Biggest book stories of 2011: Survey results and draw winners

This past December, CBC Books published a series of surveys and asked you to weigh in on some of the biggest stories in Canadian literature and publishing of 2011.

Congratulations to bumble and jess1ca for winning our random draw! They each win a Kobo Touch Edition eReader. Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the surveys and leave their comments!

And here are the results:

For breakout author of the year, the majority of respondents (32.28 per cent) chose Andrew Westoll, author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary. Patrick deWitt, whose The Sisters Brothers racked up multiple awards including the Rogers' Writers Trust fiction prize, came in second (26.64 per cent), while Esi Eduygan, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Half-Blood Blues, came in third (24.38 per cent). 

In our publishing story of the year category, most respondents chose the surge of interest in non-fiction (35.36 per cent). Indigo's sale of Kobo to Rakuten Inc. of Japan came in second (21.74 per cent), while the incredible runs of both Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan came in third (15.94 per cent).

atwood-small-175.jpgWho did people select as the Canadian newsmaker of the year? Literary icon Margaret Atwood was the overwhelming choice (45.53 per cent). In addition to publishing two books (In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination and the children's book Wandering Wenda: and Widow Wallop's Wunderground Washery), Atwood famously sparred in the media with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his councillor brother Doug over the city's proposed library cuts in the summer. Other top choices included Esi Edugyan (19.27 per cent) and Kobo (14.25 per cent).

For international newsmaker of the year, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami and the English translation of his epic 1Q84 garnered the biggest share of votes (32.57 per cent), while late writer David Foster Wallace and his posthumous novel The Pale King (18.09 per cent) came second. Respondents chose HBO and the massive popularity of its books adaptations, including Game of Thrones and the upcoming The Corrections, as third biggest international newsmaker (17.11 per cent).

Finally, Game of Thrones was voted best books franchise of 2011, thanks in large part to the Emmy Award-winning HBO series. Harry Potter, which saw the final movie adaptation released this year, came in second (23.89 per cent), while Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy came in third (19.47 per cent).