If you watched the ceremony, perhaps, like me, you were also moved to tears by Joanna Skibsrud's sisters tears when she won - that was such a great moment!
Meanwhile, news swirls around us, including the first item here, which is Giller-related. It should be extra incentive to complete the One Country, 5 Books challenge!:
- The always-magnificent Gaspereau Press announced today that it has sold Canadian paperback rights for Skibsrud's Giller winner, The Sentimentalists, to Douglas & McIntyre. I knew they would find a way to balance their craft with putting Skibsrud's work first. This concludes the story arc I was avoiding all last week, in which numerous news sources bemoaned the lack of copies of the book due to Gaspereau's hand-printing process.
- Maybe we should be requiring readers' advisors to be social readers?
- IMPAC looooooooooonglist is out (warning: 162 titles! One for every 2.2 days of the year! Or, you know, you could just check out the 16 Canadians who made the list....)
- Matilda's library might close: Buckinghamshire County Council is planning to close Great Missenden Library, the inspiration for Roald Dahl's novel.
- Did Ali Smith break Giller jury protocol? The mountains of navel-gazing press coverage is enough to make me lose my warm post-Giller glow.
- New copyright law in Canada up for dabate: Writers and publishers react; librarians react.