Bookmarks: April 22nd

We’ve made it through another week, Savvy Readers! We hope it’s been a good one. In the bookish world, I’d consider this a pretty big week as there were a lot of big news items, events to look out for, and some milestone anniversaries. In case you missed it, I’ve rounded up all of the bookish goodness for your reading pleasure!

Birdie Tracey Lindberg Beyond The Pale Emily Urquhart Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

 1. Beyond the Pale and Birdie Shortlisted for Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

Now in its second year, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize aims to shine a light on exceptional debut authors. Divided into three groups — literary fiction, nonfiction, and romance — the shortlists will now be evaluated by the judges and the winners will be announced on June 21st. We’re so thrilled to see Beyond the Pale by Emily Urquhart and Birdie by Tracey Lindberg on the list! Have you read any of the shortlisted books? See the full lists here.

2. Newfoundland in Plans to Implement a Provincial Book Tax

Newfoundland Book Tax CBC

(Photo via CBC)

The CBC reported this week that Newfoundland government is considering implementing a 10% provincial book tax. This would make them the first province in Canada with a book tax. In response, some Newfoundland publishers and booksellers have voiced their opinions. What do you think about this news, readers? Click here to read the CBC’s full report.

3. #Shakespeare400 Commemorates the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

April 23rd Shakespeare

Mark your calendars! April 23rd marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare‘s death. To commemorate this event, many bookish sites have been sharing their love for the Bard online: Goodreads has declared this week Shakespeare week on their blog (don’t you love their special Shakespeare logo?); CBC Books asked 16 Canadian authors to pick their favourite Shakespeare plays; and Twitter users have been tweeting using #Shakespeare400 all week. Here on The Savvy Reader, our Savvy Savings of the week are all Shakespeare related. Click here to feed your e-reader with books under $5! Do you have a favourite Shakespeare play or poem?

4. Celebrate Reading on April 23rd with Canada Book Day

Canada Book Day April 23rd

On top of being the anniversary  of Shakespeare’s death, April 23rd is also Canada Book Day! Why not make a day of it and celebrate your love for reading all day long? We know we will be. Don’t forget to follow @HarperCollinsCA on Instagram to see what we’ll be reading on Saturday. Plus, let us know what you’re reading by using the hashtag #CanadaBookDay or in the comments below!

Happy reading!


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