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Underdog James McBride takes National Book Award

Winners of the prestigious National Book Award were announced Wednesday evening, with James McBride taking the fiction prize for The Good Lord Bird. Many are calling the win a surprise, considering the underdog was up against favorites Thomas Pynchon and Jhumpa Lahiri. But the winning novel is said to be wildly entertaining, darkly funny, and well […]

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Eleanor Catton does it again and wins Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award

She’s on a roll. Eleanor Catton, winner of the Booker Prize last month, has now claimed Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for The Luminaries – a mystery set in the 19th century gold rush in New Zealand. Once again, I have to write SHE’S JUST 28. The Canadian-born, New Zealand author was the youngest-ever […]

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Writer and convicted bank robber Stephen Reid wins 2013 Victoria Book Prize

Stephen Reid, Canada’s most notorious bank robber, is the winner of the 2013 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden: Writing from Prison. The book is a collection of unflinching, harrowing essays that detail Reid’s experiences as an addict, criminal, writer, and prison inmate. Reid’s first book, the acclaimed […]

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Short Story Collection Nabs the Giller Prize

Lynn Coady was named winner of Canada’s 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month for her collection of short stories, Hellgoing.  Now in its 20th year, the Giller Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction.  Previous winners include literary hard-hitters Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, Joseph Boyden, and Michael Ondaatje. Writers Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan, and Jonathan Lethem made […]

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London bookseller scoops ILAB prize with Ian Fleming bibliography

Congratulations to Jon Gilbert, a bookseller with Adrian Harrington Rare Books in London, who has won the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography with his book on Ian Fleming’s works. Gilbert’s Ian Fleming The Bibliography was published by Queen Anne Press last year. It contains a preface by Fergus Fleming, Ian’s nephew and co-publisher of Queen […]

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Eleanor Catton strikes Booker gold at 28

New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize at the tender age of 28. She is the youngest ever winner of the award and pockets £50,000 for The Luminaries, an epic 832-page mystery set during the 1866 New Zealand gold rush. Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Catton lives in Auckland. […]

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Literary Canada buzzes as Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Canada, and particularly Victoria in British Columbia, is a buzz this morning with the news that Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The 82-year-old, famous for writing short stories, is the 110th Nobel laureate in literature and the 13th woman to receive the prize. Munro last published work was in 2012, a […]

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Final five for Canada’s Governor General Award

The 2013 Governor General Literary Award nominee list has been whittled down to five finalists.  The prize will be awarded to the Canadian author with the best novel of the year.  Northern favorite Joseph Boyden has received a national nod for his third book, The Orenda, but competition is stiff with Man Booker heavyweight Eleanor Catton also  in […]

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New Zealand’s 27-year-old writing sensation takes Booker in her stride

The Daily Telegraph carries an interview with Eleanor Catton, the 27-year-old novelist from New Zealand who has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  The Luminaries is tale set in the New Zealand goldfields during 1866, and Catton is the youngest writer to be ever shortlisted for the award. In her second novel, The Luminaries, […]

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Finalists announced for Victoria Book Prizes

Some news from our neck of the woods here in British Columbia. Five finalists have been selected for the 2013 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.  The award goes to the best book published in the preceding year by a Greater Victoria author in the fiction, non-fiction, or poetry categories, though there aren’t any poets […]

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