Thursday, February 26, 2009

Book News Feb 23 - 28

Sleeper Hits:

A group of publisher reps who dub themselves The Dewey Divas and The Dudes, got librarians at a conference in Ontario to help them pick three books that they think will be the sleeper hits (ie. Books that aren’t obvious bestsellers but come to be so) of this season. Here’s what they picked:

  • The Missing by Tim Gautreaux: historical fiction set on the steamships of the Mississippi as a man searches for a missing girl and uncovers the secrets of his own family tragedies.
  • The Local News by Miriam Gershow: a novel of a young girl growing up first in the shadow of her older brother, and then in the shadow of her older brother’s mysterious disappearance.
  • The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball: a young man weaves tales to a young woman who lost her memory in an accident in an effort to help her remember her past.

Do you like complexity in your reading?
Well then you should know about the first installment of the Warwick Prize which was awarded this past week. The prize, set up by the University of Warwick (UK), will be awarded ever other year to titles that fit a specific theme. This year’s theme? Complexity

A neat feature of this prize - it considers works across genres, so nominees could be fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, poetry, plays - you name it.

This year’s winner: The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.

Short listed titles (with links to the library catalogue where we own them):

Canada Reads:

Next week is Canada Reads - the annual CBC radio event where celebrity guests defend 5 books and argue it out until 1 is declared the book that all Canadians will read. This year’s five nominees are:

Who do you predict will win?

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