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Hungry for More Hannibal?

August 28, 2015 | Andrea | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

The third season finale of the gorgeous and grisly television series Hannibal aired last night. Or rather, "The Wrath of the Lamb" was served to viewers in Canada last night; hungry audiences south of the border must whet their appetites with the wait until Saturday to see how much murder and mayhem is in store. Although NBC has cancelled the show, loyal fans (also known as Fannibals — Canadian fans are CANnibals, naturally) are reluctant to call this episode the series finale, and hold out hope that this is not the last we'll see of Mads Mikkelsen's elegant monster and Hugh Dancy's tortured empath.

Filmed in Toronto and featuring a number of Canadian actors such as Caroline Dhavernas, Kacey Rohl, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams, Hannibal has developed a passionate following and introduced many new readers to the original books by Thomas Harris. The novels have inspired five movies, the most famous of which is a Best Picture winner and also earned Anthony Hopkins an Oscar for his portrayal of the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. But unlike these movie versions, Hannibal the show is less of a straightforward adaptation and more of a remix of characters, timelines and plot elements, as if showrunner Bryan Fuller put an arthouse horror film in a blender with a crime procedural.

If a surreal reimagining of the misadventures of Hannibal Lecter doesn't sound like your cup of tea, chacun à son goût! Here is the Thomas Harris pageturner canon for readers to devour:

Red Dragon  The Silence of the Lambs  Hannibal  Hannibal Rising


Red Dragon

FBI profiler Will Graham enlists the help of the incarcerated Dr. Lecter to catch the serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy.

This may sound familiar: FBI agent in training Clarice Starling enlists Hannibal Lecter's help to track serial killer Buffalo Bill.

Hannibal is in hiding after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, but resurfaces when old enemies come calling.

A prequel that attempts to explain the origin and motivations of Hannibal Lecter.

If you would like to share your thoughts about the finale, please start your comment with a spoiler warning! Anything otherwise might be deemed rude by Dr. Lecter. Waiting to watch on Saturday? You are in store for a beautiful bloodbath as only this show can deliver. Bon appétit!

Sue Grafton Brings Us X

August 21, 2015 | Lynn | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This coming Tuesday, August 25, Sue Grafton's newest book X will be released. This is the 24th book in her alphabet series, leaving only two letters or novels left in the series.  Her fans are eager to see what this latest novel will entail and how the series will end. It started in 1982 with A is for Alibi and her previous book published in 2013 was W is for Wasted.  Grafton created Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based out of Santa Teresa, California that fans have followed for more than 30 years demonstrating that fans love a long lasting series, so here are some more mystery series with recurring characters.  The first two titles are the first and second of the series followed by the two most recent titles.

The Alphabet Murders by Sue Grafton

A is for alibi  B is for burgler W is for wasted  X

The Women's Murder Club by James Patterson

This series features professional women who solve crimes and deal with justice in their jobs as a police officer, coroner, reporter and lawyer.

1st to die  2nd chance Mystery3  Mystery4

Kate Brannigan by Val McDermid

Kate Brannigan is private eye set in Manchester, England who visits the seediest places for corruption, missing people and murder.

  Dead beat  Kick back Blue genes  Star struck

Stone Barrington by Stuart Woods

This former cop now lawyer works at a prestigious law firm handling cases that no one wants to touch publicly set mainly in New York City.  There are currently 34 books in the series, with 3 more due out by April 2016.

  New York Dead  Dirt  Hot pursuit  Naked greed

Eve Duncan by Iris Johansen

Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor who works to help families deal with tragedy, something she is all too familiar with and continues to struggle against.  This series is set in Georgia.

The face of deception  The killing game  Hunting Eve  Silencing Eve

Rizzoli and Isles by Tess Gerritsen

This cop and coroner female duo chase down serials killers, secret clubs and all things nefarious set in Boston.  This successful book series has moved to the television screen under the name Rizzoli and Isles.

