No Joy for the Wodehouse Prize Judges

May 17, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Another unexpected and shocking literary announcement has followed the recent revelation about the Nobel Prize for Fiction. The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, a UK-based prize for comic fiction, has also cancelled its award this year because none of the books submitted to the judges were funny enough. David Campbell, publisher...

Tom Wolfe, 1931 - 2018

May 15, 2018 | Wendy

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Author Tom Wolfe participates in the White House Salute to American Authors hosted by Laura Bush, Monday, March 22, 2004. White House Photo by Susan Sterner. Tom Wolfe, author of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", "The Right Stuff" and "Bonfire of the Vanities", has died, aged 87. Wolfe's 1973 anthology,...

Donald Glover's This is America: A Reading List

May 10, 2018 | Viveca

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Childish Gambino's "This is America" directed by Hiro Murai [heads up: includes graphic violence and disturbing scenes] On May 5, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) released "This is America," now trending with upwards of 65 million views. This hypnotic, multi-layered project alternates between enthralling and shocking its viewers. Shifts in...

The Nobel Prize in Literature and #MeToo

May 8, 2018 | Viveca

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Medal designed by Erik Lindberg, Wikipedia Creative Commons The Swedish Academy has postponed the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature amid shocking #MeToo allegations. The details have been widely covered in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Toronto Star and The New Yorker. Jean-Claude Arnault, a French photographer married to...

Four Books for Kanye West

May 2, 2018 | M. Elwood

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Kanye West is one of my favourite performers and his music helped me, a white, Canadian librarian, think about race in a completely different way. Sometimes a few lines in a song can open your eyes to things you haven't seen before. So, his recent comments about slavery being a...

Valerie's Picks: Spring and Summer 2018

May 1, 2018 | Wendy

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Valerie has every book-lover's dream job: she coordinates the selection of print books for adults at Toronto Public Library. In other words, she's a nonstop reader who, with her team of selectors, investigates nearly every book that we order. So when we want to know what new books to get...

I See the Widow from the Garden Next Door on the Train in Cabin 10

April 27, 2018 | Kelli

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"GripLit", a term often used for the recent surge in gripping psychological thrillers, has been the hot trend in publishing for the last number of years. There have been so many of them, often with similar titles, that it is easy to get them all confused. For those who enjoy...

Michelle McNamara's Quest for Justice

April 25, 2018 | M. Elwood

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"You'll be silent forever and I'll be gone in the dark." -- The Golden State Killer to one of his victims The Golden State Killer is a serial rapist who was active in California between 1976-1986. During this time, he was responsible for at least 50 sexual assaults and hundreds...

Is Spring Coming?

April 17, 2018 | Lynn

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This past weekend, we saw hail, snow and rain all leading towards flooding and power outages. Many people are glad they haven't changed their snow tires yet and I had to drag out my snow boots again. Considering this is mid-April, I am more than a little miffed at Mother...

Maybe Don't Use a Taser on Your Kid for One Thing

April 12, 2018 | M. Elwood

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Today's strange news story comes from Arizona, where a Phoenix area mother has been accused of using a touch taser stun gun on her son to encourage him to get ready for church on Easter Sunday. Sharron Dobbins admits that she was frustrated when her teenage son refused to get...