Arts in brief

Arts in brief

Queen’s alumni nominated for book prize

A Queen’s university graduate has been longlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Robert Hough, ArtSci ’85, has been nominated in the 19th annual competition for his fiction work Dr. Brinkley’s Tower. The novel was selected from a pool of 142 other Canadian fiction works.

The jury consists of New York Times writer Roddy Doyle, novelist Gary Shteyngart and founder of Key Porter Books, Anna Porter.

The winner will receive a whopping $50,000 prize, while all the finalists will be $5,000 richer.

Past winners include distinguishable authors such as 2011 winner Esi Edugyan, who visited Queen’s in the spring, and 2010 winner Joanna Skibsrud.

The winner will be announced on Oct. 1 at a news conference in Toronto.

— Mark Louie

Kingston libraries to hold book competition

On the last day of the Kingston WritersFest, Battle of the Books will allow book lovers to defend and attack the ten shortlisted submissions for this year’s Ontario Library Associations Evergreen Award.

The debate will be moderated by CBC broadcaster Eric Friesen and audience members can participate by voting for their favourites. Voting will close on Oct. 1 at all Kingston Frontenac Public Library branches.

Titles that will be discussed include Mennonites Don’t Dance, Under an Afghan Sky, and They Fight like Soldiers, They Die like Children.

— Mark Louie

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