OMAR EL AKKAD, ZOEY LEIGH PETERSON AND OMAR EL AKKAD LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
November 19, 2018
Congratulations to Omar El Akkad, Zoey Leigh Peterson and Jeff VanderMeer. Their respective novels AMERICAN WAR, NEXT YEAR, FOR SURE, and BORNE have been longlisted for the 2019 Dublin Literary Award! The €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include works by authors from 41 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the US, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand, with 39 novels in translation. The shortlist will be revealed on April 4th, 2019 and the winner will be announced on June 12th.
You can see the full list of nominees here.
FILMING UNDERWAY FOR CAMILLA GIBB’S SWEETNESS IN THE BELLY
November 2, 2018
Last week cameras started rolling for the film adaptation of Camilla Gibb’s 2005 bestselling novel, Sweetness in the Belly. Directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Difret), with a screenplay by Laura Phillips (Murdoch Mysteries, Jake and the Kid), the film stars Dakota Fanning as a young woman raised Muslim who flees war-torn Ethiopia for London, where she forms close relationships with other refugees. They are currently filming in Dublin, and will also be on location in Ethiopia.
SARAH HENSTRA’S THE RED WORD WINS THE 2018 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD FOR FICTION
October 30, 2018
Sarah Henstra has won the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction for her debut adult novel The Red Word!
As the CBC puts it, “The Red Word follows Karen, a college sophomore whose closest friends and roommates — a group of strong-willed intellectual feminists — are at odds with her fraternity brother boyfriend. Karen loves the cerebral debates she has at home with her roommates, as well as the raucous parties at her boyfriend's fraternity house. Caught up in both worlds, Karen inadvertently becomes part of her roommates's elaborate plan to expose rape culture at the fraternity and is haunted by the outcome.”
"Groundbreaking and provocative, this is an astonishing evisceration of the clichés of sexual politics as they exist not only on our college campuses, but also within broader present-day society. Alternately heartbreaking, funny, and critical, no one gets off easily. The Red Word plumbs the depths of literature, mythology, history, philosophy, and a host of contemporary issues — an utterly effing good read," said GG jurors Andrea MacPherson, Shani Mootoo and Craig Francis Power in a press release.
Sarah has a YA novel, WE CONTAIN MULTITUDES, forthcoming in the US by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Canada by PRHC Young Readers. Look for it on shelves May 2019!
KARI MAAREN’S WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND WINS 2018 COPPER CYLINDER YOUNG ADULT AWARD
October 15, 2018
The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the seventh annual Copper Cylinder Award!
The Copper Cylinder Award is an annual award for Canadian literature of the fantastic, selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society for books published during the previous year. It derives its name from what is considered the first Canadian scientific romance, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, by James De Mille (1833-1880). All winners of the Copper Cylinder receive a unique, handcrafted copper cylinder trophy.
The 2018 Copper Cylinder Young Adult Award is shared by two works, Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko [ECW Press], and Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren [Tor Books].
The Sunburst Award Society also confers the annual juried Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Both awards celebrate the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.
Cherie Dimaline and sandra kasturi win 2018 sunburst awards
October 15, 2018
The Sunburst Award Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in Adult, Young Adult, and Short Story categories, and CookeMcDermid is thrilled to see two of our very own writers recognized!
The 2018 winner of the Sunburst Award for Young Adult Fiction is The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, [Dancing Cat Books].
The Sunburst Jury commented:
Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves is the story of young Frenchie, an Indigenous teen, and his companions, who are on the run from a society that wants their bodies — and their souls. The book brilliantly connects the legacy of residential schools to a dystopian post-climate-change future where only Indigenous people are able to dream. Dimaline’s novel reminds us of the power of storytelling and the importance of community, reinforced for the disenfranchised children by the wisdom of the heroic elder, Miigwans. The writing is painful yet beautiful, bleak but ultimately hopeful. In this era of reconciliation, Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves is a work of speculative fiction that resonates and stays with the reader long past the last page.
The winner of the 2018 Sunburst Award for Short Story is "The Beautiful Gears of Dying" by Sandra Kasturi [The Sum of Us, Laksa Media].
The Sunburst Jury commented:
In a strong field with many outstanding stories, Sandra Kasturi's "The Beautiful Gears of Dying" did for the jury what speculative writing does best, by using a fantastic/technological trope to explore the complexity of human relations and the texture of human life. Kasturi's story is linguistically complex, economical, emotionally intense, and yet accessible, and it provokes recurring thoughts about our human predicaments.
