Alice Munro has won this year's Trillium Book Award in English-language for Dear Life: Stories, a collection of tales set in the countryside and towns around Lake Huron.
Ringo Starr is back in the spotlight, with the former Beatle being celebrated in a new museum exhibition and penning a children's book.
Production will begin on a long-awaited screen adaptation of Lawrence Hill's acclaimed novel The Book of Negroes this fall, with the eventual TV miniseries to air on CBC and the American network BET.
Scottish writer Iain Banks, who alternately wowed and disturbed readers with his dark jokes and narrative tricks, has died, his publisher said. He was 59.