Vol. 11 No. 16

Book News - Vol 11 Issue 16
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** Who's that peeking out from under our notes?

Our 2016 Program Guide has entered the proofreading stage, which means the Festival will be here before you know it! Watch for printed copies of the guide come mid-August.

** Awards & Lists

The finalists have been named for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. The awards recognize self-published titles in Canada. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/book-news/2016/07/20/awards-whistler-indepe...)

Two Canadians took home prizes at the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, presented at the San Diego Comic-Con. Jillian Tamaki won in the Best Publication for Teens category and Kate Beaton was awarded Best Humor Publication. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/07/25/tamaki-beaton-devlin-give...)

The longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize is out. Madeleine Thien is the sole Canadian on the list, nominated for her book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing. Full story (http://themanbookerprize.com/fiction/news/man-booker-prize-announces-201...)

** Young Readers

"Summer stories are often coming-of-age stories, where the main character ends the story-and the summer-a different person." Here (https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/jul/07/top-10-teen...) are the top ten teen books for summer, as chosen by writer Liz Flanagan.

** News & Features

PEN America has announced two new awards, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Oral History. "The former, which comes with a $75,000 purse, will confer one of the biggest monetary awards in the country." Full story (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/awards-and-pri...)

Why did Google delete Dennis Cooper's "beloved" literary blog? "In his attempts to answer these questions, Cooper has submitted numerous requests for information via the channels that Google has put in place, but all of them have been ignored." Full story (http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/why-did-google-erase-denni...)

"Books and tattoos have a lot in common. Both are intimate—and sometimes painful—acts. They're addictive, in that you finish one and immediately ache for the head rush of another." Here (https://electricliterature.com/10-authors-with-tattoos-inspired-by-their...) are 10 authors with tattoos inspired by their own books.

Banned books were sold at this year's Hong Kong Book Fair. "This open defiance of Chinese hegemony comes hot on the heels of another book-related struggle between party leadership in Beijing and the sellers of books banned in the mainland but legal in Hong Kong." Full story (http://www.mhpbooks.com/banned-books-to-be-sold-at-hong-kong-book-fair/)

Science fiction is becoming more diverse. "Women and women of color have come into the field in unprecedented numbers…what this means is that we're in a full flowering of potential for science fiction because we're getting science fiction from so many different kinds of voices." Full story (http://www.salon.com/2016/07/16/diversity_is_making_science_fiction_bett...)

A librarian in Cleveland was handing out books at the Republican National Convention. His purpose? To "Make America Read Again!" Full story (https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/this-librarian-at-the-rnc-wants-to-mak...)

Indigo has launched a book recommendation app. "What separates RECO from similar apps, according to a press release, is that its recommendations are curated solely by friends and experts, not algorithms." Full story (http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/07/19/indigo-goes-where-amazon-bn-goo...)

Winnie the Pooh has beaten Harry Potter in a poll of favourite children's book characters. In the words of Winnie, himself, "sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart." Full story (https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/winnie-pooh-beats-har...)

** Books & Writers

Summer might be half over, but there's still time to do lots of reading. Here (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/07/cbc-books-summer-2016-reading-list.html) 's the CBC's summer 2016 reading list.

Speaking of summer reading, here (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/summer-reading-an-ex...) 's an excerpt from Steven Price's new novel, By Gaslight.

A book trailer has been released for Margaret Atwood's first graphic novel. Angel Catbird features artwork by Johnnie Christmas. Full story (http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/book-trailer-unleashed-for-margaret-atwo...)

On that note, here's a conversation (http://lithub.com/margaret-atwood-on-donald-trump-witches-and-flying-cats/) with "Canada's great literary birder" (Margaret Atwood.) The subjects include Donald Trump, witches and flying cats.

** Community Events

Features Adrienne Gruber and Brandon Pitts (Seattle) plus open mic. Thursday, July 28 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.

Featuring William Deverell, Ian Hamilton, and Sam Wiebe. Hosted by author Robin Spano. Tuesday, August 2 at 4:00pm. West Vancouver Community Foundation Stage, John Lawson Park, West Vancouver. More information at westvanlibrary.ca.

Award winning Canadian novelist and short story writer discusses his journey as a writer and the power and impact of storytelling. Thursday, August 4 at 4:00pm. West Vancouver Community Foundation Stage, John Lawson Park, West Vancouver. More information at westvanlibrary.ca.

Featuring poet and novelist Larissa Lai, multimedia artist Andrew Lee, and poet Rita Wong. Thursday, August 4 at 5:30pm, free. Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, 900-675 W. Hastings, Vancouver. More information at asiapacific.ca.

Featuring BC authors Cathy Ace, Marty Allen, Allan J Emerson, SM Freedman, Katherine Prairie and Sam Wiebe. Saturday, August 4 at 1:00pm. Black Bond Books, Haney Place Mall, Maple Ridge. More information at crimewriterscanada.com.

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.

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 16
* 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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