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Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: 2016 Finalists

September 28, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction finalists were announced on September 28. The award celebrates literary nonfiction books by Canadian writers.

This year, five books have been nominated:

Disappearance in damascus Mad enchantment Pumpkinflowers

A Disappearance in Damascus:  A Story of Friendship and Survival in a Time of War by Deborah Campbell
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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier's Story by Matti Friedman
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Red star tattoo Sixty

Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary by Sonja Larsen
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Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning? by Ian Brown
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The author of the winning book will receive $60,000. Each of the finalists takes home $5,000.

The winner will be announced on November 2, 2016.

Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists Announced

September 27, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

The shortlist for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced on September 26. The prize is awarded for the best fiction published in English in the year. Both novels and short story collections are considered.

These six books are finalists for the $100,000 prize: 

13 ways of looking at a fat girl Best kind of people Do not say we have nothing

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
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The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
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Party wall Wonder Yiddish for pirates

The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux
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The Wonder by Emma Donahue
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Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin
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The winner will be announced on November 7.

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2016 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Shortlist Announced

September 21, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

The finalists for this year's Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize were announced on September 21, 2016. The prize celebrates Canadian fiction; novels and short story collections are eligible for the annual award. 

2016 Shortlist:

After james The break Mysterious fragrance of the yellow mountains

After James by Michael Helm
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The Break by Katherena Vermette
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Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains by Yasuko Thanh
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The parcel Willem de kooning's paintbrush

The Parcel by Anosh Irani
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Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush: Stories by Kerry-Lee Powell
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The authors of each nominated book receive $2,500 and the winner takes home $25,000. The winner will be announced at the Writers' Trust Awards on November 2.

W.P. Kinsella, 1935-2016

September 17, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (1)

W.P. Kinsella was born in Edmonton and spent his early childhood in Darnell, Alberta on an isolated farmstead. Homeschooled by his mother Mary, he did not attend public school until grade 5 after the family had returned to Edmonton. Later he commented that his formal education had not included much exposure to literature but in spite of this he won a YMCA creative writing contest at 14. In his youth, he read extensively, attended as many theatrical performances as he could, and worked in the local library.

His best known work, Shoeless Joe, is a magic realist novel about the power of family connections with baseball history and literary references coexisting brilliantly. 

In 1997 while out walking, Kinsella was hit by a car and the resulting head injury changed his life extensively. In a 1999 interview with The Carillon, the University of Regina student newspaper, Kinsella reported that he had a lost his sense of smell and taste along with his creative drive and ability to concentrate. Instead of writing, he now spent his days watching Law and Order and playing Internet Scrabble

He did eventually begin writing again and the novel Butterfly Winter was published in 2011. His final book, Russian Dolls, will be released in 2017.

His agent Carolyn Swayze describes him as "a dedicated storyteller, performer, curmudgeon and irascible and difficult man".

W.P. Kinsella ended his life with medical assistance on Friday, September 16, 2016 at his home in Hope, British Columbia.

Among Kinsella's work:

Novels:

Box socials Butterfly winter Iowa baseball confederacy Shoeless joe

Box Socials

Butterfly Winter
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The Iowa Baseball Confederacy
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Shoeless Joe
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Short Story Collections:

Dance me outside Miss hobbema pagent Secret of the northern lights The essential WP Kinsella

Dance Me Outside
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The Miss Hobbema Pagent
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The Secret of the Northern Lights

The Essential W.P. Kinsella

Two Canadians on Man Booker Shortlist

September 13, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

Two Canadian authors are finalists for the prestigious Man Booker Prize this year. Montreal native David Szalay, currently based in Hungary, is nominated for All that Man is, a series of stories looking at nine different stages in the lives of men from ages 17-73. Madeleine Thien, a Vancouver native now based in Montreal, has been winning praise for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing which examines recent Chinese history through the lives of music students. It has also been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Also noteworthy this year is His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet, a novel about a 19th century murder. It was released by a small independent Scottish publisher.

All that man is Do not say we have nothing Eileen

All that Man is by David Szalay
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
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Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
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His bloody project Hot milk Sellout

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
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The Sellout by Paul Beatty
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The winner will be announced on October 25, 2016.

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Books on Film at TIFF 2016

September 9, 2016 | Winona | Comments (4)

The annual Toronto International Film Festival (a.k.a. TIFF) is on from September 8-18, 2016, and the city is buzzing with excitement about all the films, directors, and star power in town.

