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The Giller of Gillers
On Tuesday, at a gala ceremony in Toronto, the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be awarded for the 20th time. There are prizes that offer more money (the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction) and prizes with a more illustrious history (The Governor General’s Literary Awards) but there’s no denying that this prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, journalist and editor Doris Giller, is (and has for a while been) the most prestigious literary award in Canada. It is not uncommon, in the minutes after the winner is announced, for the book’s publisher to place a call to the printer and order tens of thousands of additional copies. It is a life-changing award. Before we add one more name to the list  — Dan Vyleta, Craig Davidson, Dennis Bock, Lynn Coady and Lisa Moore are nominated for this year’s prize — books editor Mark Medley asked a cross-section of previous recipients to pick (or attempt to pick) their favourite Giller Prize-winning book from the last two decades: http://natpo.st/17xwitf

The Giller of Gillers

On Tuesday, at a gala ceremony in Toronto, the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be awarded for the 20th time. There are prizes that offer more money (the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction) and prizes with a more illustrious history (The Governor General’s Literary Awards) but there’s no denying that this prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, journalist and editor Doris Giller, is (and has for a while been) the most prestigious literary award in Canada. It is not uncommon, in the minutes after the winner is announced, for the book’s publisher to place a call to the printer and order tens of thousands of additional copies. It is a life-changing award. Before we add one more name to the list  — Dan Vyleta, Craig Davidson, Dennis Bock, Lynn Coady and Lisa Moore are nominated for this year’s prize — books editor Mark Medley asked a cross-section of previous recipients to pick (or attempt to pick) their favourite Giller Prize-winning book from the last two decades: http://natpo.st/17xwitf

Tagged with:  #Giller Prize  #Books  #Literature  #Canada
Not sure what to read this summer? Books editor Mark Medley joined some of Canada’s top authors to put together the only reading list you’ll need as the temperature rises. Find it here: natpo.st/10Ejwpl

Not sure what to read this summer? Books editor Mark Medley joined some of Canada’s top authors to put together the only reading list you’ll need as the temperature rises. Find it here: natpo.st/10Ejwpl

Tagged with:  #Books  #Literature
Pint-sized historyShakespeare’s Pub sorts through tall tales and famous names to soak up English culture’s single most defining institution natpo.st/1a23jJc

Pint-sized history

Shakespeare’s Pub sorts through tall tales and famous names to soak up English culture’s single most defining institution natpo.st/1a23jJc

The literary life of R.A. Dickey
When already-legendary Blue Jays pitcher Dickey was in Grade 7, a teacher submitted a poem of his to a statewide contest, which he ended up winning. At the time he was struggling with the ramifications of abuse, and the success buoyed him: “From then on, I knew that I wanted to write. Unpacking literature and writing for me came very natural.” READ MORE: natpo.st/13AS6BU

The literary life of R.A. Dickey

When already-legendary Blue Jays pitcher Dickey was in Grade 7, a teacher submitted a poem of his to a statewide contest, which he ended up winning. At the time he was struggling with the ramifications of abuse, and the success buoyed him: “From then on, I knew that I wanted to write. Unpacking literature and writing for me came very natural.” READ MORE: natpo.st/13AS6BU

Anne of Green Gables gets a sexy makeover, blond dye-job for new edition — and Canadian fans are not amusedA new image of Canada’s most beloved literary orphan has Canadians seeing red, but not where they’re supposed to.A new edition of Anne of Green Gables depicts the notoriously youthful and ruddy-headed heroine as a curvaceous blond teen, sparking a fierce backlash from scholars and casual readers alike.Critics derided the cover — which shows the heroine reclining against a hay stack, clad in a plaid shirt and smiling suggestively — saying it is a far cry from the feisty, 19th-century 11-year-old brought to life in the pages of L.M. Montgomery’s classic series of novels. (Amazon.com; Postmedia News files)

Anne of Green Gables gets a sexy makeover, blond dye-job for new edition — and Canadian fans are not amused
A new image of Canada’s most beloved literary orphan has Canadians seeing red, but not where they’re supposed to.

A new edition of Anne of Green Gables depicts the notoriously youthful and ruddy-headed heroine as a curvaceous blond teen, sparking a fierce backlash from scholars and casual readers alike.

