Man Booker Prize

What to read this week: An immigrant memoir, a historical novel, more

<b>DEAR AMERICA: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen</b>, by Jose Antonio Vargas. The Filipino author came to this country at the age of 12 to live with his …

Literary Prizes

What books to read this fall

Here's a list of books to look forward to this fall season. Not all of them will rise to the level of the hype, but it's a bumper crop.

Nobel Prize

Amitav Ghosh, Dunya Mikhail, Katie Kitamura, Andre Dubus III, Ann Goldstein, Edith Grossman, Esther Allen, and Martin Puchner are among the stellar writers and translators who will mingle with guests and host tables at WWB’s annual celebration of international literature, which will occur

<b>Amitav Ghosh</b>, <b>Dunya Mikhail</b>, <b>Katie Kitamura</b>, <b>Andre Dubus III</b>, <b>Ann Goldstein</b>, <b>Edith Grossman</b>, <b>Esther Allen</b>, and <b>Martin Puchner</b> are among the stellar writers …

Penguin Random House

'Washington Black' review: Esi Edugyan's new novel a fantastical tale of freedom

The book is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Underground Railroad

'I'm proof it's never too late to write a bestseller': Author despaired she’d never get a book deal - but now her thriller is in the running for the Booker Prize

When Belinda Bauer, 55, was long-listed for the Booker Prize for her novel, Snap, shock- waves reverberated through the literary world.<p>The £50,000 …

Lifestyle (UK)

In ‘Washington Black,’ a 19th-century slave escapes on a balloon

“Washington Black” — one of the most anticipated books of the year — should finally get American readers to wake up to this extraordinary novelist across our Northern border. Esi Edugyan, a Canadian writer whose parents immigrated from Ghana, inspired a chorus of international praise for her …

George Washington

This New Book Writes About People That Not Many Others Do

A lower middle-class Muslim boy falls in love with an older, married Hindu woman in Abdullah Khan’s debut book. We take a look at where Patna Blues intersects with the author’s life.<p>Abdullah Khan (47) was helping his younger brother study for his exams, when he first chanced upon a copy of George …

Axis Bank

Authoritarian bullies are learning that it's easy to push Canada around

Charlie SmithJust over a week ago, a <i>Georgia Straight</i> contributor was interrupted by an Indian diplomat as he was about to donate to flood relief in …

Human Rights

On Accessibility in Historical Fiction

I’ve generally enjoyed Graywolf Press’s “Art of” series, a group of books focusing on different topics pertaining to writing (<i>The Art of Subtext, The</i> …

Wolf Hall

The best new books to read this September

As the nights get darker and the temperature gets cooler, nothing beats turning up the radiator and snuggling under your duvet to read the latest …

Lifestyle (UK)

Giller longlist features first-timers Joshua Whitehead, Sheila Heti, Tanya Tagaq, up against previous winner Esi Edugyan

Giller nominees Joshua Whitehead, Tanya Tagaq, Sheila Heti<p>The Scotiabank Giller Prize may be turning 25 this year, but judging from this year’s …

Lifestyle (Canada)

The Cage by Lloyd Jones review – vivid and meticulous

Jones has forged a piece of poetry of the most uncanny and macabre kind<p>“It’s a small thing, to spoon egg into the mouth of another, but it never fails to encourage tenderness,” observes the delectably deadpan narrator of Lloyd Jones’s horrifying new novel as he feeds breakfast to two men, Doctor …


Patrick deWitt: ‘In unhappy times, the healthiest thing is to turn to humour’

Patrick deWitt, 43, is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter, now living in Portland, Oregon. His first book, <i>Ablutions</i>, was a <i>New York Times</i> editors’ choice while his second, <i>The Sisters Brothers</i>, was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker prize. His new novel, <i>French Exit</i>, is a satire of the</b> …


Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk: much to admire

Polish author proves again that she is one of the most distinctive and original voices in contemporary European literature

