Vol. 11 No. 12

** Last chance: Donate today and we could win 10k!

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** Upcoming Festival

http://indiansummerfest.ca/event/maple-leaf-islam/What does it mean to be a Muslim in a secular democracy like Canada? To explore this question are three Canadian novelists. Karim Alrawi, Monia Mazigh and Ameen Merchant. The dialogue is hosted by Devyani Saltzman, Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre.

** Awards & Lists

Emma Donoghue has won the 2016 AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award. The $25,000 prize recognizes "excellent literary achievement." Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/27/awards-emma-donoghue-wins...)

The winners of the first-ever Western Canada Jewish Book Awards have been announced. The awards are "Designed to celebrate excellence in writing on Jewish themes/subject and showcase the achievements of authors who reside in Western Canada." Full story (https://www.jccgv.com/content/jewish-book-fest)

Nino Ricci, Joe Denham and Caroline Vu are among the winners of the Canadian Authors Association literary awards. Begun in 1975, the awards are judged by a panel comprised entirely of writers. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/23/awards-nino-ricci-joe-den...)

Toronto writers Kevin Hardcastle and Soraya Peerbaye have won this year's Trillium Book Awards. The awards are "administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation to recognize exceptional work by the province's authors." Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/23/kevin-hardcastle-soraya-p...)

Last week, Governor General's Literary Award–winning YA author Susin Nielsen and Montreal author-illustrator Marianne Dubuc were presented with this year's Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards. The awards are unique in that they are judged by young readers! Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/22/awards-marianne-dubuc-sus...)

Three new Canadian writers have won Kobo's Emerging Writer Prize: Irina Kovalyova, an SFU molecular biologist & fiction writer; self-published Nova Scotia author; and Nicola R. White, and CBC Broadcaster Wab Kinew. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/22/wab-kinew-irina-kovalyova...)

** Young Readers

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children's classic. In this interview (http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/may/23/eric-carle-v...) , he discusses "how he makes his iconic collages and which artists have inspired his work."

** News & Features

What will Brexit mean for UK publishing? An independent Scottish publishing industry? A reunification of Irish literary culture? Full story (https://teleread.org/2016/06/24/brexit-and-the-fallout-for-uk-books-e-bo...)

And how did authors respond to Brexit? Here's a compilation (http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/authors-respond-to-brexit-on-twitter/121765) of post-Brexit tweets.

In cheerier news, Vancouver has topped Amazon.ca's list of "Canadian Cities that Love to Read." Full story (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/06/vancouver-calgary-saskatoon-top-amazonca...)

What does "Kafkaesque" actually mean? A TedEd video explains that overused term, here (http://www.openculture.com/2016/06/what-does-kafkaesque-mean-a-short-ani...) .

Why is literature obsessed with dead women? "From the heartsick graverobbers of early Romantic literature to the latest gritty cable crime drama, the dead woman is never simply mourned and forgotten, but fully objectified and consumed." Full story (http://hazlitt.net/longreads/our-adored-cadavers)

"If you've ever imagined an affair between Jeb Bush and his optometrist or of Trump ‘feeling the Bern,' the election erotica trend may be for you." Find out more, here (http://bookriot.com/2016/06/27/what-is-up-with-election-erotica/) .

Are readers experiencing digital fatigue? A decline in ebook sales is making publishing analysts wonder. Full story (http://flavorwire.com/581020/do-readers-have-digital-fatigue)

Douglas Coupland is on a quest: to find someone who looks exactly like Vincent van Gogh. "The lucky doppelgänger will receive €5,000, and be flown to Vancouver for a 3-D scan of their head, which will become the basis of a two-metre-by-three-metre bronze bust." Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/book-news/2016/06/22/douglas-coupland-searc...)

** Books & Writers

Giller Prize-winning author Austin Clarke has died. Born in Barbados, Clarke "frequently wrote about the immigrant experience and being black in Canada." Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/giller-prize-winning...)

Annie Proulx's Barkskins is "epic," a "lament for humanity's inability to stop its own destruction." Proulx is interviewed Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/annie-proulx-on-her-...)

In An Abbreviated Life, Ariel Leve "escapes her mommie dearest." This "painful, strangely mesmerizing" memoir tells the story of her "traumatic childhood and how the author unlearned the siege mentality in her upbringing." Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/books/review-in-an-abbreviated-life-ar...)

Jo Baker's new novel, A Country Road, A Tree, is about the life of Samuel Beckett. She discusses her writing life, here (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/jo-baker-if-you-dont...) .

** Community Events

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.

Featuring Jorden Abel, Joanne Arnott, and Ray Hsu. Wednesday, July 6 at 6:00pm, free. Queen's Park Bandshell, 529 Queen's Park Ave., New Westminster. More information at poetryinthepark.com.

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.

Featuring Heather Walmsley, Yaron Butterfield, Charlene Kwiatkowski, Emma Cleary, Jennifer Manuel, Maggie Wojtarowicz, Rena Graham, and Jennifer Zilm. Thursday, July 7 at 8:00pm. Admission by donation. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St., Vancouver.

Featuring Marty Allen, DB Carew, Allan J. Emerson, RM Greenaway, Katherine Prairie. Saturday, July 9 at 1:00pm, free. Black Bond Books, Royal City Centre, New Westminster. More information at crimewriterscanada.com.

Readers bring to life the works of their favourite deceased poets. Each reader will give a brief presentation on the life and work of their chosen poet, followed by a poetry reading. Sunday, July 10 at 3:00pm, free. Central branch, VPL, 350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver. More information at deadpoetslive.com.

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.

Author launches his latest novel Fire, an epic tale of the hunt for a serial killer threatening London's rich and poor during the Great Fire of London. Thursday, July 14 at 7:00pm, free. Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Ave., Salt Spring Island.

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.

Featuring Cathy Ace, Marty Allen, Carolyn Dale, Katherine Prairie. Friday, July 22 at 5:30pm, free. Black Bond Books, Trenant Park Square, Ladner. More information at crimewriterscanada.com.

Volume 11 Issue 12
* 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.

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