What Toronto Read, Watched and Listened To in 2017

December 13, 2017 | Wendy

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At Toronto Public Library, we really like maps. So when we saw this literary map of the world by Reddit user Backforward24, our first thought was: how would Toronto look decked out in all of its favourite reads? We calculated the most-borrowed book for nearly two dozen loosely defined neighbourhoods...

More Hot Nonfiction for 2017

December 8, 2017 | Kelli

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Following up on my earlier post Hot Nonfiction for Summer 2017, here are a few more nonfiction books that were popular in 2017. It certainly has been another fantastic year for fans of nonfiction. Leonard da Vinci by Walter Isaacson Da Vinci is best known for his famous paintings, The...

A Royal Engagement

November 28, 2017 | Lynn

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It has been announced officially that the fifth in line for the Royal throne in the United Kingdom is engaged. I imagine some people the world over are weeping over their lost chance to marry into the royal family. This announcement has also created buzz because the prince's fiancee is...

Sweary Books, Part 2: Dining and Et*quette

November 27, 2017 | Wendy

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Content Warning: Swears ahead! Please don't read this post if you don't like swearing! As we've observed elsewhere, swearing in book titles is all the rage these days; and what's true for self-help books goes double for cookbooks. Is Gordon Ramsay to blame? Or Anthony Bourdain? Or those spatula-flipping foulmouthed...

Black Covers for Black Friday

November 23, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Black Friday sales used to be something you needed to cross the border to enjoy but more Canadian stores are getting into the action. You could shop on Friday and get great deals on stuff or you could read books. You can get free books (and DVDs and CDs and...

Murder on the Orient Express and Closed Circle Mysteries

November 22, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Available as: • Regular Print • Audiobook • e-audiobook • ebook • Talking Book: DAISY Format When I was younger, I loved Agatha Christie but didn't read Murder on the Orient Express until a couple of years ago when I rediscovered her...

Michael Redhill Wins 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

November 21, 2017 | Book Buzz

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On Monday November 20, the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize was presented to Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square. Redhill, who was struggling financially earlier in the year and had posted an advertisement offering his editing services, expressed his gratitude for the $100,000 prize saying that "the ends are going...

Writers' Trust Literary Award Winners Announced

November 15, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The Writers' Trust Gala was held in Toronto on November 14, 2017. Several awards were announced at this event including four that are given to celebrate an author's entire body of work. The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize The $50,000 prize was presented to author David Chariandy for Brother, a...

Sweary Books, Part 1: Self-H*lp

November 14, 2017 | Wendy

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***Content Warning: Foul Language*** If you object to the current prevalence of swearing in our culture, please read no further; this will only tick you off. "Mature". Right. If you're still reading, it's safe to assume you're okay with salty talk, correct? So: what the frilly heck is up with...

Writers' Trust Fellowship Awarded to Eden Robinson

November 13, 2017 | Kelli

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At a fundraising gala event on November 7, the Writers' Trust of Canada named Eden Robinson as the third recipient of the Writers' Trust Fellowship. This fellowship, which is awarded to a writer who has demonstrated outstanding creativity and promise, comes with an award of $50,000. Previous fellowships have been...