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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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Graphic novel makes 2013 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The National Book Award released its long-list for 2013′s Young People’s Literature Award. The list of 10 is an eclectic one, with protagonists ranging from a pair of raccoon brothers to a squirrel to an orphaned baker.  Here are the contenders: The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt Flora and Ulysses: […]

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Ozeki, Lahiri & Tóibín Lead Shortlist for 2013 Man Booker Prize

The six-book shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has been revealed. NoViolet Bulawayo, Eleanor Catton, Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and Colm Tóibín are the contenders. The winner will be announced on 15 October at London’s Guildhall We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (signed copies) The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (signed copies) […]

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Last Elmore Leonard Novel and the James Tait Black Prize winner

Hot on the news that five new JD Salinger works could be published beginning in 2015 the estate of Elmore Leonard has come out with news that Elmore’s son plans to finish the late author’s final novel. Elmore Leonard passed just last week, and it has now been reported by the BBC that his son, […]

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