Swedish Death Cleaning

January 17, 2018 | Viveca

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The Swedish art of döstädning, or 'death cleaning', is the latest trend in keeping less than the Joneses. Deal with your belongings before you die – so your family (or a cleaning company) doesn't have to. In her slim book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, Margareta Magnusson asks...

Geling Yan Book Club

January 16, 2018 | Helen

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Geling Yan (严歌苓/嚴歌苓) is a prominent Chinese writer...

The Magic of Bookstores

January 13, 2018 | Andrea

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Book lovers mourn every time a bookstore closes its doors, whether it was part of a retail chain or an independent shop. It was a sad day for many people when the Chapters location at the Bayview Village Shopping Centre shut down at the end of 2017, after almost two...

Best Books of the Year: Memorable Lives

January 11, 2018 | Book Buzz

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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life,...

Best Books of the Year: Voices from Home

January 8, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Each year we poll our staff members about their favourite reading experiences from the past 12 months. This post celebrates powerful fiction (and one poetry collection!) written by First Nations and Canadian authors. "It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you...

Toronto's Most-Read Books: December

January 6, 2018 | Wendy

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As temperatures dropped and snow piled up, Toronto's readers cozied up with thrillers, mysteries, and one extremely popular epic tale of 20th-century China. Here are the books that adult readers borrowed the most in December, 2017: 10. Camino Island, by John Grisham Book - Ebook - Audiobook CD - Eaudiobook...

January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

January 4, 2018 | Lynn

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This time of year, everyone is worrying about sticking to their New Year's resolutions (which with luck, will stick around longer than a few days), but there is something else to be thinking about. January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month here in Canada. This can be an extremely difficult disease to...

Best of the Year: Into the Past

January 2, 2018 | Book Buzz

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At the end of each year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. "The power of historical fiction for bad and for good can be immense...

Sue Grafton, 1940-2017: "The Alphabet Now Ends at Y"

December 29, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Bestselling mystery novelist Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, KY on April 24, 1940. She began writing novels as a teenager but failed to find success and turned to screenwriting. She wrote primarily for television for 15 years and said the experience taught her a great deal about writing. While...

Valerie's Picks for 2018

December 29, 2017 | 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 investigates nearly every book that we order. So when we wanted to know what books to get excited about in the new year,...