The 2018 Sunburst Award jury was comprised of Megan Crewe, Kate Heartfield, Dominik Parisien, Halli Villegas, and Heather Wood. Jurors for the 2018 short story awards were Candas Jane Dorsey, Emily Pohl-Weary, and Alexandra Renwick.
Congratulations, Cherie and Sandra!
JANICE LYNN MATHER’S LEARNING TO BREATHE (YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITerature), SARAH HENSTRA’S THE RED WORD (FICTION) AND AIDA EDEMARIUM’S THE WIFE’S TALE (NON-FICTION) are named FINALISTS FOR THE 2018 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD
October 3, 2018
“Innovative, troubling, surprising and emotional. This year’s GGBooks finalists have once again proven just how rich, bold, diverse and strong our literature is. Whether they offer exciting ideas, extraordinary illustrations, inspiring verse or outstanding translations, the GGBooks finalists are sure to impress.” —Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts
These books are among the best published this year in their respective English categories. They are the works that stood out to peer assessment committees from close to 1,400 titles submitted for consideration. The 2018 Governor General’s Award winners will be announced October 30th.
Congratulations, Janice, Sarah and Aida!
JEN NEALE’S LAND MAMMALS AND SEA CREATURES NOMINATED FOR THE 2018 ROGERS WRITERS’ TRUST FICTION PRIZE
September 26, 2018
"Jen Neale’s Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is a novel which nimbly follows a zig-zagging shoreline between the magic and the real, the beautiful and the vile, the quietly unassuming, and bang-out crazy. What begins with a beached whale dying on a remote B.C. beach spirals into a story of fish guts and human frailties, of intractable war wounds and uncanny animal suicides, of fathers and daughters, and PTSD and the legacies of depression. First-time novelist Neale has managed something truly original: a salty tale of port-town dysfunction and universal pain, written with such abundant beauty and stickily visceral imagery, it corrals every sense. This is a novel to be read not just with the head, but the whole body." —2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Ann Y.K. Choi, Mireille Silcoff, Robert Wiersema)
The winner will be announced November 7, 2018.
Natalie Morrill’s The Ghost Keeper wins the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Fiction
September 13, 2018
“Natalie Morrill’s The Ghost Keeper is a lyrical and moving first novel about a young Jewish boy who grows up in Vienna and finds himself and his faith in tending to the city’s old Jewish cemeteries. It is a story about memory, friendship and the terrible choices that people make to survive.” —Jury citation
Now in its fourth year, the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards recognizes and rewards the finest Canadian Jewish writing. The awards ceremony will be held in Toronto on October 14.
You can read more here. Congratulations, Natalie!
ERIC MONKMAN STARS IN BBC TWo smash hit monkman and seagull’s genius guide to britain
September 17, 2018
Label1’s four-part TV series, “Genius Guide to Britain,” follows BBC University Challenge's team captains Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull as they travel up and down Britain in search of the country's most remarkable scientific and technological achievements.
Today it premiered on BBC Two to 1.8 million viewers!
SCAACHI KOUL STARS IN NETFLIX SERIES FOLLOW THIS
August 23, 2018
Netflix and BuzzFeed have joined forces to produce “Follow This,” a docuseries that takes a look at how some of the site’s more in-depth stories come together. Following staff writers and reporters like Scaachi Koul and Azeen Ghorayshi, these journalists become the lens through which the show covers stories related to ASMR, survivalism, sex worker rights, and gender identity.
It premieres on Netflix August 23rd, 2018.
GARE JOYCE'S YOUNG LEAFS NOMINATED FOR A 2018 HERITAGE TORONTO AWARD
August 2, 2018
Congratulations to the 53 nominees for the 2018 Heritage Toronto Awards. Young Leafs is nominated in the Historical Writing: Book category. You can see all nominees in all categories here.
The ceremony will take place on Monday, October 29th in Toronto.
CHERIE DIMALINE, OMAR EL AKKAD & KARI MAAREN FINALISTS FOR THE 2018 SUNBURST AWARD
July 30, 2018
The Sunburst Award is an annual prize celebrating Canadian literature of the fantastic. There are two $1,000 grand prizes — one for the adult category and one for the YA category. The 2018 Sunburst Award winners will be announced in the fall of 2018.
You can read more about the prize and see the full list of shortlisted books here.
TIM CAULFIELD'S SHOW A USER'S GUIDE TO CHEATING DEATH PICKED UP BY NETFLIX
July 29, 2018
The show was inspired by Caulfield’s book, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, in which he debunks celebrity health and wellness advice through science. It originally aired on Vision TV in Canada, was picked up by BBC Earth, and has now been distributed to over 60 countries around the world. It will reach even more people when it becomes available through Netflix later this summer.
