Premier Library Series Features “eh-List” Lineup

September 9, 2009 | Media Relations

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Premier Library Series Features “eh-List” Lineup
Meet the Canadian writers everyone’s reading at Toronto Public Library

TORONTO (Tuesday, September 8, 2009) - Toronto Public Library’s fall season of the “eh List” Author Series brings Canada’s best writers and best books of the season to 8 library branches across the city from September 22 to December 3, 2009.The library’s premier literary series involves writers from coast to coast reading from their latest books and taking questions from the audience.

The fall blockbuster list of fiction and non-fiction authors includes past winner of the IMPAC Dublin Award Rawi Hage, (Cockroach), former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, (Norman Bethune), best selling author Jane Urquhart (Extraordinary Canadians Lucy Maud Montgomery), Griffin Prize winner A.F. Moritz, (The Sentinel) East Coaster Lisa Moore, (February), mystery master Linwood Barclay, (Fear the Worst)  journalists Ian Brown, Peter Mansbridge and Rex Murphy, poet Patrick Lane, (Red Dog, Red Dog), first novelists Lily Poritz Miller (In A Pale Blue Light) and Robert Rotenberg (Old City Hall) and many more key Canadian authors.  The eh List series runs twice per year, spring and fall, and is generously supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Thirty-four readings will be held at the following library branches : Toronto Reference Library, North York Central Library, Northern District Branch, Barbara Frum Branch, Richview Branch, Runnymede Branch, S. Walter Stewart Branch, and Taylor Memorial Branch. All programs feature readings and Q&A sessions, as well as book sales and signings. All are welcome, free of charge.

For an up-to-date listing of information on events, please visit the Toronto Public Library website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ehlist.

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 16 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow almost 30 million items.  To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

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Eh List – Complete Listings

Uptown: North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street
Information: 416.395.5639

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30
7 P.M.
Lisa Moore
February
East coast author Lisa Moore’s short stories and novels have put her on lists for major awards including the Scotiabank Giller and IMPAC Dublin prizes. Her first novel, Alligator, won the 2006 Commonwealth Writer’s Best Book Award. Come out to hear her read from her newest novel, February.

TUESDAY, OCT. 27
7 P.M.
Adrienne Clarkson
Norman Bethune
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, journalist, author, and former Governor General of Canada has lived an extraordinary life very much in the public eye. Come and hear discuss her new biography of another extraordinary Canadian, Norman Bethune.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
7 P.M.
Colin McAdam
Fall
McAdam’s debut novel, Some Great Thing, was nominated for the 2004 Governor General's Award for English fiction, and won the  2004 Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Hear him discuss his follow-up novel, Fall.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4
7 P.M.
Denise Chong
Egg on Mao, The Story of an Ordinary Man Who Defaced An Icon and Unmasked a Dictatorship.
The author of The Concubine’s Children and  The Girl in the Picture: The Kim Phuc Story, is back with another great book. Come and hear her read from Egg on Mao, The Story of an Ordinary Man Who Defaced An Icon and Unmasked a Dictatorship.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25
7 P.M.
A. F. Moritz
The Sentinel
One of Canada’s leading poets, Moritz is the author of 20 books of poetry and several non-fiction books. The York University professor was the Canadian winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for 2009 for The Sentinel. Come and hear why the Globe calls him the ‘Master of Metaphor’.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
7 P.M.
Michael Wex
How to be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck)
Yiddish is alive & well and being revitalized by Michael Wex. The author of Born to Kvetch and Just Say Nu is back with a fun new book, How to Be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck): Secrets of the Good Life from the Most Unpopular People on Earth.

Downtown: Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Information: 416.395.5577

THURSDAY, OCT. 8
7 P.M.
Ian Brown
The Boy in the Moon
Brown is a Globe & Mail feature writer, author and broadcaster. Hear him read from his very personal story of life with his son, Walker, who suffers from a rare and debilitating genetic disorder.

THURSDAY, OCT. 15
12:30 P.M.
Mary Lou Finlay
The As It Happens Files: Radio That May Contain Nuts
For eight years, Mary Lou Finlay was co-host of one of CBC Radio’s most enduring and popular shows. The As It Happens Files gives us some of the fondest, funniest, darkest, and most vivid memories of the last decade.

