It's Here: More Books for Fans of Stephen King's It

September 20, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Stephen King's 1986 novel It was recently released as a feature film and it's been doing well with both critics and the general public. Whenever a book is made into a movie, everyone decides to read or reread the book. As you can imagine, there are a lot of holds...

Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist for 2017 Announced

September 18, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Jack Rabinovitch created the Giller Prize in 1994 to celebrate his late wife Doris Giller, literary editor at the Toronto Star. Today the prize released its first longlist since Rabinovitch's death in August 2017. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill • ebook The Bone Mother by David Demchuk Boundary by Andrée...

2017 Man Booker Shortlist

September 13, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017 has been announced. This year, the finalists include previous nominees Ali Smith and Mohsin Hamid and debut novelists Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley. Mozley's novel Elmet is not yet available in Canada. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (USA)...

Life is a Carnival: Fiction about Amusement Parks

August 28, 2017 | M. Elwood

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When I was younger the CNE was everything. My friends and I spent days on the midway and nights at the concerts. It was our chance to squeeze every last drop of fun out of the summer and we did our best. These novels set in amusement parks may help...

2017 Toronto Book Award Nominees

August 24, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The Toronto Book Awards were established in 1974 to honour books that reflect and celebrate the city. Although both fiction and nonfiction books are considered, the 2017 shortlist is dominated by nonfiction. The only work of fiction nominated is a novel, Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez. Any Other Way: How Toronto...

Man Booker Longlist 2017

July 27, 2017 | Viveca

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The longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017 has been announced. Thirteen titles from 144 entries published in the United Kingdom in English between October 2016 and September 2017 have been selected. The 2017 judges are Baroness Lola Young (Chair), literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, novelist Sarah Hall,...

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...