2010 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalists Announced

On October 13, 2010 The Canada Council for the Arts announced the names of the 70 finalists for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. A total of 1,702 eligible books were submitted for [...]

2011 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalists Announced

On October 13, 2010 The Canada Council for the Arts announced the names of the 70 finalists for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. Fiction Finalists David Bezmozgis, Toronto, The Free World (HarperCollins Publishers; [...]

Alice Major on Intersecting Sets

Book Club Buddy: What do you think readers will find most notable about Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science? Alice Major: I hope they find that it’s engaging. Many people think poetry and science are nerdy and difficult of access, and conclude that the combination must be astronomically esoteric. But this is a very [...]

Alma Katsu on The Taker

About The Taker BCB: Why this story? Can you say anything about what motivated you to write this book? ALMA KATSU: I was inspired to write The Taker after a very spooky experience I had one night in the area around Concord, Massachusetts. I was driving home and had just passed an old Colonial-era farm when [...]

Anna Porter wins the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

February 16, 2011 – Ottawa – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced tonight at the Politics and the Pen Gala that Anna Porter has won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for The Ghosts of Europe: Journeys Through Central Europe’s Troubled Past and Uncertain Future, published by Douglas & McIntyre. Read the full article…

Annabel Lyon on The Golden Mean

About The Golden Mean Book Club Buddy: What do you think readers will find most notable about this book? Annabel Lyon: A frequent reaction I’ve had from readers is that they went into the book reluctantly, expecting a novel about Aristotle to be dry, and how pleasantly surprised they were to find it violent, sexy, [...]

Anne Sorbie on Memoir of a Good Death

About Memoir of a Good Death   Book Club Buddy: What do you think readers will find most notable about Memoir of a Good Death?   Anne Sorbie: In an immediate sense, readers have said that the title and the cover are huge draws which invite them to consider a topic that they might not otherwise [...]

Ariel Gordon on Hump

Ariel Gordon is the author of Hump, a mash-up of pregnancy and mothering poems and urban/nature/love poems that functions as an anti-sentiment manifesto.  Month by month, stanza by stanza, Gordon attempts to adequately represent the wonder and devilment of being-with-child. Hump is a love poem written simultaneously to a father and child, to a lover [...]

Barb Howard on Notes for Monday

About your book: What do you think readers will find most notable about this book? Readers have told me that they are intrigued by the way they end up feeling admiration, or at least compassion, for a main character who has so many offensive qualities. The other notable aspect is that many readers have never [...]

Barb Howard on Western Taxidermy

About Western Taxidermy What do you think readers will find most notable about this book? Barb Howard: Because the stories were written over two decades, I think readers will find variety, in topic and tone and characters, in this book. Much of the writing was prompted by my observations during the time I aged from [...]

Madame Zee by Pearl Luke

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