Of course, like any self-respecting book lover, I'm excited about all the literary adaptations and other bookish films at #TIFF16 -- from award-winning novels to extraordinary memoirs, tales for children and plays for grownups, plus works by two CanLit greats.

Here is my list of 35 films inspired by books at this year's festival. I hope you will be inspired to see/read a few of them yourself.

 

AMERICAN PASTORAL

 

Ewan McGregor makes his directing debut and stars alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in this ambitious adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel about a "perfect" American family that is torn apart by the social and political upheavals of the 1960s. 

American Pastoral by Phillip Roth

Book | Audiobook CD | eAudiobook | in Romanian

 

ARRIVAL

 

Visionary Quebecois auteur Denis Villeneuve directs Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker in this sci-fi drama about the panic that follows a wave of mysterious spacecraft landings across the globe. Adapted from the title story in a collection by Ted Chiang.

Stories Of Your Life by Ted Chiang

Book | eBook | Book - reference

 
BLACK CODE

Black Code

Toronto-based documentary filmmaker and cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier examines the complex global impact that the internet has had on matters of free speech, privacy, and activism. Based on the book by Ron Deibert, a professor at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.

Black Code by Ronald J. Deibert

Book | eBook

 

BRAIN ON FIRE

Brain on Fire

A New York Post journalist (Chloë Grace Moretz) suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder is repeatedly misdiagnosed following a series of violent outbursts and severe amnesia, in Gerard Barrett's adaptation of Susannah Cahalan's bestselling memoir.

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | eAudiobook | Large Print

 

CARRIE PILBY

Carrie Pilby

Awkward, isolated and disapproving of most of the people around her, a precocious 19-year-old genius (Bev Powley) is challenged to put her convictions to the test by venturing out on to the NYC dating scene, in this adaptation of Caren Lissner’s best-selling novel. 

Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner

Book | eBook

 

 CERTAIN WOMEN

 

Kelly Reichardt directs Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Lily Gladstone in this tripartite portrait of striving, independent women whose lives intersect in suggestive and powerful ways. Based on short stories from a collection by Maile Meloy.

Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy

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THE DAY MY FATHER BECAME A BUSH

 

Adapted from the children's novel by award-winning author Joke van Leeuwen, The Day My Father Became a Bush tells a story of war as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl. 

The Day My Father Became a Bush by Joke van Leeuwen

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 DENIAL

 

Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall star in this riveting, true-life drama about the courtroom showdown between historian Deborah Lipstadt and notorious Holocaust denier David Irving. Based on Lipstadt's book, previously published as History on Trial.

Denial by Deborah Lipstadt movie tie-in edition

Book | eBook | eAudiobook

 

THE EXCEPTION

The Exception

Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer and Janet McTeer star in this adaptation of Alan Judd’s novel about German Kaiser Wilhelm II’s post-WWI exile in the Netherlands.

The Kaiser's Last Kiss by Alan Judd

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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

 

A sweet little girl who may hold the key to a cure for the zombie virus that has decimated most of the world’s population escapes from a military compound and sets out to find her place in the world. Adapted from the bestselling novel by M. R. Carey.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Book | eBook | eAudiobook

 

THE HANDMAIDEN

 

A crook-turned-servant falls for the vulnerable heiress she had originally schemed to swindle, in this audacious, visually sumptuous, and highly erotic period piece from acclaimed writer-director Park Chan-wook. With The Handmaiden, Park transplants Sarah Waters' Victorian England-set bestseller to Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930s.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Book | Audiobook CD | eAudiobook

 

HEAL THE LIVING

 

Ivory Coast-born filmmaker Katell Quillévéré adapts Maylis de Kerangal’s Booker Prize–longlisted novel for this elegant and affecting film which draws three seemingly unrelated stories together into a tale about the moment when tragedy meets hope.

Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal
Book | eBook | in French | in French - Audiobook CD | in French - Large Print |

 

HERMIA & HELENA

Hermia & Helena

The prolific, cinephilic, and endlessly imaginative Matías Piñeiro (Viola) continues his multi-film meditation on Shakespeare’s comedies with this marvellous riff on A Midsummer Night’s Dream centred on an Argentine theatre director's sojourn in New York City.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Book | eBook | eAudiobook | Audiobook CD | Large Print | Talking Book (restricted to print disabled patrons) | in Amharic | in Chinese | in Czech | in Esperanto | in Japanese | in Korean | in Tagalog

 

I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY

 

A café proprietor spends a decade petitioning the Chinese legal system after being swindled by her ex-husband, in this caustically comic contemporary fable from superstar director Feng Xiaogang, adapted from the novel by Liu Zhenyun.

