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...

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: Someplace Else

May 16, 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. Sometimes you just want to escape with a book that takes you away from familiar locations. These books do just that – they transport the reader to parts unknown on Earth...

Everyone has a Novel Inside Them: The Bill Clinton Edition

May 10, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Former United States President Bill Clinton is writing a novel. "The President is Missing" will be co-written with best-selling author James Patterson. The book will be jointly published by Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. The publishers promise the book will be "a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes...

Great Reads: From Time to Time

May 9, 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. Time is a factor in each of these novels. Some of the books are set in other eras; others play with time in creative new ways. Whether time travel, alternative history...

Great Reads: A Little Romance

May 2, 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. Do you want more romance in your life? Fall in love with one of these books. They may not be traditional romances but there is a love story at the heart...

Great Reads: Prefer Something Suspenseful?

April 25, 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. Looking for something suspenseful? This list will help you find the thrills your life is missing – whether you want a traditional mystery or something a little bit different. The Bear...