Saturday, January 2, 2010

Potter, Pi and Pilgrim

A decade ago, Harry Potter was still at Hogwarts, Stephen King was still recovering after being struck by a van and Dan Brown was several years away from becoming the world's most famous author. Bonnie Burnard had just won the Giller Prize for her novel A Good House; her next book, Suddenly, wouldn't come out until later in the year. Matt Cohen won the Governor General's Award for Elizabeth and After, just a few weeks before his death. It would be a few years before Scott Griffin established the Griffin Poetry Prize. To kindle was to set something on fire, a nook was a cranny and a kobo was, er, we're not really sure.