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2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

July 29, 2015 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize was announced on July 29. 

They are:

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A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
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The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
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The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
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The Green Road by Anne Enright
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The Illuminations by Andrew O'Hagan
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Lila by Marilynne Robinson
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

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Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

  • This book is not available in Canada at this time. 

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
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The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

  • This book is not scheduled for publication in Canada until March, 2016.

The shortlist will be revealed on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

The announcement of the winner takes place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

The Girl in the Spider's Web

July 24, 2015 | Andrea | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Lisbeth Salander is back! Plot details have been heavily guarded, but the hacker heroine will reportedly take on both the cyber underworld and the U.S. National Security Agency in The Girl in the Spider's Web, the controversial continuation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy.

 

 

 

 

Written by David Lagercrantz, the fourth book in the dark and gritty series will be published on August 27. It's authorized by Larsson's estate, but vehemently opposed by Eva Gabrielsson, the late author's partner of more than three decades. Since Larsson died intestate in 2004, Gabrielsson has been embroiled in legal and media battles with his official heirs. This Guardian article paints a larger picture of the situation.

The new installment in the Salander saga was brought into being by Lagercrantz and translators working on laptops with no Internet access. A single copy of the final manuscript was couriered to the chief editors of each international publishing house involved, and no advance copies have been released. Toronto fans have the opportunity to ask Lagercrantz about the whole cloak-and-dagger process when he visits the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on September 17. Find out more about how to reserve your tickets.


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Fall in Love with Sports Romance Novels

July 22, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games have certainly livened things up this summer. If you can't get enough of sports, check out these romance novels. The athletes in these novels participate in sports (baseball, basketball, equestrian, marathon, rugby, soccer, softball, and taekwondo) featured at the Games.

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Games Divas Play by Angela Burt-Murray
When Vanessa King moves to New York City with her basketball player husband, she is expects things to change but she doesn't foresee his affair with a model or a dangerous stalker.

The Good Chase by Hanna Martine
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Shea Montgomery is a whiskey expert; J.P. Byrne is a banker and rugby player. She is reluctant to take a romantic chance but he's not a man who gives up easily. Can they find common ground?

Let Me Be the One by Bella Andre
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Vicki Bennett needs a fake boyfriend fast. Her old friend baseball star Ryan Sullivan agrees to step in. Although it's supposed to be platonic, things begin to heat up.

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Miracle Road by Emily March
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A basketball coach who holds himself responsible for a tragic accident moves to a small town where he meets a woman who is haunted by a mistake she made. Can their relationship begin to heal their wounds?

Remember Summer by Elizabeth Lowell
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While training for the 1984 Summer Olympics, Raine Chandler-Smith discovers that her life is in danger from a hitman; handsome secret agent Cord Elliott is assigned to protect her.

Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton
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Sports therapist Alicia Riley is working with injured pitcher Garrett Scott but finds herself falling for him.

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Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
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Shattered by the death of her boyfriend, Annie trains for the marathon he had planned to run. She doesn't expect to fall in love again but coaching assistant Jeremiah might change her plans. 

Bruised by Sarah Skilton
Taekwondo expert Imogen feels responsible for not intervening when she witnesses a crime in a diner. Now suffering from PTSD, she must rebuild her life and repair the relationships with those around her--including Ricky, another witness to the hold up.

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
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The fierce rivalry between the football and soccer teams is out of control. Lissa organizes a sex strike with the players' girlfriends until the teams put an end to the hostility. A modern day teen version of the Aristophanes play, Lysistrata.

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
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A smart, athletic softball player finds herself caught in a love triangle.

Sink into these Books about Swimming

July 15, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

To celebrate the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, here are some novels featuring competitive swimmers:

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The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
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Ageing athletes Digger, a wrestler and Sadie, a swimmer must face the reality that their competitive careers are almost over. Who are they without the sports that have defined them? What will they do after retirement?

Cracks by Sheila Kohler
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Forty years after the star of their swim team disappeared, 10 women return to the remote South African boarding school for a reunion.

Swimming by Nicola Keegan
Pip starts swimming competitively as an escape from her difficult home life. This novel tells the story of her rise from obscurity to championship.

This is the Water by Yannick Murphy
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Parents of competitive swimmers become unhinged when a girl on the team is murdered.

"I don't remember the title but it's got a blue cover."

