Sep 17, 2021
It's the season for awards in the English literary world. OPL will do our best to keep you in the loop!
The Giller longlist includes several lead Canadian titles by amazing authors like Fight Night by Miriam Toews, Em by Kim Thúy, What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad and The Strangers by Katherena Vermette. Lesser known but rising stars are Casey Plett for her short story collection on transgender women A Dream of a Woman, Jordan Tannahill for The Listeners, Cedar Bowers' first novel Astra, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onubia's The Son of the House, Angelique Lalonde's story collection Glorious Frazzled Beings, Rachel Rose for The Octopus Has Three Hearts, Linda Rui Feng for Swimming Back to Trout River and finally We, Jane, by Aimee Wall. Many new authors and titles to discover! We'll let you know when the short list is out - what will survive?
The Booker short list has a global reach - A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam, The Promise by Damon Gamut, No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed, Bewilderment by Richard Powers, and The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead. The judges said: "Our shortlist is global - in their authors and their settings - which feels transporting in a year when so many of us have been confined to home."
In a week's worth of nominations, it's great to see a range non-fiction titles making the cut for The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: Nishga by Jordan Abel, On Foot to Canterbury: A Son's Pilgrimage, Permanent Astonishment: A Memoir by Tomson Highway, Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity and DIsorientation: Being Black in the World by Ian Williams - a recent Giller winner (20190
As it sometimes happens with awards' lists, a couple of titles are still not available presently: On Foot to Canterbury and The Fortune Men - as soon as we can order these we will!
Meantime, dip in into these nominated titles, and see what you think is awardwinning prose!