Bookmarks: November 23

Hi Savvy Readers! It’s a chilly week here, and we hope you’re staying warm! What are you reading this week? It’s Bookmarks time, our weekly post where we share a roundup of all the goings on from the book world. Let’s get you caught up!

1. Washington Black wins the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize!


Congratulations to Esi Edugyan! This week, her acclaimed novel Washington Black won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize! This is her SECOND Giller win, after also winning the prize in 2011 for her novel Half-Blood Blues. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Washington Black is the story of a young field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation as he embarks on an extraordinary adventure with his eccentric new master. With superb prose and a compelling story, it should be next on your TBR!

2. Exercise Bikes Come to Montreal Libraries

Image: CBC

Exercise your body while you exercise your mind at the library in Montreal! Bicycle desks are being distributed to libraries across Montreal as part of an effort to make libraries more universally accessible. Officials say some people concentrate better if they are moving, and these desks allow readers to channel their energy by pedaling. What do you think? Would you use these exercise desks?  Read more about the library bikes here.

3. Michelle Obama’s Memoir Has an Incredible Week

Image: AP News

Michelle Obama’s Becoming has had quite the week. Since its release last week, Becoming has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada. On its first day alone, the book sold more than 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts. Will you be reading the former first lady’s memoir?

4. The NYT Shares 100 Notable Books of 2018


The New York Times Book Review has shared their top 100 books of 2018, and it’s quite the list! With books like An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, and Educated by Tara Westover, there’s something for everyone on this list. See the full list here. How many of these did you read this year? Tell us your favourite in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


Heard any more book news this week? Share it with us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy reading,


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