Congratulations to Alice Munro
The Luminaries – 2014 Man-Booker Prize
“Sometimes – rarely – a novel arrives that is so good all you can do is shake your head in wonder. Brilliant in design, masterful in execution, and intensely pleasurable to inhabit, The Luminaries is a masterpiece, the work of a writer of apparently limitless range and talent.” —Peter Hobbs, author of In the Orchard, the Swallows
Lynn Coady wins Giller Prize
Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady gives us eight unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last. A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can’t seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day. Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.
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books and authors
LINWOOD BARCLAY, former columnist for the Toronto Star, is the #1 international bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never Look Away, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film.
Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that’s what she tells people. She watches the news for stories of missing people, then waits a few days and goes to see the family. She tells them she’s had a vision and that she may know where their missing loved one is–for a price, of course.
Keisha’s latest mark is Wendell Garfield, whose wife disappeared a week ago. She’s seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home, or for whoever took her to let her go. Keisha tells Wendell her vision of what might have happened. Unluckily for Keisha, her vision turns out to be alarmingly close to the truth. As she wades deeper into the mystery, Keisha inadvertently finds herself caught in a web of suspicion and violence that’s much more complicated than she first thought–and which may end up with her own disappearance. . .
The book will include a sneak peak of Barclay’s next work, A Tap on the Window.
MARY SWAN’s first novel, The Boys in the Trees, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008. She is the winner of the 2001 O. Henry Award for short fiction and is the author of the novella The Deep, a finalist for the Canada/Caribbean Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and the collection Emma’s Hands. Her work has appeared in several Canadian literary magazines and anthologies, including Malahat Review and Best Canadian Stories, as well as in American publications such as Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Zoetrope and Harper’s Magazine.
In My Ghosts, with an uncanny eye for the telling detail, Mary Swan brings to vivid life a household of Scottish orphans trying to make their way in Toronto in 1879. The youngest, Clare, has rheumatic fever; the oldest brother has run away. The fate of them all rests on the responsible Ben, the irrepressible Charlie and the two middle sisters: Kez, sarcastic with big ears and a kind heart, and Nan, benignly round but with a hidden talent for larceny and mischief. Fascinating lives spool out from these siblings: a cast of indelible strivers and schemers, spinsters and unhappy spouses, star-crossed lovers and hidden adulterers, victims of war and of suicide–proof of how eventful the lives of “ordinary families” can be.
Our very own Ted Barris will serve as interviewer and if all goes according to plan in the publishing world he may also make the leap into the interviewee’s seat. Stay tuned for more info on Ted’s new book…
Not just one but TWO Giller Prize nominees are coming to Books and Authors night!!!! Check out the list of nominees here. And then plan to attend Books and Authors with CS Richardson and Annabel Lyon.
Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible Continue reading →
Books and Author’s Night…..September 20th
We are so excited to share with you the extraordinary line up we have for Books and Authors. Joining us at the Music Hall for our Celebration of the Arts will be Vincent Lam along with Annabel Lyon, C.S. Richardson and Miranda Hill, wife of Lawrence Hill.
More info to follow…
Three of Canada’s acclaimed writers read from their work, and talk with MC Ted Barris and the audience. Presented by Blue Heron Books.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Uxbridge Music Hall
Tickets $15 (includes refreshments). Tickets from Blue Heron Books or at the door.
Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to the Globe and Mail and National Post, Barris has authored 16 non-fiction books and is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. He has also written a weekly newspaper column – The Barris Beat – for more than 20 years. Visit his website at tedbarris.com.
December Book Club
Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm
January Book Club
My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
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