Getting In-Formation at the Library: Beyoncé, Black History and More

February 19, 2016 | Viveca

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Photo: Wikipedia / Columbia Records Beyoncé's halftime performance during the Super Bowl and the debut of "Formation" (warning: explicit lyrics and extremely forthright dinner invitations) created quite a stir among politicians, pundits, academics and activists -- seemingly based on Queen Bee's visual and lyrical references to her Southern US heritage,...

Best of 2015: Staff Members' Favourite Reads 2

December 22, 2015 | Book Buzz

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Linda: The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq by Emma Sky • eBook What went wrong and what went right in the Iraqi invasion and occupation? As a British civilian working as a Political Advisor to US General Ray Odierno, and Petraeus, Sky was an insider who never...

For Those with Incurable Wanderlust

November 4, 2015 | Soheli

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Ok, so this isn't really a post about books. It is, however, about stories that ignite your love for travel and exploring the world. While I most adore snuggling up with a good book, there are some nights that are meant for Netflix or a stack of DVDs (you can...

Always a Good Reason to Read

June 5, 2015 | Soheli

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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...

Provocative or Perverse? Books that Push Boundaries

February 23, 2015 | Soheli

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Thought-provoking. Disconcerting. Provocative. There's a probably a thousand ways to spin it, but some books can make you feel downright uneasy. With the recent buzz about Raziel Reid's GG-winning controversial book, When Everything Feels Like The Movies, I started thinking about the types of books we read, and just how...

How to Break All Your New Year's Resolutions.

January 16, 2015 | Soheli

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According to the Toronto Star, only about half of the Canadians who made a New Year's resolution for 2012 made it a whole month. Around 20% kept committed the full year. Although we can hope our resolve has grown a bit stronger, it's probably safe to say a lot of...

Best of 2014: Quick Picks from Goodreads

December 12, 2014 | Soheli

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As we get closer to the end of the year, lists start popping up everywhere rounding up the best books of the year. I always like to take a look at reader-based selections, and the Goodreads Choice Awards is a good place to start. Here are a few of the...

Why you should judge a book by its cover.

November 26, 2014 | Soheli

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I'm guilty of reading pretty books. Chances are, you've been sucked into that too. I recently had the pleasure of listening to Peter Mendelsund, sought-after book cover designer, talk a little about what goes into the process of design. If you think you haven't heard of him or seen his...

Her Story: Women in Politics

November 7, 2014 | Soheli

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About a hundred years ago, on November 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to the US Congress. Five years later, Canadians welcomed their first female member of Parliament, Agnes Macphail. Women have come a long way since then. Here are eight books to mark some of the...

Abigail Tarttelin's Golden Boy shines.

April 25, 2014 | Soheli

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Earlier this month, I picked up a pretty looking little novel called Golden Boy. The synopsis describes it as an exploration of gender and sexuality, but this book is so, so much more. The titular golden boy is Max Walker. He's a bright, likeable teen with an adoring family, admiring...