Haliburton County Living: Evergreen Award 2013

Coles Notes

Catherine Coles

The Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award shortlist has just been announced for 2013. The Evergreen Award, best described as the “readers’ choice” of Canadian literary awards, features a good mix of genre and literary fiction, non-fiction, and both debut and established authors.

The Winter PalacePrevious winners have included Linwood Barclay for The Accident (2012), Emma Donoghue for Room (2011), Jessica Grant for Come, Thou Tortoise (2010), Steven Galloway for The Cellist of Sarajevo (2009), Ami McKay for The Birth House (2008), Lawrence Hill for The Book of Negroes (2007) and Joseph Boyden for Three Day Road (2006). All of these books, in my mind, have become contemporary Canadian classics and I expect they will stand the test of time.

The 2013 shortlist, as expected, includes something for everyone: historical fiction (The Winter Palace), memoir (Intolerable: A Indian Horse Memoir of Extremes), sci-fi (Triggers), creepy domestic drama (Tell It To The Trees) and even satire (Up & Down). The complete list is as follows:

Up and DownThe Haliburton County Public Library has multiple copies of all of these books available for you to borrow, however, titles marked with an asterix are available in e-book format in addition to print. I hope you enjoy this year’s list and stay tuned for information on how to vote for your favourite in October.

*Originally published on January 31st in Haliburton County Living

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