I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving weekend! This week is full of Canadian wonders to top off Canadian Thanksgiving. We’re very thankful for Canadian authors, after all!
1. Congratulations to Alice Munro, the first Canadian woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature! In the future we hope to see more Canadians, especially women, achieving such monumental recognition for their work. We’ll be keeping an eye on authors like Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes, Some Great Thing, Any Known Blood) as well as up-and-coming authors like Janie Chang (Three Souls).
2. Eleanor Catton is the youngest writer to win the Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries!
Although Eleanor is a New Zealand author, she was born in Ontario, Canada. At 28 years old, Eleanor has crafted a 832-paged epic novel set during the 19th-century gold rush.
We’re thinking period drama is the way to go!
It was only in 2009 that Hilary Mantel won the Booker Prize for Wolf Hall, a gripping mystery built around Henry VIII and his advisers. If you enjoy period pieces, you definitely need to read it!
3. And if you know a book that you think deserves just as much acclaim, you should recommend it now! Canada Reads is asking, “What is the one novel that could change Canada?”
Let us know too on twitter @SavvyReader!
4. Since we’re on the topic of awards, CBC is hosting a really cool Guess the Giller Contest! Our bets are two titles:
The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta, a sinister and provoking exploration of post-war Vienna and its people who are haunted by their present needs and past debts.
Going Home Again by Dennis Bock, a myriad of familial and romantic relationships that break your heart and put it back together again.
5. The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) begins on October 21st. The IFOA is a presentation of and forum for international authors. During the festival there are author readings, round table discussions, interviews, and performances. Some of the notable authors that will be appearing this year are: Eleanor Catton, Dennis Bock, Michael Ignatieff, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood. Check here for more participants.
Also starting next week is the Vancouver Writers Fest! The Writers Fest celebrates reading as a community experience that is saturated with local culture. The festival is especially welcomed in the Vancouver community because it endeavors to educate and inspire young readers and writers. Did we mention David Sedaris, author of many hilarious yet touching books, will be there? While I’m name-dropping…Janie Chang, Douglas Coupland, Rachelle Delaney, Shaena Lambert, Joseph Boyden…and the list goes on here!
Check in next week, we’ll have a special Bookmarks guide to IFOA and The Vancouver Writers Fest!
Stay warm and thanks for tuning in!