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The 2017 Giller Prize Winnernmack88

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:54:45 +0000

Congratulations to Michael Redhill whose novel Bellevue Square was named the winner of the 2017 Giller Prize last night. And, as many of you probably already know, Bellevue Square was also the winner of the 2017 Shadow Giller. If you’re interested in finding out how we came to our decision, you can read about it […](image)

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The 2017 Shadow Giller Winnernmack88

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:04:49 +0000

We are thrilled to reveal that the winner of the Shadow Giller is: Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill Congratulations to Michael Redhill and publisher Penguin Random House! There are so many aspects to Bellevue Square that it is hard to put it into just one category or type of book. I think the complexity of […](image)

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Links to all the 2017 Shadow Giller reviewsnmack88

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:10:22 +0000

Transit by Rachel Cusk Kimbofo’s review Naomi’s review Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin Kimbofo’s review Naomi’s review Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill Kimbofo’s review Naomi’s review Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson Kimbofo’s review Naomi’s review I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters Kimbofo’s review Naomi’s review   Which book would you like […](image)

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Naomi reviews I Am a Trucknmack88

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:51:41 +0000

Trucks play a big part in this story of a rural Acadian couple who have been together for almost 20 years. The only thing Réjean seems to love more than his wife, Agathe, is his black Chevy Silverado. The Silverado was reported sitting next to the highway with the driver-side door open just eight hours […](image)

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Two From the Longlistnmack88

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:52:44 +0000

We’re getting closer to the big day. In the meantime, while Kim and I are finishing up our reading and reviews, here are two more from the longlist. First, another review of Next Year, For Sure. You can read Kim’s review of it here. Second, a review of Brother, which I’m thrilled to say is […](image)

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Naomi reviews Bellevue Squarenmack88

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:59:05 +0000

What I love so much about readng the Giller books is that there are always surprises. I’m often reading books I hadn’t heard of before, books from authors I’ve never read before, and books I know very little about. Add the fact that the books have been carefully chosen by a handful of smart and […](image)

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Kimbofo reviews Transit by Rachel Cusknmack88

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:03:22 +0000

Right off the mark, Kim wants to make something clear about both Outline and Transit. Let me get one thing out of the way: when Rachel Cusk’s Transit was named on the 2017 Giller Prize shortlist my heart sank. That’s because I’d read her previous novel, Outline, when it was shortlisted for the same prize in 2015, and […](image)

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Naomi reviews Minds of Winternmack88

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:44:23 +0000

The title for Minds of Winter comes from The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens, which I thought was fitting. Most of the characters in this book are drawn to the polar regions of the world. No sooner have they gotten back from an expedition and they’re off again, despite the very real dangers. Many press on even after near-death […](image)

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Naomi reviews Transit by Rachel Cusknmack88

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:57:18 +0000

Transit seems to be the most well-known book on the Giller shortlist this year. Yet it was the one I was least looking forward to. When I read Rachel Cusk’s Giller shortlisted novel Outline two years ago, I had a luke-warm response to it. In fact, I returned it to the library after reading only half the […](image)

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Naomi reviews Son of a Tricksternmack88

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:27:42 +0000

My reading seems to be way ahead of my reviewing. But the books I’ve reviewed so far are different than the ones Kim has reviewed, so that worked out well. I loved Son of a Trickster. Some readers might find it too dark or disturbing, but I thought it was a wonderful read. Great for […](image)

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