Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16
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2016 Trillium Award Shortlists Feature Strong Indie Press Presence

Today the Ontario Media Development Corporation announced the nominees for the Trillium Book Award and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

This year, the lists feature a strong showing from independent presses, including House of Anansi, Invisible Publishing, Biblioasis, Tightrope Books, Pedlar Press, and Coach House Books.

Several debuts made the list as well, including Open Book's own Kevin Hardcastle, shortlisted for his debut short story collection, Debris. Read on for the full 2016 shortlists!

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Lynn Crosbie for Where Did You Sleep Last Night, House of Anansi Press
  • Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award Shortlists Announced

    Anyone who is worried that young people are becoming less interested in books needs only to look to the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards. Not only do the awards celebrate the great writing for young people happening in Canada, but they are the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books. This year, students at Scarborough Village Alternative Public School in Toronto will select the winning titles. Five students in grades 3 and 4 will select the recipient(s) of the Children’s Picture Book Award, while five students in grades 7 and 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult/Middle Reader Award.

    Writers' Trust announces RBC Bronwen Wallace Shortlist

    Since 1994, the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers has been identifying, rewarding, and encouraging Canada's best up and coming poets and prose writers.

    Dedicated to discovering bright new writers (who must be unpublished in book form and under the age of 35), the prize has been awarded to now-household names like Yann Martel, Michael Crummey, and Jeramy Dodds.

    Today the Writers’ Trust of Canada announced their 2016 finalists. The winner will be announced June 8. The winner will receive $5,000, and the remaining finalists will receive $1,000.

    Contest! Wolsak & Wynn wants to know the best and worst names for Characters!

    Susan Perly, author of Death Valley is running a unique contest through the blog of her publisher, Wolsak and Wynn.

    After explaining the process she went through naming her characters in Death Valley, Susan asks readers to share their picks for the best (or worst) character name they've come across.

    You can enter via the comment section on Susan's blog post, and if you win, you'll receive a signed copy of Death Valley.

    Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Guest Author Jay Pitter

    Toronto's reputation as a diverse city is backed up by the numbers: the percentage of foreign-born residents in the GTA is in fact higher than any other metropolitan area. It's a fact that Toronto as a city is proud of, but less often discussed is the fact that socio-economic inequalities are growing in Toronto. The essays in Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity (Coach House Books) address issues of inequality, isolation, and neighbourhood separations. With some of the city's brainiest social thinkers (including Doug Saunders, Shawn Micallef, and Fatima Syed), Subdivided is essential Toronto reading.

    Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Guest Author Chase Joynt

    YOLO is old news. For truly interesting stories, consider YOLT — which is both the title of and driving philosophy behind You Only Live Twice (Coach House Books), by trans writer and media artist Chase Joynt and HIV-positive movie artist Mike Hoolboom.

    Special Feature! Friends of Toronto's Type Books Look Back on 10 Years of Indie Bookselling

    It's no stretch to say that Queen West just wouldn't be Queen West without Type Books. In the indie bookstore's ten year lifespan, it has become as iconic and essential a part of Toronto's west end as Trinity Bellwoods, the park that faces the beloved little shop. There isn't a book lover in Toronto who won't rave about Type, from its perfectly curated shelves to its brilliant staff. A true community destination for readings, children's programs, and most importantly, remarkable reads, Type is the rare store that has become more than a store and evolved to be a part of Torontonians' lives.

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