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Steven Langdon

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As a journalist for Canada's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, Steven Langdon began reporting from southern and eastern Africa -- and he has since lived and worked in the continent for years. What began as a job has taken over his life, as he has built family ties and friendships throughout Africa. "Most important," says Steven, "I've been able to connect with thriving, vibrant African community groups who are winning results for people on the ground from Senegal to Malawi. Their spirit pushed me to write this novel." In his work in Africa, Steven Langdon has helped support African groups working against corruption. He brings his expertise on this subject to this novel, and to understanding the severe challenges of countering fraud. "I'v ...more

Six books make up the Giller short list for 2016, and together they demonstrate the strength and breadth of Canadian fiction. There is grand variety, from historical fiction to interlaced short vignettes to tragicomedy to grim contemporary drama -- with settings from China to Ireland to Spain to downtown Toronto. Yet sharp-edged vivid writing marks them all; they were a great joy to read.

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Mouthing the Words by Camilla Gibb
Mouthing the Words
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Camilla Gibb is a favourite author of mine, whose books (such as "Sweetness in the Belly") have been powerful and beautifully written.

This novel, "Mouthing the Words," Gibbs's first published book, shows much of the promise that these later works ac
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Exposure by Helen Dunmore
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Helen Dunmore has written some excellent novels ("The Siege," about the German blockade of Leningrad, is the one I remember most indelibly) and "Exposure" is another fine book. It boasts an intricate and unexpected plot, strong characters and sparkli ...more
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The Last Neanderthal by Claire  Cameron
The Last Neanderthal
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My own personal history has given me some insight into archaeology and I am also intrigued by the emergence of early humans and how they interacted with their environment. So the subject matter of this book was a big plus. Claire Cameron does a good ...more
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Brother by David Chariandy
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The 2017 Giller Prize for the best English Canadian literature had an eccentric short list that missed some of Canada's best writing in 2017. This excellent, emotionally-charged novel, "Brother," in my view is better than any of those on the Giller S ...more
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I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters
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"I am a Truck" is another of the eccentric choices making up the short list for the 2017 Giller Prize for the best of the year in English Canadian literature. I found it an engaging and often amusing novel focused on an Acadian couple in New Brunswic ...more
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Transit by Rachel Cusk
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I felt very positive about Rachel Cusk's previous novel, "Outline," a meandering but emotional account of an author's week in Athens. This book, "Transit," is also very good -- and was on the short-list for the 2017 Giller Prize, awarded to the best ...more
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Everybody's Son by Thrity Umrigar
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Thrity Umriger has shown an admirable capacity in her novels to get inside the heads and hearts of her main characters while telling a compelling story. In "Everybody's Son" she shows the same skill and empathy while recounting the life of Anton, the ...more
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