Bookmarks: September 6

Happy Friday, Savvy Readers, and a very happy Read a Book Day! It’s time for your weekly roundup of all things books, and boy have I got a list of exciting literary tidbits for you. Although the official start to Fall is still a few weeks away, the Fall season for books – a.k.a. the season – is already upon us! Here’s what’s been happening this week.

1. The Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its 2019 Longlist

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Synonymous with the growing recognition of Canadian authors and literature at home and abroad, previous winners of this prestigious award include Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, and Mordecai Richler. 2018 winner and author of Washington Black, Esi Edugyan hosted the unveiling of this year’s nominees, which include David Bezmozgis for his short story collection Immigrant City! Winners are expected to be announced mid-November. Read the full longlist here.

2. You can start reading The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup right now!

From the creator of the hit television show The Killing comes the most anticipated thriller of the season—soon to be a Netflix original series! A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a “chestnut man” – a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts-which he leaves at each bloody crime scene. Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery-a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago. A tragic coincidence-or something more twisted? To save lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues. Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over. And no one is safe. Start reading this full-throttle thriller here.

3. Best-selling American author Dorothea Benton Frank passed away


Author of 20 novels set in the Charleston area, Dorothea’s latest book Queen Bee was published in May, quickly climbing the New York Times bestseller list to reach No. 2 — her highest ever. Well-known for her beach reads centred on family, friends, love, and impressive matriarchs, Dorothea passed away Monday evening after a brief illness. She was 67. Read more about Dorothea’s life and legacy here.

4. The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham was named the #HCCFanChoice of Summer 2019!


An enthralling tale of courage, betrayal and survival in the hardest of circumstances, readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz are going crazy for The German Midwife. A hugely popular summer read, it’s no surprise readers chose The German Midwife as their pick for 2019! If you haven’t already read this incredible novel you need to add it to your TBR!

That’s all, for now, Savvy Readers! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Read a Book Day. What book are you celebrating with? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

Happy reading,

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