Erin Balser

Erin Balser is the senior producer of CBC Books.

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Beverley McLachlin among finalists for $25K Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

The former Supreme Court Justice is nominated for her memoir Truth Be Told. The winner will be announced on Sept. 23, 2020.

Hilary Mantel's final Thomas Cromwell novel among 13 books longlisted for 2020 Booker Prize

The award, worth £50,000 (approx. $86,990 Cdn), annually recognizes the best original novel written in the English language published in the U.K.

Mariko Tamaki named best writer at Eisner Awards

Her graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, also won best book for teens.

Téa Mutonji wins $20K Trillium Book Award, which recognizes best book in Ontario

The Toronto author won for her debut book, the short story collection Shut Up, You're Pretty

André Alexis & Richard Van Camp among writers longlisted for 2020 Sunburst Award for Canadian fantasy writing

The Sunburst Awards annually give out two $1,000 prizes — one to a work of adult fiction and one to a YA book — as well as a $500 short story award.

Canada Reads-winning author Mark Sakamoto launches TV show about solving social problems and finding hope

Good People is a five-episode TV series streaming now on CBC Gem.

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments nominated for British Book Award for best fiction

The British Book Awards recognize books and authors in seven categories. The awards, nicknamed the Nibbies, have recognized the best in British book publishing since 1990.

Yiyun Li among 8 recipients of $239K Windham-Campbell Prize, one of the richest literary prizes in the world

Established in 2013 and administered by Yale University, the prize honours a selection of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry writers who have been nominated in secret.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline sells 100,000 copies in Canada, enters 20th print run

The YA novel was first published in 2017 and went on to be defended on Canada Reads 2018, win the Governor General's Literary Award and the U.S. Kirkus Prize.

Ben Philippe wins William C. Morris Award for debut YA novel The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The American Library Association announced several award winners, including the 2020 Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal recipients.

Ta-Nehisi Coates's debut novel The Water Dancer among finalists for U.S. Carnegie Medal

The $5,000 U.S. prize is presented by the American Library Association and annually recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction published in the U.S.

Anne Michaels among winners for $10K Vine Awards for Jewish Canadian literature

The Vine Awards honour the best Canadian literature by Jewish writers or on Jewish subjects. There are five categories and each comes with a grand prize of $10,000.

B.C. poet Susan Alexander wins $20K Mitchell Prize for poetry that explores religious faith

Alexander's poem Virgil was selected from 250 submissions. Her work has been featured on the bus in Vancouver’s Poetry in Transit.

Charlie Foran named executive director of Writers' Trust of Canada

Foran has written 11 books and is a member of the Order of Canada. He will start in January 2020.

Finalists announced for 2020 Forest of Reading award program

Forest of Reading is the largest reading award program in Canada. More than 270,000 students vote for their favourite books across 10 categories.