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BookNet bestsellers list: Canadian non-fiction

Janet and Greta Podleski hold on to the top spot with The Looneyspoons Collection, just ahead of their self-publishing mentor David Chilton and his popular financial guide, The Wealthy Barber Returns. For the two weeks ending Feb. 19:

1. The Looneyspoons Collection, Janet and Greta Podleski
(Granet Publishing, $34.95 pa, 9780968063156)

2. The Wealthy Barber Returns, David Chilton
(Financial Awareness Corporation, $19.95 pa, 9780968394748)

3. Meals that Heal Inflammation, Julie Daniluk
(Random House Canada, $29.95 pa, 9780307359988)

4. Something Fierce, Carmen Aguirre
(Douglas & MacIntyre, $21 pa, 9781771000369)

5. Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood, Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming
(Whitecap, $29.95 pa, 9781552859940)

6. The Game, Ken Dryden
(Wiley Canada, $24.95 pa, 9780470835845)

7. Damned Nations, Samantha Nutt
(McClelland & Stewart, $29.99 cl, 9780771051456)

8. The Book of Awesome, Neil Pasricha
(Berkley/Penguin $17.50 pa, 9780425238905)

9. The Tiger, John Vaillant
(Vintage Canada, $22 pa, 9780307397157)

10. Lynn Crawford’s Pitchin’ In, Lynn Crawford
(Viking Canada, $37 cl, 9780670065936)

11. Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat
(Penguin Canada, $18 pa, 9780143052173)

12. Retirement’s Harsh New Realities, Gordon Pape
(Penguin Canada, $24 pa, 9780143179221)

13. Debt-Free Forever, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $21.99 pa, 9781554685912)

14. It’s Your Money, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $21.99 pa, 9781554688678)

15. Maya, Justin Jennings
(Royal Ontario Museum Press, $5 pa, 9780888544872)

16. Spilling the Beans, Julie Van Rosendaal
(Whitecap, $29.95 pa, 9781770500419)

17. Canadian Living: The One-Dish Collection
(Transcontinental Books, $26.95 pa, 9780981393896)

18. Cold Hard Truth, Kevin O’Leary
(Doubleday Canada, $29.95 cl, 9780385671743)

19. Falling Backwards, Jann Arden
(Knopf Canada, $32 cl, 9780307399847)

20. Never Too Late, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $21.99 pa, 9781554688685)

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Carmen Aguirre wins CBC Canada Reads

Carmen Aguirre came out victorious at this year’s CBC Canada Reads. The B.C.-based author and playwright’s memoir, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (Douglas & McIntyre), about growing up in the underground among South American revolutionaries during the 1970s, beat out Ken Dryden’s The Game (Wiley Canada), the former Habs goalie’s recollections of pro hockey and a very different version of the ’70s.

Something Fierce defender Shad had his work cut out for him, winning three votes to two against The Game’s champion, Alan Thicke, Thursday morning at the CBC studios in Toronto. The hip-hop artist was backed by Arlene Dickinson and Anne-France Goldwater (one of the rare instances when these two panelists agreed), while Thicke was seconded by Stacey McKenzie. The final showdown proved to be one of the tamest panels yet in a contest that included allegations of lying, bullying, terrorism, and lots of tears (we’re looking at you, Stacey).

Aguirre, who is currently touring her one-woman show, Blue Box, called into the studio from Ottawa after she heard the news. “It was a very interesting week for me because I’m alone in Ottawa right now,” she said. “I’d had to go every night to do my 80-minute monologue and then not sleep at night because I was waiting to see what will happen the next morning, but I’ve had a lot of virtual support.”

The Game and Something Fierce (a Q&Q Book of the Year for 2011), were the last titles standing after one by one panelists voted off Dave Bidini’s On a Cold Road (McClelland & Stewart), John Vaillant’s The Tiger (Vintage Canada), and Marina Nemat’s Prisoner of Tehran (Penguin Canada).

D&M is preparing for the expected increase in sales, often referred to as the “Canada Reads effect,” with a reprint of the book. As part of its participation in the contest, the publisher will make a financial donation to Frontier College’s Aboriginal Literacy Program.

Something Fierce will be released in the U.S. in August.

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Marina Nemat: “Bullying hurts and it’s a crime”

Although CBC Canada Reads celebrity defender Stacey McKenzie shed a few tears, day two of the book contest was a more civilized affair than yesterday’s bloody match. But the fisticuffs are ongoing outside of the CBC studio.

