Happy Friday, Savvy Readers! I can’t believe it’s already mid-October! Though it’s been busy here at The Savvy Reader, we always make time to keep up with the latest bookish news. Keep reading to see our favourite news stories, links, and photos from the past week, or bookmark this post to read later!
1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel wins 2015 Toronto Book Award
Last night, the winner of the 2015 Toronto Book Awards was crowned, and I was thrilled when Emily St. John Mandel‘s Station Eleven took home the prize! The Toronto Book Awards “honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto,” and if you’ve read Station Eleven, I’m sure you’ll agree that it does just that. Click here to read a transcript of Emily St. John Mandel‘s acceptance speech, and “like” this post to join us in congratulating Emily!
Speaking of book awards…
2. The 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner is Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings
On Tuesday night, Marlon James was announced as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, making him the first Jamaican author to win the prize. Described as “sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex,” the epic novel spans several decades and is “a rich, polyphonic study of violence, politics and the musical legacy of Kingston of the 1970s.” Read more about the book and the comments from Michael Wood, Chair of the Judges, here. Have you read A Brief History of Seven Killings yet? Share your review with us on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below!
3. Toronto’s new Poet Laureate is Anne Michaels
After a fruitful three years, George Elliot Clarke is welcoming Anne Michaels as Toronto’s 5th Poet Laureate. As the new Poet Laureate, Anne Michaels will be responsible for “serv[ing] as the City’s literary ambassador” and will also create a “legacy project that will be unique to [her].” Click here to read the full press release.
4. New books from your favourite authors…
This week, HarperCollins Canada announced two exciting acquisitions! Amanda Lang, bestselling author of The Power of Why, has signed on to write a new book, coming out Fall 2016. While The Power of Why was about asking the right questions that will lead you to success, Lang‘s upcoming book will be about “the virtue of discomfort” according to the press release. I’m so excited to read more about it!
On the fiction front, there’s a new novel by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author (and screenwriter!) of Room to look forward to! In a press release this week, Iris Tupholme, SVP and Executive Publisher of HarperCollins Publishers, calls The Wonder a “spellbinding work of fiction” and “an intimate and mysterious tale of two strangers who come together and change each other’s lives forever.” Are you a fan of Emma Donoghue? Join me in reading (or re-reading) her previously-published works in anticipation of the new novel!
5. Required reading for Blue Jays fans…
Unless you’ve been disconnected from the outside world, you’ll know that the Blue Jays made the comeback of a lifetime this week, successfully defeating the Texas Rangers to win the American League Division Series. As Blue Jays love is at an all-time high, CBC Books has created this great list of 10 books every Blue Jay fan needs to read. Have you read any of the titles on the list? Personally, we think it’s missing one…
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