CBC Books presents a live chat with the winners of the 2010 Governor General's Literary Awards for fiction and non-fiction. Ever wonder what it's like to write an award-winning novel? Or just curious about how it feels to be a literary rock star? Check out the complete conversation below.
You can also enter to win a set of all of this year's fiction or all of this year's non-fiction finalists, by answering the following questions:
1. In what city did Allan Casey recently find a store called Lakeland?
2. Which character first inspired Dianne Warren's novel Cool Water?
Send your answers in to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you'll be entered into the draw. The contest closes at midnight, Monday November 22.
About the Winners:Fiction: Cool Water by Dianne Warren
About the book:
Juliet, Saskatchewan. Population 1,011. It's the kind of place where it's easy to believe nothing ever happens.
But the lives of the inhabitants of this Prairie desert town are anything but simple. A foundling struggles to understand his past and forge a future; the local bank manager falters under the pressure and responsibility of enforcing farm debts and payments; a desperate father watches helplessly as his farm and his family slip through his fingers. These characters, and many more, are brought vividly to life in this evocative novel, which takes place over the course of a single day and depicts the small dramas of daily life with humour, insight and compassion.About the author:
Dianne Warren is the author of three books of short fiction and three full-length plays. She has won numerous awards, including the 2004 Writers' Trust Marian Engel Award, presented to a female Canadian writer for a body of work and in anticipation of her future contribution to Canadian literature. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.Non-fiction: Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada by Allan CaseyAbout the book:
More than anything else, Canada is defined by its lakes. Sixty per cent of the world's five million lakes are found within our borders. Lakeland
is writer Allan Casey's ode to Canada's abundant freshwater systems.
Starting at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, where his family has had a cabin since 1960, Casey takes the reader on a tour across the country to visit 10 of Canada's beautiful and increasingly fragile lakes. From log cabins to lakeside mansions, we come to know some of the unforgettable characters who live around them and fight for their survival.
Casey argues that, as Canadians, we are defined and unified by the notion of a landscape of endless, pure lakes. Despite problems of over-development, these lakes remain the heartland of this country, and the place where our relationship with wilderness itself begins.
About the author:
Allan Casey is a journalist whose writing has won numerous Western Magazine Awards and several National Magazine Award nominations. His writing and photography have appeared in many major Canadian magazines, including Canadian Geographic. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.