• RWA RITA winners for 2011

    Posted by Fiction Editor, 3 years ago

    Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for a RITA award! Sadly, Fiction Editor was not present at the glittery gathering of romance readers and writers, but it sounds like it was a fabulous time...

    Here are the winners for the 2011 RITA Awards announced at the gala on Friday night:

    2011 RITA Winner for Regency Historical Romance
    The Mischief of the Mistletoe
    by Lauren Willig

    2011 RITA Winner for Historical Romance
    His at Night
    by Sherry Thomas

    2011 RITA Winner for Inspirational Romance
    In Harm’s Way
    by Irene Hannon

    2011 RITA Winner for Young Adult Romance
    The Iron King
    by Julie Kagawa

    2011 RITA Winner for Contemporary Series Romance
    Welcome Home, Cowboy
    by Karen Templeton

    2011 RITA Winner for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
    The Moon That Night
    by Helen Brenna

    2011 RITA Winner for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
    Welcome to Harmony
    by Jodi Thomas

    2011 RITA Winner for Romance Novella
    “Shifting Sea”
    by Virginia Kantra
    in Burning Up

    2011 RITA Winner for Romantic Suspense
    Silent Scream
    by Karen Rose

    2011 RITA Winner for Paranormal Romance
    Unchained: The Dark Forgotten
    by Sharon Ashwood

    2011 RITA Winner for Best First Book
    Pieces of Sky
    by Kaki Warner

    2011 RITA Winner for Contemporary Single Title Romance
    Simply Irresistible
    by Jill Shalvis


    Sharon Sala was awarded the 2011 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Colum McCann wins the 2011 Dublin IMPAC Literary Award

    Posted by Fiction Editor, 4 years ago

    Congratulations to Colum McCann on winning the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award for his novel Let the Great World Spin!


    From the judges' citation:
    "Let The Great World Spin, the sixth novel by Colum McCann, is a hurricane of a book, whirling around the streets of New York and beyond, capturing souls within its twists, carrying them high in the air, rattling their very bones until their secrets and shameful pasts, their moments of kindness and generosity, pour onto the ground below and define the people of a borough, a city, a country and a world without judgment or prejudice, but with the compassion and humanity that only a great writer can provide."

    • Colum McCann talks about Let the Great World Spin

  • Book video fun: The Carolyn Parkhust Collection

    Posted by Fiction Editor, 4 years ago

    It seems like every celebrity out there has got a clothing line, or a fragrance, or a jewellery line. So it's about time authors thought about creating their own line of merchandise, as per this hilarious video by author Carolyn Parkhurst... (I think I need the Octavia Frost action figure --- after all, who doesn't need an author action figure on their bookshelf?)

    The Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011 is...

    Posted by Fiction Editor, 4 years ago

    Congratulations to Téa Obreht on winning the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction with her novel The Tiger's Wife! This win is particularly notable for the fact that Téa, at 25, is now the youngest author to win the prestigious literary prize, and also for the fact that The Tiger's Wife is a debut novel.

    Take a look at the video below, where Téa Obreht talks about the book on PBS News Hour...

    • Tea Obreht on PBS News Hour

    Griffin Poetry Prize 2011 Winners!

    Posted by Fiction Editor, 4 years ago

    Ossuaries (Canadian Winner)

    Congratulations to Dionne Brand and Gjertrud Schnackenberg on winning the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize! Awarded at a ceremony in Toronto last night, the winners each received $65, 000.


    The full list of nominees:

    ***Canadian Shortlist***

    Ossuaries • Dionne Brand --- WINNER
    McClelland & Stewart

    The Irrationalist • Suzanne Buffam
    House of Anansi Press

    Lookout • John Steffler
    McClelland & Stewart


    ***International Shortlist***

    Heavenly Questions • Gjertrud Schnackenberg --- WINNER
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Human Chain • Seamus Heaney
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Adonis: Selected Poems • Khaled Mattawa, translated from the Arabic
    written by Adonis
    Yale University Press

    The Book of the Snow • Philip Mosley, translated from the French
    written by François Jacqmin
    Arc Publications

    Fuzzy Nation -- now with official power ballad!

    Posted by Fiction Editor, 4 years ago

    For your moment of Tuesday geekery, science fiction fans familiar with the sheer entertainment (and profound thought, of course!) provided by author John Scalzi will want to check out Fuzzy Nation, which goes on sale today. For those who are unfamiliar with all things Scalzi or Fuzzy, Fuzzy Nation is a reboot of the H.Beam Piper book, Little Fuzzy.

    You can read about the book here: www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Fuzzy-Nation-John-Scalzi/9780765328540-item.html

    And read an excerpt over at Tor.com: www.tor.com/stories/2011/05/fuzzy-nation-excerpt

    And for more fuzzy fun, there's the official power ballad done by Paul and Storm, described by John Scalzi as " unspeakably awesome" :-)

    Enjoy!

    • Fuzzy Man (Fuzzy Nation)

    And the winner of the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour is...

    Posted by Fiction Editor, 4 years ago

    On April 28, 2011, Trevor Cole was awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his third novel, Practical Jean (McClelland & Stewart). The prize is awarded to the best Canadian book of humour published in the last year (as determined by a panel of national judges and the Stephen Leacock Association) and is accompanied by a monetary reward of $15,000.

    Practical Jean is a darkly humourous and revelatory tale of an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age — a do-nothing husband, a family that refuses to understand her — who realizes her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. And that's when she decides to kill them ....

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