Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018

June 8, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just ...will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis. Anthony Bourdain Chef, author and media personality Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City and grew up in...

Philip Roth, 1933-2018

May 23, 2018 | Book Buzz

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"Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive." – Philip Roth American novelist Philip Roth was born in New Jersey in 1933. He described his childhood as happy and secure. Roth briefly attended Newark College of Rutgers University intending to become a lawyer. He soon...

No Joy for the Wodehouse Prize Judges

May 17, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Another unexpected and shocking literary announcement has followed the recent revelation about the Nobel Prize for Fiction. The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, a UK-based prize for comic fiction, has also cancelled its award this year because none of the books submitted to the judges were funny enough. David Campbell, publisher...

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...