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Do You Enjoy European Books? We Have the Perfect Book Club for You!

January 27, 2014 | Book Buzz | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

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The EUNIC Book Club meets regularly to discuss contemporary European literature. It is a project of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Toronto: The Alliance Française, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Camões Toronto, and the Goethe-Institut. The books are English translations, and the discussions are in English. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover new international authors.

The next meeting will be held at the Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium East, on January 28, 2014, from 6:30-7:30. Moderator Joao Pedro Faustino, Lecturer of Portuguese at the University of Toronto, will discuss Joseph Walser’s Machine by Portuguese author Goncalo M. Tavares.

Upcoming Events

Accabadora Lover2 Visitation

February 25, 2014, 6:30-7:30 PM
Toronto Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium
Moderator Alessio Galletti of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura will lead a discussion of Accabadora by Michela Murgia.
Available in:
English eBook
Italian Regular Print

March 19, 2014, 6:30-7:30 PM
Alliance Française de Toronto: Campus de Spadina
24 Spadina Road
Moderator Martha Baillie will host a discussion of L'Amant/The Lover by Marguerite Duras.
Available in:
English Regular Print
English Large Print
French Regular Print

April 17, 2014, 6:30-7:30 PM
Toronto Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium
A discussion of Jenny Erpenbeck's novel, The Visitation, will be moderated by Philipp Schnaase.
Available in:

All are welcome, no registration is required.

Shhh: Book Buzz is Reading Quiet

January 4, 2014 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Book Buzz is Toronto Public Library's online book club. It's a lot like a traditional book club except our members communicate online wherever and whenever it's convenient for them. Each month we read and discuss a specific book. We also have an Open Discussion where our members can talk about anything book related.

Quiet 243Our selected book for January 2014 is Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

Introverts make up one third of the population--perhaps you're one of them. A typical introvert prefers quiet contemplation to socializing and may feel lost in a world that places value on group collaboration and team work.

Cain attended Princeton and Harvard before becoming a lawyer. While working in the business world, she observed that society is biased towards extroverts while overlooking contributions of introverts. She also realized that her own introversion had a significant positive impact on her own academic and professional success. In Quiet Cain encourages introverts to remain true to their own personalities while providing suggestions for coping with a world that doesn't always appreciate them.

It's a fascinating book that will provide a lot of great discussion.

Please join us this month on Book Buzz.

Victoria Village Book Club

December 29, 2013 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Victoria-village-library-01Victoria Village Branch has one of the newest book clubs in the library system. Since its first meeting in October 2013, the club has attracted an enthusiastic group and featured lively discussions about books.

It meets on the first Thursday of the month at both 2 pm and 7 pm. Members can attend either meeting.

2014 promises to be an eventful year for the club with a fascinating lineup of books on the schedule.

January 2, 2014

Train in winter

A Train in Winter: an Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship and Survival in World War Two by Caroline Moorehead
Talking Book (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)

February 6, 2014

Half blood blues

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Talking Book (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)

March 6, 2014

Best laid plans
High road
Up and down

2 PM: Special guest Joseph Romain will be on hand to discuss Toronto Public Library's Spring eh List programs.

7 PM: Author Terry Fallis will talk about his unexpected arrival on the Canadian literary scene and his bestselling novels--The Best Laid Plans, The High Road and Up and Down. His latest novel No Relation will be published in May 2014.

All are welcome to attend this author visit.

April 3, 2014

Emperor of paris

The Emperor of Paris by C.S. Richardson


Toronto Public Library's Keep Toronto Reading One Book selection (to be announced)

Victoria Village Branch is located at 184 Sloan Ave. in North York, close to the Victoria Park Ave. and Lawrence Ave. East intersection.

For more information contact branch staff: 416-395-5950

Winter Contest on Book Buzz

December 19, 2013 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Do you like books? Do you like winning prizes? Do you like winning books as prizes? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should enter the Winter Contest on Book Buzz--Toronto Public Library's online book club.

