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The shortlist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize was announced on September 19. This is Canada's most lucrative prize for nonfiction books. Finalists receive $5000 and the winning author takes home $60,000. Weston said that the 2018 finalists "focus on themes of coming together in the face of adversity,... Continue reading
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Twelve books have been nominated for this year's 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada's most lucrative literary prizes. The winning author receives a cash prize of $100,000; $10,000 is given to the remaining authors on the shortlist. Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage eAudiobook eBook French Exit by Patrick... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Buzz...About Books
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I like to think that silence is under rated and should be paid attention to. All silence, in my experience, leads to something interesting popping up. Ann Ireland Ann Ireland was born in Toronto in 1953 and studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia earning a BFA in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Photo credit: By Laura Hanifin on a Creative Commons license On Sunday August 19, 2018, N.K. Jemisin made history by winning science fiction's prestigious Hugo award for Best Novel for the third consecutive year. It is the first time since the Hugo award was created in 1953 that this has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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"An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally." V.S. Naipaul Nobel prize winning writer Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in Trinidad on August 17, 1932. In an interview with The New Yorker in 2008 he spoke disdainfully about his birthplace saying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The Man Booker Prize judges have selected a unique group of thirteen books for this year's longlist. Considered among the most prestigious of literary awards, the prize is awarded annually to the best novel written in English that was published in the United Kingdom. For the first time in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
After a sex scandal prompted The Swedish Academy to postpone this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, a group of Swedish intellectuals formed an organization called The New Academy. The organization announced its intention to present an international literary prize in 2018 "as a reminder that literature should be associated with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just ...will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis. Anthony Bourdain Chef, author and media personality Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City and grew up in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Richard Peck, award-winning writer of young adult books, was born and spent his childhood in Decatur, Illinois. He credited his parents with inspiring his writing career. He loved the stories his mother read him when he was small declaring, "I wanted to be a writer before I could read". His... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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"Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive." – Philip Roth American novelist Philip Roth was born in New Jersey in 1933. He described his childhood as happy and secure. Roth briefly attended Newark College of Rutgers University intending to become a lawyer. He soon... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Another unexpected and shocking literary announcement has followed the recent revelation about the Nobel Prize for Fiction. The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, a UK-based prize for comic fiction, has also cancelled its award this year because none of the books submitted to the judges were funny enough. David Campbell, publisher... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. This is the last of our Best Books posts for 2017 and it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. This installment is dedicated to books written for children and teens because we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. In this installment, our staff members share their favourite graphic novels and genre... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. In this installment, our staff members share their favourite non-fiction reading of 2017.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Each year we poll our staff members about their favourite reading experiences from the past 12 months. This post celebrates powerful fiction (and one poetry collection!) written by First Nations and Canadian authors. "It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of each year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. "The power of historical fiction for bad and for good can be immense... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Bestselling mystery novelist Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, KY on April 24, 1940. She began writing novels as a teenager but failed to find success and turned to screenwriting. She wrote primarily for television for 15 years and said the experience taught her a great deal about writing. While... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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On Monday November 20, the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize was presented to Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square. Redhill, who was struggling financially earlier in the year and had posted an advertisement offering his editing services, expressed his gratitude for the $100,000 prize saying that "the ends are going... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The Writers' Trust Gala was held in Toronto on November 14, 2017. Several awards were announced at this event including four that are given to celebrate an author's entire body of work. The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize The $50,000 prize was presented to author David Chariandy for Brother, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on November 1, 2017. The awards are presented in 14 categories and include books for adults and children in both official languages. This year's winners are: Drama Winner: Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa Drama Finalists: 1979 by Michael Healey The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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George Saunders' novel Lincoln in the Bardo has won this year's Man Booker Prize. The novel takes place on the night that Willie Lincoln, beloved son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, was buried in a Washington cemetery. Although children generally move quickly into the afterlife, 11-year-old Willie is tempted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The 2017 Toronto Book Award was presented to B. Denham Jolly for his autobiography In the Black: My Life which documents his experiences as a businessman, publisher, broadcaster and civil rights activist. Born in Jamaica, Jolly graduated from McGill University in 1955. When he returned to Canada, he taught science... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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After 2016's controversial selection of Bob Dylan for the award, the Nobel committee has opted for somewhat safer ground this year, presenting the coveted prize to Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro was born in 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan but has lived in England since he was five years old, when his father... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books