Deep breath. September will be filled with so many fantastic books.
I say this with assurance, because check out the great reading below.
A More Diverse Universe Details here
September 23 – September 29
I’m planning to re-read Nalo Hopkinson’s debut novel, Brown Girl in the Ring and to peek into her new YA novel, The Chaos, and will revisit some of the stories in the anthology that she edited (So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy).
The 2012 Giller Prize longlist
With 13 works of fiction (Yes, I’m planning to read them all!)
Y, Marjorie Celona (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
Our Daily Bread, Lauren Davis (HarperCollins Canada)
My Life among the Apes, Cary Fagan (Cormorant Books)
419, Will Ferguson (Viking Canada)
Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, Robert Hough (House of Anansi)
One Good Hustle, Billie Livingston (Random House Canada)
The Sweet Girl, Annabel Lyon (Random House Canada)
Inside, Alix Ohlin (House of Anansi)
Everybody Has Everything, Katrina Onstad (Emblem Editions)
The Emperor of Paris, C.S. Richardson (Doubleday Canada)
The Imposter Bride, Nancy Richler (HarperCollins Canada)
Ru, Kim Thuy (Trans. Sheila Fischman) (Random House Canada)
Whirl Away, Russell Wangersky (Thomas Allen Publishers)
Most of these were already on my TBR list, so I’m pleased to have a reason to bump them up the stacks, and I’m looking forward to the bookish discussions that inevitably erupt surrounding this prizelist’s selections. Of course it’s not the only prizelist this season, but many of my favourite books have been listed for the Giller since it was founded in 1994.
The 2012 ReLit Awards longlist
With 30 novels, 15 collections of short fiction and 66 poetry books
I’ll be resuming my ReLit Weekend Samplers, on Saturdays this time. These longlists are epic; if you have favourites on them, please let me know; I’ve maxed out my holds list at the library just to take a peek at as many of them as I can before the shortlists are announced, but I know I’ll miss some!
The 2012 Toronto Book Award
With 5 Toronto-soaked books
Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, The Music, and the World in 1972,
David Bidini (McClelland & Stewart)
Copernicus Avenue, Andrew J. Borkowski (Cormorant Books)
Six Metres of Pavement, Farzana Doctor (Dundurn)
Writing the Revolution, Michele Landsberg (Second Story Press)
Paramita, Little Black Suzanne Robertson (Guernica Editions)
The International Festival of Authors in Toronto
In 2010, I posted about a lot of the festival’s participants’ works (mainly their backlisted titles, the ones that not-so-many people were chatting about at the time), but hardly attended any of the events. In 2011, I attended 15 of the festival’s events, but I never chatted about it here, not even once. This year, I hope to find a balance between the two extremes. Starting, tomorrow, I’ll be chatting about the IFOA on Wednesdays.
There are four more Thursdays reserved for The Moons of Jupiter in my Alice Munro reading project; you can join in with a collection or with a single story. These stories are amazing and there is always more than one reader can absorb in a single pass: company is welcome! Up next: The Progress of Love.
And what about you? What’s on your autumn reading list? What prizelists and new releases or old re-discoveries are you excited about reading?