Friday, April 8, 2011

Johanna Skibsrud's Debut Novel — Winner of the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize

"It has the makings of a bestseller: a young first-time novelist with an obscure name, a small respected independent publisher, an international literary judge with an award-winning reputation and the most prestigious literary prize in Canada..."
"...the book world in Canada is abuzz—not so much about the come-from-nowhere book that won the coveted Giller, as much as it is about criticisms about the international literary judge and questions about how closely connected literary agents and judges should be."—Mark Madley, NATIONAL POST (Read more...)

About The Sentimentalist...
"Readers will either love the sentences packed with adjectives and conjunctions, or find it overwritten [...] Other times, Skibsrud nails the scene with a delightful precision. The narrator stays in bed, listening to Henry and her father banging around downstairs 'shouting to each other across the hall in immense, pithecoid, monotones.'”—Zoe Whittall,
The Globe and Mail

Join us on Sunday, May 29, (1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.) at the Wellington County Museum & Archives (Aboyne Hall). Maybe you'll get a chance to talk to Ms. Skibrud about how it feels to be the author of the most talked-about book in the country.

Along with your ticket to the festival, you can pick up the new (Douglas & McIntyre) edition of The Sentimentalist at Roxanne's Reflections Book & Card Shop in Fergus.

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