Yesterday on Facebook, Prisoner of Tehran author Marina Nemat asked panelist Anne-France Goldwater to apologize for calling her book untruthful. Goldwater, who was no less animated today (even as the book she was defending, John Vaillant’s The Tiger, was put down), didn’t respond to Nemat’s demand.

This afternoon, Nemat posted a new profile photo on Facebook. She doesn’t mention Goldwater or Canada Reads, but the photo speaks for itself:


The photo was taken from a shoot Nemat did for Calgary photographer Catherine Oshanek’s anti-bullying website. Although it was taken before Goldwater’s accusation, Nemat has made her point.

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BookNet bestsellers: Canadian non-fiction

Even though Marina Nemat’s Prisoner of Tehran was voted off CBC Canada Reads today, it still charts on this week’s Canadian non-fiction bestsellers’ list. For the two weeks ending Jan. 29:

1. The Looneyspoons Collection, Janet and Greta Podleski
(Granet Publishing, $34.95 pa, 9780968063156)

2. The Wealthy Barber Returns, David Chilton
(Financial Awareness Corporation, $19.95 pa, 9780968394748)

3. Meals that Heal Inflammation, Julie Daniluk
(Random House Canada, $29.95 pa, 9780307359988)

4. Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood, Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming
(Whitecap, $29.95 pa, 9781552859940)

5. Retirement’s Harsh New Realities, Gordon Pape
(Penguin Canada, $24 pa, 9780143179221)

6. It’s Your Money, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $21.99 pa, 9781554688678)

7. Debt-Free Forever, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $21.99 pa, 9781554685912)

8. The Book of Awesome, Neil Pasricha
(Berkley/Penguin $17.50 pa, 9780425238905)

9. Maya, Justin Jennings
(Royal Ontario Museum Press, $5.05 pa, 9780888544872)

10. The Supercharged Hormone Diet, Natasha Turner
(Random House Canada, $32 cl, 9780307356512)

11. Lynn Crawford’s Pitchin’ In, Lynn Crawford
(Viking Canada, $37 cl, 9780670065936)

12. Canadian Living: The One-Dish Collection
(Trancontinental Books, $26.95 pa, 9780981393896)

13. The Tiger, John Vaillant
(Vintage Canada, $22 pa, 9780307397157)

14. Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen, Michael Smith
(Penguin Canada, $32 pa, 9780143177630)

15. Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat
(Penguin Canada, $18 pa, 9780143052173)

16. Money-Smart Kids, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $6.99 pa, 978-1443412292)

17. Cold Hard Truth, Kevin O’Leary
(Doubleday Canada, $29.95 cl, 9780385671743)

18. The Ice Pilots, Michael Vlessides
(Douglas & McIntyre, $21.95 pa, 9781553659396)

19. Never Too Late, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $21.99 pa, 9781554688685)

20. Persuasion, Arlene Dickinson
(HarperCollins Canada, $32.99 cl, 9781443405966)

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BookNet bestsellers: Canadian non-fiction

Books about physical and financial health dominate this week’s Canadian non-fiction bestsellers’ list, for the two weeks ending Jan. 15:

1. The Wealthy Barber Returns, David Chilton
(Financial Awareness, $19.95 pa, 9780968394748)

2. The Looneyspoons Collection, Janet and Greta Podleski
(Granet Publishing, $34.95 cl, 9780968063156)

3. Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood, Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming
(Whitecap Books, $29.95 pa, 9781552859940)

4. Meals That Heal Inflammation, Julie Daniluk
(Random House of Canada, $29.95 pa, 9780307359988)

5. Retirement’s Harsh New Realities, Gordon Pape
(Penguin Canada, $24 pa, 9780143179221)

6. The Book of Awesome, Neil Pasricha
(Berkley/Penguin, $17.50 pa, 9780425238905)

7. Maya, Justin Jennings
(Royal Ontario Museum Press, $5.05 pa, 9780888544872)

8. The Supercharged Hormone Diet, Natasha Turner
(Random House of Canada, $22 pa, 9780307356512)

9. From This Moment On, Shania Twain
(Atria/Simon & Schuster, $29.99 cl, 9781451620740)

10. Debt Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $21.99 pa, 9781554685912)

11. It’s Your Money, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
(HarperCollins Canada, $21.99 pa, 9781554688678)

12. Thirty Years of the Game at Its Best, Gare Joyce
(Viking Canada, $39 cl, 9780670065943)

13. Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen, Michael Smith
(Penguin Canada, $32 pa, 9780143177630)

