Hey Savvy Readers! It’s the last Friday of the month — where did the time go!?!? October will be here before you can even say “Fall Reading List”! So before it arrives, lets get down to our last September edition of Bookmarks, our weekly post of all the bookish news, photos and links you may have missed. What are we waiting for?
1. Washington Black shortlisted for the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
More great news for Esi Edugyan! Her latest novel Washington Black was just shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The prize recognizes Canadian writersfor the year’s best novel or short story collection. Washington Black is also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Congratulations, Esi! Have you read Washington Black yet? Let us know what you thought in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
2. Nobel Prize for Literature May Face Longer Delays
Image: The Guardian
This week, more bad news for the Nobel Prize. After last year’s sexual misconduct scandal and postponement of the Nobel Prize for Literature, there may be an even longer delay. The prize was not handed out in 2018, and initial plans were to create two laureates in 2019. This week however, Lars Heikensten, the Nobel Foundation’s executive director, revealed that the prize may not be awarded in 2019 unless issues at the Swedish Academy are resolved. He believes that the academy needs to “cultivate a more open approach” in the way a winner is decided. Stay tuned for updates! Read more here.
3. Beautiful Bad to become a movie!
The upcoming thriller Beautiful Bad hasn’t even been published yet and already the film rights have been sold to Warner Bros. Pictures! If you couldn’t put The Woman in the Window down, you’ll LOVE Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward. It’s an explosive story of a seemingly perfect romance that leads to the perfect crime, flipping back and forth from past to present, from the Balkans to Manhattan, and from Iraq to Kansas. Trust us — this is one you should get excited for. Read more about the film acquisition here, and find out more about the new novel here!
4. 300 new words added to the Scrabble dictionary
Scrabble players, get excited! There are 300 new words now accepted on the Scrabble board, including “emoji”, “facepalm” and “arancini” (who doesn’t love those delicious Italian rice balls?) so get ready to up your game! It’s been four years since Merriam-Webster updated their The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, with the sixth edition releasing this week. Read more about the list of new words here.
That’s it for this week, Savvy Readers! See anything in the news this week that you want to share? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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