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.
Submitted by Open Book on February 25, 2014 - 2:36pm
In celebration of Freedom to Read Week, we asked you what reading freedom means to you. We received some amazing submissions and are excited to share them with you now, as Freedom to Read week ramps up! Don't miss the photo gallery below.
While we in Canada enjoy comparative reading freedom, it is always important to rigorously defend that freedom and to articulate why it is important, while engaging in an international conversation about the importance of intellectual rights and freedoms.
Submitted by Open Book on February 21, 2014 - 4:02pm
Today we continue our CBC Canada Reads interview series with one of Canada's foremost humanitarians, and former UN ambassador, Stephen Lewis.
Mr. Lewis is defending no less than our first lady of Canadian letters, Margaret Atwood, in the competition — specifically The Year of the Flood (Vintage Canada), the second instalment in her recent dystopian series.
Mr. Lewis speaks to Open Book about Atwood as a Beatnik, the book he almost chose and issues to which all Canadians should be paying attention.
Submitted by Open Book on February 20, 2014 - 1:14pm
As Toronto begins to thaw, the literary scene is heating up too, with the year's hottest book competition, CBC Canada Reads, just around the corner.