Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


Joseph Heath Wins The Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

From our friends at Writers' Trust:

The Writers' Trust of Canada announced last night at the Politics and the Pen gala, held at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, that Joseph Heath has won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives, published by HarperCollins Publishers.

A jury composed of author Denise Chong, author and Ottawa Citizen columnist Terry Glavin, and The Globe and Mail Queen's Park reporter Jane Taber selected the winner. Their citation reads:

A profile of Karen Solie (with a few questions)

By rob mclennan

Read an Excerpt from Carellin Brooks' One Hundred Days of Rain

What's better than strolling through a bookstore, leafing through a book that has caught your eye? We're excited to offer an online version of that with an exclusive excerpt of One Hundred Days of Rain (BookThug) by Carellin Brooks here on Open Book.

Plum Johnson Captures the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction

A memoir of caring for loving but difficult parents has captured the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction. Plum Johnson's They Left Us Everything (Penguin Canada) has been called "a slim, unassuming memoir that hits you deep in the gut, leaving you bruised and thoughtful long after its last page" (Angela Hickman, National Post).

Wattpad Launches After Dark, A Free App for Steamy Stories

Despite the continued freezing cold temperatures, Wattpad is heating things up with a new and free app called After Dark, offering a curated and steamy reading experience for mature romance fans.

After Dark offers readers thousands of romance stories written by best-selling authors and popular Wattpad writers. Readers can also browse content-specific channels such as LGBTQ, Urban and Fanfiction to better discover the stories they are after. Just like on Wattpad, readers can comment and vote on After Dark stories.

TIFF's Books on Film series returns with Kazuo Ishiguro, Irvine Welsh & More

Book lovers and film buffs are a match made in heaven, and thanks to TIFF's Books on Film series, you can indulge your love of page and picture at the same time.

The series celebrates and screens acclaimed films that started their narrative lives as books. Before each screening, audiences are treated to in-person discussions with filmmakers and writers about subjects such as adaptation, writing processes, finding inspiration in books, and much more.

Special Feature! Bernice Eisenstein on Contributing to Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

When Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991) buried 6,000 negatives of his photos of the Lodz ghetto in 1944, he feared they would be the only record of the Polish Jewish people who were being systemically murdered in the ghetto during WWII. And indeed, only 10,000 of the more than 200,000 Jews who passed through the Lodz ghetto would survive the War.

Ross was an official Lodz ghetto photographer from 1940 to 1944, taking identification card photos for the ghetto's constantly swelling Jewish and Romani population, as the Nazi regime packed more and more people into the area.

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Special Feature! Talking Non-Fiction with the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize Nominees

The 2015 shortlist for the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction shows the power of narrative non-fiction. With four out of five nominated titles being memoirs, it's a unique and powerful list that puts paid to the notion that storytelling is limited to the realm of the novel.

The nominees are:

  • Plum Johnson for They Left Us Everything (Penguin Canada)
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