Since it’s May release, Karma Brown’s latest novel In This Moment has been enthusiastically received by fans new and old. Ms. Career Girl calls it “the most thought-provoking reading adventure of the season,” and Working Mother says, “you will be a forever fan after completing this breathtaking tale.” In This Moment has made a number of “must-read” lists including Brit + Co‘s 10 Magnetic Reads for Memorial Day Weekend, Bookstr‘s 20 Books for Your Ultimate Summer Reading List, and Redbook‘s 20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017.
We are thrilled to see books from Arthur Ellis Award winner Elle Wild and Ethel Wilson Prize winner Jennifer Manuel on BCLiving’s list of 11 Great Summer Reads by B.C. Authors. Wild’s debut thriller Strange Things Done takes place in the sleepy tourist town of Dawson City, Yukon, where a suspicious suicide occurs just as the roads are closing for winter. Manuel’s debut novel The Heaviness of Things that Float explores the delicate dynamic between First Nations Communities and non-native outsiders.
Jamil Jivani joined Matt Galloway of CBC’s Metro Morning to discuss the recent events in Charlottesville. Jivani is a Toronto researcher, lawyer and community organizer who is writing a book on why young men join radicalized groups. Listen to the show here.
In 1922, a 15-year-old girl, tired of life in a French convent school, answered an advertisement for a traveling secretary. Almost a century later, Aloha Wanderwell has just been recognized by Guinness World Records as the first female to drive around the world. The daring youth, who would fill the role of pilot, actress, and ambassador for world peace, is the subject of Christian Fink-Jensen and Randolph Eustace-Walden’s Aloha Wanderwell: The Border-Smashing, Record-Setting Life of the World’s Youngest Explorer.
Congratulations to Kamal Al-Solaylee, whose book Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
The jury, composed of CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed, National Postcolumnist Colby Cosh, and former Member of Parliament Megan Leslie selected the winner. Their citation reads:
Not black, not white, but brown: how do skin colour and its shades play out in our relationships, our economy, and our politics? Kamal Al-Solaylee’s book dares to propose and define an emerging racial category, drawing on a lifetime’s travel and inquiry to discuss the common experience and the awkward status of the Latin, Asian, and Mediterranean peoples of the fast-rising global south. Thoughtful and refreshing, Brown has a chance to become a made-in-Canada intellectual landmark.
We’re delighted to announce that Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations, from the late Richard Wagamese, won the 2017 BC Booksellers’ Choice Award. In this beautiful collection of reflections Wagamese shares his hard-won wisdom on how to feel the joy in everyday things.
In her review of Jessica Raya’s new novel, Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit, Winnipeg Free Press writer Sharon Chisvin calls it “delightful, engaging… a surprising pleasure to read.” Read the full review here.
We are absolutely thrilled for Lynne Kutsukake, winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the category of Literary Fiction for The Translation of Love. In her debut novel Kutsukake tells the story of Aya Shimamura, a newly repatriated girl, as she helps a classmate find her missing sister in war-devastated Tokyo.
Author Zoe Whittall, this year’s Literary Fiction judge, says: “The Translation of Love is a tremendously accomplished work, a propulsive and layered story, the scope of which is quite unusual for a first novel. I was gripped and often very moved while reading and it stayed with me for weeks.”
Now in its third year, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize recognizes exemplary Canadian authors in the categories of Literary Fiction, Specualtive Fiction, and Non-Fiction. Each winner receives a $10,000 cash prize as well as promotional, marketing, and communications support to help kick off their burgeoning careers.