And stay tuned for season two! It has been shot and will air on Vision TV in Canada this October.
SOFIA SAMATAR'S TENDER SHORTLISTED FOR 2018 WORLD FANTASY AWARD
July 25, 2018
Tender is nominated for Best Collection. The winners of the 2018 World Fantasy Awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, November 1-4, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.
More information about the prize and the full list of nominees here.
JOHN IRVING WINS THE 2018 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award
July 17, 2018
John Irving has won the 2018 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, honoring "writers whose works use the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding." Previous winners include Studs Terkel, Taylor Branch, Gloria Steinem, and Elie Wiesel. The award will be presented at Dayton Literary Peace Prize gala on October 28.
KERRI SAKAMOTO'S THE FLOATING CITY IS LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 TORONTO BOOK AWARD
July 13, 2018
Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto. This year’s Toronto Book Awards Committee is comprised of volunteer members Nathan Adler, Susan G. Cole, Kevin Hardcastle, Soraya Peerbaye and Itah Sadu. The winner of the 2018 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on October 10 at the Toronto Reference Library. You can read more about the prize and see the full longlist here.
THE SCHOOL YEAR SURVIVAL COOKBOOK IS NOMINATED FOR A 2018 TASTE CANADA AWARD
July 13, 2018
Now in its 21st year, Taste Canada Awards champion cookbook authors and food bloggers, inspiring and encouraging readers at home and abroad to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.
This year, 91 cookbooks and 50 food blogs entered the competition. The shortlist narrows the competition to a maximum of 5 entries per category. The 26 gold and silver award winners will be revealed at the Taste Canada Awards Gala on October 29 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
The School Year Survival Cookbook by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh is nominated fro Best General Cookbook, given to the best cookbook written by a Canadian author (or authors) that covers a general range of topics, offering a variety of options to the Canadian cook.
You can read more about the prize and see the full shortlist here.
VIKKI VANSICKLE'S THE WINNOWING IS NOMINATED FOR HAMILTON PUBLiC LIBrary's teen top novel of 2018
July 10, 2018
It's time for the Hamilton Public Library's annual Top Teen Novel contest! Every week during the summer, you choose which title gets voted off until only one remains. Only one novel comes out on top. YOU decide. You can cast your vote here!
omar el akkad'S american war wins the 2018 kobo emerging writer award for literary fiction
June 20, 2018
The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize supports Canadian debut authors by helping kick-start their careers. A winning book in each category was chosen by established and respected Canadian authors: Zoe Whittall for Literary Fiction, Kelley Armstrong for Speculative Fiction, and Ross King for Non-Fiction, giving the debut writers an impressive vote of confidence from those at the top of their field.
You can see the full list of winners and shortlisted authors here.
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING WINS THE CAROL SHIELDS WINNIPEG BOOK AWARD
June 15, 2018
Méira Cook's novel Once More With Feeling has won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, one of three Manitoba Book Awards that the novel was nominated for.
ROBYN doolittle wins the 2017 michener award for "UNFOUNDED"
June 12, 2018
The Globe and Mail has won the 2017 Michener Award recognizing public-service journalism for its investigation into how Canadian police handle sexual-assault complaints.
Unfounded, a 20-month long project spearheaded by reporter Robyn Doolittle, looked into the way Canadian police handle sexual-assault complaints. Using data gathered from hundreds of police services across the country, the project showed that sexual-assault complaints are twice as likely to be dismissed as unfounded than complaints in other assault cases.
“The judges concurred that this rigorous, in-depth investigation exemplifies the best in public service journalism and the critical value of media in effecting change,” said Alan Allnutt, president of the Michener Awards Foundation.
THE LITTLE STRANGER to be released as a major motion picture on august 31, 2018
June 11, 2018
A film adaptation of Sarah Waters's 2009 novel The Little Stranger is being released as a major motion picture on August 31st from Focus Features.
From the director of Room, The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr. Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
You can watch the trailer here.
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING IS NOMINATED FOR THREE MANITOBA BOOK AWARDS
June 11, 2018
Méira Cook's novel Once More With Feeling is shortlisted for three Manitoba Book Awards: the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award.
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 in Manitoba.
You can learn more about the award and its 2018 shortlist here.
THE DISAPPEARANCE WINS THE 2018 ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
May 23, 2018
Gillian Chan's YA novel The Disappearance has wont he 2018 Eric Hoffer Award for Best Young Adult Novel!
The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.
You can read more about the prize here.
THE WINNOWING WINS THE 2018 FOREST OF READING Red Maple Fiction Award
May 15, 2018
Vikki VanSickle's middle grade novel The Winnowing was awarded the 2018 Red Maple Award for Fiction at today's Festival of Trees ceremony in Toronto.
