The OLA has announced the finalists for the 2014 Forest of Reading Awards!

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Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel is shortlisted for the Red Maple Award

Running on Empty by Don Aker is shortlisted for the White Pine Fiction Award

100 Days That Changed Canada by Mark Reid, and GSP by Georges St-Pierre are shortlisted for the White Pine Non-Fiction Award

The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

Voting will take place in April, and the winner will be announced in front of a large, cheering crowd of kids  at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in May.

The Red Maple Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8. This program includes a Fiction list every year and every other year Red Maple also offers a Non-Fiction list. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.

The White Pine Award reading program offers teens of all ages the opportunity to read the best of Canada’s recent young titles. Each year a Fiction list is offered and every other year a Non-Fiction list is nominated, so readers can choose from two lists. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and familiarizes teenagers with great Canadian books.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

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Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee has won the Toronto Book Awards!

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Congratulations to Kamal Al-Solaylee! INTOLERABLE wins the Toronto Book Awards!

Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, The Toronto Book Awards honours authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Each finalist receives $1,000 and the winning author receives an additional $10,000.

Previous winners include Austin Clarke, Margaret Atwood, Kevin Bazzana, David Bezmozgis, Dionne Brand, Sarah Dearing, Robertson Davies, Glen Downie, Timothy Findley, Joe Fiorito, Camilla Gibb, Katherine Govier, A.B. McKillop, Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, and Kate Taylor.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013 Announces Its Shortlist!

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Congratulations to Dan Vyleta’s THE CROOKED MAID and Dennis Bock’s GOING HOME AGAIN!  They have made the list of finalists for The Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist!

The winner will be announced at a gala ceremony to honour the finalists on Tuesday, November 5th during a live broadcast on CBC Television at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT), hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

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Alice McDermott’s SOMEONE is longlisted for the National Book Awards!

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Congratulations to Alice McDermott! SOMEONE is longlisted for the National Book Awards!

Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. There are four panels of five Judges each in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature, each including a Chairperson, chosen by the National Book Foundation.

The Foundation will announce a shortlist of twenty finalist books, five in each category, on October 16. The winner in each category will be announced on November 20. Winners receive a prize of $10,000. Finalists receive a prize of $1,000.

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Lesley Livingston’s STARLING wins the Copper Cylinder Young Adult Award!

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Congratulations to Lesley Livingston!  STARLING has won the Copper Cylinder Young Adult Award!

The Copper Cylinder Award celebrates the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year and is selected annually by members of the Sunburst Award Society.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013 Announces Its Longlist!

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Congratulations to Dennis Bock’s GOING HOME AGAIN, David Gilmour’s EXTRAORDINARY and Dan Vyleta’s THE CROOKED MAID!

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013 Announces its Longlist

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September 16, 2013 (Vancouver, BC) – The Scotiabank Giller Prize today announced its longlist for this year’s award from the University of British Columbia’s famed Museum of Anthropology. The event was co-hosted by UBC’s Creative Writing Program and the Vancouver Writers Fest (VWF).

Twenty thirteen marks the 20th anniversary of the Giller Prize and the 50th anniversary of UBC’s distinguished Creative Writing Program.

Author and 2013 Giller juror Esi Edugyan was at the event to present the 13 titles that were chosen from a field of 147 books, submitted by 61 publishers from every region of the country. 

Edugyan’s fellow jurors this year are Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and American author Jonathan Lethem.

The longlist for the 20th anniversary of the Scotiabank Giller Prize is:

  • Dennis Bock for his novel Going Home Again, published by HarperCollins Canada

  • Joseph Boyden for his novel The Orenda, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada

  • Lynn Coady for her short story collection Hellgoing, published by House of Anansi Press

  • Craig Davidson for his novel Cataract City, published by Doubleday Canada

  • Elisabeth De Mariaffi for her short story collection How To Get Along With Women, published by Invisible Publishing

  • David Gilmour for his novel Extraordinary, published by Patrick Crean Editions

  • Wayne Grady for his novel Emancipation Day, published by Doubleday Canada

  • Louis Hamelin for his novel October 1970, translated by Wayne Grady and published by House of Anansi Press   

  • Wayne Johnston for his novel The Son of a Certain Woman, published by Knopf Canada

  • Claire Messud for her novel The Woman Upstairs, published by Knopf Canada

  • Lisa Moore for her novel Caught, published by House of Anansi Press

  • Dan Vyleta for his novel The Crooked Maid, published by HarperCollins Canada

  • Michael Winter for his novel Minister Without Portfolio, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada


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Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee has been shortlisted for the Toronto Book Awards!

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Congratulations Kamal!

Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, The Toronto Book Awards honours authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual award offers $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist receives $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money. 

Previous winners include Austin Clarke, Margaret Atwood, Kevin Bazzana, David Bezmozgis, Dionne Brand, Sarah Dearing, Robertson Davies, Glen Downie, Timothy Findley, Joe Fiorito, Camilla Gibb, Katherine Govier, A.B. McKillop, Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, and Kate Taylor.

The winner of the 2013 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at an evening reception at the Toronto Reference Library.