1) Let’s start off this weekly round-up by talking about CBC’s Canada Reads—everyone’s favorite literary competition! For 2013 they’ve changed the format to shake things up a bit and Canada has been divided into five regions: British Columbia and Yukon; Prairies and North; Ontario; Quebec; and Atlantic Provinces. Each region will be represented by one book in the debates. This is sure to stir up some local pride! People were able to nominate one book for every region, and from there it’ll be up to the CBC panelists to decide which book they want to defend from the region they represent…interesting, right? They’re calling it Canada Reads: Turf Wars. Hopefully it doesn’t get too ugly! The polls have now closed, and Canada Reads’ formidable host, Radio Q’s Jian Ghomeshi, just revealed the top five lists from each region! A couple of books we’re excited made the shortlist include The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan, representing Ontario; and The Age of Hope by David Bergen, representing the Prairies and North. The panelists and their chosen titles will be revealed on November 29th. We will definitely be tuning in! Will you?
2) Wednesday was the best day ever at our office, because it was the annual Grilled Cheese Jamboree! Grilled cheese and books go quite well together, wouldn’t you agree? This year, the proceeds went to helping victims of Hurricane Sandy, and HarperCollins Canada matched all the money raised. Gooey cheese + good cause = an awesome lunch hour. And for those of you who would like to throw your own cheesy event—have I got the book for you…
3) This week saw the National Book Awards take place in New York City on November 14th. These awards celebrate the best in American literature across four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. This year’s winners include David Ferry’s Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations for poetry; William Alexander’s Goblin Secrets for young people’s literature; Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers for nonfiction; and Savvy Reader favorite Louise Erdrich for fiction with her stunning novel The Round House. Erdrich has been called one of the most revered novelists of our time, and “a brilliant chronicler of Native American life”. In her acceptance speech, Erdrich said, “I would like to accept this in recognition of the grace and the endurance of native women.” Quite simply, beautiful. We offer our sincerest congratulations to all the winners!
4) As some of you may know, (who are we kidding, how could you not know?) Stephenie Meyer’s über-successful vampire love triangle franchise is coming to an end. Yes, the Twilight books have been finished for a while now, but the final movie installment – Breaking Dawn, Part 2 – is coming to a theatre near you this weekend! It’s the end of an era… a sparkly vampire era. To help you cope with the withdrawal, Paige has put together a list of the Top 10 Books to Read Now That Twilight is Over. Rest assured you can still get your fix of vampires, romance, thrills, and other supernatural love triangles. It’s an awesome list for us YA lovers, so be sure to check it out!
5) Finally, on a not-so-serious note, check out these “10 Brilliant Book Ads”: http://www.buzzfeed.com/copyranter/brilliant-book-ads . I hope that you find them as clever and creative as I did and you’re inspired to promote reading in your own artistic way.
Have a great weekend, Savvy Readers!
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