Submitted by Grace on September 22, 2016 - 5:21pm
After a summer full of great reads, we're now firmly into the fall book prize and festival season. But it just doesn't feel like fall until our favourite outdoor festival kicks things off with bbq'd corn, tiny donuts, and of course, dozens and dozens of our favourite authors! That's right — it's The Word on the Street! This Sunday, September 25, readers across the GTA will gather at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto to listen to and talk with authors, participate in exciting programming for guests of all ages, shop directly from book and magazine publishers, and more.
Submitted by Grace on September 21, 2016 - 10:02am
We're now firmly in literary prize season, and the lists are coming thick and fast. The second of the three big annual fiction lists was announced today by the Writers' Trust of Canada — the venerable Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize shortlist consists of five titles selected by jurors Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla.
It's an interesting and somewhat surprising list, leaving off a few titles that have thus-far proved to be 2016 favourites, including Madeleine Thein's Man Booker Prize-nominated Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Zoe Whittall's timely and powerful The Best Kind of People, and Mona Awad's Amazon First Novel Award winner, 13 Ways of Looking at Fat Girl.
Submitted by kevin on September 20, 2016 - 9:42pm
by Susan Hughes
I’m delighted to be starting off my kid lit blog this season with a fun chat with five authors of exciting hot-off-the-press children’s books, including a picture book, a chapter book, a middle grade book, a nonfiction book, and a YA novel. Welcome to Olive Senior (Boonoonoonous Hair, Tradewind Books), Victoria Allenby (Timo’s Garden, Pajama Press), Sara Cassidy (A Boy Named Queen, Groundwood Books), Rona Arato (The Ship to Nowhere: On Board the Exodus, Orca), and Natasha Deen (Across the Floor, Orca).
Submitted by Grace on September 20, 2016 - 1:20pm
It's nearly time to gather at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and celebrate Canada's amazing writing culture! The Word on the Street is this Sunday, September 25, and will feature book and magazine publishers, food tents and trucks, literary-themed organizations and stores, dozens and dozens of readings and panel discussions by authors, and programming for kids and teens. We've had the chance to talk to several of the festival authors, and today we speak with Mayank Bhatt, author of Belief (Mawenzi House), a complex and timely family story.
Submitted by Grace on September 20, 2016 - 11:23am
Though it has flown somewhat under the radar, the nine-year-old Cundill Prize in Historical Literature has quietly been establishing itself as one of the leading literary prizes in the country. It's the most lucrative international award for a non-fiction book in the world, with a staggering $75,000 (US) grand prize, in addition to two Recognition of Excellence prizes of $10,000 (US) each. The prize was established by McGill alumnus F. Peter Cundill, who passed away in January 2011, and is awarded annually to an individual who has published a book that has made a profound literary, social, and academic impact in the area of history.
Submitted by Grace on September 19, 2016 - 5:25pm
Submitted by Grace on September 19, 2016 - 2:41pm
Leon Rooke has been called "a national treasure" by the Globe and Mail with good reason — his contributions to CanLit over an astounding 50 years of work have been hugely influential. And he's not slowing down anytime soon. His most recent book is Swinging Through Dixie (Biblioasis), is a formally interesting combination of two novellas and three short stories. United by place and atmosphere, the pieces have drawn comparisons to the likes of Jose Saramago or Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Submitted by Grace on September 18, 2016 - 12:58pm
Are you in need of a whole new library? Do you live for fascinating, brilliantly written non-fiction? Then don't miss your chance to win our final, grand prize from The Word On The Street this year — a huge prize pack of the best in Canadian non-fiction. Whether you want to laugh yourself silly or expand your mind, this huge list of titles has it all. This is the last of our 2016 The Word on the Street book giveaways, and we're going out with a bang!
Submitted by Grace on September 18, 2016 - 12:54pm
Canada's literary heritage is full of talented Jewish authors, including granddaddy (or, perhaps most aptly, zaide) Mordecai Richler, as well as acclaimed writers like Matt Cohen, Irving Layton, and many more.
Submitted by Grace on September 15, 2016 - 4:01pm
Cordelia Strube occupies a unique niche in CanLit — known for both her witty storytelling and slyly comic approach to fiction, she's also praised for her keen emotional insight and layered, sophisticated narratives.
Her 10th novel is On the Shoes of Darkness, There is Light (ECW Press), which was recently shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award, and which Quill & Quire called "A masterful blend of comedy and tragedy...richly detailed and profoundly moving".
Writer In Residence
September 1, 2016 - October 1, 2016
Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she has lived in Ra’anana, Israel, and in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first collection of short stories, Got No Secrets (Tightrope Books, 2010) was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald, and the Cape Town Times. It was also named one of Britannica’s Books of the Year (Canadian short stories) in 2011, and was published in South Africa (Modjaji Books, 2011). Danila has guest-edited the National Post’s “The Afterword,” and her short stories have appeared in Broken Pencil Magazine, Douglas Glover’s Numero Cinq Magazine, Joyland and more. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed Too Much on the Inside was published by Quattro Books in June 2015. She will be teaching at the Humber School for Writers in the correspondence program in 2017. She is currently working on her second novel and a new collection of short stories.
You can write to Danila throughout the month of September at firstname.lastname@example.org
(McClelland and Stewart, 2007)
In this vulnerable collection of poetry, Cohen is at his most naked. As always, the sacred and profane play in the same holy band and their music is bittersweet. The priest longs for manhood and the man longs for the solitude of discourse with his angel. I always was and always will be a fan of this descendent of one of the great Jewish theologians. Leonard Cohen may be the only romantic left; and that is not a good thing. I recently apologized to one of our best known writers for criticizing what I perceived to be her cynical view. “You were right,” I said, “I was wrong.” She replied, “The world needs romantics, now more than ever.”