2018 Governor General's Literary Award Shortlist

October 3, 2018 | Book Buzz

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The Governor General's Literary Awards were launched in 1936 by Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir, also known as John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps. Finalists for the awards were announced on October 3, 2018. The awards are given in 14 categories, for both adults and children and in both official...

2018 Scotiabank Giller Shortlist Announced

October 2, 2018 | Book Buzz

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The finalists for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize were announced on October 1, 2018. At the announcement Elana Rabinovich, executive director of the prize called the selection "distinctive books that deserve to be read and read widely". Five novels books have been nominated for this year's 2018 The Scotiabank Giller...

2018 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalists Announced

September 26, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Five books have been nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, which recognizes exceptional Canadian writers. The prize was established in 1997 and is sponsored by Rogers Communications, Inc. Although novels and short story collections are eligible for the award, this year all of the nominees are novels. Beirut...

Esi Edugyan on Man Booker Shortlist

September 20, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Victoria author Esi Edugyan is one of six authors selected for the Man Booker Prize Shortlist. Her novel Washington Black, examines the horrors of slavery through the eyes of an 11-year-old slave. This is the second time Edugyan has been a finalist for the award; her Scotiabank Giller Prize winning...

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Shortlist 2018

September 19, 2018 | Book Buzz

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The shortlist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize was announced on September 19. This is Canada's most lucrative prize for nonfiction books. Finalists receive $5000 and the winning author takes home $60,000. Weston said that the 2018 finalists "focus on themes of coming together in the face of adversity,...

2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist Revealed

September 17, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Twelve books have been nominated for this year's 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada's most lucrative literary prizes. The winning author receives a cash prize of $100,000; $10,000 is given to the remaining authors on the shortlist. Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage eAudiobook eBook French Exit by Patrick...

Agatha Christie's Birthday

September 14, 2018 | Lynn

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On September 15 Dame Agatha Christie would have turned 128 years old if she were still alive. Despite having passed away in 1976 her books continue to be published, made into television specials, movies and the longest running play in London's West End history. This maven of mystery wrote more...

Burt Reynolds: 1936 - 2018

September 12, 2018 | Viveca

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Burt Reynolds 1936 - 2018 * Burt Reynolds, leading man and sex symbol with oodles of charm, was much more than a centerfold with a killer moustache. A talented actor with a great sense of comedic timing, Reynolds' wry wit and ironic presentation (somewhat) mitigated the hyper-masculinity of his 1970s...

Books on Film at TIFF 2018

September 6, 2018 | Viveca

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The Toronto International Film Festival is on from September 6 - 16. Torontonians are avid readers - and fierce filmgoers. Check out the best of both worlds with these great reads available at the Toronto Public Library - and a sneak peek at their film adaptations now premiering at TIFF....

September 1 is Emma M. Nutt Day

August 31, 2018 | M. Elwood

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In the early days of telephone communication, switchboard operators were male, often teenage boys whose rudeness and lack of patience with callers was a problem. Alexander Graham Bell realized that women were successfully employed in telegraph offices and believed that their natural grace and calmness would be a good match...