Madeleine Thien and Her Asian Historical Fiction

February 28, 2018 | Helen

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Madeline Thien, who was born in Vancouver in 1974, loved to read as a child, but there were no books for her at home, so she borrowed them from the library. She says she always knew she was going to be a writer, because for her literature is a "magic,...

Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang), a Genius Writer

February 13, 2018 | Helen

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Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang) is one of the great writers of 20th-century China and was revealed to be a genius from an early age. She wrote numerous literary works throughout her life, including novels, essays, screenplays and literary writings. She lived and worked in Shanghai, Hong Kong and the United...

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 Tom Hiddleston Book Club

May 30, 2016 | Viveca

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[photograph by Charlie Gray, Shortlist Media Inc] The only thing better than a photo of Tom Hiddleston staring into your soul while sporting an elegant suit, is a photo of him doing this while holding a cat. Hiddleston, a British actor with a Cambridge and RADA pedigree, glides from the...

What Are You Reading in 2015?

January 9, 2015 | Kelli

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is known for his challenging New Year's resolutions. In past years he has resolved to learn Mandarin, meet a new person every day and wear a tie daily. This year, after collecting suggestions from the Facebook community, he's decided to read a book every other week....

Don Mills Book Club Welcomes New Members!

December 24, 2014 | Book Buzz

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The Don Mills Book Club has been running successfully for many years now. The books are selected by an annual member vote. The majority of the books read are fiction, but we include at least 2 non-fiction titles a year. When the book club began, the group met one Tuesday...

Non-Fiction Readers Wanted!

December 22, 2014 | Book Buzz

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When people think of book clubs, they often imagine discussions about literary fiction but there are book clubs for everyone--even people who don't read fiction. S. Walter Stewart branch in East York has offered a book club for non-fiction readers for about two years. New members are welcome. This group...

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

January 27, 2014 | Book Buzz

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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....

Shhh: Book Buzz is Reading Quiet

January 4, 2014 | Book Buzz

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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...

Victoria Village Book Club

December 29, 2013 | Book Buzz

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Victoria 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....