Bookmarks: November 14

Happy Friday, Savvy Readers!

This was a much anticipated week in the literary community. Over a month ago the shortlist was announced, and since then, readers have been feverishly reading the six books shortlisted for Canada’s most prestigious literary award, The Scotiabank Giller Prize (now offering $100,000)! You know we had our fingers crossed for three authors of the shortlist nominees: The Betrayers by David Bezmogis, Tell by Frances Itani, and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill. But on Monday, readers rooted for their favourites and it was a memorable night for one debut author!

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BUT do not fear Savvy Readers, the award season is not over yet! The Goodreads’ Choice Awards just announced their shortlist and you get to be the judge. The cold weather is a perfect excuse to snuggle up and vote! But, remember to ‘bookmark’ links to read afterwards!

1. As I mentioned before, the Scotiabank Giller Prize announced their grand prize winner on Monday. It was tough competition, but we are happy to congratulate debut author Sean Michaels author of Us Conductors, on his much deserved win! Michaels describes feeling “stupefyingly lucky” when he received the nomination, and then “like a whale who has found a whole city in his mouth” upon receiving his prize. Michaels looked surprised walking towards the stage, but delivered a beautiful and gracious speech that nearly brought me to tears. It was a fabulous night for Can Lit filled with friends, colleagues, authors and celebrities. Read Cory’s recap of the night, in which he reveals all the “glitz and glamour”! (And yes, I might be jealous that he shared a table with Kim Coates). If you haven’t already, this winter is the perfect opportunity to catch up on these wonderful titles.

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2. With over 5,000 pledges and 116,798 books read, 2014 has been a very successful year for the 50 Book Pledge. You have just over a month to meet your reading goals and, as the new year approaches, we are looking ahead to the 2015 50 Book Pledge. In 2014, we introduced some exciting new features (such as badges and giveaways) and now we need your help! For more information click here, or tweet your suggestions @SavvyReader.

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3. The Goodreads’ Choice Awards gives Goodreads members (sign up here) the chance to vote for their favourite books of 2014. This week, Goodreads announced the books that made it into the Semi-finale Round, including 5 additional write-in nominees from the Opening Round. Goodreads offers a wide selection of titles across a variety of genres, and you have until Saturday to join the near 2 million votes already cast and choose the books you want to see in the final round (Nov 17-24). We are thrilled to see so many of our much loved books, but here are few that have my vote:  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel in Fiction (read an excerpt here), Bird Box by Josh Malerman in Horror (read Inderjit’s review here), and The Pearl That Broke Its Shell from debut novelist Nadia Hashimi in Fiction and Debut Author (read Kate’s review here).

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 4. It snowed here in Toronto (… although I’m still in denial), but with the snow comes eggnog lattes, winter reads, and holiday shopping! We want to help you beat the Christmas rush, so check back next Tuesday for the first in our Holiday Gift Guide series, and remember: there’s always a book for that!

5. This week BuzzFeed asked their readers about books that helped them get through hard times. There are many books that have changed my life, but Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry is one that I’ll forever carry with me. Here are “51 Books The Prove Reading Can Change Your Life” and many of the comments will inspire you to add these books to your own reading lists. In other BuzzFeed news, Margaret Atwood responded to tweets about Canada and also offered many witty quotes. Proving once again, that she is absolutely wonderful…check it out here!

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That’s all for this week, Savvy Readers! This weekend, I recommend escaping the cold to read some really great books!

~ Madison

Follow me on Twitter @saymadison 

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