Black Covers for Black Friday

November 23, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Black Friday sales used to be something you needed to cross the border to enjoy but more Canadian stores are getting into the action. You could shop on Friday and get great deals on stuff or you could read books. You can get free books (and DVDs and CDs and...

Murder on the Orient Express and Closed Circle Mysteries

November 22, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Available as: • Regular Print • Audiobook • e-audiobook • ebook • Talking Book: DAISY Format When I was younger, I loved Agatha Christie but didn't read Murder on the Orient Express until a couple of years ago when I rediscovered her...

Michael Redhill Wins 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

November 21, 2017 | Book Buzz

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On Monday November 20, the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize was presented to Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square. Redhill, who was struggling financially earlier in the year and had posted an advertisement offering his editing services, expressed his gratitude for the $100,000 prize saying that "the ends are going...

Writers' Trust Literary Award Winners Announced

November 15, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The Writers' Trust Gala was held in Toronto on November 14, 2017. Several awards were announced at this event including four that are given to celebrate an author's entire body of work. The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize The $50,000 prize was presented to author David Chariandy for Brother, a...

Sweary Books, Part 1: Self-H*lp

November 14, 2017 | Wendy

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***Content Warning: Foul Language*** If you object to the current prevalence of swearing in our culture, please read no further; this will only tick you off. "Mature". Right. If you're still reading, it's safe to assume you're okay with salty talk, correct? So: what the frilly heck is up with...

Writers' Trust Fellowship Awarded to Eden Robinson

November 13, 2017 | Kelli

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At a fundraising gala event on November 7, the Writers' Trust of Canada named Eden Robinson as the third recipient of the Writers' Trust Fellowship. This fellowship, which is awarded to a writer who has demonstrated outstanding creativity and promise, comes with an award of $50,000. Previous fellowships have been...

Celebrities Who Write

November 1, 2017 | Wendy

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To paraphrase a misquote from F. Scott Fitzgerald, the famous are different from you and me. Or from me, at least, in the sense that they're way more productive: Tom Hanks. Photo: U.S. Department of State Multiple Oscar-winner Tom Hanks recently published a book of short stories (all involving vintage...

2017 Governor General's Literary Award Winners

November 1, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on November 1, 2017. The awards are presented in 14 categories and include books for adults and children in both official languages. This year's winners are: Drama Winner: Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa Drama Finalists: 1979 by Michael Healey The...

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary

October 30, 2017 | Andrea

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Withered leaves are crumbling underfoot and watchful pumpkins with carved smiles are standing sentinel outside shops and homes. It's trick-or-treating season, and as much as you may love candy corn and chocolate bars paired with "Stranger Things", there's no treat quite like reading a book somewhere warm and safe, while...

October 25 is World Pasta Day

October 24, 2017 | M. Elwood

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The World Pasta Congress created World Pasta Day in 1995 to share the cultural and culinary importance of pasta and to encourage people everywhere to eat pasta. Although Italy might be the first country one associates with pasta dishes, noodles and stuffed pasta are a staple in many other places...