The surgeon  The apprentice  Last to die  Die again


Pull Up a Chair and Read

August 12, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Do you call them Muskoka chairs or Adirondack chairs? Which is right? In 1903, Thomas Lee wanted outdoor chairs for his resort in beautiful Westport, New York and began experimenting. After getting feedback from family members he built something he called the Westport plank chair.  He passed the design on to a carpenter friend named Henry Bunnell who, without Lee's knowledge, obtained both US and Canadian patents. Bunnell manufactured the chairs for 20 years. A department store in Lake Saranac, New York called them Adirondack Bungalow chairs and the name stuck--except in Ontario where we've made slight design modifications and renamed them after Ontario's cottage country. 

Whatever you call them, settle down on your favourite summer chair and read one of these books--featuring Westport/Adirondack/Muskoka chairs on their covers.

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Second time around Seven year switch Summer sisters What remains

Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery
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Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank
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Return to the Beach House by Georgia Bockoven
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The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
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Second Time Around by Beth Kendrick

Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook
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Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

What Remains: a Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love by Carole Radziwill
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Staff Summer Reading Suggestions 3

August 10, 2015 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

What are staff members' reading this summer? This is our third blog post of staff members summer reading. 

Despina from Victoria Village Branch

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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
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I wanted to read this book after watching the charming movie with so many high quality actors, a light dreamy classic novel about being in Italy one April and having your life change for the better because of it. I could almost hear relaxation music in the background reading it.

Kicking the Sky by Anthony De Sa
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A page turner, a Toronto novel set in Little Portugal during the time of the killing of the shoeshine boy Emmanuel Jacques.

Laughing all the Way to the Mosque by Zarqua Nawaz
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A humorous account of Muslim life in Canada.

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Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
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A surprisingly good novel about Stalinist Russia and the ballet.

The Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen
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An inside, intriguing look at Hasidic Judaism in New York. A page turner.

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop
An interesting read about the conflict in Cyprus, a topic not explored very much in novels.

Hellen from Answerline

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Kasztner's Train: the True Story of Rezső Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust by Anna Porter
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Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. Incredible detail. The research: daunting. The story: mesmerizing. The subject: horrific.

I am so glad I finally decided to read it and to take my time. And the first time that the footnotes were as interesting as the book.

Jim from Don Mills

Our endless numbered days

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
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An unusual coming of age story narrated by a young girl whose father takes her on a trip to a remote place in Central Europe and soon after tells her the world has been annihilated and that they are the only two people left alive. Might remind people of Room by Emma Donoghue.

Karolina in Communications, Programming and Customer Engagement

Rumor

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
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Did you hear? Gossip was always the most rampant in the spring. At least it was in Nantucket, where the lives of the residents were intertwined in more ways than one would imagine. This is a perfect “can’t put it down” summer beach read filled with hidden secrets, town gossip, juicy scandals, lustful affairs, fairytale romance, writer’s block, illegal activities, financial woes and so much more.

M at North York Central Library

Let me explain you

Let Me Explain You by Annie Liontas
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The Greek patriarch of a New Jersey family receives an omen of his impending death and decides to spend his last days "fixing" the "problems" in his family.

Check out our earlier installments:

Kermit and Miss Piggy Split? Say It Isn't So!

August 7, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (6) Facebook Twitter More...

Several famous couples have announced their "conscious uncoupling" in the last few months. However, none of these breakups has created in more reaction on social media than the recent announcement on Facebook that Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog were "terminating their romantic relationship".  

By the reaction on Twitter, this split seems to have upset many people. Perhaps it's because we've watched Miss Piggy chase after her beloved "Kermi" since the days of the Muppet Show until they were finally married at the end of Muppets Take Manhattan. Others, however, sensed a publicity stunt as they will be working together in their new series, The Muppets, premiering in the fall.  

Here are some books about other famous couples who were also unable to make their marriages last.

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Catherine of Aragon: Henry's Spanish Queen,  A Biography by Giles Tremlett
A biography of Henry VIII's first queen, Catherine of Aragon.   

Desilu: The story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz by Coyne Steven Sanders
The story of the union behind the famous sitcom I Love Lucy. While Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz always loved each other, the pressures of fame, backstage battles, and Desi's philandering and drinking created a tempestuous marriage that could not survive.

Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life by Catherine Reef
The marriage of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is remembered as one of the most tumultuous in history. It was filled with passion, pain, betrayal, revolution, and, of course, art. This book was reviewed for Word Out 2014.

Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner.
One of the more infamous Hollywood love stories, actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton began their relationship during the filming of Cleopatra. With both of them married to other people, their relationship was a big scandal at the time. The recent BBC movie, Burton and Taylor, starring Helena Bonham Taylor and Dominic West, is about their tempestuous relationship. 
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Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love by C. David Heymann
The story of the volatile, scandal-prone and ultimately doomed relationship between the baseball great, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.
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One Final Moment of Zen

August 5, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Thursday August 6 marks the final episode of The Daily Show hosted by Jon Stewart. The second host of the franchise, Stewart has hosted since January 1999. In 2013, he took a sabbatical to direct the movie Rosewater about Maziar Baheri, an Iranian journalist imprisoned following his appearance on The Daily Show.

I am a big fan of Stewart but lately have sensed that his growing frustration with the American government has made it increasingly hard for him to see the lighter side. While I am sad to see him go, I think it's time. 

The Daily Show has had some wonderful correspondents during the Jon Stewart era. They've been great on the show and they're also great in print:

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I'd Rather We Got Casinos, and Other Black Thoughts by Larry Wilmore
The Daily Show's former Senior Black Correspondent shares his perspective on race in America in this collection of essays. 

I Know I am but What are You? by Samantha Bee
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Toronto native Samantha Bee was The Daily Show's longest serving regular correspondent. In this book she writes about her unconventional childhood, crazy teen years and her transition to adulthood.

I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black
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His Back in Black segments gave him an opportunity to rant about whatever was getting on his nerves. In this book, he takes aim at Christmas--his least favourite holiday.

No Land's Man by Aasif Mandvi
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I loved this book by Senior Middle East Correspondent Mandvi. Born in India, his family moved to England when he was a baby. In this memoir, he discusses his English childhood, including a stint at boarding school, his teenage years in Florida and the difficulty in finding acting roles that are not terrorists.

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Suck it, Wonder Woman: the Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek by Olivia Munn
A collection of humorous essays from the Daily Show's former Senior Asian Correspondent.

That is All by John Hodgman
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The Daily Show's Resident Expert shares random made-up facts in the third book of his Complete World Knowledge trilogy.

This is a Book by Demetri Martin
A book of creative writing from former Senior Youth Correspondent, Martin.

 

Jon Stewart plans to move to a farm in New Jersey which will house a sanctuary for farm animals. 

Staff Summer Reading Suggestions 2

August 3, 2015 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Are you ever curious about what staff members are reading? Find out here:

Bradley from North York Central:

The Waste Lands is part of the Dark Tower series. The first in the series, "The Gunslinger," got me curious; its sequel, The Drawing of the Three, had me hooked. Unsurprisingly, I've continued on with the third book in the series as a result.

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King
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The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
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The Waste Lands by Stephen King
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Caroline from Dufferin/St. Clair:

A voracious reader for the last 60 years or so, these days I oscillate between mysteries like the latest Aector McEvoy police procedural Taking Pity and atmospheric thrillers like The Ghost Fields featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway and fantasy like the Fae romance Briar Queen and the original fairy tale Bell Weather.

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Taking Pity by David Mark
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The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
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Briar Queen by Katherine Harbour
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Bell Weather by Dennis Mahoney
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Jane from North York Central:

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The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
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This is the second in a trilogy. In the first book, The Queen of the Tearling,  a young queen journeys to take her rightful throne in a land called The Tearling. She almost dies in the process. In the second, the evil Red Queen in the nearby kingdom feels she has no choice but to invade The Tearling. Luckily our young queen has some magic sapphires at her disposal. But are they helping or harming her? Looking forward to the third and last volume.

The Martian by Andy Weir
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A group of astronauts is on a Mars mission conducting experiments when a fierce Martian storm forces them to evacuate the planet. As they leave one of the astronauts gets injured and left for dead. So begins our hero's sometimes dangerous and often humorous struggle to stay alive until the next Mars mission arrives in 4 years!
SciFi for everyone. Coming soon to a movie theatre near you!

Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
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Our young, rich and lovely heroine is about to make a brilliant marriage in Victorian London. Sadly, she has a major flaw that has stopped all previous suitors in their tracks. She just wants to be like everyone else but her own voice and wrong boy get in the way! YA for Adults.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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This is the first in a series of YA fantasy novels recommended to me by YA specialist, Susan K. In this story the heroine is a killer. Can't wait!

