book events

Meet the Canada Reads 2013 Contenders!

As I type, the Canada Reads 2013 contenders have been chosen, along with the panelists, and they’re all on stage at CBC, talking about the books and introducing themselves. I was invited, along with several of you, I’m sure, to attend this fun event, but as I’m not close, I couldn’t go. So here is what we have to look forward…

CBC Canada Reads 2013: Thoughts on the Top Fives

So the people’s voting is over. As CBC put it, our “hard work is done.” I wish I could agree that it was indeed hard work for us to choose the books we wanted to be discussed from the plethora of fine examples of CanLit, but because many of the choices seemed to me rather cliché, I’d say it wasn’t…

Post-Giller Thoughts on 419

By now you all know that Will Ferguson won the Giller Prize last night for his novel 419. Hearty congratulations to Mr. Ferguson! And to the other nominees, Russell Wangersky, Kim Thúy, Alix Ohlin, and Nancy Richler, whose books also deserve to be celebrated. As Will toasted: “To the written word!” Ferguson also gave a warm and touching speech of gratitude…

ARCs and the Author

Recently, a blogger friend of mine had a terrible author experience. She had decided to purchase one of his backlist titles, which she really wanted to read and which she’d bought because it was a small-press beautifully made book. Because she liked the design of this backlist book better than his contemporary novels, some of which she also owns, and…