Three writers have been named finalists for the $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. They are Sharon Bala of St. John’s, N.L., for Butter Tea at Starbucks; Richard Kelly Kemick of Calgary for The Most Human Part of You; and Darlene Naponse of Naughton, Ont., for She Is Water. The winner will be announced Nov. 14 at the Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony in Toronto.
American author George Saunders is favoured to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with Lincoln in the Bardo, according to British bookmakers. Three British and three American authors make up the finalists, including first-time novelist Fiona Mozley for Elmet, New York icon Paul Auster for 4321, Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves; British-Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West and Scottish novelist Ali Smith’s Autumn.
The Tenors are releasing a new collection of Christmas songs that effectively overshadows a previous album that featured ousted fourth member Remigio Pereira. Christmas Together arrives in stores Oct. 13 before the group embarks on a North American tour that includes a Dec.12 show in Toronto.
Veteran broadcaster Larry King says he battled lung cancer this summer but appears to have the disease at bay. The former CNN host, 83, had surgery in July. The tumour was malignant, but King said it was found at an early stage.
In 2008, John Lithgow unveiled a one-man show at Lincoln Center, playing11characters in what the New York Times described as a “tour de force.” After nine years of tinkering, Lithgow will bring a revised, extended version of that show, entitled John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, to Broadway. The tribute to his parents and grandmother, and the stories they told him when he was a child, will begin previews on Dec. 21.