2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist Revealed

September 17, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Twelve books have been nominated for this year's 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada's most lucrative literary prizes. The winning author receives a cash prize of $100,000; $10,000 is given to the remaining authors on the shortlist. Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage eAudiobook eBook French Exit by Patrick...

Agatha Christie's Birthday

September 14, 2018 | Lynn

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On September 15 Dame Agatha Christie would have turned 128 years old if she were still alive. Despite having passed away in 1976 her books continue to be published, made into television specials, movies and the longest running play in London's West End history. This maven of mystery wrote more...

Burt Reynolds: 1936 - 2018

September 12, 2018 | Viveca

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Burt Reynolds 1936 - 2018 * Burt Reynolds, leading man and sex symbol with oodles of charm, was much more than a centerfold with a killer moustache. A talented actor with a great sense of comedic timing, Reynolds' wry wit and ironic presentation (somewhat) mitigated the hyper-masculinity of his 1970s...

Books on Film at TIFF 2018

September 6, 2018 | Viveca

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The Toronto International Film Festival is on from September 6 - 16. Torontonians are avid readers - and fierce filmgoers. Check out the best of both worlds with these great reads available at the Toronto Public Library - and a sneak peek at their film adaptations now premiering at TIFF....

September 1 is Emma M. Nutt Day

August 31, 2018 | M. Elwood

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In the early days of telephone communication, switchboard operators were male, often teenage boys whose rudeness and lack of patience with callers was a problem. Alexander Graham Bell realized that women were successfully employed in telegraph offices and believed that their natural grace and calmness would be a good match...

RIP Ann Ireland, 1953-2018

August 29, 2018 | Book Buzz

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I like to think that silence is under rated and should be paid attention to. All silence, in my experience, leads to something interesting popping up. Ann Ireland Ann Ireland was born in Toronto in 1953 and studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia earning a BFA in...

Celebrating N.K. Jemisin's Hugo Win

August 24, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Photo credit: By Laura Hanifin on a Creative Commons license On Sunday August 19, 2018, N.K. Jemisin made history by winning science fiction's prestigious Hugo award for Best Novel for the third consecutive year. It is the first time since the Hugo award was created in 1953 that this has...

Valerie's Picks: Fall 2018

August 21, 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...

V.S. Naipaul, 1932-2018

August 14, 2018 | Book Buzz

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"An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally." V.S. Naipaul Nobel prize winning writer Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in Trinidad on August 17, 1932. In an interview with The New Yorker in 2008 he spoke disdainfully about his birthplace saying...

Thrillers in Translation

August 13, 2018 | M. Elwood

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Domestic suspense novels, sometimes called Grip Lit have been massively popular in recent years. They usually feature ordinary people who are either directly or indirectly involved with a crime. Bad relationships are almost always part of the mix too. This genre includes books like Gone Girl, Girl on the Train,...