Vol. 11 No. 17

Book News - Vol 11 Issue 17
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** The countdown begins: Three months until #VWF2016!

The 2016 Festival is fast approaching and we couldn't be more excited. Stay tuned in the next three weeks for the announcement of our fall special events, our Festival website and the program guide!

** Awards & Lists

Vancouver poet (and former Writers Fest volunteer!) Raoul Fernandes has been shortlisted for the 2016 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry for his first collection, Transmitter and Receiver. The book is "an exploration of one's relationships with oneself, friends, memories, strangers and technology." Full story (http://bcbooklook.com/2016/07/18/fernandes-shortlisted-for-international...)

The Guardian is running its "Not the Booker Prize" competition again. You can help decide which books make the shortlist, here (https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/aug/02/not-the-booker-p...) .

Last but not least, here (http://www.powells.com/25-women-to-read-before-you-die) 's Powell's Books' list of "25 women to read before you die." According to Portland's famous bookstore, these are women to be admired "for their vision, their fearlessness, their originality, and their impact on the literary world and beyond."

** Young Readers

Harry Potter is back, this time in play-form. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child just opened in London, but can also be read in book form. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/books/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-chil...)

** News & Features

It's "boom time" for foreign fiction in the UK. But "the right translation is crucial," and so some of the best translators in the business spill their secrets, Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/24/subtle-art-of-translating-...)

Closer to home, why do so many modern American authors send their characters overseas? In this week's edition (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/books/review/why-do-so-many-contempora...) of The New York Times' Bookends, Siddhartha Deb and Charles McGrath discuss "the impulse for fiction writers to send their characters to distant places."

Somalia's literature scene is blossoming. Though still a divided country, its citizens "are united in their enthusiasm for books and book fairs." Full story (http://qz.com/740313/somalias-new-love-affair-with-books-ramps-up-as-saf...)

What's it like being a female book cover designer? In this piece (http://lithub.com/on-gendered-book-covers-and-being-a-woman-designer/) , Jennifer Jeuer wonders why she's "always getting offered a certain kind of book."

Beatrix Potter's love for animals is well known. But besides writing books like Peter Rabbit, did you also know that she helped save Britain's hedgehogs? Full story (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4thqtHG8qfMzfhhKjB8kyLf/how-bea...)

What are the best fonts for ebook readers? Book and Typeface Designers weigh in, here (http://lifehacker.com/the-best-fonts-for-ebook-readers-according-to-book...) .

"Donald Trump walks into your local library. What next?" Several librarians answer that terrifiying question, here (https://teleread.org/2016/07/26/trump-walks-into-your-local-library-what...) .

** Books & Writers

Dave Egger's new novel, Heroes of the Frontier, is "darkly funny" and a "modern adventure tale" about a family that leaves Ohio for Alaska. "I wanted to look at the idea of, well, maybe by moving and leaving and discovering a new place, maybe you can fortify yourself and become something stronger and better," says Eggers. Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/dave-eggerss-darkly-...)

Speaking of northward journeys, Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, is a "potent, almost hallucinatory" novel that "lays bare [the] horrors of slavery and its toxic legacy." It chronicles the life of a girl named Cora, who risks everything to gain her freedom. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/books/review-the-underground-railroad-...)

What's the easiest thing in the world to do? For Jeffrey Toobin, it's "not to read a book!" A staff writer at The New Yorker, his latest book is called American Heiress: The Wild Saga of Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst. Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/jeffrey-toobin-the-e...)

Sachin Kundalkar's Cobalt Blue is a "frank and lyrical exploration of gay life in India...of people living in emotional isolation, attempting to find long-term intimacy in relationships that until recently were barely conceivable to them." Translated from Marathi, you can read an excerpt here (https://www.theguardian.com/books/translation-tuesdays-by-asymptote-jour...) .

** Community Events

A a full-day writers festival near Phipps Point featuring Lawrence Hill, Michael Kusugak, Rae Maté, Claudia Casper, Michael Christie, Amanda Hale, Cornelia Hoogland, Kim June Johnson, and Anakana Schofield. Saturday, August 6 at 10am. Orchard House, 1835 Shingle Spit Rd., Hornby Island.

Featuring storytellers Alix Born, Burcu Ozdemir, Carmy Stubbs, Christina McDermott, Don Simpson, Ilana Labow, Jenny Pearson, Mark Bondyra, Marylee Stephenson, and Skye. Tuesday, August 9 at l8:00pm. Tickets: $5. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main, Vancouver.

Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices. Tickets on sale now. August 11-14, 2016. Sechelt, BC. For complete details, visit writersfestival.ca.

Featuring BC authors Cathy Ace, Eileen Cook, Allan J. Emerson, Katherine Prairie, Sam Wiebe and Elle Wild. Saturday, August 13 at 1:00pm. Black Bond Books, Surrey City Central Mall, Surrey. More information at crimewriterscanada.com.

Celebrate Jane Austen with afternoon tea and engaging conversation with Austen scholar Miranda Burgess. Sunday, August 14 at 4:00pm. Tickets: $25/20. Hycroft Manor, 1489 McRae, Vancouver.

Featuring Ali Blythe, Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Adrienne Gruber. Friday, August 19 at 7:00pm. Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 64th Ave. W., Vancouver. More information at kogawahouse.com.

As part of the Harbourfront Library's GEEKCON, Kristi Charish from Vancouver, author of Owl and the Japanese Circus and Cynthea Masson from Nanaimo, author of The Alchemist will be talking about life as a Fantasy writer. Saturday, August 20 at 12:45pm, free. Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial St., Nanaimo.

Author launches her latest book The Dancehall Years. Thursday, August 25 at 7:30pm. Library Program Room, Salt Spring Island Public Library.

Volume 11 Issue 17
* Awards & Lists (#Awards & Lists)
* Young Readers (#Young Readers)
* News & Features (#News & Features)
* Books & Writers (#Books & Writers)
* Community Events (#Community Events)

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Compiled and Edited by Ellen Johnston.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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