Bookmarks: August 28th

Hi Savvy Readers!

We know it can be hard keeping up with all of the exciting book news on the internet (fall is the busiest season in publishing, after all!), so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite news stories, links, and photos so you can get all caught up! Keep reading for some of our favourite news stories this week:

1. This week, the CBC revealed the book trailer for The Illegal, the highly anticipated new novel by Lawrence Hill! I was already incredibly excited for this upcoming novel, but this beautiful (and intriguing) book trailer is making me even more impatient! The book doesn’t come out until September 8th, so join me in re-watching this trailer for the 20th time:


2. The Toronto Book Awards shortlist was announced on Monday, and our very own Emily St. John Mandel is nominated for her novel Station Eleven! Congratulations, Emily! We will be cheering Station Eleven on at the awards presentation on October 17th. Have you read Station Eleven, yet?


3. We posted a sneak peek of some of our biggest fall titles this year! In case you missed it, here are our Top 10 Novels to Bookmark This Fall and our Top 10 Nonfiction Titles to Bookmark This Fall! Which book(s) are you most excited to read, Savvy Readers?

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4. Have you ever dreamed of running your own bookstore? Now you can, and in Scotland no less! Click here to read more about the AirBnB apartment that comes with an indie bookstore attached.

Did I miss any important news, readers? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


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The Illegal Trailer Reveal!

This morning, CBC Books revealed the trailer for The Illegal, the new novel by bestselling author Lawrence Hill. Fast moving and compelling, The Illegal casts a satirical eye on people who have turned their backs on undocumented refugees struggling to survive in a nation that does not want them.

It’s been a busy year for Lawrence, whose novel The Book of Negroes was adapted into a television mini-series on CBC and BET last February. If you missed it, don’t worry! The series will re-air in September alongside the release of The Illegal on September 8th.

Watch the new trailer below, and click here to find out more about The Illegal on CBC Books.

Are you excited for The Illegal? Add it to your 50 Book Pledge To Be Read shelf.


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Top 10 Audiobooks to Listen To!

Looking for your next read? Why not try it as an audiobook? Below, we share our top 10 audiobooks to listen to whether you’re a seasoned audiobook listener or are looking to try it out for the first time.

I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short

From the guy who brought us iconic comedy characters such as Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glick comes I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend. In this hilarious yet sometimes heartbreaking memoir, Martin Short takes readers through the highs and lows of his comedy career and personal life. Read our review of the book here.

Why you should listen to the audiobook: The voices! Martin Short is known for his impressions, and his stories and characters really come to life as he narrates (and sings) to you.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

If you haven’t read (or listened to) Graeme Simsion’s bestselling novel The Rosie Project yet, I’d recommend stopping everything you’re doing now and picking it up. In this moving and entertaining novel, the regimented Don Tillman sets out to find the perfect partner only to realize that the person he’s looking for cannot be confined by a checklist. (Fun fact: Jennifer Lawrence has already signed on to play Rosie in the movie adaptation!)

Why you should listen to the audiobook: It’s like a romantic comedy for your ears!

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Princess Mia is back, and her adult life is just as entertaining as her teenage years. If you loved the Princess Diaries series, you won’t want to miss Royal Wedding! In this newest installment in the series, Princess Mia has to avoid the invasive paparazzi and contend with her grandmother’s wild ideas, all while planning her dream wedding.

Why you should listen to the audiobook: Royal Wedding has the perfect mix of drama and humour. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to hear someone’s diary read to you out loud?

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