Cathy Mount has a background in academic and business libraries, and is now pursuing her interest in public library work. A dedicated reader of classic literature, she strives to achieve a balance with contemporary fiction. She often looks to book prize nominees for inspiration, and enjoys book prize events as an opportunity to connect with other readers. Cathy tweets at @cathy_mount.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist is out! In the spirit of brevity, I present Twitter style book reviews (140 characters or less) of the 2014 nominees. I hope these teasers help you choose which books you want to read first, and assist you in advising your patrons on the ones that suit them best.
- Waiting for the Man by Arjun Basu
Contemporary #roadtrip adventure for a Velvet Underground fan in search of purpose & happiness.
- The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
Integrity, compromise, identity and forgiveness — set in #Crimea, with a dash of Zionism.
- American Innovations by Rivka Galchen
10 #surrealiststories of characters lost in their own minds.
- Tell by Frances Itani
The aftermath of #WWI and #disfigurement on one soldier and his family.
- Watch How We Walk by Jennifer LoveGrove
Reconciling the world we are raised to believe in with the one we live in.
- Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
1930: Glamour in NYC, #gulags in the USSR.
- Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo
A family’s history told forward and sideways, moving like a crab. Parenting, #estrangement, immigration, and #genderfluidity featured.
- The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
#Comingofage story of twins who grew up in the media spotlight, set in Montreal, 1995.
- Paradise and Elsewhere by Kathy Page
14 thought provoking, quirky, and #feministshortstories. Unsettling tales told with beautiful writing.
- My October by Claire Holden Rothman
Language, culture, and #separatism divide a Montreal family.
- All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Can a work of #mourning be a comedy?
- The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan
#Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle & #AirIndiaFlight182.
Excerpts from the longlist books can be found at http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/finalists/2014-longlist/.
Scotiabank Giller Prize Events in Vancouver
The shortlist will be announced at 11am EST (2pm PST) on Monday, October 6, 2014. This year, the Scotiabank Giller Prize event Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists will be held in Vancouver (November 6), Halifax (October 20), and Toronto (November 3). Readers will get a chance to peer inside the minds and creative lives of the shortlisted writers. Each event will feature special guest appearances and entertainment. Ticket details to follow at http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/news-events/events-and-important-dates/
The winner will be announced on Monday, November 10th at 9pm EST (6pm for those of us on the west coast) at a gala ceremony, broadcast live on CBC Television. The North Vancouver Giller Prize Party will be held the same evening from 4:30-9pm PST, with a live stream of the awards show, drinks, appetizers, prizes, and readings of the nominated books. Further details and tickets are available at http://northvancouvergillerprizeparty.eventbrite.ca.