THURSDAY, OCT. 22
12:30 P.M.
Robert Rotenberg
Old City Hall
Rotenberg, former editor of Passion, The Magazine of Paris, and T.O. The Magazine of Toronto, is a practicing defence attorney in Toronto. His debut novel, Old City Hall, promises more great things to come from this new light in the literary universe.

THURSDAY, OCT. 29
7 P.M.
Rawi Hage
Cockroach
Lebanese-Canadian Rawi Hage’s stunning debut novel, DeNiro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin literary award and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. Hage will read from his breathtaking new novel, Cockroach. Come and see what the buzz is all about.

THURSDAY, NOV. 5
7 P.M.
Terry O'Reilly &  Mike Tennant
The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture
O'Reilly and Tennant have a wide and well deserved following for their hit radio show, The Age of Persuasion. Come and hear them convince you that everything you ever thought you knew about advertising is wrong.

TUESDAY, NOV. 10
12:30 P.M.
Peter Mansbridge & Rex Murphy
This afternoon, two of the country's most distinguished journalists talk with Tina Srebotnjak about their new books.  Peter Mansbridge introduces One on One: Favourite  Conversations and the Stories Behind Them, while Rex Murphy reveals how he came to write Canada and Other Matters of Opinion.

THURSDAY, NOV. 12
12:30 P.M.
Jane Urquhart
Lucy Maude Montgomery
Urquhart has developed a broad and intense body of work, and has won or been short-listed for nearly every major award. Come and hear the author of Away, The Underpainter, and The Stone Carvers read from her newest book, an extraordinary biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery.

THURSDAY, NOV. 19
12:30 P.M.
Anne Giardini
Advice for Italian Boys
Giardini is a practicing lawyer and now the author of a second successful novel. Join her for a reading and discussion of her new book, Advice for Italian Boys.

THURSDAY, NOV. 26
7 P.M.
Kim Echlin
The Disappeared
Bestselling author Kim Echlin is a writer, teacher and documentary filmmaker. Her books have received national attention and international acclaim.

THURSDAY, DEC. 3
7 P.M.
Wayson Choy
Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying
Choy is known for his inspiring reminiscences of Canada’s Chinese-Canadian communities, and for his moving prose.  His latest book, a memoir, reflects upon his near-death experience, his serious illness and his fear of death.

Midtown: Barbara Frum Branch
20 Covington Road.
Information: 416.395.5440

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24
7 P.M.
Patrick Lane
Red Dog, Red Dog
Poet Patrick Lane is known for his brilliant, textured writing. He has received most of Canada’s top literary awards, including the Governor General’s Award, Canadian Authors Association Award and two National Magazine Awards. His first novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, is a national bestseller and a Globe and Mail Book of the Year.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14
7 P.M.
Linden MacIntrye
The Bishop's Man
MacIntyre has won eight Gemini awards and an international Emmy for his incisive broadcasts and brilliant storytelling, and is a household name in Canada. Join MacIntyre as he reads from his latest novel, The Bishop’s Man.

THURSDAY, NOV. 12
7 P.M.
Lily Poritz Miller
In a Pale Blue Light
Poritz Miller has acted as ‘midwife’ to many of Canada’s literary giants, having been senior literary editor for the legendary publisher, Jack McClelland. Her own first full-length work of fiction, In A Pale Blue Light, has been a long time coming. Come and hear why it has been worth the wait.

Midtown: Northern District Branch
40 Orchardview Blvd.
Information: 416.393.7610

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23
6:30 P.M.
Robert Rotenberg
Old City Hall
Rotenberg, former editor of Passion, The Magazine of Paris, and T.O. The Magazine of Toronto, is a practicing defence attorney in Toronto. His debut novel, Old City Hall, promises more great things to come from this new light in the literary universe.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21
6:30 P.M.
Ken McGoogan
Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane
McGoogan has won a bevy of prizes for his work, including a Cambridge fellowship, and the 2006  Pierre Berton Award for a body of work. Come and hear him read from his newest book, Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18
6:30 P.M.
Ray Robertson 
David 
Ray Robertson is the author of several novels, including “Home Movies”, “Heroes”, “Moody Food” and “Gently Down the Stream”. Ray is a contributing book reviewer to the Toronto Globe and Mail, appears regularly on TVO's Imprint and CBC's Talking Books, and teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Toronto.

