1. Hey, Savvy Readers! We hope you’re getting as into the festive spirit as we are here at the SR headquarters. Unfortunately, though, we know that the holidays can also bring great amounts of stress what with figuring out what to get who, slogging through the dense shopping crowds and gathering the courage to face your growing credit card bill. That’s why we have compiled gift guides specifically tailored to the various kinds of people in your life. The best part? Because there is a perfect book for everyone under the sun, you may only have to enter one store this year: the bookstore! For great gift ideas, check out @KelseyMarshall3’s comprehensive list, where she suggests the perfect read for the brainiac, the girly-girl and the technophile—to name a few.
2. On the topic of lists, the long list for this year’s Charles Taylor prize, awarded annually to the best piece of Canadian literary non-fiction, has been announced. We’re especially excited to see Robert Fowler’s A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al-Qaeda—also nominated for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction—and March Forth: The Inspiring True Story of a Canadian Soldier’s Journey of Love, Hope and Survival by Trevor and Debbie Greene included among eleven other titles. With $25,000 on the line, we’ll be eagerly awaiting the short list announcement on January 9th.
3. Another exciting reveal this week was when Oprah announced that the second pick for her new Book Club 2.0 would be Ayana Mathis’ astonishing debut The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, of which she says, “[n]ot since Toni Morrison have I read a writer whose words have moved me this way.” The latest incarnation of O’s book club majorly employs social media in order to encourage an open and ongoing dialogue between readers. If you’re interested in joining the conversation or accessing her reading guide, you can do so by visiting her website. We can’t wait to hear what others have to say about what we feel will truly be one of 2013’s most important book. Also be sure to tune in to Oprah’s interview with Mathis, which will air on February 13th as part of Oprah’s Superbowl Sunday alternative: Super Soul Sunday!
4. In other entertainment news, despite the fact that The Casual Vacancy garnered mixed reviews when it was released earlier this year, J.K. Rowling’s first “adult” novel (though, let’s be honest, Harry Potter transcends age, people) is to be adapted as a BBC series. It is slated to begin airing in 2014, and will surely be a much anticipated TV event. Stay tuned for more info!
And that, dear Savvy Readers, is this week’s biggest literary events in a nutshell. We hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with hot chocolate, holiday cookies and, of course, reading!
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