MacEwan University Book of the Year shortlist announced

May 21, 2015

Read along over the summer and find out the winner in late August

Looking for some good reads this summer? You’re in luck! The MacEwan University Book of the Year committee has announced the 2015/16 shortlist and will announce its selection in late August.

This year, there are three books on the shortlist:

  • And the Birds Rained Down, by Jocelyne Saucier

Octogenarians Tom and Charlie live deep in the northern Ontario forest, where they intend to live out their remaining years on their own terms and free from all responsibilities. But their best laid plans are interrupted by the arrival of a photographer and an elderly escapee from a psychiatric institution. This novel was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for French-to-English Translation, and won the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie.

  • Mãn, by Kim Thuy

Mãn is a woman with three mothers: her birth mother, a nun and Maman, who becomes a spy to survive and, to save her grown daughter, pairs Mãn with a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives in Montreal. It’s while living in her new city with her new husband that Mãn discovers her talents as a chef and her passion for food. Soon her passion extends to another chef, a married man in Paris, through whom Mãn encounters the obsessions and dangers of a love affair.

  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Many years after a devastating pandemic brings civilization to its knees, a small troupe of actors and musicians, dedicated to keeping art and humanity alive, journey between the scattered settlements of survivors living in the Great Lakes area. But their existence is threatened when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water and encounter a dangerous prophet who won’t let them leave alive. The novel, named a finalist for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, masterfully takes the reader back and forth through time to discover the thread that connects them all.

The chosen book will be read by students across the university and celebrated throughout the year. Read along with the committee and tweet @MacEwanBook to share your thoughts or future nominations.

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