Vol. 11 No. 10

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** Awards & Lists

Akhil Sharma has been awarded the €100,000 Dublin International literary award. His autobiographical novel, Family Life, was praised by judges as "the highest form of achievement in literature." Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/09/akhil-sharma-wins-100000-d...)

Susan Juby has won the 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for Republic of Dirt: A Return to Woefield Farm. The book is a follow-up to the author's 2011 novel The Woefield Poultry Collective. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/13/awards-susan-juby-wins-st...)

Lisa McInerney has been awarded the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies. The book "details how a messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-financial crash society." Full story (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36477620)

The longlists for the 2016 Sunburst Awards for "excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic" have been announced. Many past Writers Fest authors, including Margaret Atwood, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, André Alexis and Heather O'Neill were selected. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/08/awards-3/)

Michael Crummey and Janet McNaughton have won the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. Crummey dedicated his award "to his hometown community library, which is scheduled to be shuttered." Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/07/awards-michael-crummey-ja...)

Three Canadians were awarded prizes at this year's Lambda Literary Awards. The prizes honour the best LGBTQ books of the year. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/07/awards-three-canadian-win...)

Leah Horlick, a Vancouver-based poet, has won this year's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for emerging LGBT writers. Horlick was recognized for her two poetry collections, Riot Lung and For Your Own Good. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/08/awards-leah-horlick-wins-...)

** Young Readers

What happens to a person when words literally fail them? Hayley Long's new book, Sophie Someone, features a protagonist "so utterly freaked out that she just can't put it into words." Full story (http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/jun/13/hayley-long-...)

** News & Features

Is it harder to be transported by books as you get older? In this week's edition of The New York Times' Bookends, Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser discuss "the difficulties of getting lost in reading after a certain age." Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/books/review/is-it-harder-to-be-transp...)

What is it like translating David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest into Greek? Here (http://lithub.com/infinite-complexity-on-translating-david-foster-wallac...) 's an interview with Kostas Kaltsas, the book's Greek translator.

Everyone likes a bargain...but what is the true cost of a bargain book? According to James Mayhew, "I think authors deserve more than pennies for their thoughts." Full story (http://www.jamesmayhew.co.uk/2016/05/a-penny-for-your-thoughts-the-true-...)

Is literary criticism too generous? A new ratings site "exposes the flaws in the wider culture." Full story (https://newrepublic.com/article/134060/literary-criticism-grade-inflatio...)

** Books & Writers

In Being a Beast, Charles Foster "snatches fish with his teeth, eats roadkill cooked with wild garlic and behaves like an urban fox in London." As the review says, "this is not a typical nature book." Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/15/books/review-in-being-a-beast-charles-...)

Do Not Say We Have Nothing has cemented Madeleine Thien as "one of Canada's most talented novelists." The novel is told through the lenses of both political upheaval and classical music. Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-...)

The Canterbury Tales have been rebooted, following the stories of trafficked and detained refugees. Called Refugee Tales, the book is a collaboration between writers and real-life detainees at London's Gatwick Airport. Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/13/canterbury-tales-refugee-a...)

** Community Events

Author launches his second novel, Invisible Dead. Sunday, June 19 at 7:00pm. Pulp Fiction Books, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver.

Marsha Lederman hosts the ceremony announcing the winners. Featuring readings and discussions by the winners, followed by a reception and book signing. Sunday, June 19 at 7:30pm, admission by donation. Jewish Community Centre, 950 41st Ave. W., Vancouver. More information at jccgv.com.

Author presents his new picture book Thunder Boy Jr.. Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00pm. West Point Grey United Church, 4595 8th Ave. W., Vancouver. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit kidsbooks.ca.

Launch of the author's debut novel The Good Sister. Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00pm, free. Book Warehouse, 4118 Main St., Vancouver. More information at harpercollins.ca.

Featuring Zacharia Wells and Rachel Lebowitz. Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm. Salt Spring Island Public Library. More information at saltspring.bc.library.coop.

Features Joan Haggerty (launch of The Dance Hall Years) and Timothy Shay plus open mic. Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm. The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver. Sign up for open mic at 7pm. Suggested donation at the door: $5. More information at pandorascollective.com.

Author reads from her latest novel With Malice. Friday, June 24 at 6:00pm. Chapters Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby. More information at chapters.indigo.ca.

Meet the author of Becoming Lin. Saturday, June 25 at 1:00pm, free. Victoria Chapters, 1212 Douglas St., Victoria. More information at caitlin-press.ca.

Montreal's celebrated veteran rebel wordsmith/violinist/badmouth of 30 years, Norman Nawrocki will provide a violin performance and reading of his latest book, Agitate! Anarchist rants, raps, poems. Wednesday, June 29 at 6:00pm, free. Carnegie Reading room, 401 Main Street, Vancouver. More information at vpl.ca.

Jeannette Armstrong will receive the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, and Andrew MacLeod will receive The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay room, VPL, 350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver. More information at 604-331-3895.

Al Rempel will be launching "Four Neat Holes" with guests Geoffrey Nilson & Daniela Elza. "Four Neat Holes" is a suite of thirteen poems that examines loss and grief through the eyes of four children growing up and coming of age. Sunday, July 3rd, at 7pm at People's Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr, Vancouver. Free Event. Books for sale.

Celebrate the release of The Mercy Journals and Startle and Illuminate with Claudia Casper and Anne Giardini as they sign copies of their recent books. The Mercy Journals examines violence and redemption and Startle and Illuminate presents Pulitzer Prize winning author Carol Shields' advice on writing and on life. Thursday, July 7 at 6:00pm. Chapters-Indigo Granville and Broadway.

Features Jeff Steudel and Ian Ferrier (Montreal) and Al Mader plus open mic. Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00pm The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver. Suggested donation at the door: $5. Sign up for open mic at 7pm. More information at pandorascollective.com.

Denman Island hosts extraordinary Canadian authors at an annual summer festival. Featuring Miriam Toews, Charles Demers, Bev Sellars, John Vaillant and many others. July 14-17, 2016. Complete details at denmanislandwritersfestival.com.

Volume 11 Issue 10
* Awards & Lists (#Awards & Lists)
* Young Readers (#Young Readers)
* News & Features (#News & Features)
* Books & Writers (#Books & Writers)
* Community Events (#Community Events)

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