14. Lynn Crawford’s Pitchin’ In, Lynn Crawford
(Viking Canada, $37 cl, 9780670065936)

15. The Tiger, John Vaillant
(Vintage Canada, $22 pa, 9780307397157)

16. Cold Hard Truth, Kevin O’Leary
(Doubleday Canada, $29.95 cl, 9780385671743)

17. Persuasion, Arlene Dickinson
(HarperCollins Canada, $32.99 cl, 9781443405966)

18. Count on Yourself, Alison Griffiths
(Touchstone/S&S, $19.99 pa, 9781439189313)

19. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
(Little, Brown and Company/Hachette, $19.99 pa, 9780316017930)

20. Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat
(Penguin Canada, $18 pa, 9780143052173)

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Emma Donoghue’s Room wins Evergreen Award

Emma Donoghue’s novel Room (HarperCollins Canada) has won the 2011 Evergreen Award, to be presented on Feb. 3, 2012, in Toronto.

The Evergreen Award is administered by the Ontario Library Association as part of the Forest of Reading program, designed to expose adult library users to Canadian fiction and non-fiction. Library patrons are invited to vote for their favourite of 10 nominated titles.

“I am thrilled that with this award, Room will be part of such a valuable initiative to promote reading,” Donoghue said in a press release.

The other nominees for the prize were:

  • The Night Shift, by Brian Goldman (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Amphibian, by Carla Gunn (Coach House Books)
  • Dahanu Road, by Anosh Irani (Doubleday Canada)
  • Death Spiral, by James W. Nichol (McArthur & Company)
  • Far to Go, by Alison Pick (House of Anansi Press)
  • Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens (St. Martin’s Press)
  • A Man in Uniform, by Kate Taylor (Doubleday Canada)
  • The Tiger, by John Vaillant (Knopf Canada)
  • Annabel, by Kathleen Winter (House of Anansi Press)

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Finalists announced for B.C. Book Prizes

CanLit heavy-hitters and a few breakthrough newcomers mix it up as finalists for this year’s B.C. Book Prizes. The nominees across seven categories include Douglas Coupland, George Bowering, John Vaillant, and Maggie de Vries, as well as emerging writers such as CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence and graphic novelist Sarah Leavitt.

The $2,000 prizes will be handed out April 21 at the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Prize Gala, where the winner of the $5,000 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will also be announced.

Established in 1985, the awards recognize the best of B.C. writers and publishers and are organized by the non-profit West Coast Book Prize Society.

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize (best fiction book)

  • Rifet Bahtijaragic, Chernovs’ Toil and Peace
  • Gurjinder Basran, Everything Was Good-Bye
  • Jack Hodgins, The Master of Happy Endings
  • Meredith Quartermain, Recipes from the Red Planet
  • Jack Whyte, The Forest Laird

Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize (best B.C.-based book)

  • Bruce Grenville and Scott Steedman, Visions of BC: A Landscape Manual
  • Aldona Jonaitis and Aaron Glass, The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History
  • Grant Lawrence, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound
  • Sylvia Olsen, Working with Wool
  • Dan Savard, Images from the Likeness House

Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize (best non-fiction book)

  • Morris Bates and Jim Brown, Morris as Elvis: Take a Chance on Life
  • Douglas Coupland, Marshall McLuhan
  • Sarah Leavitt, Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me
  • Derek Lundy, Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America
  • John Vaillant, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (best work of poetry)

  • Ken Belford, Decompositions
  • George Bowering, My Darling Nellie Gray
  • Stephen Collis, On the Material
  • Jen Currin, The Inquisition Yours
  • Eve Joseph, The Secret Signature of Things

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

  • Maggie de Vries and Renné Benoit (illus.), Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life
  • Julie Flett, Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alfabet di Michif)
  • Seiji Hiroe, The Cowboy Fisherman
  • Deborah Hodge and Brian Harris (illus.), Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm
  • Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read, The Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (best non-illustrated children’s book)

  • Maggie de Vries, Hunger Journeys
  • Polly Horvath, Northward to the Moon
  • Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Fatty Legs
  • Gina McMurchy-Barber, Free as a Bird
  • Susin Nielsen, Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom

Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

  • Robert Budd, Voices of British Columbia: Stories from Our Frontier
  • Zsuzsi Gartner (ed.), Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow
  • Gary Kent and Kim La Fave (illus.), Fishing with Gubby
  • Ross King, Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
  • Grant Lawrence, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound

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