William Blake

Extraordinary voices to convene at ZEE Jaipur Literary Festival

For sheer diversity and intellectual and artistic firepower, it's hard to beat the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, which will bring writers and …

University of British Columbia

Global Publishing Leaders 2018: Bertelsmann

Bertelsmann is an international media company with divisions in broadcasting (RTL Group), book publishing (Penguin Random House), magazine publishing …

Penguin Random House

21 Incredible Books Based on True Stories

Books based on true stories are ideal for when facts leave off and a little imagination (and outright speculation) is needed to fill the gaps in a …

Literary Prizes

The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction

<i>This week, The New Yorker is announcing the longlists for the 2018 National Book Awards. Earlier this week, we shared the lists in the categories of Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Today, we present the final category: Fiction.</i><p>Of the ten authors long-listed …


Here are this year’s nominees for the American National Book Award

The history of US voter suppression, the lives of American Indians, the escape of enslaved Yazidi women: These make up the cheerful topics for this year’s US National Book Award longlist, announced today. The foundation will announce the finalists on Oct. 10 and the winners on Nov. 14.<p>This is the …

George Washington

Normal People by Sally Rooney, review: a smart, cool sketch of mismatched lovers

Will she or won't she? Last summer, that's what thousands of British readers spent their holidays wondering about Frances, the narrator of Sally Rooney's accomplished (if forgivably uneven) debut, Conversations with Friends. Frances is a wry, taciturn student who gets tangled up in an on-off affair …

Literary Prizes

The inspiration behind Esi Edugyan’s latest novel Washington Black

The coast of Ghana is dotted with slave castles – imposing fortresses built hundreds of years ago along the West African coast by colonial traders, initially dealing in gold, later in human beings. This is where Africans who had been kidnapped from the interior were held before being loaded onto …

Literary Prizes

Why Emma Thompson read an entire movie script out loud in her kitchen

With 11 of his novels having been made into films — the latest, “The Children Act,” is in theaters Friday and on demand now — Ian McEwan is somewhat …

Children Act

‘Normal People’: Sally Rooney is one of us

At a reading earlier this year, Neel Mukherjee expressed his frustration with novels on relationships, marriage, and adultery, which seem “to have …

Literary Prizes

William Boyd: ‘I will never win another literary prize in my life’

I am permitted to sit in an antique chair that once belonged to the late Howard Hodgkin.<p>It was the only item that novelist William Boyd says he could …

David Bowie

Drive your Plow.., Olga Tokarczuk: Can You Tolerate This, Ashleigh Young

She might not be a household name, but Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk is a crucial auditor of our shape-shifting times. Her previous novel <i>Flights</i> won …

William Blake

George Saunders on 'shock' of winning the Man Booker Prize

George Saunders was sitting in London's Guildhall at a dinner Tuesday night celebrating the 2017 Man Booker Prize. "It's a nerve fest," he said. "I'd …

Literary Prizes

The National Book Award For Translated Literature Will Be Awarded For The First Time To One Of These 10 Books

The National Book Foundation just announced the 10 books on the longlist for the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature, a new category …

Fertility Clinic

Fangoria Hires Women to Reinvent Frankenstein Myth

Not only is <i>Fangoria</i> back on the beat after a year-long hiatus, but the classic horror magazine is branching out into film production, and one of its first projects will be a female-fronted version of <i>Frankenstein</i> called “After Birth,” the directorial debut of Laura Moss (who also co-wrote the …

Comic Books

The best books about the Greek islands

Sail away with a reading list that hops from Homer to Patricia Highsmith<p>If you’re going to a Greek island, read “The Odyssey”. Go on. Or read it …

20th Century

18 must-read Canadian books

Looking for a new book to read this fall season? Here are 18 to check out.<p>Dionne Brand is a poet and novelist. Her most recent novel is Theory. …

Lifestyle (Canada)