  I Did Not Kill My Husband by Liu Zhenyun

Book | eBook

 

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

I Am Not Your Negro

Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, director Raoul Peck creates a stunning meditation on what it means to be Black in America. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new endeavour: the writing of his final book, Remember This House, recounting the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin was not able to complete the book before his death, and the unfinished manuscript was entrusted to Peck by the writer's estate.

James Baldwin The Last Interview and Other Conversations

Book | eBook

 

IN DUBIOUS BATTLE

 

James Franco directs and stars alongside a fine cast — including Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Selena Gomez, and Nat Wolff — in this adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era novel about two labour organizers trying to unionize exploited California fruit pickers.

In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

Book | eBook | Large Print

 

IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD

 

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, the new film from Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan ropes in an all-star French cast (including Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, and Nathalie Baye) for its tempestuous tale about the fraught reunion of a fractured family. Based on the play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, who was recognized as one of France's foremost modern playwrights only after his untimely death due to AIDS-related illness. 

  Theatre Complet III by Jean-Luc Lagarce

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JULIETA

 

Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar adapts three stories from Canadian Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro's exquisite collection Runaway, relocating them to Spain, for this time-tripping tale about the relationship and eventual rupture between a Madrid teacher and her beloved daughter.

Runaway by Alice Munro

Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | eAudiobook | Talking Book (restricted to print disabled patrons) | in French | in Greek | in Persian | in Serbian

 

KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ

  

The beguiling third feature from Argentine writer-director Gastón Solnicki takes inspiration from Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle (itself based on the French folktale "La Barbe bleue" by Charles Perrault) for this charming tale about several young women attempting to make their way into adulthood.

The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault transl. Betts Bluebeard - illu Walter Crane 1898

Book | Walter Crane picture book 1898 - Osborne collection and PDF

 

LADY MACBETH

Lady Macbeth

Acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd relocates Nikolai Leskov’s short story to 19th-century England, in this Gothic tale about a young woman trapped in a marriage of convenience whose passionate affair unleashes a maelstrom of murder and mayhem on a country estate.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Leskov_Hesperus

Book | Book | eBook | Book - reference

 

LION

 

Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, and Nicole Kidman star in the true story of Saroo Brierley, who was adopted by an Australian couple after being separated from his family in India at the age of five, and then located his original home using Google Earth 25 years later.

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | eAudiobook | Talking Book (restricted to print disabled patrons)

 

A MONSTER CALLS

 

Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, and Felicity Jones star in this adaptation of the award-winning children’s book by Patrick Ness, about a lonely young boy struggling with the imminent death of his terminally ill mother who is befriended by a friendly, shambling monster that arrives in his room nightly to tell him stories.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

BookBook - reference | eBook | eBook | Audiobook CD

 

MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

The title tells the tale in this inventive, beautiful, and bizarre animated feature from acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw, featuring the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, and Reggie Watts.

Bodyworld by Dash Shaw

Book | Book - reference

 

NELLY

Nelly

Award-winning filmmaker Anne Émond returns to the festival with this creatively imagined biopic of controversial Quebec writer Nelly Arcan, who scandalized the French literary world with her semi-autobiographical novel based on her experiences as a sex worker.

Whore by Nelly Arcan

Book | in French

 

NEVER EVER

 

Benoit Jacquot adapts a novella by Don DeLillo for this tale of amour fou between a self-centred filmmaker and a beautiful body artist.

The Body Artist by Don Delillo

Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | Large Print

 

NERUDA

 

Pablo Larraín weaves an engrossing metafictional fable around the 1948 manhunt for celebrated poet and politician Pablo Neruda, who goes underground when Chile outlaws communism and is pursued by an ambitious police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the famous fugitive.

Then Come Back The Lost Neruda Poems

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Nocturnal Animals

Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Armie Hammer headline the second feature from director Tom Ford (A Single Man), about a woman who is forced to confront the demons of her past as she is drawn into the world of a thriller novel written by her ex-husband. Based on a novel by Austin Wright.

