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The CBC released its final book choices and pannelists for Cananda Reads 2015 today. The longlist was cut down to five contenders that will be under debate by notable Canadian panellists. This year's battle of the books will include:
1) And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins. And the Birds Rained Down will be championed by Canadian songstress, Martha Wainwright.
2) Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee. Intolerable will be championed by British Columbia actress, Kristin Kreuk.
The Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) announced last month that transgender writer, poet, performer and scholar, Lucas Crawford, will be the 2015 critic-in-residence. This marks Crawford as the first transgender critic-in-residence for CWILA.
Crawford is currently a faculty member at Simon Fraser University, where he researches what he calls the "literary history of transgender." He says that literature holds the creative reins for the direction in which conventionally skewed definitions of gender can be challenged. This is what he is hoping to do: challenge conventional ideas of gender within literature.
Bailey J. Thompson used to love playing with her gerbils and telling stories as a child. As she grew up she began working at a publishing company, but her dream was to create inspiring literature for all ages. She wanted to share her own lessons and experiences especially with children in an accessible and relatable way. She did this through the tales of her gerbils: Mocha, Petri and Melvin, with the old Victorian dollhouse she had as a child as the background to their adventures.
Legendary author Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86 in North Carolina.
Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which weave together powerful themes of identity, racism and family and consciously expand the parameters of the autobiographical genre.
In particular, Angelou's first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her instant recognition as a Black female writer and the book became an immediate bestseller for its central portrayal of life as an African-American woman.
Spartacus Books, the iconic non-profit, collectively run, non-sectatrian Vancouver radical bookstore, is being forced out of the DTES after 40-odd years in the neighbourhood, headed for a new East Vancouver home in the Cedar Cottage/Commercial Drive area.
Over 1000 volunteers have passed through its doors since 1973, and those doors -- through several changes of specific venue - have all faced out on the same neighbourhood. Spartacus Books' forced departure brought out profoundly mixed feelings in its staff: sadness, anger and a sense of loss at being pushed out, but also hope and a sense of resolve to continue the struggle from the new location.
Acclaimed Canadian author, environmentalist and activist Farley Mowat has died at age 92.
Mowat authored around 40 books, won numerous awards including the Governor General's Award, was made an officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
His time studying biology at the University of Toronto after returning home from the war would go on to inform his writing. Some of Mowat's most famous and beloved books were based on his own expeditions and experiences, which allowed him to combine his love of nature and writing.
This month the Babble Book Club will be reading Joseph Boyden's The Orenda! Our final discussion will take place on April 22 at 8 p.m. EDT in the babble book lounge.
The Orenda is a sweeping tale about the early stages of colonization in our country. Written in a three-part narrative style, this work of historical fiction recounts the story of Bird, a Huron elder, Snow Falls, his adopted Haudensosaunee daughter and Christophe Crow, a Jesuit missionary sent into Huron territory to find converts for the French. The Orenda recently won Canada Reads, CBC's annual competition to find the book that every Canadian should read.
This week five celebrity panellists gathered with host Jian Ghomeshi for Canada Reads, our country’s annual "title fight," to decide on the book that all Canadians should read. The theme of this year's debate could be particularly relevant to rabble readers: “What is the one novel that could inspire social change in this country?” After four days of debate, Joseph Boyden's The Orenda was crowned champion yesterday morning. And I feel weird about it.
Another Canada Reads is done and another simultaneous outcry and cheer about the validity of the program has happened. Maybe's it's the terrible weather this time of year or maybe it's the reliance on a "survivor" style format, but either way, Canada Reads has become a polarizing topic in discussions about CanLit.
"The format is the worst!" "It generates so much exposure!" "The readers don't have a voice!" "I love Jay Baruchel!" "It's just a game!"
There are lots of opinions and comments about Canada Reads and there seems only one thing left to do: we need to have a point-counterpoint with ourselves.
So, let's compare some art! The question on all our minds: Is Canada Reads beneficial to Canadian literature?
A café table in Paris stands empty. It is the Pablo Picasso table at Le Dôme, one of the four historic cafés at the slanting intersection where Boulevard Raspail crosses Boulevard Montparnasse. Early in the 20th century, each of these cafés buzzed with writers and artists; all are now too expensive for aspiring writers. Today's clientele at Le Dôme, Le Sélect, La Coupole and La Rotonde is a mixture of wealthy Parisians and visitors who are giving themselves a treat. Yet in 1950, when Mavis Gallant arrived in Paris, the cafés of Montparnasse were a welcome refuge for an impoverished artist.