Blurbs & Bites: June 1st edition

We have some great news to share this week!

1) The Orange Prize for Fiction was announced yesterday and we are very proud that Madeline Miller, debut author of The Song of Achilles clinched the prestigious prize. The awards ceremony was held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, in London, and the Chair of Judges, Joanna Trollope, presented Madeline with the £30,000 prize along with her “Bessie.” Joanna described the winning book, saying it was “more than [a] worthy winner — original, passionate, inventive and uplifting. Homer would be proud of her.”

We are very proud of this amazing achievement and we know that there are many great things to come from Ms. Miller in the future. If you have not checked out The Song of Achilles, watch this video of Madeline herself explaining her story and how it came into fruition.

2) Our very own Kenneth Oppel is nominated for a CBA Libris Award for his YA novel This Dark Endeavour. The winner will be announced on Sunday June 3rd at the Toronto Congress Center. This Dark Endeavour was one of my favorite books of 2011, and I am so happy to see it getting praised the way I always thought it should be. If you have not yet read This Dark Endeavour, please do. And don’t forget to check out Such Wicked Intent, the much anticipated sequel coming this August!

3) Have you seen the cover for Melissa Marr’s new YA novel Carnival of Souls? Well if you haven’t check it out here.  It is absolutely gorgeous and fits perfectly with the themes of the book. I recently finished it and have to say you will be pleasantly surprised by this book, it still has elements of her previous books (the Wicked Lovely series), but with a little more darkness and sass. Also, the book trailer was just released, so check it out here.

4) In YA news, The Dark Days of Summer 2012 has started and it features books from Aprilynne Pike (Destined), Veronica Roth (Insurgent), Bethany Griffin (Masque of the Red Death), S.J. Kincaid (Insignia), Dan Wells (Partials) and Elizabeth Norris (Unraveling). The Dark Days of Summer includes a blog tour where the authors give readers insight into their writing process. Check out the website here.

5) Great news! Justin Halpern (author of Sh*t My Dad Says) released his new memoir this week to great success. Not only was he on the Global Morning Show this week, but he also appeared on CP24 Breakfast, CBC, and the Roz and Mocha Show. The Toronto Star also did a front page feature on Justin and his new book, I Suck at Girls,  in their Life & Entertainment section. Check it out here.

Have a great weekend!

Siobhan
Follow me on twitter @chevy27

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