It’s Friday, Savvy Readers, and you know what that means: it’s time for us to round up our favourite bookish news stories, links, and photos of the week. There’s always something exciting happening in the book world, and this week was particularly packed with fun Canadian bookish news (and more). If you don’t have time to get caught up now, simply “bookmark” this post for later!
1. 2016 Giller Prize news: 5-person jury announced, Lawrence Hill to act as chair
(Photo: Scotiabank Giller Prize)
This week, the 2016 Giller Prize jury was announced. Comprised of five experienced and qualified authors, the jury will be responsible for choosing the 2016 Giller Prize winner from the eligible submissions. It may still be early in the year, but the recently-announced Giller Prize jury has a lot of reading ahead of them. (Psst, we suggest using the 50 Book Pledge to track your reading!) Read the announcement and learn more about the jury members here.
2. 15th annual Canada Reads shortlist announced
The Giller Prize gala is still months away, so why don’t we get excited for something that’s a little closer? From March 21-24th, five panelists will gather together to champion the book they believe best represents this year’s Canada Reads theme: starting over. The panelists and shortlisted books were announced this Wednesday and it even created some #CanadaReadsTrashTalk on Twitter!
— HarperCollinsCa (@HarperCollinsCa) January 20, 2016
Click here to see the list of shortlisted books and find out who we’re cheering on. Who are you rooting for?
Last week we teased a little bit about Frank, our favourite character since The Rosie Project‘s Don Tillman. Well, we just couldn’t wait for you to #MeetFrank, so we wanted to formally introduce you. Click here to find out more about Frank, the cast of characters in his life, and enter to win your own copy of the book! (Don’t forget to add Be Frank With Me to your 50 Book Pledge To Read shelf here.)
4. Just released: New 50 Book Pledge Badge
Speaking of 50 Book Pledge, this week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read is Jennifer Robson‘s Moonlight Over Paris, the third book in her Great War trilogy. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve created our first Author Badge of 2016! Simply read one of the novels in Robson‘s bestselling Great War trilogy — Somewhere In France, After the War is Over, or Moonlight Over Paris — to earn this badge! Four people have claimed the badge so far; are you one of them?
5. Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music is coming to the big screen
If you’re a fan of Emma Donoghue and Room, I have some great news for you! Monumental Pictures is set to adapt Donoghue‘s bestselling historical novel Frog Music, with Donaghue penning the screenplay. Her screenplay for Room‘s film adaptation recently earned her an Oscar nomination. Read the exciting press release here. Are you excited to see Frog Music on the big screen?
6. Book Riot shares 99 ways to spread the book love
Do you just love books and want to spread the book love to anyone who will listen? Book Riot has compiled a fantastic list of 99 ways to share your bookish enthusiasm. From posting on #Bookstagram to requesting a book from the library, this handy dandy list will help you become the #1 bookworm. See the 99 things to do here.
Phew! We had a lot to share this week. Did you come across any bookish news you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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