Gary Barwin’s YIDDISH FOR PIRATES wins Hamilton Literary Award for fiction

Congratulations to Gary Barwin whose novel YIDDISH FOR PIRATES has won the Hamilton Literary Award for fiction!

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.

This singular novel is the winner of the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

We’re happy to be celebrating yet another achievement for Gary Barwin! For more information about this year’s winners, please visit: Thespec.com/yiddish-for-pirates-wins-hamilton-literary-award.

Gary Barwin Wins the 2017 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour!

We are delighted to share that Gary Barwin, author of YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has won the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour, one of Canada’s oldest literary prizes. Gary took home a $15,000 cheque from the TD Financial Group and a prestigious Leacock Medal cast in silver. Gary is officially the 69th winner in the history of the award, joining such Canadian literary giants as Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell, Terry Fallis and Patrick deWitt.  Congratulations to Gary and his fellow nominees!

Please visit the following link to learn more about the award: https://leacock.ca/2017/06/11/gary-barwin-wins-2017-leacock-medal/

To read Gary’s wonderful acceptance speech, please visit: https://leacock.ca/2017-2/gary-barwin-leacock-medal-acceptance-speech/

Yiddish for Pirates Shortlisted for the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour Award!

Congratulations to Gary Barwin, author of YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), which has been shortlisted for the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour award!

Founded in 1947, the Leacock Medal for Humour encourages the growth of Canadian humour writing. The winner will be announced at an June 10, 2017 dinner outside of Orillia, Ontario, and will be awarded $15,000 from the TD Financial Group as well as the prestigious Leacock Medal for Humour.

Please visit the following link to view the full shortlist: https://leacock.ca/2017-2/2017-shortlist/.

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES BY GARY BARWIN SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AWARD

BGYiddishbannercovTransatlantic would like to congratulate Gary Barwin whose novel, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has been shortlisted the the Governor General’s Award for Fiction!

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s
most talented writers.

Barwin2014bwEach year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

The winners will be announced on October 25th. For the full list of finalists, please visit Ggbooks.ca/gglafinalists2016

The Best Kind of People and Yiddish for Pirates Shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

zwhittallThe 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist has been announced today, and we are delighted to Barwin2014bwcongratulate Zoe Whittall on being shortlisted for her novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi Press) and Gary Barwin on his nomination for YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Random House Canada)! Selected from a longlist of 12 books, the jury members Lawrence Hill (jury chair), Jeet Heer, Kathleen Winter, Samantha Harvey and Alan Warner originally read a staggering 161 books submitted by 69 publisher imprints from every region of the country in order to reach their decision.

In TWZBestPeoplecovHE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall, George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth and the meaning of happiness through the lend of all-American family on the brink of collapse.

YIBGYiddishbannercovDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.

Jury Citations:

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES: Across time and across continents, Gary Barwin’s novel “parrots” in an altogether new way. In a ferment of salty witticism, parroty puns and unforgettable Yiddish vocabulary, this is a novel borne not just on the wings of its feathery narrator, but on its own jubilant and alluring language; its own voice. Playful, mocking, using history with audacious abandon, Yiddish for Pirates is a resplendent enjoyment. But, literally viewed from above, the novel also admonishes us about man’s inexhaustible zeal for butchery, for incessant genocide, and for affliction. We have had animal narrators throughout literary history, but Aaron the African grey parrot, from the shoulder of his pirate master, will lift you to new heights.

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE: The jury found Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People urgent and timely, nuanced and brave. This gripping story challenges how we hear women and girls, and dissects the self-hypnosis and fear that prevent us from speaking disruptive truth. With subversive precision and solid veracity, Whittall calls into question pervasive forms of silence and acquiescence.

The winner will be announced on November 7th, 2016. For venue and ticket information, please visit: Scotiabankgillerprize.ca.

To view the full shortlist and to read excerpts from the books, please visit www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/finalists/2016-shortlist/.

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE AND YIDDISH FOR PIRATES LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

It is with great joy that we announce that Zoe Whittall’s THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi) and Gary Barwin’s YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Random House Canada) have been longlisted for this year’s prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize – two of 12 longlisted titles! Each year The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to acknowledge the best in Canadian fiction. An esteemed five-member panel selected this longlist from 161 submitted novels, they say “The quality and depth of Canadian fiction made it challenging to select the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.”

WZBestPeoplecovTHE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall – George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth and the meaning of       happiness through the lend of all-American family on the brink of collapse.

Barw_Yiddish_comp-r6-1YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.

The winner will be announced on November 7th, 2016. For venue and ticket information, please visit: Scotiabankgillerprize.ca

For more information on The Scotiabank Giller Prize please visit: Scotiabankgillerprize.ca/longlist

Congratulations to Zoe Whittall and Gary Barwin, as well as the other longlisted authors!

Book Launch – Gary Barwin’s ‘Yiddish for Pirates’ Maclean’s bestseller list

Congratulations to Gary Barwin, whose brilliant novel, Yiddish for Pirates, has debuted at #6 on the Maclean’s national bestseller list in its first week of publication.  Help to celebrate this wonderful new work as Ben McNally’s The Fine Print presents Gary Barwin on April 25th at the Dora Keough in Toronto.