September was an exciting month for Canadian literature as the award season picks up. The Giller Prize longlist was announced. Many people were shocked that Emma Donoghue's Room wasn't on the list. Having read it now, I am also surprised, but I'm just beginning the Giller longlist so I can't yet compare it to the others.
Room did make the list for the Roger's Writer Trust Prize for Fiction, just announced yesterday. She is joined by Kathleen Winter for Annabel, Michael Winter for The Death of Donna Whelan, Michael Helm for Cities of Refuge and Trevor Cole for Practical Jean.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend The Word on the Street here in Toronto. It's a large book and magazine festival held every year and is a dream for readers. I picked up a couple of books from Barefoot books for my kids and a Jamaican Eats magazine for myself!
I didn't get a lot of time to look around this year as I spent my day volunteering with an amazing organization. S.T.E.L.L.A.A. is a non-profit organization that collects new and used books for libraries in Africa. If you are in Toronto I highly suggest you check out their website. You can drop off any of your old books for this worthy cause, or become involved in a book drive with your school or company.