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...

Devil's Due: A Daredevil Reading List

March 18, 2016 | Andrea

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The second season of Marvel's Daredevil drops on Netflix today. If you're reading this just after emerging from your binge-watching rabbit hole, you should probably get some sleep. Luke Cage doesn't premiere until September, so you have time to train for your next superhero-streaming marathon! If you're new to the...

Simon and Schuster to Launch Salaam Reads

March 4, 2016 | Soheli

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Major publisher, Simon & Schuster, recently announced plans for Salaam Reads, a children's imprint that will be the first to focus on Muslim stories and characters. With growing movements like #WeNeedDiverseBooks, this comes as a much needed progression for a large publishing house. This will be the first major imprint...

Best of 2015: Staff Members' Favourite Reads 1

December 17, 2015 | Book Buzz

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Alyson: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld • Audiobook • eAudiobook • eBook • Talking Book (restricted to Print Disabled patrons) Alyson really liked The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld for its unusual, lyrical, fairytale-like way of describing a terrible place. An unnamed death-row inmate narrates a story about life on death...