The Canadian National Exhibition is Now Open!

August 18, 2017 | Andrea

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Canada's biggest fair has opened its gates! Make the most of the summer home stretch during these 18 days of excitement, entertainment and extravagant eats. Before you hop on a streetcar destined for Exhibition Place, take a look at the schedule and see if there are any special events you...

Fall is coming, and so are new books

August 11, 2017 | Lynn

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It is sad to say that summer is coming to an end again. Signs of this include back to school ads everywhere, Halloween candy in the grocery stores and the signs for the Canadian National Exhibition (August 18 - September 4). However, this is not all sad news as many...

Hot Nonfiction for Summer 2017

July 28, 2017 | Kelli

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Many people prefer to read nonfiction books over novels. Many others like to read the occasional nonfiction as a change from novels. For all those who enjoy nonfiction, whether all the time or occasionally, here is a brief list of some of the books that are popular this summer. Astrophysics...

Man Booker Longlist 2017

July 27, 2017 | Viveca

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The longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017 has been announced. Thirteen titles from 144 entries published in the United Kingdom in English between October 2016 and September 2017 have been selected. The 2017 judges are Baroness Lola Young (Chair), literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, novelist Sarah Hall,...

Remembering George A. Romero: A Life With The Undead

July 21, 2017 | Viveca

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"Wait – what? No!!" said my middle-schooler, staring at his phone with dismay. George Romero had died at the age of 77, leaving legions of fans mourning across social media. As the undisputed King of the Zombie Film, Romero wrote the playbook on the modern zombie. From World War Z...

The Thrill of the Grill

July 19, 2017 | M. Elwood

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People enjoy eating outdoors in the summer or so they tell me. I don't venture too much further outdoors than a patio at a restaurant or coffee shop. If you are the sort to barbecue, picnic or camp, Toronto Public Library has resources for you. Find al fresco inspiration in...

Lies and Feuds: An Emmy Nomination Reading and Viewing List

July 14, 2017 | Andrea

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Daenerys Targaryen finally returns to Westeros on Sunday, but Season Seven's late premiere date means that Game of Thrones missed the deadline for this year's Emmy Awards. The silver lining is that the fantasy drama, having set a record last year for the most Emmys won by a series, can...

Beach Reads

July 7, 2017 | Lynn

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Warm weather is finally upon us and reading outside in the sun on the beach is summer tradition... or on a patio, or in a backyard, whatever you enjoy. Beach-read booklists are very popular, since many of us love to read while at the beach. This is when we give...

Wait, did I forget my sunglasses? No. Got 'em.

June 30, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Sunglasses have been around for a long time. The ancient Inuit used flattened walrus ivory to protect their eyes from the sun. In China, records dating back to the 12th century indicate that judges wore glasses with smoke-coloured lenses to mask facial expressions when questioning witnesses. These glasses did not...

If You Liked Covfefe, Try these Books Written in Nonstandard English

June 14, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Yes, I am a bit late for the "covfefe" train but I'm going to climb on board anyway because it gives me a great excuse to promote books that are written in nonstandard English. This includes books in dialect, slang or with completely invented languages. Personally I love books that...