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FEATURED READING LISTS

2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

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The shortlist for one of Canada's most important literary prizes was announced on October 5. It's such a good one. Have you read these books yet?
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2020 Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

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Toronto – October 7, 2020 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada today announced the five finalists for the 2020 Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The finalists for this year’s $50,000 prize include four novels and a short story collection and feature established names in the Canadian writing community as well as new, emerging writers making their debut publication. The prizewinner will be announced on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, via digital event entitled “Writers’ Trust Awards: Books of the Year Edition.”
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2020 Toronto Book Awards Longlist

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The 2020 Toronto Book Awards is underway with the jury reading furiously in advance of its longlist announcement on September 15. A winner will be announced on November 30 with an online ceremony in conjunction with program partner – Toronto Public Library. https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/toronto-book-awards/2020-toronto-book-awards
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14 Utterly Fantastic Books for Fall 2020

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These books push the limits of imagination, unbound from realism and conventional understandings of time and place, exploring humanity's deepest fears and longings. They are also some of the most exciting books this year.
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Small-Town Fiction Standouts in 2020

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The intimacy of small towns creates ideal conditions for character development and intrigue.
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Silent Book Club Favourite Reads

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One of the beautiful things about being part of a silent book club is that it's a judgement-free zone. Members can read whatever they want, as the group is about readers reading and sharing companionably together - and any book, in any format, counts. That said, our east end Toronto silent book club (which is largely virtual these pandemic days, so in fact includes participants from outside that neighbourhood) is also a trusted book recommendation little engine that could. Many titles end up getting borrowed and purchased and read and read again in our group. This list captures some of those favourites. (Learn more about us here: http://bookgagabooks.ca/silent-book-club/)
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Exceptional Memoirs of Late

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"The pain of yesterday is the strength of today," writes Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, and these eight memoirs bear testimony to his words.
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Sing It: Music in 2020 CanLit

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Music runs through these glorious books, from opera to punk and many stops in between.
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Jonathan Ball: Story Collections to Return To

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Jonathan Ball is the author of the new collection The Lightning of Possible Storms. Visit him online at https://www.jonathanball.com ***** All authors suffer the curse of terrible knowledge. They know that one of the most difficult literary forms is the short story. They also know that one of the hardest things to publish is a short story collection. Wise authors thus write novels, or even poetry. The unwise among us, enamoured of our dark arts, labour in service to this horrifying master. We offer foolish love, expecting nothing in return. When it came time to write my own short story book, I sat down and made a list of all the things I liked and disliked about the short story books I had read. I loved books where the stories felt connected, as if a theme ran through the collection, but I also loved books where the stories ranged wild, with differing styles and genres. I decided to push at both extremes, running a storyline throughout my book to connect everything while making each single story as different from the others as possible. In the process of writing The Lightning of Possible Storms, I kept stacking and re-stacking my books, studying and sorting them, reading and re-reading the collections I most admired. Here are the 10 books I found myself coming back to the most during the 19 years I spent working on my book.
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