Olá! Did you know that 113,000 people in Toronto speak Portuguese according to the 2006 Census? If you didn't know, don't worry! Just visit any one of our eight branches to find Portuguese materials to help accelerate your knowledge of Portuguese language and culture! From books, magazines, music to the latest movies, you can find your favourite pick!
With Portuguese Week running from May 13 to June 26, why not prepare yourself for the different celebrations and events taking place across the city with some of these books on culture and history?
Of course, we must not miss the tasty Portuguese cuisine (one of my favourite is the yummy Portuguese custard tarts! Cook up a storm with these books!
If you're like me and cooking is not your forte, enjoy some music or movie instead. You can also pick up some Portuguese along the way - Fado anyone? Don't forget to check out our online resources such as Naxos Music and OverDrive for more movies, music and books!
I'm currently on an international author faze where I'm trying to read popular or acclaimed translated works of fiction. One that I've enjoyed is a novel by José Saramago titled "Blindness" where people living in a city are suddenly inflicted with blindness. Authorities quarantine the blind in an institution in attempts to isolate the affected. However, the epidemic continues to spread in the city and the issues of morals, violence, survival and human nature arise in a society that is breaking down. There is also a movie adaption of this novel. If you are feeling adventurous, try some of these novels (some are available in English)!
Tent of Miracles Explanation of Birds Blindness