Bookmarks: September 20th

For those of you Savvy Readers who are expertly savvy when it comes to literary awards, this has been one busy week for you! The Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Writers’ Trust Prizes, and the National Book Awards have revealed their 2013 nominees.

Not familiar with these awards? That’s okay too! In this edition of Bookmarks, we share the nominees and give some insight into some of Canada’s, and the world’s, most prestigious literary prizes. Plus, checking out award longlists is a great way to find new books to add to your “TBR” pile (or “To-Read” 50 Book Pledge shelf!)

1. This week, the Scotiabank Giller Prize presented the Canadian novels and short story collections longlisted for its 2013 prize. The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, who passed away from cancer the year before. In 2005, The Giller Prize teamed up with Scotiabank to create the Scotiabank Giller Prize, which continues to recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction. This year’s longlist consists of 13 titles, including David Gilmour‘s Extraordinary, Dan Vyleta‘s The Crooked Maid, and Dennis Bock‘s Going Home Again. See the full list on Pinterest here.

2. The Writers’ Trust of Canada was founded by five notable Canadian authors to encourage a flourishing writing community in Canada. This week, the finalists for The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, a prize awarded for literary excellence in the category of nonfiction, were revealed. See the nominees here.

3. The National Book Awards also announced their longlists this week. Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Each year, the Foundation awards books in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. In the fiction category, we’re rooting for Alice McDermott‘s Someone. Which books do you want to win? See the longlists here.

4. HarperCollins Canada is celebrating the longlists and finalists listed above by hosting an awards-themed Friday Book Battle! They’ve pegged two 2012 award winners –Bring Up the Bodies (Man Booker Prize Winner) and The Round House (National Book Award Winner)- to see who fans will name this week’s Book Battle Champion. Cast your vote for the chance to win a copy of the winner here.

5. Well here’s something a bit different and fun! This  morning, fellow blogger Kelli Catana (of shared her Fall Must-Reads on CTV Ottawa Morning Live. In her segment, she raves about The Rosie Project and After Her, and even includes a 50 Book Pledge shout out (hooray!). Watch the full segment here.

Happy reading, Savvy Readers!

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