy World Animal Day!

October 4, 2017 | Maureen

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In the spirit of World Animal Day, I offer you some animal friendly books from the worlds of cooking, philosophy, science, photography, fiction and memoir. But first, a bit of history. The first World Animal Day took place in Berlin on March 24, 1925. It was organized by Heinrich Zimmermann,...

Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist Revealed

October 2, 2017 | Book Buzz

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On Monday October 2, five finalists for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize were announced. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill • ebook I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters • ebook Minds of Winter by Ed O'Loughlin • ebook Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson • ebook Transit by Rachel...

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Shortlist Announced

September 27, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Nominees for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize were announced on September 27. One day earlier, the organization announced that the prize money for the award has been increased. The winner of the 2017 prize will receive $50,000, with each of the finalists taking home $5,000. These are the nominees:...

It's Here: More Books for Fans of Stephen King's It

September 20, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Stephen King's 1986 novel It was recently released as a feature film and it's been doing well with both critics and the general public. Whenever a book is made into a movie, everyone decides to read or reread the book. As you can imagine, there are a lot of holds...

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Shortlist 2017

September 20, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize is the most lucrative prize for nonfiction books in Canada. Each of the finalists is awarded $5,000 and the winning author receives $60,000. All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others by Carol Off • ebook Birds Art Life: A...