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Stéphane Larue is the winner of the 44th annual Amazon First Novel award, worth $60,000.
Larue’s novel The Dishwasher, translated from French by Pablo Strauss, is the story of a graphic designer with a gambling addiction who takes a job washing dishes at an upscale restaurant. In the course of an evening’s rush, he encounters the cast of characters who make the restaurant run.
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After being postponed early in the COVID-19 pandemic, CBC’s Canada Reads is returning July 20-23 with the usual format of five books debated by five prominent Canadians in order to recommend one title for all.
YouTube content creator Alayna Fender will argue for Megan Gail Coles’s Giller-shortlisted debut novel, Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club. Akil Augustine, host and producer of NBATVCanada, will promote Cory Doctorow’s collection of science fiction novellas, Radicalized.
Actress Amanda Brugel, known for work on Orphan Black and The Handmaid’s Tale, will discuss We Have Always Been Here, Samra Habib’s memoir of growing up in Pakistan, coming to Canada as a refugee and discovering her sexual orientation.
Actress Kanietiio Horn, known for her work in Letterkenny and a series based on Annie Proulx’s novel Barkskins, will advocate for Eden Robinson’s Giller-shortlisted fantasy novel Son of a Trickster. Country singer George Canyon will represent Jesse Thistle’s memoir of homeless, poverty and addiction, From the Ashes.
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A collection of linked stories about a Black girl’s journey to adulthood won two Canadian literary awards worth $10,000 each in the same week in June.
Zalika Reid-Benta’s Frying Plantain won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, bestowed by the Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. The book was also shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Book Award and longlisted for last fall’s Giller Prize.
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Some small Canadian cities will join Prince Albert, Sask., in the no-bookstore club following the decision by Indigo Books and Music CEO Heather Reisman to close 20 of the company’s low-performing Coles stores.
Reisman noted in an interview with Bloomberg News that it was a necessary step as a result of the "seismic" losses resulting from COVID-19.
Indigo’s grave financial situation, meanwhile, didn’t stop the company from taking J.K. Rowling to task last month over online comments considered by some to be transphobic.
After Rowling tweeted her opposition to the growing use of terms like "people who menstruate" instead of "women," Indigo posted that Rowling’s comments are "inconsistent" with the bookseller’s values. The company will continue to sell Rowling’s books.
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Winnipeg horror author and University of Manitoba English instructor David Annandale is writing a novel about his favourite character from the Marvel universe: the villain Doctor Doom.
Marvel announced recently that the novel will tell the story of Doctor Victor von Doom’s "oldest obsession: rescuing his mother’s soul from the clutches of Hell," using a device that will open the gates of the underworld.
The book is slated to be published in December.
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Two new awards are intended to help Ireland continue to punch above its weight in the literary world.
The Dalkey Literary Awards offer 20,000 euros for the best novel and 10,000 for the most promising emerging writer, making them the largest awards for Irish writers. Funded by Zurich Insurance, the awards are an offshoot of the Dalkey Literary Festival.
This year’s winners are Christine Dwyer for The Narrow Land, a novel dealing with the legacy of the Second World War and the American dream, and Sinéad Gleeson, who won the emerging writer award for Constellations: Reflections From Life, an essay collection about art, illness and grief.
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