Bookmarks: October 30th

Happy Friday, Savvy Readers! We’re back today with another edition of Bookmarks where we recap some of our favourite bookish news stories, photos, and links from the past week. This week is particularly exciting as it contains some of my favourite things ever: awards news, Hallowe’en ideas, commuter entertainment, and cats! Don’t have time to catch up on your news now? Simply “bookmark” this post for later!

1. The winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards were announced!

GG Books


This Wednesday, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded its prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards to 7 exceptional English language Canadian books. A big congratulations to Guy Vanderhaeghe, who won the fiction category with his short story collection Daddy Lenin and Other Stories! Click here (or on the photo) to see the full list of winners.

2. Hallowe’en is tomorrow! 8 Hallowe’en costumes inspired by CanLit:


I always seem to be scrambling for a last-minute Hallowe’en costume every year. Luckily, CBC Books has this handy list of Hallowe’en costumes that are perfect for bookworms! On the list are popular CanLit staples such as Anne of Green Gables and The Paper Bag Princess, but my favourite costume of all is the one of our “CanLit Queen.” Click here to see it for yourself!

3. Staying in on Hallowe’en? We have suggestions for you, too:


Earlier this week, Kaiti and I had so much fun compiling our list of unsettling and, at times, unconventional Hallowe’en reads! If staying in and having a spooky book readathon is more your thing, this list will be sure to keep you up all night! See our recommendations here.

4. Grenoble, France installs short story dispensers for commuters.

A woman chooses a short story at a short-story distribution terminal in the Mistral district of Grenoble, on October 12, 2015. The city of Grenoble is testing the invention of a local start-up and recently installed the terminal, which delivers free reading material to people waiting in public spaces. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PERRE CLATOT (Photo credit should read JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)

As someone who commutes to work every day, I loved reading about the new short story dispensers in Grenoble, France! These machines dispense stories that vary in length — depending on how much time the reader has — and are the perfect way to get more people reading while on-the-go. Read more about it here! Would you take advantage of a short story dispenser?

5. Cute cats shake it off!

Shake Cats

Yesterday was National Cat Day! We celebrated our favourite felines by enjoying these glorious photos of cats mid-shake thanks to Carli Davidson, author of Shake, Shake Puppies, and now, Shake Cats! See more of these hilarious yet adorable photos here.

What was your favourite bookish news story or picture this week? Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments!


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