Submitted by Open Book on March 10, 2014 - 8:55am
When J.B. MacKinnon realised that the grassland where he grew up was not the unsullied wilderness he'd always considered it to be, the spark for The Once and Future World: Nature as It Was, as It Is, and as It Could Be (Random House Canada) was born. As he began to consider the long processes outdoor spaces undergo, from the disappearance of wild species to the introduction of domesticated ones, J.B.'s passion for "re-wilding" was born.
Submitted by Open Book on March 6, 2014 - 5:02pm
The Kozbar Literary Award, celebrating excellence in writing on Ukrainian Canadian themes, was awarded last night (March 5) to playwright Diane Flacks in collaboration with Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy for the play Luba, Simply Luba, which premiered at the Berkeley Street Theatre in 2012.
Submitted by Open Book on March 6, 2014 - 4:46pm
Controversial, revolutionary, brilliant — it's easy to see how architect Arthur Erickson became an irresistible subject for biography. Author David Stouck's Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre) tackles both the work and life of the man who brought Canadian architecture to the world stage. A larger-than-life figure who counted the likes of Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor as friends, the heights of Erickson's achievements were matched only by the depths of his troubled times. He eventually died penniless despite having created the initial drawings for building as prominent as Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall and Vancouver's Simon Fraser University.
Submitted by Open Book on March 6, 2014 - 4:20pm
Though there was little surprise when broadcaster Wab Kinew shepherded Joseph Boyden's The Orenda (Hamish Hamilton Canada) to a win at the 2014 edition of CBC Canada Reads this morning, there was much enjoyment in the process for fans and panellists alike, and a final vote against a dark horse competitor that did inject a jolt of last-minute tension.
Heavily favoured from the beginning, The Orenda is Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Boyden's magnum opus, following the lives of three characters in the 17th century as they cross paths through violence, colonisation and the search for meaning.
Submitted by Open Book on March 5, 2014 - 12:15pm
Graeme Smith's The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan (Knopf Canada) arrived on the literary scene like a juggernaut, scooping nominations for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction (which it subsequently won), BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, The Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and, now, the RBC Taylor Prize.
Submitted by Open Book on March 5, 2014 - 11:09am
The five finalists for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award have been announced! The prize is awarded to the best Canadian novel of the previous year published by an author who has never written a novel before (he or she may however have written non-fiction, poetry, short story collections or other genres).
This year's list contains the 2013 Knopf New Face of Fiction author, Kenneth Bonert (the NFOF programme has historical fared well, with frequent appearances on the Amazon.ca First Novel Award list), as well as veteran writer Wayne Grady, who has authored fourteen works of non-fiction before publishing his novel, Emancipation Day.
Submitted by clelia on March 5, 2014 - 8:18am
Submitted by Open Book on March 4, 2014 - 6:35pm
Spoilers ahead for CBC Canada Reads!
Three books still standing — after two days of intense discussion, spoken word poetry as debate and surprising votes, two books have been ousted from the 2014 CBC Canada Reads competition.
Submitted by Open Book on March 4, 2014 - 4:46pm
The subtitle of acclaimed author Charlotte Gray's latest book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial That Shocked a Country (HarperCollins Canada), does not exaggerate. The Massey Murder, which involved an 18-year old servant shooting a member of one of Canada's wealthiest families, was a scandal unlike anything Toronto — and indeed the country — had ever seen.
Submitted by Open Book on March 4, 2014 - 3:16pm
We've already reached the halfway mark in CBC Canada Reads, with two books down and three remaining, vying for the crown and the coveted "Canada Reads effect".
We had the chance to chat with the 2014 panellists and today we're pleased to bring you our conversation with Olympian Donovan Bailey, who has been defending Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan's historical novel, Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen) this week.