Tony and Susan by Austin Wright

Book | eBook


THE QUEEN OF KATWE

 

David Oyelowo (Selma) and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) star in the true story of a young girl from rural Uganda (played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga) who discovers a passion for chess, and sets out to pursue her dream of becoming an international champion. 

The Queen of Katwe

Book | eBook

 

A QUIET PASSION

 

Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea).

My Letter to the World and Other Poems

Book

 

THE REHEARSAL

 

A young student at a drama school faces a moral conundrum when his budding romance becomes fodder for a final-year performance, in director Alison Maclean’s adaptation of the novel by Booker Prize–winning author Eleanor Catton.

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

Book | eBook | eAudiobook

 

SALT AND FIRE

Salt and Fire

Michael Shannon and Gael García Bernal star in this ecological thriller from the great Werner Herzog, about a scientist and a corporate CEO who must overcome their ideological differences in order to avert potential disaster from a volcano on the verge of eruption. Inspired by the short story "Aral" by Tom Bissell.

God Lives in St Petersburg by Tom Bissell

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THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

The Secret Scripture

The hidden memoir of an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and ’30s. Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor, Eric Bana, and Vanessa Redgrave star in this adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s award-winning 2008 novel from Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan.

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Book | eBook | eAudiobook | Large Print

 

SNOWDEN

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in this real-life political thriller from Oscar winner Oliver Stone, based in part on the book by Luke Harding.

The Snowden Files by Luke Harding

Book | eBook

 

UNLESS

 

Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener and Hannah Gross star in this adaptation of the final novel by the late, great Canadian novelist Carol Shields, about a writer who discovers her runaway daughter panhandling on the street and seemingly deprived of speech.

Unless by Carol Shields

Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | eAudiobook | Talking Book (restricted to print disabled patrons)

 

WAKEFIELD

Wakefield

Bryan Cranston stars as a successful lawyer and family man who disappears from his own life and observes his baffled loved ones from a hiding place in the attic, in writer-director Robin Swicord's adaptation of the short story by E.L. Doctorow.

All the Time in the World by E. L. Doctorow

Book | eBook

 

Note: All film synopses and stills are from TIFF.

 

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2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

September 7, 2016 | Book Buzz | Comments (0)

The longlist for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced on September 7. The prize is awarded for the best fiction published in English in the year. Both novels and short story collections are considered for the $100,000 prize.

Twelve books are on the longlist: 

13 ways of looking at a fat girl By gaslight Best kind of people Death valley

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
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By Gaslight by Steven Price
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The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
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Death Valley by Susan Perly

Do not say we have nothing Party wall Pillow Stranger

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
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The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux
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Pillow by Andrew Battershill
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Stranger by David Bergen

Two of us Willem de kooning Wonder Yiddish for pirates

The Two of Us by Kathy Page
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Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell
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The Wonder by Emma Donahue
Audiobook
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Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin
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The finalists will be revealed on September 26 and the winner will be announced at a gala on November 7.

It's a Bird! It's a Cat! It's Margaret Atwood's New Book!

September 2, 2016 | Andrea | Comments (0)

 

Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood and Johnnie ChristmasNational treasure Margaret Atwood will be attending Fan Expo Canada on Saturday, September 3 to launch her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird. The book kicks off a planned trilogy about a part bird, part cat superhero who gains his powers after a lab accident, as one does in comics. Atwood shares the stage with acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas, and the presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A session and book signing. "It's like writing for films and television — only better," she said of the collaborative project.


The literary superstar loves comics and demonstrates a great affinity for geek culture, even if she doesn't necessarily identify as a geek. She was in her element at San Diego Comic-Con in July, and now here's your chance to see her hold court on home turf! Fan Expo is the place to meet and support talented writers and artists, splurge on collectables and celebrity snapshots, attend a variety of fun workshops and even get your portfolio reviewed by Marvel and DC editors. And if you can find time for us between a round of speed dating and a debate about the greatest Canadian superhero, come visit the Toronto Public Library booth. See you there!

