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Meet the Canada Reads 2013 Contenders!

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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 to this coming spring! (From CBC’s Canada Reads site): British Columbia and Yukon: Carol Huynh defends Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese Carol Huynh is one of Canada’s best wrestlers, with 11 Canadian championships,…read more


CBC Canada Reads 2013: Thoughts on the Top Fives

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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 so hard for most people. Falling back on tried and true, on old favourites: meh! The real challenge, the real work (or joy, as I see it), is in exploring…read more


Post-Giller Thoughts on 419

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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 that only deepened my crush on him (Beyond Belfast is my favourite of his so far). He’s contributed to Canadiana as a humorist, travel writer, and novelist, and though he’s no…read more


ARCs and the Author

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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 because as a former student of his she wanted that particular book signed since he had taught her much, that’s what she took along to his IFOA event. Now, after hearing…read more