Wednesday, January 02, 2013

It's a whole new year ... but we're up to the same old malarky.

Good morning, bibliobustlers, bibliohustlers, and welcome to 2013. Lots of stuff from the Oasis coming up for you this month: subscription plans (oh yes! so cheap!), January's newsletter (hey you! sign up!), some fan-tabulous previews from our spring list, and goodness knows what else. But before we get into all that we have two final tips of the hat from 2012, both doffed at—yes, you guessed it—Malarky. When Brian Francis was asked by the CBC's Year-in-Review committee which Canadian author made the biggest splash this year, guess who he picked? (Okay so first he picked Tanis Rideout, but then he picked Our Woman. You can read about it here.) Then not a day later Ian McGillis and our good friends over at the Montreal Gazette listed Malarky on their Rewind 2012 panel, declaring: 
"Anakana Schofield’s Malarky introduced an indelible heroine into our national literature, no less so for the fact that she’s Irish. Inhabiting the sometimes confused but always indomitable mind of the grieving and randy Dublin housewife Our Woman, Schofield has created a note-perfect literary joyride, a “voice novel” in the best sense. An unaccountable collective oversight saw Malarky left off all the major prize short lists, but Amazon and other Internet indicators show that Irish-Canadian Schofield is finding readers regardless, and that’s as heartening a story as 2012 has provided."
Heartening indeed. It was a good year. More soon, my friends. With love from blustery Windsor-town.

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