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2012 Giller Prize Winner

They’ve just announced that 419 by Will Ferguson has won this year’s Giller Prize. On Sunday, the Shadow Giller announced that we chose The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler, though we did have 419 in our second place spot (okay, so I had it in my third place spot, but still). Kim once again shows…

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Nancy Richler: The Imposter Bride

When working through a list of books, it’s always nice to come to the best one last. That’s how I felt about Nancy Richler’s The Imposter Bride (2012), my fifth and final read of this year’s Giller Prize shortlist. What I found here may not have been entirely to my tastes (I’ll get into…

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Will Ferguson: 419

Will Ferguson is best known as a travel writer, and here he puts his experiences roaming around the world together in a global, political thriller, that isn’t particularly thrilling, and I know some people have issues with it being “global,” particularly as it writes of the experiences of an African…

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2012 Shadow Giller Announced!

Head on over to Kevinfromcanada to see what we chose as this year’s Shadow Giller winner. Here’s a hint: it’s one I haven’t reviewed yet, and it was my top choice too.

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Episode 2: Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts

At the end of 1933, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s dream of setting up as a writer in London wasn’t becoming a reality. Struck with the idea, he decided to leave his troubles behind and walk across Europe to Constantinople as a tramp. He was only eighteen. World War I was barely…

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Russell Wangersky: Whirl Away

One thing I love about the Giller Prize is that they don’t ignore the short story. Each year I look forward to reading at least one short story collection due to its place on the Giller list. This year, it’s Russell Wangersky’s Whirl Away (2012), a collection of stories that take simple…

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Kim Thúy: Ru

After my response to Alix Ohlin’s Inside (here), I was wary to continue my Giller shortlist reading. None of the five books is one I would have sought out were it nor for the Giller Prize, though often I’m happily surprised with the discoveries the prize leads to. I was hopeful, then, that Ru (2009; tr….

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Kevin Barry: “Ox Mountain Death Song”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Kevin Barry’s “Ox Mountain Death Song” was originally published in the October 29 & November 5, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I’ve only read one Kevin Barry short…

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E.J. Levy: Love, In Theory: Ten Stories

As I said when I participated in my first “blog tour” for Ron Rash’s The Cove (review here), I usually decline invitations to join these things. But sometimes a book comes along and you have to say yes. It happened again. Welcome to the final day of the blog tour for E.J. Levy’s debut…