July 13, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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Necessary end New neighbor Summer by the sea Summer secrets
Taking pity Those girls Wild oats Wrong man

Dietland by Sarai Walker
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Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo
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Let Me Explain You by Annie Leontas

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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A Necessary End by Holly Brown
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The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart
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Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs

Summer Secrets by Jane Green
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Taking Pity by David John Mark
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Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
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Wild Oats by Veronica Henry

The Wrong Man by Kate White
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Upcoming Books to Movies - Summer 2015

July 3, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Once again, books have provided inspiration for many of the films scheduled to be released this fall. If you are looking for something to read during your summer vacation, have a look at this quite varied list of fiction and nonfiction that have been made into movies coming to theatres soon.

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 
Libby Day was only 7 when her mother and sisters were murdered at the family's farmhouse. At the time, Libby's testimony sent her older brother to prison for life. Twenty-five years later, Libby is forced to rethink her memories of the murders after meeting with the Kill Club, a group of crime enthusiasts who investigated the case. Another thriller from the author of Gone Girl.
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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Bryson, returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, decided to reconnect with his homeland by hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail. Not an experienced hiker, he faces the challenges of the Trail with humour and meets an interesting cast of characters along the way.
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer 
While not directly based on Krakauer's book, the upcoming movie Everest describes the same events that took place on Mt. Everest in May 1996. After Krakauer began his descent after reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, he passes twenty other climbers who are still pushing their way to the top. When an unexpected snowstorm began to ravage the mountain, Krakauer barely made it back to his tent. Sadly, not all of his fellow climbers were so lucky.  A fascinating story.   
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Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill
A true crime story.  John Connolly and James Whitey Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, Connolly had become a major figure in the FBI and Whitey was the godfather of the Irish Mob. A deal between them to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia spiraled out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, and racketeering indictments.

The Martian by Andy Weir 
After a freak windstorm abruptly ends a mission to Mars, the crew leaves Astronaut Mark Watney behind, believing that he has been killed by flying debris. However, Watney is very much alive. Finding himself alone on Mars, he must figure out how to survive and contact NASA.   
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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 
Eilis Lacey is a skilled bookkeeper, but cannot find a job in post-War Ireland. When a priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor her emigration to America, Eilis realizes she must go, although it means leaving her fragile mother and sister behind. Eilis thrives in Brooklyn, finding a job, going to school and slowly falling in love with Tony. As she starts to look forward to her future, news from Ireland threatens her new life.
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
Victor Frankenstein is fascinated with the secret of life and works feverishly to create a creature out of old body parts. When he successfully brings the monster to life, he is horrified by his creation and abandons it. This leads to devastating consequences for the young scientist.  
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The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff  
In 1931, Danish painter Einar Wegener became the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. Although fictionalized, Ebershoff based his novel on Wegener's story and explores the nature of love.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick 
In the early 1820s, the whaling ship Essex was in the South Pacific when it was repeatedly rammed and then sunk by bull sperm whale. The surviving crew of Nantucket sailors decided to head for the distant coast of South America. During their ninety days at sea in three tiny boats, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.  
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Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
Hugh Glass is an experienced frontiersman of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. After being viciously mauled by a grizzly, he his abandoned by two of his fellow trappers. Despite his horrendous injuries, Glass sets out across more than 3,000 miles of uncharted American frontier to fulfill his one desire - revenge.

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Extraordinary Tales: A Reading List Inspired by Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

June 19, 2015 | Andrea | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Extraordinary Tales, an animated anthology featuring the voice of legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee, is the latest adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's stories. But the true extraordinary tale is that of Lee, who passed away on June 7 at the age of 93, a man who led an amazing life that included remarkable careers in the military and in heavy metal music. Audiences were thrilled by his portrayals of Dracula and Frankenstein's Creature in the heyday of Hammer horror, and he was introduced to another generation of viewers as Count Dooku and Saruman. Here is a small fraction of his filmography represented in books. 

The Devil Rides Out Gormenghast The Man with the Golden Gun The Three Musketeers The Wicker Man

The Devil Rides Out by Dennis Wheatley

The 1968 horror movie written by Richard Matheson (one of Lee's own personal favourites) is based on this 1934 novel of black magic.

The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake

In the BBC adaptation of the Gothic fantasy saga, Lee played the gaunt, spooky Mr. Flay who serves the lord of the castle.

Lee played the titular villain, one of 007’s most famous foes, opposite Roger Moore as James Bond.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Lee sported an eyepatch as the sinister Rochefort in the 1973 adapation of Dumas’ classic tale of swashbuckling spirit.

The Wicker Man by Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer

Lee was justly proud of his disquieting portrayal of Lord Summerisle. This novelization by director Robin Hardy and screenwriter Anthony Shaffer is not the same as David Pinner's Ritual, the original book on which the cult classic is based. (Ritual is currently available to read in the library at the Toronto Reference Library and the Merril Collection.)

