Canadian Children’s Literature Awards

Last night, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre handed out its Canadian Children’s Literature Awards at The Carlu in downtown Toronto (except for the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, which will be announced October 29 at a separate event in Montreal). As a proud member of the CCBC, I had the privilege of attending the ceremony.

The awards, sponsored by TD Bank Group, featured a fan’s choice award for the first time this year. Children voted online for their favourite book from all of the nominated titles. Young Annaka Leib won a trip to Toronto and had the honour of presenting the award (and looking adorable doing so as she stood on a step to reach the microphone). The award went to Polly Horvath for One Night in Coal Harbour. 

The remaining winners were:

Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

John Spray Mystery Award: The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart

The Lynching of Louie Sam

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People: The Lynching of Louie Sam by Elizabeth Stewart

The Lynching of Louie Sam

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction: Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis

Marilyn Balilie Picture Book Award: Mr. Zinger’s Hat, written by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Dušan Petričić

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award: One Year in Coal Harbour by Polly Horvath

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

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Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize

Okay, this is old news now, but on October 10 beloved Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for literature. Unfortunately, the eighty-two-year-old Munro will not be attending the ceremony to receive her award due to health concerns. I have a confession to make. Despite majoring in English in university and taking a course in Canadian literature, I have read very little of Alice Munro’s work. Why, I have no idea. I suppose in part because she is known for her short stories, and I really ‘t read short stories that often. Still, I feel a bit guilty as a Canadian that I am not more familiar with her work.

On a lighter note, the CBC has created the “Who said it Quiz: Alice Munro or Jay-Z?” Despite my limited knowledge of both the writer and the rapper, I managed to score 70%. Not bad!

 

Forest of Reading 2014 Nominations

The nominations for the 2014 Forest Of Reading were announced today. This means I can finally talk about the books I read as part of the Red Maple selection committee! Here’s the list:

Eric Walters – Between Heaven and Earth

Valerie Sherrard – Counting Back From Nine

Sigmund Brouwer – Devil’s Pass

Ted Staunton – Jump Cut

K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr – Loki’s Wolves: The Blackwell Pages

Deborah Ellis – My Name is Parvana

Cynthia d’Entremont – Oak Island Revenge

Joanne Levy – Small Medium at Large

Kenneth Oppel – Such Wicked Intent

Susin Nielsen – The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

 

Over the next few weeks I will share my reviews of these books while I get started reading some of the nominated titles from the other lists. A full list of nominees can be found here.

 

Canadian Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month, which seems as good a time as any to resurrect this blog. In truth, it has been a busy year. From January to April I was working six days a week at two jobs and had no energy to blog. After that, my reading for the Read Maple selection committee got into high gear, and of course I cannot write about what I am reading. Good news, though: the lists of Forest of Reading nominees for 2014 will be announced in just two weeks on October 15. I can’t wait to see which books the other committees have chosen!

Fall is a busy season for book awards and book-related events. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre will hand out their awards in Toronto October 22 and Montreal October 29. The list of nominated titles is available here. On November 4, the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be awarded. The longlist is available here, and the shortlist will be announced October 8. Finally, the International Festival of Authors gets under way this month. I have actually never attended an IFOA event, but now that I live so close the the Harbourfront Centre perhaps this will be the year I finally go. Hey, it would give me something to blog about, right?