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: Graphic Novels and Genre Fiction

January 23, 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. In this installment, our staff members share their favourite graphic novels and genre...

Gord Downie, 1964-2017

October 18, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Gord Downie, poet, musican, activist, icon was open with his diagnosis of glioblastoma -- terminal and aggressive brain cancer -- and yet his death is still a blow. After announcing his illness in May 2016, Downie was a constant presence in Canadian life. He completed the Tragically Hip's final tour...

Welcome Back to the Hellmouth

March 6, 2017 | Andrea

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Buffy Summers and Daria Morgendorffer are turning 20! Fictional characters don't age like we do, so it may be slightly surreal to learn about the milestone birthdays of these two iconic teenage heroines. Fun fact: their TV shows premiered in 1997 within a week of each other — Daria first...

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

December 16, 2016 | Andrea

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It is blisteringly icy outside, which means 'tis the season to curl up with a hot drink and a book. Looking for a different type of chills and shivers than the ones offered by the wintry weather? Alternatively, would you like to be warmed by the unexpected domestic comfort of...

It's a Bird! It's a Cat! It's Margaret Atwood's New Book!

September 2, 2016 | Andrea

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National treasure Margaret Atwood will be attending Fan Expo Canada on Saturday, September 3 to launch her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird. The book kicks off a planned trilogy about a part bird, part cat superhero who gains his powers after a lab accident, as one does in comics. Atwood...

2016 Aurora Awards Winners Announced

August 17, 2016 | Book Buzz

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The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association announced the winners of its annual Aurora Awards on Saturday. Best Novel: A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica • eBook Toronto author, A.M. Dellamonica is this year's winner for the second entry in her Hidden Sea Tales series, about a young...

You Are Being Watched: Books about Artificial Intelligences

July 28, 2016 | Andrea

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Earlier this week, a cherubic spiky-haired robot named Ludwig made his debut at a Toronto retirement home. Designed by a team of U of T researchers, he can carry conversations and analyze speech patterns to help detect Alzheimer's disease. Ludwig's creators are hopeful that after a trial period, the artificial...

Know Her Value: Books about Female Spies

May 24, 2016 | Andrea

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It's been a tough month for Peggy Carter. The intrepid secret agent has never backed down from a challenge: she fought beside Captain America during the Second World War, continued to fight nefarious cabals and workplace sexism through two seasons of her own television show, and eventually became one of...