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Malala Yousafzai asks you to choose #BooksNotBullets, Goosebumps comes to the theatres and Kathy Reichs to the Toronto Public Library

Compiled by Lisa Day

#BooksNotBullets Campaign
Next time you use social media, Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace prize winner who turned 18 on July 12, hopes you’ll use the hashtag #eBooksNotBullets to “show world leaders that you believe education – not the military – is a better investment in our future.”
“This is a special moment because, for the first time in my life, I can call myself an adult,” Yousafzai wrote on her Malala Fund blog. “And this year, I am not asking for birthday wishes or presents. I am asking for action.... Stand with me now and show world leaders that you choose books, not bullets. Post a photo of yourself holding up your favourite book now and share why YOU choose #booksnotbullets – and why world leaders should, too.”

Man Booker International and Independent Foreign Fiction prizes merge

The Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize are merging to become one annual award, Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade reported.

According to Shelf Awareness, the award for a work of literary fiction translated into English will be awarded next year and will offer a prize of about $79,000.

Rocky Mountain Book Award

Two Pajama Press books nominated for the Rocky Mountain Book Award - A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison and Revenge on the Fly.

The Rocky Mountain Book Award invites students and educators to participate in our readers’ choice program, designed to stimulate the reading interests of students in grades 4 to 7 and to connect them with exemplary Canadian literature.

Read a review of A Brush Full of Colour here:

Sunburst Award Society
Sunburst Award Society announced its shortlists for the Sunburst Awards recently.
According to the juried awards “recognizes exceptional writing in three categories: adult, young adult and short story. The awards are presented each fall to the best Canadian speculative fiction novel, book-length collection or short story published any time during the previous calendar year.”

Winners of the adult and young adult awards receive $1,000, while the short story award sees the author receive $500.

Visit for the list of books.

Trillium Book Award

Winners of the Trillium Book Award, Ontario’s foremost prize for literary excellence, were announced last month.
This year’s winner for the Trillium Book Award in English-language is:
Kate Cayley, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press)

The winner for the Trillium Book Award in French-language is:
Michel Dallaire, Violoncelle pour lune d’automne  (Les Éditions L’Interligne)

This year’s English-language winner for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry is:
Brecken Hancock, Broom Broom (Coach House Books)

The winner for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature  in French-language is:
Micheline Marchand, Mauvaise mine  (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
Visit for a list of finalists.

Will Eisner award
According to Scholastic Canada, Raina Telgemeir was awarded the 2015 Will Eisner Best Writer/Artist award for Sisters! Read an interview with at

Books to the screen

A number of books are being turned into movies, according to Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade.

- Universal announced it will release Let It Snow, based on a short story collection by John Green, Dec. 9, 2016. Green’s book Looking for Alaska may also be made into a film by Paramount Pictures.

- Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros are making a film adaptation of the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

- James Ponsoldt is doing a film adaptation of The Circle by Dave Eggers starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

- Jack Black is starring in the Goosebumps movie as R.L. Stine, the author of the famous young adult horror novels set to it theatres Oct. 16. Visit to watch the trailer.

- Walter Isaacson’s biography about Steve Jobs is being released by Universal Pictures on Oct. 9.

- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on the bestselling book by Seth Grahame-Smithm, is coming to the theatres Feb. 5.

- The Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on the young adult graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, opens Aug. 7 in limited release.

- A+E Networks is remaking Roots, staring Laurence Fishburne as author Alex Haley.

- Director Chris Provenzano is brining Elmore Leonard’s 1979 novel Gunsights to the small screen.

- Author Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is also coming to the small screen, with Shelf Awareness reporting Gaiman will be writing a couple episodes of the show himself.

- The estate of Agatha Christie has taken control of the TV rights and are creating an “action-packed and scary,” TV show, Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade reported.

International Festival Of Authors
The International Festival Of Authors (IFOA), set for Oct. 22 to Nov. 1, showcases literary talent from across the globe in a number of events, including readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews and free book signings.
This year the annual event features the work of upcoming and established poets from around the world and the rich culture and vibrant literary scene of Catalonia.
Visit for details.

Lawrence Hill receives Order of Canada

Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, has been appointed to the Order of Canada “for his writing representing black history in Canada and for his charitable efforts to help girls and women in Africa through the Aminata Fund, named for The Book of Negroes protagonist,” Quillblog reported through Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade.

Dave Godfrey, who founded the House of Ansansi Press along with poet Dennis Lee in 1976, has died, according to Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade.
Godfrey, whose novel, The New Ancestors, won a 1970 Governor General’s Literary Award, died June 21. He was 76.

The Inside Track

The Inside Track is a collection of resources and extras that offer you a peek behind the scenes at Owlkids Books.

It’s an invitation to get to know Owlkids better – to learn more about their books, meet their authors and illustrators and to hear the stories behind the stories.

Hear author Elin Kelsey explain the science behind seven ideas from the book Wild Ideas, Let Nature Inspire your thinking in seven short podcasts, read questions and answers from authors and more.

Toronto Public Library
Kathy Reichs, Lawrence Hill, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and John Irving are just some of the people coming to the Toronto Public Library Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the fall of 2015.
All events are free. Visit for details and to reserve.


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Your child can get ready for the newest #CaseFile13 book by finding all the hidden objects in this online game!

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The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland -

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Lisa Day is a copy editor for and compiles four blogs - Book News, Book Time, Food News and Recipes. She loves to read and talk about books.

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