Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Some Progress Reports

I have been paying attention to some of the reading awards this year. Here is a progress report of sorts of how successful I am. I was concentrating on the Giller, but since I own all the Governor General nominees in fiction, I will likely end up reading those too. The Booker, at this point I will read the few I have and maybe the rest of the short list. I plan to read the winner but the bookstores do not seem to have it.

Booker Awards:

  • Darkmans by Nicola Barker (4th Estate) - Getting for Christmas
  • Self Help by Edward Docx (Picador)
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape) - Waiting for the bookstore to get it back
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies (Sceptre)
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (John Murray)
  • Gifted by Nikita Lalwani (Viking)
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)
  • What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn (Tindal Street)
  • Consolation by Michael Redhill (William Heinemann) - Own but have not read.
  • Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (Simon & Schuster) - Still need to track down a copy.
  • Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon)
  • Winnie & Wolf by A.N.Wilson (Hutchinson)
Giller Award:
  • David Chariandy for his novel "Soucouyant" (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Sharon English for her short-story collection "Zero Gravity" (The Porcupine's Quill)
  • Barbara Gowdy for her novel "Helpless" (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Elizabeth Hay for her novel "Late Nights on Air" (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Lawrence Hill for his novel "The Book of Negroes" (HarperCollins Canada) - Own
  • Paulette Jiles for her novel "Stormy Weather" (HarperCollins Canada) - Own
  • D.R. MacDonald for his novel "Lauchlin of the Bad Heart" (HarperCollins Canada) - Own
  • Claire Mulligan for her novel "The Reckoning of Boston Jim" (Brindle & Glass Publishing)
  • Mary Novik for her novel "Conceit" (Doubleday Canada) - Own
  • Daniel Poliquin for his novel "A Secret Between Us," translated by Donald Winkler (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Michael Winter for his novel "The Architects Are Here" (Penguin Books Canada)
  • Alissa York for her novel "Effigy" (Random House Canada) - Own
  • Richard Wright for his novel "October" (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Michael Ondaatje for his novel "Diversadero" (McClelland & Stewart)
  • M.G. Vassanji for his novel "The Assassin's Song" (Doubleday Canada)
Governor Generals Award:
David Chariandy, Vancouver, for Soucouyant
Barbara Gowdy, Toronto, for Helpless
Michael Ondaatje, Toronto, for Divisadero
Heather O’Neill, Montreal, for Lullabies for Little Criminals - Own
M.G. Vassanji, Toronto, for The Assassin’s Song - Own

Rodrigo Bascuñán and Christian Pearce for Enter the Babylon System: Unpacking Gun Culture from Samuel Colt to 50 Cent
John English for Citizen of the World: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Volume One: 1919-1968
Stephanie Nolen for 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa
Karolyn Smardz Frost for I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad
Bridget Stutchbury for Silence of the Songbirds: How We Are Losing the World’s Songbirds and What We Can Do to Save Them

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