National Dog Day - August 26

August 26, 2016 | Lynn | Comments (4)

This is the day of the year that we acknowledge our furry four legged friends who greet us as we come home with tail wags and licks to the face. That is not to say other pets such as cats, birds, hamsters, snakes, turtles and other pets aren't special too. This is simply a day that is set aside for dogs. Dogs have worked with and for humans for centuries and they show no sign of slowing down. Just to name a few of the jobs that dogs do for us: bomb detection, drug detection, seeing eye dog, diabetic alert, therapy for nursing homes and people in hospitals, help Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers, sniff out mushrooms and search and rescue just to name a few. All they ask in return is a belly rub and maybe some peanut butter, at least that's what my dog wants.  These books highlight some amazing dogs from history and a few books on breeds in case you are looking for a four legged companion.

Stubby the war dog the true story of world war I bravest dog

Stubby the war dog: the true story of World War I bravest dog 

Stubby worked behind enemy lines and earned many commendations for his work. He became a mascot for the troops and is honored in this book.

Judy: the unforgettable story of the dog who went to war and became a true hero

Judy: the unforgettable story of the dog who went to war and became a true hero

Judy found herself in a POW camp where she would scavenge food for the prisoners and offer them hope of getting out one day. She might be the only dog considered a POW.

Thunder dog the true story of a blind man, his guide and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero

Thunder dog: the true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero

This book highlights the importance of the trust between a person who is blind and their dog. Roselle and her human were in the North Tower when it was struck and it was up to Roselle to get them to safety.

Book

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Working like a dog: the story of working dogs through history

Working like a dog: the story of working dogs through history

This fascinating book by Norma Fleck Award-winner, Gena K. Gorrell, describes the dogs of history, the evolution of breeds for different purposes, and the training involved in preparing the modern-day heroes who find lost children, nab criminals, and point out contraband – heroes who just happen to be dogs.

What the dog knows the science and wonder of working dogs

What the dog knows: the science and wonder of working dogs

A firsthand exploration of the fascinating world of “working dogs”—who seek out missing persons, sniff for explosives in war zones, and locate long-dead remains—through the experiences of a journalist and her canine companion, an incorrigible pup named Solo.

Book

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Soviet Space Dogs

Soviet Space Dogs

Tells the true stories of Laika, Belka, Strelka, and the other space dogs who were sent on experimental space flight explorations by the Soviet Union between 1951 and 1956.

Paws of courage true tales of heroic dogs that protect and serve

Paws of courage: true tales of heroic dogs that protect and serve

Readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion. Their touching stories are sure to inspire animal lovers everywhere.

 

If you are at all inspired to get your own dog, I would encourage research with any of the following books, and finding the dog that fits your family.

Your dream dog a guide to choosing the right breed for you  The dog encyclopedia  The howell book of dogs the definitive reference to 300 breeds and varieties

Your dream dog: a guide to choosing the right breed for you

The dog encyclopedia

The Howell book of dogs: the definitive reference to 300 breeds and varieties

 

 

Music, Time and Popular Culture

August 25, 2016 | M. Elwood | Comments (0)

As one of the olds, I regularly bemoan the state of pop music. Why does every song have guest stars? Why do the songwriter credits look like phone books? Why is everything so repetitive? Yes, Taylor Swift, you have mentioned that you're "lying on the cold hard ground" a dozen times already. Tell me something new.

Also, you kids get off my lawn!

Change is inevitable. I get that. There are a lot of new artists I like a great deal. They tend to not be the music you hear in the gym or the supermarket, though.

Do you harbour a secret desire to write songs? Do you just want to understand why listening to the radio is so painful? These books may help:

Let's talk about love Song machine inside Ta ra ra boom de ay Yeah yeah yeah

Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson
Céline Dion. Some love her, some hate her. Globe and Mail music critic Wilson used his own dislike of Dion for a look at personal preferences. How much of our preferences are determined by social factors? The New York Times review said that this book could make you more tolerant of other people's musical taste. I should definitely read it.

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook
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Hit songs are no longer the creation of a person with something to say but are often written by teams of songwriters capitalizing on neurological, cognitive and psychological research into the human response to music. In this entertaining book, Seabrook explores the collaboration of commerce, creativity, technology and science in popular music.

Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay: The Dodgy Business of Popular Music by Simon Napier-Bell
Napier-Bell shines a light on the sometimes sketchy music industry from the advent of copyright in 1713 to the present.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce by Bob Stanley
Stanley traces the popularity of different types of music (rock, folk, disco, grunge, new wave) from the 1950s on. Why have different eras embraced such different sounds?

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