The BC Book Award Long List: Everyone's friend Alma Lee Juror
The moment all BC Book Publishers have been waiting for has arrived: the announcement of the longlist for this year's BC Book Awards. This is the chance to see the variety and creativity that writers, editors, book designers, and publishers have been working to bring to you. The full list is here The books that jump out at me:
Anosh Irani's The Parcel by Publisher: Knopf Canada
Set in Kamathipura, Bombay’s notorious red-light district, The Parcel tells of a retired transgender sex worker named Madhu, who identifies as a “hijra”—neither man nor woman. She receives a call from the most feared brothel owner in the district and is forced to prepare a “parcel”—a young girl trafficked from the provinces—for its fate. Anosh Irani is the author of Dahanu Road, nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and bestsellers, The Cripple and His Talismans and The Song of Kahunsha. His play, Bombay Black, won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology, The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. -BC Book Award site quote
Deborah Campbell's A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War Publisher: Knopf Canada
A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
Award-winning journalist Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus, reporting on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the Iraq War. When her “fixer,” a charismatic Iraqi woman who has emerged as a community leader, is seized from her side
Jen Sook Fong Lee's The Conjoined. Whistler Reads brought Jen to Whistler for her first book, The End of East. She is a passionate woman who has built a career with the CBC as a broadcaster. Her books deal with the Chinese -Canadian immigrant experience and never disappoint.
March 11, 2017 — by secret police, Campbell must spend months desperately trying to find her—all the while fearing she could be next. A riveting account of two women caught up in the shadowy politics behind today’s conflict. Deborah Campbell has reported from Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, the UAE, Israel, Palestine, Mexico, Cuba, and Russia. Much of her work is “immersive journalism” that involves living among the societies she covers. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Economist, The Guardian, New Scientist, Foreign Policy, and The Walrus, and she is the recipient of three National Magazine Awards.