Don't forget to add these February releases to your TBR list!
Scott Spencer is the author of twelve novels, including Endless Love, Waking the Dead, A Ship Made of Paper, and Man in the Woods. He has been nominated for the National Book Award three times and has taught at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Williams College, the University of Virginia, and at Eastern Correctional Facility as part of the Bard Prison Initiative. He lives with the writer Jo Ann Beard in upstate New York.
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in 2018 and became a national bestseller. He graduated from the journalism program at the university formerly known as Ryerson in 2002, and spent most of his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a video journalist and radio host. He left CBC in 2020 to focus on his literary career. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and two sons.
The February 15 panel will focus on writers’ craft, the relationship between art, community and politics, and some of the interesting debates/discussions happening within contemporary Black life. Populating the panel are authors Donna Bailey Nurse, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Antonio Michael Downing and H. Nigel Thomas. Scott Fraser, publisher and president of Dundurn Press, will moderate the panel.
Casey Plett is the author of A Dream of a Woman, Little Fish, A Safe Girl to Love, and the co-editor of Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. A winner of the Amazon First Novel Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award, her work has also been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She splits her time between New York City and Windsor, Ontario.
Katie Kitamura’s most recent novel is Intimacies. One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2021 and a Barack Obama recommended read, it was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Her third novel, A Separation, was a finalist for the Premio von Rezzori and a New York Times Notable Book. She is also the author of Gone To The Forest and The Longshot, both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award.
Kaie Kellough is a novelist, poet, and sound performer. His work emerges at a crossroads of social engagement and formal experiment. From western Canada, he lives in Montréal and has roots in Guyana, South America. His books include Dominoes at the Crossroads (short fiction, Véhicule 2020), Magnetic Equator (poetry, McClelland and Stewart 2019), and Accordéon (novel, ARP 2016). Kaie’s writing has been awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and the QWF Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. It has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and nominated for several other national awards.
The 2022 jury members are: award-winning Canadian authors Kaie Kellough, Casey Plett and Waubgeshig Rice and American authors Katie Kitamura and Scott Spencer.
The next Giller Book Club pick is Glorious Frazzled Beings by Angélique Lalonde which was shortlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The conversation will take place on Monday, February 7, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET.
Enjoy this panel discussion on book cover design including artists Kelly Blair, Laura Boyle, Kelly Hill, Lisa Jager and Jack Smyth.