And the Award Goes to……


It’s the most wonderful time of the literary year…. Awards season! Earlier this month the Nobel Prize for literature was handed out to folk icon Bob Dylan, followed closely by the Man Booker who went to Paul Beatty for The Sellout on Tuesday the Governor General award for literature was handed out to Madeline Thien,  and now we have the largest literary prize for fiction in Canada just around the corner….The Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, who passed away from cancer the year before. The award recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction and is in large part responsible for the continued growth of Canadian literary talent. The prize has so far endowed more than three-quarters of a million dollars to Canadian writers from coast to coast. In 2005, The Giller Prize teamed up with Scotiabank to create the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Next Monday, November 7th NVCL will be hosting the 3rd Annual  North Shore Giller Viewing Party in support of the North Shore Writer’s Festival! 

There will be light appies, beverages, literary trivia and raffle prizes. Any funds raised will benefit the 2017 North Shore Writers Festival, co-planned by the North Vancouver District Public Library, the North Vancouver City Library, and the West Vancouver Memorial Library.  For more information about the event please visit our calendar by clicking HERE.

Tickets are just $10 + taxes and fees and are available by CASH ONLY at NVCL’s Welcome tax, or online by clicking here.

In honor of the prize and more importantly the party, I’ve created a list of all our shortlisted nominees so you can get to work reading and placing your bets on who will take home the final purse prize!


Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien 

donotsaywehave Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks than surely you’ve heard of local author Madeline Thien’s masterful work, Do Not Say we Have Nothing. Not only did she take home the recent Governor General award, but she’s also been nominated for various other awards including the Man Booker.

This epic sprawling drama  takes us inside the lives of an extended family who’s lives stretch from Mao’s Cultural Revolution to Tienanmen Square and confronts the reader with questions about how art, music, and love for one another sustains humanity through times of horror and genocide. A beautiful read!

The Party Wall by Catherine Lerouxpartywall

Translated from french, Quebquois author Catherine Leroux’s The Party Wall shifts between and ties together stories about pairs joined in surprising ways. A woman learns that she may not be the biological mother of her own son despite having given birth to him; a brother and sister unite, as their mother dies, to search for their long-lost father; two young sisters take a detour home, unaware of the tragedy that awaits; and a political couple–when the husband accedes to power in a post-apocalyptic future state–is shaken by the revelation of their own shared, if equally unknown, history.

Lyrical, intelligent, and profound, The Party Wall is luminously human, a surreally unforgettable journey through the barriers that can both separate us and bring us together.–From the publisher

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittal bestkindofpeople

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable? George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt? With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.-From the Publisher

The Wonder by Emma Donahue wonder

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, ‘The Wonder’ – inspired by numerous cases of ‘fasting girls’ between the sixteenth century and the twentieth – is a psychological thriller about a child’s murder. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, this book is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.-From the publisher

Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin yiddishforpirates

Set in the years around 1492, Yiddish for pirates recounts the compelling story of Moishe, a Bar Mitzvah boy who leaves home to join a ship’s crew, where he meets Aaron, the polyglot parrot who becomes his near-constant companion. From a present-day Florida nursing home, this wisecracking yet poetic bird guides us through a world of pirate ships, Yiddish jokes and treasure maps.-From the publisher


13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl13ways

Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks. Even when she starts dating guys online, she’s too afraid to send pictures. So she starts to lose. She counts calories consumed, miles logged, pounds lost, raw almonds eaten – she even undertakes an epic battle with a Von Furstenberg. But no matter how much weight she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?-From the publisher


Hope to see you on the 7th!


Mikale Fenton

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