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?


Book Awards Roundup

Over the past month, several major books awards have been announced. Here’s a brief recap of the winners:

Scotiabank Giller Prize – 419 by Will Ferguson

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction – A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape by Candace Savage

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize – Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy

Governor General’s Literary Awards (English)

Fiction – The Purchase by Linda Spalding
Non-fiction – Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King
Poetry – Monkey Ranch by Julie Bruck
Drama – It Is Solved by Walking by Catherine Banks
Children’s Text – The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Laresen by Susin Nielsen
Children’s Illustration – Virginia Wolf by Isabelle Arsenault
Translation –  Mai at the Predators’ Ball by Nigel Spencer

Governor General’s Literary Awards (French)

Fiction – Pour Sûr by France Daigle
Poetry – Une drap. Une place by Maude Smith Gagnon
Drama – Contre le temps by Geneviève Billette
Non-fiction – Comment tuer Shakespeare by Normand Chaurette
Children’s Text – Un été d’amour et de cendres by Aline Apostolska
Children’s Illustration – La clé à molette by Élise Gravel
Translation – Glenn Gould by Alain Roy