Bookmarks: October 17th

Hi Savvy Readers! I’m afraid that we were a bit busy around here (eating too much turkey) to get you your weekly bookmarks last week. But never fear, we’re in the midst of a fun and busy fall season so we’ve got plenty of literary news to cover in today’s post. Don’t have time to read everything right now? Don’t worry – just ‘bookmark’ the links you want to read and check ’em out over the weekend with a nice cup of tea!

To start off, we’ve got plenty of exciting award news to share!

1. In case you missed it when we talked about it earlier this week, we’re very excited about the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist! You can check out all of the shortlisted titles below (though we’ll admit we’re rooting for The Betrayers by David BezmogisTell by Frances Itani, and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill!)


This year, the prize pot nearly doubled, and the winner will receive an unprecedented $100,000 prize. Start looking for books with little red Giller stickers in your local bookstore!

2. The Man Booker Prize has announced Richard Flanagan as the 2014 winner for his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Historically, authors were only eligible for this prize if they were citizens of the UK, Ireland, or the Commonwealth. Although Flanagan is Australian, this was the very first year that entry was open to authors of all nationalities who have had books published in English in the UK. You can read more about his win here.


3. Keeping with the theme of prize announcements, the Governor General’s Literary Awards also announced a shortlist this week.  Of course, we’re especially excited for Thomas King. His first novel in more than a decade, The Back of the Turtle was released earlier this fall to lots of excitement. Cory loved the book, and you can read his review hereThe End of Absence by Michael Harris is another book that we’re cheering for on the nonfiction shortlist. You can read Ariana’s glowing review of this thought-provoking book here.

Check out the full list of finalists for the 2014 GG’s here.

4. And last but not least in this week’s literary awards news, The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray has won the Toronto Book Awards! This award was established by the Toronto City Council in 1974 as a way to honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. That makes this the 40th anniversary of the award. The Massey Murder had to fight against 70 other entries, and has ultimately earned Charlotte Gray the $10,000 prize. Congratulations, Charlotte! You can read more about her win here.


How many of these award books will you be adding to the pile on your bedside table? Tweet us @SavvyReader and let us know – we love hearing from you!

And finally, we’ve also got some VERY exciting author news to share.

5. Do you love Amy Poehler? Do you want a signed copy of her upcoming memoir, Yes Please? What a silly question, of course you do – and now’s your chance to win! To enter, all you have to do is take a picture of yourself doing your very best “Yes Please pose” and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #AmySaysYesPlease! The lucky winners will receive their very own copy of Amy’s book. You can read more about the contest here. We can’t wait to see your poses!


6. In case you haven’t seen all of the excitement on HCC FrenzyVeronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi are in the middle of a grand tour across Canada (And they’re both looking fabulous)!


(Photo from @TaherehMafi).

They’ve so far been to Toronto, Oshawa, and Calgary. Next stop: Vancouver on October 18th! You can keep up to date with their tour by following @HCCFrenzy.

Thanks for reading, Savvy Readers! Happy Friday!

~ Susannah

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