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>The Bill Gates Summer Reading List Includes a Sci-Fi Novel On Gender Inequality Suggested by His DaughterBill Gates' summer reading list includes fiction and non-fiction titles that cover gender equality, political polarization and climate change.

>American novelist Joshua Cohen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “The Netanyahus”The 2022 Pulitzer prizes include this satirical look at identity politics, focused on the father of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a crucial time in the Jewish state’s history

>Queen Elizabeth II’s Aide Reveals Details of Life in Royal Pandemic Lockdown in New Addition to BookAngela Kelly, who's worked for the Queen for 20 years, discusses everything from cutting the Queen's hair to "the light and laughter that was shared ... even in the darkest moments."

>Archived Letters Reveal How Toni Morrison Helped MacKenzie Scott Meet Future Husband Jeff BezosBezos hired Scott at the hedge fund where he worked after receiving a recommendation from Morrison. Shortly thereafter, the pair married and Scott helped Bezos launch Amazon.

>European Jewish Congress Asks Publisher to Pull Anne Frank BookThe Congress says 'The Betrayal of Anne Frank' has "deeply hurt the memory of Anne Frank, as well as the dignity of the survivors and the victims of the Holocaust."

>Man Who Tricked Authors Into Handing Over Unpublished Manuscripts Arrested by FBI in New YorkFilippo Bernardini, an employee of a well known publication house, has been arrested for stealing hundreds of unpublished manuscripts.

>Barack Obama Reveals His List of Books That Left “A Lasting Impression” in 2021Obama's favourite 2021 reads include two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead's 'Harlem Shuffle' and 'Klara and the Sun,' by Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro

>Norma Dunning wins $25,000 Governor General’s English fiction prize for ‘Tainna’The Edmonton-based Inuk writer explores themes of displacement, loneliness and spirituality in six short stories

>South African Author Damon Galgut Wins the Booker Prize For ‘The Promise’Galgut received nominations for his 2003 and 2010 works before finally taking home the prize this year. 

>Here’s What You Need to Know About the Toronto International Festival of AuthorsDirector Roland Gulliver lands in Toronto to open his second, much-expanded virtual festival with more than 200 events

>Miriam Toews Garners Third Giller Prize Nomination for “Fight Night” after Shortlist AnnouncedSophomore efforts from novelists Omar El Akkad and Jordan Tannahill join debut books from Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia and Angélique Lalonde

>Audible.ca Releases Andrew Pyper’s Exclusive Audiobook “Oracle” For New Plus Catalogue LaunchThe thriller about a psychic FBI detective is one of 12,000 titles now available for free to members

>Prince Harry Will Publish a Memoir in Late 2022Harry says he's writing the book "not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become."

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

There are three rules for writing a novel; unfortunately, no one knows what they are. - William Somerset Maugham


Top of the charts / After combing recent bestseller lists in Canada and the U.S., we bring you 10 titles that are flying off the shelves.

BESTSELLERS & BLOCKBUSTERS

1The Lincoln Highway

A recently released juvenile delinquent has many misadventures on a road trip to New York in 1950s America.

2The Maid

A socially awkward maid at a luxury hotel must clear her name after she finds a guest dead in his bed.

3Wish You Were Here

An art expert, stranded on a Galapagos island, befriends a local family – and a teenager with a secret.

4The Horsewoman

A mother-daughter equestrian duo with Olympic dreams compete against one another in this show-jumping thriller.

5One Step Too Far

Frankie Elkin searches for a young man who vanishes from a bachelor camping party in the Wyoming woods.

6State of Terror

A brash new U.S. president hires his political nemesis as secretary of state, then tries to sabotage her.

7To Paradise

This 700-page opus tells the story of the people who live in a New York townhouse in three different centuries.

8The Judge’s List

In a sequel to 2016’s 'The Whistler,' investigator Lacy Stoltz tracks a serial killer and the prime suspect is a judge.

9The Stranger in the Lifeboat

Ten people survive a yacht accident and, adrift in a life raft, one of them claims to be the Lord incarnate.

10Reminders of Him

After a mom is released from jail, she is prevented from reuniting with her four-year-old daughter.

BOOK SMART

On the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, the past caught up to the present when a Florentine nun and researcher uncovered what is believed to be one of the medieval Italian poet’s manuscripts, and U.S. comic-book artist George Cochrane published the first handwritten and illustrated copy of the Divine Comedy since the 15th century. While it took Dante 13 years to write his allegorical masterpiece, it took Cochrane seven to produce a copy of the poem in which Dante imagines a pilgrim travelling through hell, purgatory and paradise on a quest to understand salvation. Meanwhile, the contents of the sheaf of papers in Dante’s handwriting found in Florence and the Vatican are more mundane: As a student in Florence, his mentor dictated texts on the art of government, which he had to put to paper. She described the handwriting as “school-boy like” and “covers the idea of ethical government, which later showed up in the Comedy.”