Bookmarks are becoming a wonderful tradition. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy reflecting on the past week, and writing about all the amazing, hilarious, inspiring or just-down-right successful happenings in the world of Canadian publishing. I hope you enjoy it too!
This week has been a whirl-wind, but a good one, of course. So put down your Thanksgiving weekend read and check out these links (or if your book is REALLY good right now, bookmark them and read them later!)
1. This week, the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist was announced. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is considered one of Canada’s most distinguished literary prizes, awarded to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The shortlist announcement was hosted by CBC Radio One‘s Jian Ghomeshi on Monday and held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto (to see coverage of the announcement, click here). The five finalists were chosen by an award-winning, three-member jury: author and screenwriter Roddy Doyle ; Canadian publisher and writer Anna Porter; and author and satirist Gary Shteyngart.
The winner will be announced on October 30th. The shortlist includes:
1. 419 by Will Ferguson
2. Inside by Alix Ohlin
3. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
4. Ru by Kim Thúy
5. Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky
2. CBC’s Senior Business Correspondent Amanda Lang hosted a launch party in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, October 3rd for her new book, The Power of Why. It was open to the public and a great success. Co-anchor Kevin O’Leary was there too! Watch this video from the event, where guests shared their thoughts on curiosity and innovation. For more information on The Power of Why, in which Lang explains how asking the right questions can inspire innovation and productivity, watch her book trailer here.
3. On Monday, the @HarperCollinsCA twitter account hosted two (yes, two!) online chats. It was a busy day in the office – acclaimed mystery writer Val McDemid was in at 10:00 AM to chat with readers and promote her new title, The Vanishing Point. Val answered many questions from fans, such as if readers can expect any more Tony and Carol books (they can!) and why she prefers writing mysteries. To see Val’s answers, search #McDemidChat on Twitter, or check out Val’s profile @ValMcDermid.
4. In the afternoon, we welcomed the wonderful Mitch Albom into the office. The twitter chat was co-hosted with @ChaptersIndigo and was extremely successful! Mitch had a great time answering readers’ questions, and even asked some himself, such as when readers cried in The Time Keeper, or how he got so popular in the Philippines! To check out Mitch’s chat, go to his profile @MitchAlbom, or search #AlbomChat on twitter.
5. Okay, okay – this isn’t necessarily publishing related… but I love holidays, crafts and books, and this article combines all THREE! So if you’re looking for something to do this Thanksgiving weekend, check out these fun activities from Book Riot. They show adults how to make decorative pumpkins, wreaths and more out of recycled paper. It’s an interesting way to recycle old books (especially if your bookshelf is filling up as quickly as mine is!) Check them out here!
Then again, I could always just buy another bookshelf…
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