Book Beat: The Giller Prize, A New Narnia, and Shades of Magic Clothing

Book Beat: The Giller Prize, A New Narnia, and Shades of Magic Clothing
The latest book news in the publishing world for the week of September 30, 2018, which includes a Netflix/Narnia collab and a Shades of Magic clothing line!

Hello book lovers! It's your Bookmarked editor Christa, here to deliver some exciting bookish news from the past week. Giller Prize Shortlist Announced The Giller Prize, one of Canada's largest literary awards, announced their 2018 shortlist this week. The five finalists competing for the $100,000 award are: French Exit, Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi Press) Songs

Hello book lovers! It’s your Bookmarked editor Christa, here to deliver some exciting bookish news from the past week.

Giller Prize Shortlist Announced

The Giller Prize, one of Canada’s largest literary awards, announced their 2018 shortlist this week. The five finalists competing for the $100,000 award are:

French Exit, Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi Press)
Songs for the Cold of Heart, Eric Dupont; Peter McCambridge, trans. (QC Fiction/Baraka Books)
Washington Black, Esi Edugyan (Patrick Crean Editions/HarperCollins)
Motherhood, Sheila Heti (Knopf Canada)
An Ocean of Minutes, Thea Lim (Viking Canada)

It’s a pretty interesting and diverse list, so it’s difficult to predict who the judges will ultimately choose. For example, the original French edition of Dupont’s Songs for the Cold of Heart has already won a few awards over its six-year publication history. Meanwhile, deWitt and Edugyan are Giller Prize veterans, as both were nominated in 2011 for The Sisters Brothers and Half-Blood Blues respectively. Edugyan ultimately won back then, but will she walk away with the prize again? Or will deWitt’s ‘tragedy of manners’ win over the judges?

I have to admit I’ve only read one of the nominees so far — Motherhood by Sheila Heti — and I was a little surprised to find it on the list. Not because it isn’t a brilliant book; it’s just not the typical Giller Prize fare. It’s a book preoccupied with a single question: should the narrator have children? Examining the entire concept of motherhood and the value our society places on it, Motherhood is a deeply philosophical novel with no easy answers. In fact, the reader may end up with more questions when they’re finished than they did at the beginning. Though I didn’t always agree with the narrator, it was a book that really challenged me and made me think. So while an atypical nominee, it’s exactly the kind of book we should be recognizing with prizes like the Giller.

Motherhood, Sheila Heti, 2018

If you’re in Canada (or New York and London) you can catch the nominees and learn more about their books during their cross-country “Between the Pages” tour.

Cybils Nominations are Open

Speaking of awards, the nomination period for the Children and Young Adult Blogger Literary Awards (aka the Cybils) is now open! Anyone can nominate a potential winner for any and all categories, as long as the book is available in English, published in the US and Canada, and was published between October 16th, 2017 and October 15, 2018.

Cybils, I nominated badge, 2018

Categories include:

Full disclosure, I am one of the Round 1 judges for the graphic novel categories, and I can’t wait to see what books you think should be on the longlist!

The Black Speculative Writers Survey

The Black Speculative Writers Survey is back again this year from FIYAH Lit! Similar to Fireside Fiction’s annual #BlackSpecFic Reports, this survey is used to gather information on the experiences and habits of Black writers who submit to short fiction outlets. The goals of the survey are to:

1) Quantify the existence of black speculative fiction writers seeking publication.
2) Provide submission context to existing publication data.
3) Expose the impact of doleful publication statistics on black writers.
4) Enable markets to pinpoint their failings in attracting or publishing black writers.

So if you are a black writer who has submitted at least one piece of short speculative fiction to a paying market in the last 12 months, head over here to find out more and fill out the survey.  

Netflix To Bring Narnia to the Small Screen

On Wednesday, Netflix announced it has acquired the rights to C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and will be developing a new collection of television series and films based on the books. It’s not the first time the books have been adapted, of course, but it is the first time the rights to all seven books have been held by the same company.

As someone who grew up reading and loving this series, I’m curious to see what Netflix will do with the source material. That being said, there is already an excellent BBC adaptation, not to mention some big budget Disney movies, which raises the question: did this series need another reboot? Instead, it would great to see some of the more current, non-Euro based fantasy series be adapted by Netflix (or any of the big production companies for that matter). There are so many amazing stories out there that would make amazing films or TV shows!

Shades of Magic Clothing Line

NYCC starts today, but there have already been some exciting announcements. Like a Shades of Magic clothing line!

The clothes will be available this fall, but three designs will debut at the con. Check them out at Booth #1978! I personally cannot wait to order an As Travars shirt.

And while you’re at NYCC this weekend, you can also check out Victoria Schwab and WWAC contributor, Kate Kosturski, as they discuss the Shades of Magic series on October 06, 2018, from 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM in Room 1B03.

Out This Week

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Mutiny at Vesta by R.E Stearns
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Cover for Mackenzi Lee's The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

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