It's easy to enter. The first thing you need to do is become a member of Book Buzz. Sign up on our registration page. All you need to do is pick a user name, password, and provide us with a valid email address.

The process is quick and easy. This video shows you how it's done.


Once you've become a member, make your way to the Winter Contest 2013 forum. All you need to do is post a message describing the best book you read in 2013. You'll be entered in our draw for one of 10 prize packages. Each prize contains 3 books. If you're one of the winners, you'll be able to select your books from a list of available prizes.

The contest is open to everyone although the prizes available are most suited to adult readers.

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Each month Book Buzz members read and discuss a specific book. This month we're talking about Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and in January our discussion will centre around the book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 

Please join us and have your say on Book Buzz!

Readers Welcome! Bloor Gladstone's LGBTQ Bookclub

November 30, 2013 | Book Buzz | Comments (3) Facebook Twitter More...

Just kidsOne of the newest book clubs in the library system is the LGBTQ Book Club at the Bloor Gladstone Branch.

It was launched in September 2013 and is actively welcoming new members. Featured books are selected by participants with the member who suggested the chosen book taking an active role leading the discussion.

The club meets on the first Wednesday of the month; the next meeting is December 4 at 7 PM. This month's book is the National Book Award winning Just Kids by Patti Smith.

This description from Harper Collins Publishers illustrates why it is one of the most loved books of the past year:

It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

To register for the club or to get more information, call Bloor Gladstone Branch at 416-393-7674.

A Book Club for Non-Fiction Readers

November 16, 2013 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Non-Fiction Book Club is for people looking to read thoughtful intelligent books. If you like to read non-fiction this is the place.

Members are notified of meeting dates through the Meetup website. They suggest titles through their Meetup discussion board and also when first joining.

Each month, the group votes on a selection of books through an on-line poll. You can still see past polls here. Books must be available in the Toronto Public Library.

The Non-Fiction Book Club meets at the Toronto Reference Library—which hosts and co- sponsors the group—at the Beeton Auditorium on the first floor. At the meeting, one or more moderators presents a prepared list of questions for discussion.

Meetings are open to the public, however an optional small donation is requested to cover the Meetup website costs. The discussions are based on having read the book, but even if you have not read the book you are more than welcome to come and check out the group.

Books selected cover a wide range of non-fiction topics. The club members’ broad range of experience and interests can lead to some excellent (and surprising) choices. One member exclaims “Our voting system assures that the very best books get picked for discussion - sometimes books I've never heard of, but am delighted to discover.”

Member often share reviews and short related materials before the in-person meetings. You can see from the members' comments that lively discussions usually follow. They sometimes even continue into  the group's online forums.

Past selections include:

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Non-fiction Book Club

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu Nov 28  
Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium
Toronto Reference Library


North York Central Book Club

December 30, 2012 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Toronto Public Library offers book clubs in many of its branches, as well as Book Buzz, the online book club. There is a book club suitable for every reader.

If you're looking for stimulating conversation about books, the North York Central Library Book Club may be just what you need. This club has been running for about a decade and has a committed membership of knowledgeable informed readers.The members who attend are serious readers who enjoy in-depth discussions of the books they read.

This book club discusses recent literary fiction and occasionally non-fiction. The next three books featured are:

January 29, 2013
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The Hare with the Amber Eyes: a Family's Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal
Acclaimed British potter Edmund de Waal inherits his Great Uncle Iggie's netsuke collection. This group of 264 little Japanese wood and ivory carvings, first acquired from a Parisian dealer's rooms in the 1870s by a distant relative, becomes the catalyst for de Waal's inquiry into his father's family who had once been wealthy Jewish bankers but lost almost everything under the Nazis.

February 19, 2013


Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Eighty-three-year-old Sid Griffiths remembers his time during WWII playing in a Berlin jazz band called the Hot Time Swingers. When jazz music is denounced by the Nazis, Sid and his bandmates flee to Paris--a move that put Hieronymous, the band's brilliantly talented trumpeter, in constant danger due to his Afro-German heritage.