Critics derided the cover — which shows the heroine reclining against a hay stack, clad in a plaid shirt and smiling suggestively — saying it is a far cry from the feisty, 19th-century 11-year-old brought to life in the pages of L.M. Montgomery’s classic series of novels. (Amazon.com; Postmedia News files)

It’s not only Election Day in the United States, but here at The Afterword, as well.

We are huge fans of artist Jane Mount. We wrote about about her bookshelf-inspired paintings, which she sells on her website, a couple of years ago.

Her first book, My Ideal Bookshelf, will be published on November 13. It features the ideal bookshelves of over 100 writers, musicians, directors, chefs, journalists and other cultural figures, including Judd Apatow, David Chang, Miranda July, Michael Chabon, and Dave Eggers (pictured above).

In anticipation of the book’s release, we’ve asked Mount to paint Canada’s ideal bookshelf. That’s where you come in. Read on: natpo.st/SqSlVr

It’s not only Election Day in the United States, but here at The Afterword, as well.

We are huge fans of artist Jane Mount. We wrote about about her bookshelf-inspired paintings, which she sells on her website, a couple of years ago.

Her first book, My Ideal Bookshelf, will be published on November 13. It features the ideal bookshelves of over 100 writers, musicians, directors, chefs, journalists and other cultural figures, including Judd Apatow, David Chang, Miranda July, Michael Chabon, and Dave Eggers (pictured above).

In anticipation of the book’s release, we’ve asked Mount to paint Canada’s ideal bookshelf. That’s where you come in. Read on: natpo.st/SqSlVr

Zadie Smith is homeward bound for NWZadie Smith’s new novel, NW, is about four people stuck in different circumstances despite starting out from the exact same place on the map. (Illustration by Kagan McLeod)

Zadie Smith is homeward bound for NW
Zadie Smith’s new novel, NW, is about four people stuck in different circumstances despite starting out from the exact same place on the map. (Illustration by Kagan McLeod)

What kind of J. K. Rowling novel might we expect where every character is a Muggle?Book review: The Casual Vacancy confirms that J.K. Rowling does not lose her narrative gifts by stepping outside her usual realm. Stripped of the fantastic, she still draws the reader onward.

What kind of J. K. Rowling novel might we expect where every character is a Muggle?
Book review: The Casual Vacancy confirms that J.K. Rowling does not lose her narrative gifts by stepping outside her usual realm. Stripped of the fantastic, she still draws the reader onward.

J.K. Rowling not ruling out writing a ‘sidestep’ from the Harry Potter series
J.K. Rowling plans to return to writing for young people — and the author says she doesn’t rule out another book set in Harry Potter’s magical world.

J.K. Rowling not ruling out writing a ‘sidestep’ from the Harry Potter series

J.K. Rowling plans to return to writing for young people — and the author says she doesn’t rule out another book set in Harry Potter’s magical world.

How I put my library on a dietI don’t like getting rid of books. I’ve previously written about my literary hoarding tendencies; I own hundreds of books I’ve never opened, let alone read, not to mention the stacks in my cubicle I intend to bring home one day. The idea of divesting myself of a small, yet substantial, part of my collection was daunting.There is an unspoken agreement between reader and author when a new book is brought into the home: This book will (eventually) be read. Getting rid of a book — especially if it remains unread — represents failure for both book and reader. It means the book was never able to escape the shelf and make it into the reader’s hands. It represents unrealized potential, unfulfilled hope, an unkept promise.

How I put my library on a diet
I don’t like getting rid of books. I’ve previously written about my literary hoarding tendencies; I own hundreds of books I’ve never opened, let alone read, not to mention the stacks in my cubicle I intend to bring home one day. The idea of divesting myself of a small, yet substantial, part of my collection was daunting.

There is an unspoken agreement between reader and author when a new book is brought into the home: This book will (eventually) be read. Getting rid of a book — especially if it remains unread — represents failure for both book and reader. It means the book was never able to escape the shelf and make it into the reader’s hands. It represents unrealized potential, unfulfilled hope, an unkept promise.

Tagged with:  #books  #reading  #literature  #hoarding