It's Here: More Books for Fans of Stephen King's It

September 20, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Stephen King's 1986 novel It was recently released as a feature film and it's been doing well with both critics and the general public. Whenever a book is made into a movie, everyone decides to read or reread the book. As you can imagine, there are a lot of holds...

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Shortlist 2017

September 20, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize is the most lucrative prize for nonfiction books in Canada. Each of the finalists is awarded $5,000 and the winning author receives $60,000. All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others by Carol Off • ebook Birds Art Life: A...

Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist for 2017 Announced

September 18, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Jack Rabinovitch created the Giller Prize in 1994 to celebrate his late wife Doris Giller, literary editor at the Toronto Star. Today the prize released its first longlist since Rabinovitch's death in August 2017. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill • ebook The Bone Mother by David Demchuk Boundary by Andrée...

It's Almost Fall, not Pumpkin Spice Season

September 15, 2017 | Lynn

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I am not sure when it happened, but it seems the fall season is not marked so much by when the leaves change colour and children go back to school, but when the world is subjected to pumpkin spice in everything. I am not saying that I do not enjoy...

2017 Man Booker Shortlist

September 13, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017 has been announced. This year, the finalists include previous nominees Ali Smith and Mohsin Hamid and debut novelists Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley. Mozley's novel Elmet is not yet available in Canada. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (USA)...

Six Better Ways to Cope with a Broken Heart

September 13, 2017 | M. Elwood

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This week musician Luke Howard vowed to play piano non-stop in an English park until the woman who had broken up with him relented. He gave up his quest on Monday after Internet commenters suggested that his plan was creepy and insulting to Howard's ex-girlfriend who may have had a...

Epistolary Novels for World Letter Writing Day - September 1

September 1, 2017 | Kelli

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Australian Richard Simpkin launched World Letter Writing Day (September 1) in 2014 to introduce children to the art of letter writing. Many of the children at Waverley College, Sydney, where the launch was held, had never written a letter by hand before. There is something special in receiving and reading...

Life is a Carnival: Fiction about Amusement Parks

August 28, 2017 | M. Elwood

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When I was younger the CNE was everything. My friends and I spent days on the midway and nights at the concerts. It was our chance to squeeze every last drop of fun out of the summer and we did our best. These novels set in amusement parks may help...

2017 Toronto Book Award Nominees

August 24, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The Toronto Book Awards were established in 1974 to honour books that reflect and celebrate the city. Although both fiction and nonfiction books are considered, the 2017 shortlist is dominated by nonfiction. The only work of fiction nominated is a novel, Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez. Any Other Way: How Toronto...

The Canadian National Exhibition is Now Open!

August 18, 2017 | Andrea

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Canada's biggest fair has opened its gates! Make the most of the summer home stretch during these 18 days of excitement, entertainment and extravagant eats. Before you hop on a streetcar destined for Exhibition Place, take a look at the schedule and see if there are any special events you...