East End: S. Walter Stewart Branch
170 Memorial Park Avenue
Information: 416.395.5577

TUESDAY, SEPT. 22
7 P.M.
Patrick Lane
Red Dog, Red Dog
Poet Patrick Lane is known for his brilliant, textured writing. He has received most of Canada’s top literary awards, including the Governor General’s Award, Canadian Authors Association Award and two National Magazine Awards. His first novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, is a national best-seller and a Globe and Mail Book of the Year.

TUESDAY, OCT. 13
7 P.M.
Mark Kingwell
Glenn Gould
Eminent writer and philosopher Mark Kingwell is an extraordinary Canadian. Widely published in academic and popular publications, Kingwell has written about another extraordinary Canadian, Glenn Gould.

MONDAY, NOV. 23
7 P.M.
Linwood Barclay
Fear the Worst
Former Toronto Star humour columnist Linwood Barclay is now a master mystery writer.  His last book, No Time for Goodbye, was a huge international hit. Come and hear him talk about his exciting new Canadian mystery, Fear The Worst.

East End: Taylor Memorial Branch
1440 Kingston Road
Information: 416.396.8939

TUESDAY, SEPT. 29
7 P.M.
Lisa Gabriele
The Almost Archer Sisters
Gabriele’s writing has appeared in New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Vice magazine, Salon, Glamour, and Babble, and she has been anthologized in a number of collections. Her newest novel, The Almost Archer Sisters, was six weeks on the best-seller list. Come and see why.

TUESDAY, OCT. 20
7 P.M.
Martha Baillie
The Incident Report
Poet and novelist Martha Baillie has published four novels and her poems have appeared in Prairie Fire and Descant. As a working member of the Toronto Public Library family, we are thrilled to present her new Toronto library-based work of fiction, The Incident Report. Come and hear from one of our own!

THURSDAY, NOV. 19
7 P.M.
Ray Robertson 
David 
Ray Robertson is the author of several novels, including “Home Movies”, “Heroes”, “Moody Food” and “Gently Down the Stream”. Ray is a contributing book reviewer to the Toronto Globe and Mail, appears regularly on TVO's Imprint and CBC's Talking Books, and teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Toronto.

West End: Richview Branch
1806 Islington Avenue
Information: 416.394.5125

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30
7 P.M.
Lisa Moore
February
East coast author Lisa Moore’s short stories and novels have put her on lists for major awards including the Scotiabank Giller and IMPAC Dublin prizes. Her first novel, Alligator, won the 2006 Commonwealth Writer’s Best Book Award. Come out to hear her read from her newest novel, February.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
7 P.M.
Colin McAdam
Fall
McAdam’s debut novel, Some Great Thing, was nominated for the 2004 Governor General's Award for English fiction, and won the  2004 Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Hear him read from his follow-up novel, Fall.

THURSDAY, NOV. 26
2 P.M.
Catherine Gildiner
After The Falls
Her first book, Too Close to the Falls, was the winner of a Different Drummer Award, nominated for a Trillium Award, and was on the national best-seller list for more than 50 weeks. Catherine Gildiner reads from the latest installation of her memoir, After the Falls.

West End: Runnymede Branch
2178 Bloor Street West
Information: 416.393.7697

TUESDAY, SEPT. 22
7 P.M.
Kim Echlin
The Disappeared
Best-selling author Kim Echlin is a writer, teacher and documentary filmmaker. Her books have received national attention and international acclaim.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
7 P.M.
Rawi Hage
Cockroach
Lebanese-Canadian Rawi Hage’s stunning debut novel, DeNiro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin literary award and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. Hage will read from his breathtaking new
novel, Cockroach.

THURSDAY, NOV. 19
7 P.M.
Anne Giardini
Advice for Italian Boys
Giardini is a practicing lawyer and now the author of a second successful novel. Join her for a reading and discussion of her new book, Advice for Italian Boys.

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