CBC’s annual Bookie Awards are here! While previous editions of the Bookie Awards have included more traditional categories, this year the CBC has put a new spin on things by asking for nominee and category suggestions from readers. It’s the “people’s choice” of literary awards, so why not put the categories in the hands of the people, too? Some notably unique and hilarious category names include The Brangelina Award for Most Attractive Book Cover and The Hot and Bothered Award for Steamiest Read.
The competition pits the best of this year’s books against each other in a number of categories. We at The Savvy Reader think there has been some outstanding Canadian literature this year, so there will likely be some close races. Online voting ends on Sunday April 14th and winners will be announced on Wednesday April 17th. The victors receive bragging rights and a Golden Beaver certificate!
Some great reads that made the cut:
The Box of Tissues Award for Canadian Book That Made You Sob Uncontrollably
If you’re in the mood for a good cry, David Bergen’s moving and compelling book The Age of Hope is for you. The book follows the life of a housewife born in the 1930’s who questions the meaning of her quiet life. The Age of Hope was also a finalist for this year’s CBC Canada Reads, and deserves to be read while taking a long soak in the tub.
The Up All Night Award for Most Spine-Tingling Canadian Book
Beach Strip, John Lawrence Reynolds’ novel about a woman who refuses to believe that her husband committed suicide, is full of shocking twists and turns, which makes it a natural for the Most Spine-Tingling Canadian Book award.
Best International Book
Check out Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. This gripping sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall looks at the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Hilary is also nominated for International Author of the Year, and if this book weren’t from England it could easily be nominated for The Page-Turner Award for the Canadian Book You Couldn’t Put Down.
The Hot and Bothered Award for Steamiest Read
Put together a woman fleeing a dissolving marriage, a widowed cabinetmaker, and a mysterious unclaimed bale of marijuana in small-town Cape Breton, and what do you get? An erotic love story, naturally. Anna From Away by D.R. MacDonald is all about moral dilemmas and betrayal. Not only will it get your pulse racing, it will make you think.
The Brangelina Award for Most Attractive Book Cover
Okay, so the cover for Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions Vol. 1) by Lemony Snicket might not have all the star power of Brangelina, but we think its film-noir comic book-style design is pretty darn snazzy.