Books About Fools For April Fool's Day

March 29, 2018 | Kelli

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This Sunday, April 1, is April Fool's Day (also known as All Fool's Day). Customarily, it is on this day that friends and family play tricks and pranks on each other. According to Britannica Online, the custom has been going on for centuries and its origins have been lost in...

Man Booker International Prize — 2018 Longlist

March 12, 2018 | Viveca

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The Man Booker International Prize 2018 longlist is here. Since 2016, this prize is awarded annually to a single work translated into English. This year's judges include Lisa Appignanesi (Chair), Michael Hoffmann, Hari Kunzru, Tim Martin and Helen Oyeyemi. Last year's winner was A Horse Walks Into A Bar by...

And the Oscar Goes To . . .

February 27, 2018 | Viveca

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On March 4, the 90th Academy Awards ceremony takes place - where glamour and gowns share the spotlight (very uneasily) with the political issues of the day. This year will be no different. Challenges to the systemic under-representation of disenfranchised people will continue to grow - the joy and affirmation...

Cat Manga for Nyan Nyan Nyan (or any day!)

February 22, 2018 | M. Elwood

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In Japan, February 22 is National Cat Day. It's celebrated on this day because the Japanese word for meow is nyan and the word for two is pronounced "ni", so when the date 22/2 is spoken it sounds a lot like nyan, nyan, nyan or meow, meow, meow. Japan, home...

Wakanda Forever!

February 17, 2018 | Andrea

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Black Panther has leaped to the top of the international box office in a single bound! The hotly anticipated superhero adventure is a landmark in what is already a milestone year for the lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is it a vibranium anniversary and not an aluminum one if we’re celebrating...

Best Books of the Year: And the Rest

February 6, 2018 | Book Buzz

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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. This is the last of our Best Books posts for 2017 and it...

The Dry by Jane Harper

February 2, 2018 | M. Elwood

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The Dry was published in January 2017 and I started hearing a lot of buzz about it right away. I tend to be wary of books that everyone loves, believing that I'm bound to be disappointed after all the hype. This is the attitude that kept me from reading Louise...

The Magic of Bookstores

January 13, 2018 | Andrea

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Book lovers mourn every time a bookstore closes its doors, whether it was part of a retail chain or an independent shop. It was a sad day for many people when the Chapters location at the Bayview Village Shopping Centre shut down at the end of 2017, after almost two...

Best Books of the Year: Voices from Home

January 8, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Each year we poll our staff members about their favourite reading experiences from the past 12 months. This post celebrates powerful fiction (and one poetry collection!) written by First Nations and Canadian authors. "It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you...

Toronto's Most-Read Books: December

January 6, 2018 | Wendy

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As temperatures dropped and snow piled up, Toronto's readers cozied up with thrillers, mysteries, and one extremely popular epic tale of 20th-century China. Here are the books that adult readers borrowed the most in December, 2017: 10. Camino Island, by John Grisham Book - Ebook - Audiobook CD - Eaudiobook...