Giller prize nominee Paul Quarrington is a pretty nice guy, and he’ll come to your book club meeting so long as it’s co-ed. This Torontoist learned at a party last weekend, where Quarrington and fellow writerly chum Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall joked that they only wrote to get girls. Whether that motivation lands him the Giller, we’ll wait and see. Especially when Quarrington is pitted against favourites Alice Munro and Miriam Toews.
Meanwhile, Torontoist’s favourite new author, David Bezmozgis, was denied the Giller, but shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Another G, and a prize total of around the same G’s, so Bezmozgis shouldn’t be too displeased. When we heard him read at the Ashkenaz festival a few weeks back, he seemed an entirely affable fellow (not at all like that Jonathan Goldstein, whose profanity-laced reading caused two long in the tooth and short in the hearing bubbes to run for the exits). And Natasha and Other Stories was one of the best books of recent vintage. So Torontoist is going to support D-Bez in this upcoming election.