BIBLIOASIS WEEKLY ROUNDUP (WED.NOV.11-WED.NOV.18)
It’s been quite a week here at Biblioasis! From the ritzy Giller Prize gala (which we’ve confirmed had top notch snacks!) to the release of hockey historian Bob Duff’s latest take on the Red Wings, we’ve been busy. Here’s a roundup of this week’s highlights:
END-OF-THE-YEAR LIST SEASON
The editors at Quill & Quire, a magazine devoted to the best of Canadian literature, filled a full third of their “Best books of the year” section with our authors! Anakana Shofield (Martin John), Samuel Archibald (Arvida), Russell Smith (Confidence), and Kevin Hardcastle (Debris) all made the cut. Congratulations to all those named on the list! They also included Debris as having one of the four best covers of the year. On top of that, David Constantine’s breathtaking In Another Country: Selected Stories was named among Kirkus Reviews’ Best Story Collections! What an honour.
50 GREATEST RED WINGS
Bob Duff’s 50 Greatest Red Wings hit stores this week! The Windsor Star’s seasoned sportswriter and hockey historian’s latest book for Biblioasis is an entertaining and exceptionally well-researched book that’s as likely to start conversations as arguments among hockey fanatics.
KOCIEJOWSKI IS PEERLESS
Brian Bethune, Maclean’s brilliant book editor, gave Marius Kociejowski’s new book of travel essays, Zoroaster’s Children, a rave review. Bethune puts his finger on the reason Marius’ books are beloved at the press and why we have a hard time labeling these continent-spanning essays as ‘travel writing’: “Kociejowski’s travels consist of encountering people, not places, and, in this kind of travel writing, he may well be peerless.”
FROM THE VAULT WINS FIRST KULISEK PRIZE
Last Friday afternoon, at a ceremony in the Windsor Star News Cafe, our author Craig Pearson and publisher/co-author Dan Wells received the very first Kulisek Prize for the best-selling book From the Vault. The Kulisek Prize was named after — and presented by — Dr. Larry Kulisek, a long-standing and greatly esteemed professor of history at the University of Windsor. Work on the next volume of From the Vault is currently underway! Expect it out next fall.
@biblioasis bookseller Robert Stewart says the tension has risen now that @GillerPrize ceremony is underway #cbcwdr pic.twitter.com/OKLbShMQhf
— CBC Windsor (@CBCWindsor) November 11, 2015
COMMUNITY FILLS KILDARE TO SUPPORT BIBLIOASIS
Biblioasis invited friends, family, media and the community at large to O’Maggio’s Kildare House in Walkerville the night of Nov. 10, to watch the 2015 Giller Prize announcement unfold live on CBC. Regardless of the outcome, we were thrilled to be there with our friends and supporters. The community filled the top floor of the Kildare House and then some—thank you, all!