Bookmarks: September 19

Aaaaand another week’s worth of bookmark-worthy literary news is here! Since there is just so much bookish news out there – especially this time of year – we’ve made you a handy post with all the fun info that you really want. This week, we’ve got some seriously exciting news, from a literary award worth $100,000 to a book challenge that might just be getting more popular than the ice bucket challenge.

Too busy to read them all now? We’ve got you covered – simply “bookmark” the posts and save them for later!

1. We always knew that the Savvy Readers were an impressive bunch, but this month was extra special for the 50 Book Pledge. Just in case you haven’t tried the 50 Book Pledge out yet, it’s a fun way to promise yourself to read this year! You can keep track of how many books you’ve read, see what your friends are reading, and you can even earn badges and win prizes as you go.

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This month, we passed more than 100,000 books read using the pledge! Wow! Let’s see how many books we can get to this year – we’re already off to a great start. This week’s featured book pick is the beautiful Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It’s a really beautiful book and I’m absolutely loving it so far – a good one to add to your TBR pile this month! You can even read an exclusive excerpt here.

You can click here to learn more about the 50 Book Pledge.

2. The 2014 Giller Prize long list was announced this week! There are some seriously fun picks on the list this year. The Giller Prize also had a very special announcement – for the first time ever, they’ve upped their prize purse, and the winner will now receive a whopping $100,000!

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Also, to celebrate having an amazing FOUR titles on the long list this year, HarperCollinsCanada is offering an ebook promotion on all previously Giller-nominated titles! Visit hccdeals.com to download Giller recognized books for as little as $2.99. You can also download all four of this year’s nominees: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill, The Betrayers by David Bezmogis, American Innovations by Rivka Galchen, and Tell by Frances Itani.

You can read all about the prize and the special announcement here.

3. This was a big week for the world of literary awards. The National Book Awards were also announced yesterday!

They give out awards in a number of categories, but I often find their fiction lists to be the most exciting. And this year’s books all look amazing – there are some great titles here to add to my TBR shelf, and don’t you just love the cool cover on John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van?

This is one of the most prestigious awards in the country, and it has a reputation for recognizing stellar authors and work. The winners will be announced on October 15th.

Read more about the award and the long lists here.

4. Yesterday was a real frenzy over on the HCCFrenzy Twitter account! It was announced that Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi are coming to Canada! After fans retweeted to unlock locations, it was finally revealed that they will be coming to Toronto, Oshawa, Calgary, and Vancouver to sign books and meet with fans!

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For more information about their tour stops click here.

5. Did you take the ice bucket challenge? How about the book bucket challenge? #bookbucketchallenge was all over Facebook and Twitter feeds for the last few weeks – you probably saw some friends list their favourites and the books they’ve always wanted to read but never quite gotten around to.

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According to the Toronto Star, Facebook kept track of the #bookbucketchallenge hashtag, and saw it mentioned in 130,000 status updates in the last two weeks of August alone! And it even spread across North America, India, and Europe. How awesome is it that all these people are talking about books??

You can read more about the challenge and the hashtag here.

Hope you all have a great weekend, Savvy Readers!

Susannah

Follow me on Twitter at @sazames.

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