Monthly Archives: March 2010

Atwood wins international prize with Amitav Ghosh

Margaret Atwood and Indian author Amitav Ghosh are co-winners of a $1 million Dan David Prize (the same prize for which Atom Egoyan was a co-winner in 2008).

It’s quite an interesting prize, since each year it features three different themes related to the past, the present, and the future. This year’s “present” theme, for which Atwood and Ghosh won the prize, is “Literature: Rendition of the 20th Century.”

The most recent novels by these authors are Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies and Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.

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Some recent Irish fiction

If St. Patrick’s Day has put you in the mood for Irish literature, here are a few recent novels in our collection:

  • Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín, in which a young Irish woman in the 1950s immigrates to Brooklyn
  • Molly Fox’s birthday, by Deirdre Madden, about an actress, a playwright, and an art historian in contemporary Dublin
  • The secret scripture, by Sebastian Barry, which looks at the Irish Civil War

Toronto historian wins Holberg Prize

Toronto historian Natalie Zemon Davis has won the Holberg Prize, a Norwegian prize for outstanding scholarship which comes with $768,000.

U of T libraries have lots of books by her, as well as the feature film on which she served as historical consultant, Le retour de Martin Guerre.

Nikolski wins Canada Reads

Nikolski, by Quebec author Nicolas Dickner, has won the CBC’s 2010 “Canada Reads” competition.  You can: