Showing posts from September, 2020

Leaving the Hoi Polio behind.

Ian Williams reaches the Stars with his Poems and Books By Stephen Weir One day earlier this month Trinidadian Canadian writer Ian Williams passed over from being a rising talent to that of an honest to goodness literary star.  In September the award winning poet and author was made a spokesman for Canada’s richest fiction prize, was featured in an exclusive magazine for the country’s well-heeled and oversaw the publishing of his new book of poems. Williams was born in Trinidad in 1979 and moved to Brampton with his family when he was 9.   He earned his PHD at the University of Toronto and is currently a professor of poetry at the University of British Columbia. Last year his first novel, Reproduction won the $100,000 Giller Prize and was shortlisted for two other significant Canadian book prizes. Williams’s poetry books have been shortlisted and won many Canadian Literary Prizes!  W ord Problems , his latest book is a mash-up of poetry and prose and is currently being printed

Announcement made on Tuesday September 22 in the UK. Cundill Shortish list.

  10 make short(ish)list  This year’s shortlist of ten authors for the major history prize has been announced Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email to a friend A new take on the Aztecs, a study of the expulsion of Native Americans from their ancestral homelands in the 1930s, and a sweeping exploration of the East India Company are among the books nominated for a major history award. The shortlist for the 2020 Cundill History Prize was revealed on 22 September in a virtual event hosted by chair of the jury Peter Frankopan and jurors Anne Applebaum, Lyse Doucet, Eliga Gould and Sujit Sivasundaram. The award, which celebrates the best of the year’s history writing from around the world, has expanded its shortlist from eight to ten authors for the first time.  This year’s finalists will be announced on 20 October, with the winner set to be revealed in November. The full shortlist is as follows: Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation by Roderick Beaton (The University of Chicago Press/Peng