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...

Audie Awards 2017: Best in Audiobooks

June 7, 2017 | Kelli

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The winners of the annual Audie Awards were recently announced. The Audie Awards are presented each year by the Audio Publishers Association to honour the best in audio publishing. Some of the winning audiobooks for 2017 are: Audiobook of the Year: Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter....

Deer in Scarborough

June 2, 2017 | Lynn

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Last summer it was all about capybaras from High Park and today it's deer trapped in a Scarborough plaza. What makes this story unique is that the family has grown from two to three members with a fawn joining them on Wednesday. This is great reminder that Toronto does include...

Great Reads: That's Life

May 30, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Great Reads is a series of posts featuring recent books that are highly recommended by Toronto Public Library staff. These books focus on the daily life of their characters. Some of these lives may be recognizable; others may be less familiar but each book allows readers to immerse themselves in...

Great Reads: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid

May 23, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Great Reads is a series of posts featuring recent books that are highly recommended by Toronto Public Library staff. This is a selection of our favourite horror novels. Some are creepy, some are intense and a couple are terrifying. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes Hard-bitten Detroit detective Gabriella Versado thinks...