March 26, 2013


Fauna by Alissa York
A wide Toronto ravine that bisects the city is home to countless species of urban wildlife, including human waifs and strays. When Edal Jones can't cope with the casual cruelty she encounters in her job as a federal wildlife officer, she finds herself drawn to a beacon of solace nestled in the valley under the unlikely banner of an auto-wreckers yard where the handsome proprietor Guy Howell offers sanctuary to animals and people alike.

The North York Central Book Club meets monthly on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm.

Cedarbrae Book Club

December 30, 2012 | Book Buzz | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

CedarbraeToronto Public Library has book clubs in branches all over the city. There is probably one in a library near you. Cedarbrae Branch is located in Scarborough close to the Markham and Lawrence intersection. It will always hold a special place in my heart because I worked there for many years. It's a lively and busy branch with a wonderful, dedicated staff.

Cedarbrae has had an active adult book club for at least 20 years. It currently has 25 active members with 10-15 members in attendence for each monthly meeting. The members are a tightly knit group who have a tradition of meeting socially outside of meetings once or twice each year.

The group meets monthly, except in July and August, on the third Thursday of each month at 2 pm.

At the January 17th meeting, An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark will be discussed.

Parenting Book Club at Runnymede Library

December 23, 2012 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The new year brings with it new opportunities. For the library, the new year also means new programs.

One innovative program at our Runnymede library is the Parenting Book Club which meets for the first time on Tuesday January 15 at 10 a.m. Mary Ann, the librarian who founded the club, wanted to present an alternative to the paid programs for parents that take place around the city.

"Sometimes money is a bit tight when people go to mat leave or have single parent families, so I thought a parenting book club would be fun," she explains.

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Mary Ann has 3 young children aged 5, 3 and 1 and believes that the Parenting Book Club is a great way for parents to connect and share parenting techniques. The tone will be relaxed, she says. "It is a "guilt free" book club - read the book before, during or after!  With young children, you never know when you will have time for reading."

On January 15, the club will discuss French Kids Eat Everything by Karen le Billon. It is also available as an eBook.

Everyone is welcome!

Runnymede Branch is located at 2178 Bloor Street W.

For more information contact the branch at: 416-393-7697

Writing the Revolution by Michele Landsberg

October 9, 2012 | Beatriz | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

 Why should Michele Landsberg's Writing the Revolution win the Toronto Book Award on October 11th? Let me tell you why:

To begin with, Writing the Revolution is a lively and unpretentious read. Composed mostly of articles selected from Landsberg's long career as a columnist for The Globe & Mail and The Toronto Star, Writing the Revolution is edited to follow the evolution of the feminist movement in North America in a neat and vivid arch.

Index.aspxYou don't have to have stood as witness to the events Landsberg so courageously wrote about (i.e. you don't have to be middle aged) to get excited about this book, because Writing the Revolution does a good job of taking you there, exemplifying through Landsberg's own trajectory the world that was Canada in the 1950's through the 1980's.

It wasn't all that good, as it turns out. Much needed to change. The activist work of women like Florence Bird (first Chair of The Royal Commission on the Status of Women), Doris Anderson (ground-breaking Editor of Chatelaine magazine), Kay Macpherson (first woman elected to the House of Commons), Jane Doe (tireless activist for victims of rape), June Callwood, and so many more, did, in fact, constitute a revolution, a transformation of Canadian society.

Writing the Revolution is meaningful and important, not just because Michele Landsberg is a good writer willing to fight for space in the male-controlled media of the time, but because she herself was an active agent of the change she was chronicling.

Painterly in its writing, these selections are accompanied with a plethora of photographs (don't miss Michele Landsberg and Stephen Lewis' wedding photograph on page 69) which bring to life the excitement of an era that shaped who we are today.

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