Launch! Prince Arthur Hotel! Sept.5. Cake, beverages. Launch 7:15 pm. (NOWW AGM 6:30.)

Launch! Prince Arthur Hotel! Sept.5. Cake, beverages. Launch 7:15 pm. (NOWW AGM 6:30.)
Prize Winning Stories from NOWW

Monday, September 12, 2011

And Here They Are - The Giller hopefuls


Below is the Giller 2011 long list for those book nuts who read the entire list every year. Some top notch writers grace this fine list among them: David Bezmozgis who makes prose sing. His short story, Natasha, is a classic. Lynn Coady, who has visited the Thunder Bay Sleeping Giant Writers Festival can always be counted on for a good story as can Clarke Blaise, one of Canada's best short story writers.  Marina Endicott's last book, Good to a Fault was one of my rave books of 2010. Wayne Johnson's Colony of Unrequited Dreams garnered praise  from avid Thunder Bay readers, including me. When The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe hit the shelves, a friend phoned me to advise me to read it ASAP.  I also loved it as well as The Englishman's Boy, both the sort of historicals I inhale. And as everyone knows, Michael Ondaatje has the English language twisted around his little finger.  The above writers are well know to me but the others are just as intriguing and I hope to make their acquaintance shortly because I too am one of those book nuts who read the list!

Winner announced October 4!!!

·               David Bezmozgis for his novel, THE FREE WORLD, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

·               Clarke Blaise for his short story collection, THE MEAGRE TARMAC, Biblioasis

·               Lynn Coady for her novel, THE ANTAGONIST, House of Anansi Press



·               Michael Christie for his short story collection, THE BEGGAR’S GARDEN, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

·               Patrick DeWitt for his novel, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, House of Anansi Press (also on the Man Booker Short List)

·               *Myrna Dey for her novel, EXTENSIONS, NeWest Press (nominated by the public)

·               Esi Edugyan for her novel, HALF-BLOOD BLUES, Thomas Allen Publishers (also on the Man Booker short list)

·               Marina Endicott for her novel, THE LITTLE SHADOWS, Doubleday Canada

·               Zsuzsi Gartner for her short story collection, BETTER LIVING THROUGH PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES, Hamish Hamilton Canada

·               Genni Gunn for her novel, SOLITARIA, Signature Editions

·               Pauline Holdstock for her novel, INTO THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

·               Wayne Johnston for his novel, A WORLD ELSEWHERE, Knopf Canada

·               Dany Laferrière for his novel, THE RETURN (translation, David Homel), Douglas & McIntyre

·               Suzette Mayr for her novel, MONOCEROS, Coach House Books

·               Michael Ondaatje for his novel, THE CAT’S TABLE, McClelland & Stewart

·               Guy Vanderhaeghe for his novel, A GOOD MAN, McClelland & Stewart

·               Alexi Zentner for his novel, TOUCH, Knopf Canada

Man Booker short list

This Year’s Man Booker Short List

Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
Carol Birch, Jamrach's Menagerie
Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers (canadian)
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues (Canadian)
Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English
A D Miller, Snowdrops

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