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Small in the City by Sydney Smith among finalists for 2020 Cleaver Award for Canadian picture books

There are 10 finalists for the $1000 prize, which honours "outstanding visual storytelling." The winner will be announced on March 6, 2020.

Story from Canada Reads finalist Radicalized by Cory Doctorow being adapted as YA graphic novel

The story Unauthorised Bread will be adapted in collaboration with New York City illustrator J.R. Doyle. The book is to be released in 2022.

New award to recognize Yukon's literary community: The Borealis Prize

The inaugural award, which will recognize writers, volunteers, publishers and editors, will be presented in May 2020 at the Dawson Daily News Print and Publishing Festival.

Téa Mutonji, Amy Jones and Doretta Lau to jury $10K Journey Prize for short stories

The annual prize is awarded to the best in Canadian magazine-published short fiction.

John Le Carré wins $130K Olof Palme Prize for 'extraordinary contribution' to democracy and social justice

The famed British writer will receive the honour for “outstanding achievement” in Stockholm on Jan. 30, 2020. The Olof Palme Prize honours the memory of the late Swedish Prime Minister who was assassinated in 1986.

Zadie Smith amongst finalists for $20K Story Prize

The British writer’s short story collection Grand Union is one of three contenders for the annual prize. The Story Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in short fiction.

Jack Reacher creator Lee Child among 2020 Booker Prize jurors

The highly successful thriller writer will be one of the judges on the 2020 Booker Prize panel. The prestigious prize is valued at £50,000 (approx. $85,000 Cdn).

British writer Jonathan Coe wins 2019 Costa Novel Award for comedy about Brexit

Coe's novel Middle England was one of five winners in five different categories for 2019. Each Costa Book Award is worth £5,000 (approx. $8,500 Cdn).
How I Wrote It

Why Derek Mascarenhas wrote a short story collection about growing up South Asian in Canadian suburbia

Coconut Dreams is 17 linked stories that explore the South Asian immigrant experience in Canada.

Vivek Shraya & Ness Lee's Death Threat aims to spark conversations about online trolling and abuse

Vivek Shraya's new work, a graphic novel illustrated by Ness Lee, is a semi-autobiographical account of Shraya's experience of online abuse.
How I Wrote It

Why Anakana Schofield wrote an extraordinary novel about ordinary people

The acclaimed Irish-Canadian author discusses how she wrote Bina, a work of experimental fiction.

Ayelet Tsabari is always leaving things behind. So she wrote a book about it

The Israeli-Canadian author discusses how she wrote The Art of Leaving. The memoir is shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Miriam Körner's Yellow Dog among best books of the year, as chosen by Saskatchewan students

More than 12,000 students votes for this year's awards, which celebrate children's literature from across Canada.
How I Wrote It

Nilofar Shidmehr's short story collection demands empathy for others

Divided Loyalties follows the lives of the Iranian diaspora in the Middle East and Canada.

TV rights to Esi Edugyan's award-winning novel Washington Black picked up

Edugyan's prize-winning novel will be adapted by screenwriter Selwyn Seyfu Hinds.