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2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize

2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize The 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious and richest literary award, celebrated its 30th anniversary with an eventful evening awards ceremony hosted by iconic Canadian comedian and author Rick Mercer at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto’s Yorkville on November 13.   This year’s winner, Sarah Bernstein, author of…

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2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize Hosts, Rupi Kaur & Sarah Gadon.

Suzette Mayr Wins the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Suzette Mayr wins the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, The Sleeping Car Porter at an invite only Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. Upon winning the award, a tearful Ms. Mayr said that she is now “Done with my imposter syndrome as a writer.” She gave thanks to the Jury and…

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Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist – Press Release

Today, the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist was announced, celebrating five Canadian fiction writers and the 29th edition of the Prize. The announcement was made at the Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room at The Toronto Reference Library in Toronto. The authors named to the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist are: Kim Fu for her short story collection,…

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Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy – Review

Author:  Erich Schwartzel / Penguin Press Reviewed by Torontoartsandevents: Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy shows the power that the communism government of China has over the world’s entertainment industries that wish to enter the vast China market.  Movies such as “Top Gun” that have a sizeable budget that require…

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Review:  In Contemporary Art a Very Short Introduction

© 2021 Publisher, Oxford University Press In Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction, Julian Stallabrass argues that street artist Banksy uses his celebrity to create great market value; however, his work by traditional critical analysis is simple, clichéd, not real art but relies on advertising techniques.  This is part of contemporary’s art being controlled and…

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Ian Williams Wins the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Ian Williams, accepts the Scotiabank Giller Prize © 2019 TorontoArtsandEvents Ian Williams is the winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel, Reproduction. In a live televised broadcast on Monday, November 18th, 2019, he graciously accepted the grand prize of $100,000. This year’s broadcast was hosted by iconic Canadian singer-songwriter and actress…

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Book review: Cyberwar: how Russian hackers and trolls helped elect a president: what we don’t, can’t, and do know

In a scientific and detailed study in Cyberwar, Professor Kathleen Jamieson concludes that it is highly probable but not certain that Russian trolls and hackers changed the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election in her book:   Cyberwar : How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped ElecBook review: Cyberwar: how Russian hackers and trolls helped elect a…

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The 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Many congratulations to Esi Edugyan, the winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Washington Black. The winner of this prestigious literary prize was announced at an ultra glamorous black-tie gala and award ceremony on Monday, November 19th, 2018. The awards ceremony was hosted by Canadian comedian, TV personality, and author Rick Mercer….

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Book Review: The Military-Entertainment Complex by Lenoir, Timothy and Caldwell, Luke

Have you ever wondered why do so many films have large guns going off and present the military in a favourable light?  The book, The Military-Entertainment Complex answers that question for you!  The idea is to present the war on terror as an exciting and entertaining for the customer but to leave out all of…

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