Shubha from the Planning Department:

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Blue Avenue by Michael Wiley
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It involves the hero identifying his teenage girlfriend who is found stuffed in a plastic bag. Then other women turn up killed the same way. Although he has no authority, our man investigates anyway. There are a lot of twists and turns that keep you turning the pages.

Unidentified Woman #15 by David Housewright
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The hero is driving along at night when a woman is thrown out of a pickup truck in front of his car. He manages not to run her over and saves her life. She has amnesia and can’t remember anything about herself. Then she disappears.

I really enjoy David Housewright books because they tend to move quickly.

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The next installment of Staff Summer Reading Suggestions will be published on August 10, 2015.

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

July 29, 2015 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize was announced on July 29. 

They are:

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A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
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The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
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The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
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The Green Road by Anne Enright
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The Illuminations by Andrew O'Hagan
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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

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Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

  • This book is not available in Canada at this time. 

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
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The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

  • This book is not scheduled for publication in Canada until March, 2016.

The shortlist will be revealed on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

The announcement of the winner takes place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Staff Summer Reading Suggestions 1

July 27, 2015 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

What are library staff members reading this summer? What do they recommend? We asked them.

Here are their responses:

Anna from Toronto Reference Library:

Confidence

Confidence by Russell Smith
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I have enjoyed previous books by this author and I love his style: very honest, witty, somehow sarcastic, but not without sympathy for his characters, who are usually somehow lost and miserable despite having seemingly comfortable lives.

Russell Smith writes about Toronto and its inhabitants in a very captivating way, touching such relevant themes as the impact of immigration, gentrification, political scandals, corruption, or different kinds of addiction.

It's hard not to be annoyed by the characters from the stories, but in the same time it's hard not to feel sorry for them and sympathize with them. A great book not just for summer!

Gloria from Bloor/Gladstone:

Station eleven

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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Filled with haunting landscapes, strong emotions and multi dimensional characters, Emily St. John Mandel has created a post apocalyptic world that draws the reader in to a tale of ambition, fame and tragedy.

Lynn from Cedarbrae:

61 hours

61 Hours by Lee Child
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This addictive series follows Jack Reacher, a loner former MP who crisscrosses the country helping those in need with a single minded, cold logic and observation skills that mean Reacher is unmatched.

Susan from North York Central Library:

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The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
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When I first read Elena Ferrante, I had to force myself not to read all of her books right away. I carefully rationed myself over the past year and have now read all her novels except for The Lost Daughter. I read slowly to fully appreciate the astringent, precise quality of her prose and the rage and directness of her narrative voice. The final book in her Neapolitan series comes out in September and I'll be ready.

Ted from Agincourt:

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Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac, the Autobiography by Mick Fleetwood and Anthony Bozza
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He tells the story of the band he formed in the late 60s, with all the ups and downs. The comings and goings of members especially Stevie Nicks.

I have been a huge fan especially during the heydays of the 70s and 80s!

Stay tuned. Another installment of Staff Summer Reading Suggestions will be published next Monday, August 3. 

The Girl in the Spider's Web

July 24, 2015 | Andrea | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Lisbeth Salander is back! Plot details have been heavily guarded, but the hacker heroine will reportedly take on both the cyber underworld and the U.S. National Security Agency in The Girl in the Spider's Web, the controversial continuation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy.

 

 

 

 

Written by David Lagercrantz, the fourth book in the dark and gritty series will be published on August 27. It's authorized by Larsson's estate, but vehemently opposed by Eva Gabrielsson, the late author's partner of more than three decades. Since Larsson died intestate in 2004, Gabrielsson has been embroiled in legal and media battles with his official heirs. This Guardian article paints a larger picture of the situation.

The new installment in the Salander saga was brought into being by Lagercrantz and translators working on laptops with no Internet access. A single copy of the final manuscript was couriered to the chief editors of each international publishing house involved, and no advance copies have been released. Toronto fans have the opportunity to ask Lagercrantz about the whole cloak-and-dagger process when he visits the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on September 17. Find out more about how to reserve your tickets.


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