Check out some of his other film and TV work. In addition, you can find out more about Lee’s astounding life by reading this tribute in the Guardian, penned by Alex Hamilton, the journalist who co-wrote his autobiography, Lord of Misrule.

Always a Good Reason to Read

June 5, 2015 | Soheli | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

100 Reasons

The Toronto Public Library recently launched its 100 Reasons campaign. With so many great reasons to love the library, it’s hard to pick just a few faves, but here are four of my own, with a reading treat to match. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but, psst, I’m a pretty big believer in Reason #24!

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Reason #25
Lots of LGBT material. And proud of it.


Along with our other booklists on all sorts of topics, we regularly publish a Pride list every year. Whether you're looking for non-fiction that narrates the challenges of coming out, or more classic love stories, there's a book for you.

 

Reason #79
Say ‘I do’. Get married at the library.

When tito loved claraIt’s true. You can actually book the lit-chic Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library for your wedding or other event. What better place to unite book lovers? Here’s a book I loved that looks at love and librarians too.

When Tito loved Clara
John Michaud, 2011
 
Clara has done her best to separate herself from her chaotic Dominican roots, but when a former flame reappears, she’ll have to question her new life.

 

Reason #64
Literary Map of Toronto. Books from the ‘hood. Represent!

This probably goes without saying, but we’re pretty proud of this one. Check out the expanding list of books set all across our city. Poetry more of your thing? We’ve got that covered too.

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Reason #8
Bookmobiles. Vroom, vroom.

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Our bookmobiles help keep the library and its users connected – no matter where they are. We try to keep our bookmobiles drama-free, but some lending libraries get into a little more trouble. Here's a book-within-a-book recommendation:

The bad book affair: a mobile library mystery
Ian Sansom, 2010

Israel Armstrong lends the library's copy of American Pastoral to a troubled teenage girl and soon she disappears. Israel thinks there may be a connection, but he needs figure out what it is and find the girl, all while dealing with the trauma of a breakup and his impending 30th birthday.

These are just a few of the reasons to read your heart out. Have a fave? Share with us!

Marina Endicott: Online Chat Transcript

June 4, 2015 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Read the transcript from our Book Buzz chat with Marina Endicott. It was a wonderful conversation. 

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Her latest novel, Close to Hugh, was released on May 26. It takes place over seven days in Peterborough, Ontario. Hugh Argylle is an art gallery owner in his fifties. His mother is in a hospice and Hugh doesn't know how he'll manage when she dies. On Monday, he falls off a ladder; later at a party, he uncharacteristically punches an insufferable actor friend of his surrogate brother and falls again--down a flight of stairs this time. Hugh finds himself tuning in to the suffering of those around him in a way that he hasn't in the past. The people in his life include people his own age as well as contemporaries of his mother and high school students. 

It's a compelling look at age, ageing, relationships, life changes and art. The Toronto Star compared it to the works of Carol Shields. 

Marina Endicott
Marina Endicott won the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean in 2009 for Good to a Fault which was also on the Giller Prize shortlist. Open Arms was a finalist for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. The Little Shadows was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award. She also writes poetry, short stories and the screenplay for Vanishing Point.

Marina Endicott Chat Transcript

June 4 is Hug Your Cat Day

June 3, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (3) Facebook Twitter More...

There is not much to say about Hug Your Cat Day. It's a day when cat owners are encouraged to hug their furry friends. Well, sure. Sounds great. 

Here are a few cat-loving authors:

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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Gaiman often includes cats in his books. This is a quote from Coraline:

The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. "Calling cats," it confided, "tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.”

The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith
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In a Guardian article about cats and writers David Barnett writes "Alexander McCall Smith seems to want to make his cat the main subject of any photo he appears in".

Jack of Spaces by Joyce Carol Oates
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An extremely prolific writer Oates once credited her productivity to her cat--"a fairly hefty, warmly furry cat on my lap who would not budge for hours" leaving her "no alternative but to write".

Let's Pretend this Never Happened: a Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
Blogger and author of this very funny memoir, Lawson is open about her struggles with anxiety and depression. In a recent post, she shared tips for coping when she's having a bad time. The list includes "hiding in blanket forts with my cats".

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
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A young man searches Tokyo for his wife's cat and finds himself in increasingly odd situations.
Murakami has said:

I collect records. And cats. I don’t have any cats right now. But if I’m taking a walk and I see a cat, I’m happy.

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