Awards and Events, Autumn 2017 2018-08-14T15:04:11+00:00
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The 2017 Giller jury (André Alexis, Anita Rau Badami, Richard Beard, Lynn Coady and Nathan Englander) has selected twelve books, including short stories and fresh voices, unconventional styles and a work in translation, even a horror novel!

Altough the shortlist will be announced on October 2nd, before I will have had a chance to read through the list, I plan to read the longlist anyhow. If I manage to finish reading before the winner is announced on November 20th, I will privately offer it a lovely rose.

A rose from a reader.

Reading the 2017 Giller Prize Longlist

Guessing at each book’s Giller-a-bility

The last time the Giller longlist so tickled me was 2011. Back then, the jury (Howard Norman, Annabel Lyon and Andrew O’Hagan) introduced me to Michael ChristiePatrick deWitt and Alexi Zentner, and urged me to read – finally – Clark Blaise, Esi EdugyanPauline Holdstock, Dany Laferriere and Guy Vanderhaeghe.

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Recent Prizelist and Event Reading

October 2017

David Chariandy’s Brother (2017)

October 27th, 2017|Categories: Canlit, Prizelists and Events, Reading Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Though set further north of the bluffs, David Chariandy's follow-up to his debut Soucouyant is every bit as family-soaked, its losses and sorrows cast

Autumn 2017 In My Reading Log (Non-fiction and Not-quite-fiction)

October 19th, 2017|Categories: Canlit, Prizelists and Events, Reading Projects, To Tell the Truth|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In which there is talk of true stories and stories that fall between the cracks of imagined facts and probabilities. Kyo Maclear's Birds Art Life

Catherine Hernandez’s Scarborough (2017)

October 11th, 2017|Categories: Canlit, Prizelists and Events, Reading Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

To begin with, young Laura is rushed into packing her things into plastic bags. Just a few pages later, Sylvie is thrust into "double-time

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