Hi again, Savvy Readers! With the warmer weather and promise of longer days (Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday!), we’ve been getting really excited about our spring reads this week. Need some inspiration? Check out our March break reading recommendations. Plus, we’ve got the scoop on this week’s bookish news! Keep reading to see some of our favourite news, links, and photos of the week or “Bookmark” this post for later!
1. David Walliams Comes to Canada
David Walliams visited Canada this month to promote his children’s books! His most recent book, Grandpa’s Great Escape, blends humour with heart, chronicling a great adventure shared by a boy and his grandfather. Click here to hear Walliams talk about the book on Q with Shad Kabango and watch Walliams read from Grandpa’s Great Escape here.
2. Rosemary Sullivan Wins RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction with Stalin’s Daughter
Congratulations, Rosemary Sullivan! Stalin’s Daughter won the coveted RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction this week. Stalin’s Daughter tells the incredible story of Svetlana Stalina, who grew up in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators. Read more about Sullivan’s win here.
3. The Book of Negroes Miniseries Wins Nine Canadian Screen Awards
Photo via CBC
I know what I’m binge-watching this weekend! Lawrence Hill‘s The Book of Negroes was adapted into a six-part miniseries last year and this week, it won nine Canadian Screen Awards! Created to “celebrate Canadian productions and talent who excel in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes in Canadian film, television and digital media,” the Canadian Screen Awards will give out its remaining awards this Sunday. Can’t get enough of Lawrence Hill? Cheer his newest book, The Illegal, on during Canada Reads later this month!
4. Rooster Teeth’s Burnie Burns Competing on The Amazing Race
Okay, so this isn’t new news, but it’s too great to leave out! Burnie Burns, co-author of Red Vs Blue and co-founder of Rooster Teeth, is competing in The Amazing Race this season. Along with his partner and other social media stars (including Tyler Oakley!), Burns will race around the world in the hopes of achieving the show’s grand prize: 1 million dollars. Learn more about Red Vs Blue here.
5. HCC March Madness Round Two Has Begun
We’re having so much fun voting for our favourite books in HCC March Madness! If you didn’t vote in the first round, there’s still lots of time to participate. Help choose which book will be the 2016 champion by voting for your picks at hccmarchmadness.ca. Which book are you rooting for this year?
Did we miss any news stories, readers? Be sure to let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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