Hey all you Savvy Readers! We hope you’ve been keeping warm this winter by cuddling up with a great book. In case your nose has really been stuck between the pages, here’s what’s been going on in the literary world this week:
1) First and foremost, a BIG congratulations to Francesca Segal for her novel The Innocents, which recently won the National Jewish Book Award. An homage to Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, Segal’s debut depicts the modern-day Jewish community in London, specifically focusing on Adam who is about to wed Rachel and thereby fulfill the desires and expectations of everyone he knows and loves. But when Rachel’s brazen and beautiful cousin shows up, escaping her troubled past in New York, Adam is forced to examine the competing demands of his heart and re-evaluate every choice he has ever made, all while under the watchful eyes of their close-knit community. It is a wonderful, thoughtful read and one we think is totally deserving of this accolade!
2) Furthermore, the finalists for 2013’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing have just been revealed and we’re thrilled to see Taras Grescoe’s Straphanger on the Iist. Other nominees include Marcello Di Cintio’s Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, Noah Richler’s What We Talk About When We Talk About War, Jeffrey Simpson’s Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century and Peter F. Trent’s The Merger Delusion: How Swallowing Its Suburbs Made an Even Bigger Mess of Montreal. These excellent non-fiction books were hand-selected by former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, National Post columnist Tasha Kheiriddin, and novelist and translator Daniel Poliquin. The winner will be announced March 6th, and will receive $25,000 CAD. All nominees are awarded $2,500.
3) In other awards news, the nominees for the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards have also just been revealed. Reserved for the best mystery writers of America, we’re thrilled that Dennis Lehane’s latest, Live By Night, has been nominated in the best novel category. The winner will be announced at a banquet held on May 2nd at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
4) And, lastly, comic book super power Marvel may need to change the name of its enduring X-Men series — it’s just been announced that in April it plans to launch X-Men #1, a new title featuring an all-female cast. To hold you over until that comes out, why not read up on the history of Marvel by checking out Sean Howe’s wonderfully written Marvel Comics: The Untold Story? Here, Howe has written the gripping narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America’s history – well worth the read!
Have a great week!
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