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 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.
ODwabdanotwm & AMERICAN WAR shortlisted for the 2018 Kobo emerging writer prize
May 1, 2018
Scaachi Koul's humorous collection of essays, One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, is shortlisted for the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Nonfiction Prize. Omar El Akkad's dystopian novel, American War, is shortlisted for the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Literary Fiction Prize.
You can see the full list of nominees here.
ann vandermeer, jeff vandermeer, sofia samatar & Kai ashante wilson nominated for 2018 locus awards
May 1, 2018
CMD's shortlisted authors are as follows:
Jeff VanderMeer for Borne
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer for Editor
Kai Ashante Wilson for Novelette, "The Lamentation of Their Women"
Sofia Samatar for Collection, Tender
You can find more details here.
OMAR EL AKKAD's AMERICAN WAR wins THE 2018 Ken Kesey Award for fiction
May 1, 2018
The Portland nonprofit Literary Arts named Omar El Akkad's novel American War the recipient of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction at the 2018 Oregon Book Awards on April 30.
Scaachi Koul's ODWABDANOTWM IS NOMINATED FOR THE LEACOCK MEDAL
April 23, 2018
The Board of Directors of the Leacock Associates announced its 2018 longlist for the 71st Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, selecting ten titles from a field of 70 entries from across Canada. The final winner, who also receives a $15,000 prize, is to be announced on Saturday, June 9, 2017, at a gala award dinner at Geneva Park Conference Centre, just outside Orillia, Ontario. For the first time, both runner-ups will each receive $3,000, which is double the runner-up prize previously awarded.
You can read the full press release here.
Jordan B Peterson’s 12 RULES FOR LIFE SOLD INTO 38 territories & counting
April 20, 2018
We are delighted to report that Dr. Jordan B Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life has sold into 38 territories and counting! The full round up of countries and languages it is or will be published in is as follows:
Canada English rights, Random House Canada
World Albanian rights, Minverva Publishing
Portuguese rights in Brazil, Alta Books
World Bulgarian rights, Gnezdoto
World Catalan rights, Planeta
World Complex Chinese rights, Common Master Press
World Simplified Chinese rights, Beijing Cheers Books
World Croatian rights, Verbum
World Danish rights, Politikens
World Dutch rights, Prometheus
World Estonian rights, Aripaev
World Finnish rights, WSOY
French rights in France, Michel Lafon
World German rights, Goldmann
World Hebrew rights, Sella Meir
World Hungarian rights, 21.Szazad Kiado
World Icelandic rights, Bókafélagið
World Indonesian rights, Gramedia Pustaka Utama
World Italian rights, Edizioni MyLife
World Japanese rights, Asahi
World Korean rights, Maven
World Lithuanian rights, Tyto Alba
World Mongolian rights, Monsudar
World Norwegian rights, Gyldendal Norsk
World Polish rights, Fijorr Publishing
World Portuguese rights excl. Brazil, TBD
World Romanian rights, Editura Trei
World Russian rights, Piter Press
World Serbian rights, Publik Praktikum
World Slovak, Slovensky Tatran
World Slovenian rights, Druzina
World Spanish rights, Planeta
World Swedish rights, Mondial
World Thai rights, Amarin
World Turkish rights, Pegasus
World Ukrainian rights, Nash
UK & Commonwealth rights, Penguin Press/Penguin Random House UK
World Vietnamese rights, Saigon Books
It continues to be a bestseller in Canada, the US and UK, more than a month after publication.
A. Lee Martinez’s MONSTER goes into production in China
April 20, 2018
A. Lee Martinez’s novel MONSTER–about two humans who don’t like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady for the future of the universe–is going to be a movie!
Linmon Pictures began production in Guangzhou, China earlier this month, with an award-winning cast and crew that includes Shawn Yue (from the original Hong Kong version of THE INFERNAL AFFAIR) and Golden Horse Award winners Tumen and Kara Wei.
AMERICAN WAR & THE MARROW THIEVES place 2nd and 3rd in CBC’s Canada Reads 2018 competition
April 20, 2018
We are very proud that Cherie Dimaline’s YA novel THE MARROW THIEVES placed third and Omar El Akkad’s speculative novel, AMERICAN WAR, set fifty years in the future, placed second in this year’s heated Canada Reads debate.
You can watch the highlights of this year’s competition here.
MILK AND HONEY hits 100-week milestone on NYT bestseller list
April 20, 2018
Rupi Kaur's debut collection of poetry, milk and honey, has surpassed 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list!