Meet Seven Fallen Feathers Author Tanya Talaga on October 26

October 23, 2017 | Pam

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In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from his residential school. There was an inquest, but the four recommendations that were made were never applied. Between 2000 and 2011, seven indigenous high school students have died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The students...

Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization

September 15, 2017 | Pam

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On Tuesday, September 19th, Kevin MacKay will speak about his book Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization. The program takes place at the Toronto Reference Library, in the Beeton Hall, at 7:00 pm. Kevin MacKay is a sociology professor, union activist, and the Executive Director of a...

Learn About the History of Toronto Islands, June 26 at Toronto Reference Library

June 23, 2017 | Pam

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On May 19, a headline from the Globe and Mail proclaimed that flooding threatened more than half of the buildings on Toronto Islands and CBC News reported that more than 40 percent of the islands were under water. “Right now, we have the highest water level that we’ve ever seen...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Stories of Self-Discovery and Transformation

December 3, 2016 | Winona

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated around the world every year on December 3rd. This year, International Day of Persons with Disabilities coincides with the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention is designed to promote, protect and ensure...

Movember Reading List: Six Moustaches in Books

November 25, 2016 | Winona

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It's almost the end of Movember, the annual November campaign from the Movember Foundation, when people around the world grow moustaches to help raise awareness and money for men's health issues. In celebration of Movember, and in appreciation of all you moustache aficionados out there, please enjoy this selection of...

Book -- and Bookstore -- Lovers Unite! Saturday is Authors for Indies Day

April 29, 2016 | Winona

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On Saturday April 30, 2016, more than 800 Canadian authors will show their love for independent bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers for the day. Visit an indie bookstore on Authors for Indies Day and you'll have the chance to meet and chat with local authors, find out what they're...

2016 Oscars Reading List

February 26, 2016 | Winona

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Pop your popcorn, place your bets, alert the fashion police, and rev your hashtags (#OscarsSoWhite, anyone?): the 88th Academy Awards ceremony is happening on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Have you watched any of this year's nominated films? Read any of the books that inspired them? Not sure, or not sure...

Eight Literary Google Doodles of 2015

December 31, 2015 | Winona

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I have mixed feelings about Google. Sometimes I love it because it works so well, sometimes I loathe it because it makes me worry. But I am always a sucker for a good Google Doodle. Especially, of course, if it's book-related! Here's a look back at eight literary Google Doodles...

Noirvember Reading: 10 Film Noir Adaptations

November 26, 2015 | Winona

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In honour of Noirvember (the month formerly known as November; see also Movember), and for all you book-to-movie buffs out there, I offer you this selection of ten classic film noir favourites, adapted from books, and all available at the Toronto Public Library: THE BIG SLEEP Raymond Chandler's 1939 hard-boiled...

Summer Reads for City Escapes

July 30, 2015 | Winona

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Escaping the hustle and bustle and sweltering heat of summer in the city is a sacred annual tradition for many Torontonians. When the long weekend comes there are few things that make a city dweller like me happier than the prospect of slowing right down and spending a lazy day...