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We are immensely pleased that Jessica Moore’s translation of Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal has made the Man Booker International Prize longlist!
Published in Canada by Talonbooks, Mend the Living was simultaneously published in the United Kingdom by MacLehose Press, and it is the English edition that is eligible for the Prize. (A different translation of Maylis de Kerangal’s novel, by Sam Taylor, was published in the United States by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.) Twelve other worthy literary competitors have been nominated; see the longlist here.
The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest in global fiction, going to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. Judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines. The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and, like all the shortlisted authors, a cheque for £2,500 and a designer-bound copy of their book. In the case of a work in translation (like Mend the Living), the £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator.
This is the first longlist ever to have been announced for the Man Booker International Prize, which recently joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is now awarded annually on the basis of a single book. The judges considered 155 books. The judges will announce a shortlist of six books on April 14, and the winner of the 2016 Prize will be announced on May 16 at a formal dinner.
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.
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