A Book About a Library Worker: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

September 30, 2022 | Myrna

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From fantastical adventures to real life stories, our recommended reads for the "a book about a library worker" cover many genres. Library workers and library lovers share their favourite books featuring library worker characters. Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Yas Imamura Love in the Library is based...

Legends: New Baseball Books in 2022

September 29, 2022 | Joel

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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernandez tags out a runner at second base. Tony Bock, photographer (Toronto Star). View on Digital Archive. Baseball has been played for almost 200 years. It may be slower than basketball and less popular than football (either kind), but it still attracts millions of fans...

Orange Shirt Day: 2022

September 21, 2022 | Jamie

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Orange Shirt Day is September 30th every year. This day reminds us of one of the methods used to assimilate Indigenous communities to non-Indigenous ways. Indian Residential Schools were open for over 160 years, with the last one closing in 1996. In 2013, after Phyllis (Jack) Webstad shared her experience...

A Book with a Colour in the Title: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

September 16, 2022 | Jennifer B

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I love this category for the challenge because it's been amazing to discover just how many books have a colour in the title! Searching our library catalogue in colour-specific ways reveals a giant rainbow's worth of material. Please enjoy these bright, bold recommendations from Toronto Public Library staff and Reading...

Books for Fans of Agatha Christie

September 14, 2022 | M. Elwood

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Agatha Christie was born on September 15, 1890. At the library, we still get a lot of requests for her mysteries even though the author died nearly 50 years ago. Readers enjoy her clever puzzles, psychological insight and, although some of the murders are gruesome, most of the violence is...

Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist 2022

September 6, 2022 | Book Buzz

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The Longlist for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced on September 6. The prize was created by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994 to honour his late wife Doris Giller who was the literary editor at the Toronto Star. All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac Avenue of Champions by...

A Book about an Issue that is Important to You: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2022

September 6, 2022 | Lucas

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Picking books for this category was challenging because there are so many issues that are important to me! Some issues that come to mind are waste reduction, climate change, time management, conflict, poverty, healthcare, inequality and human rights. Issues that are important for one person may be different for another....

New and Upcoming Indigenous Books: Summer 2022 Edition

August 22, 2022 | Jamie

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The end of summer feels like it's far away, but it's getting closer than we think! Have you run through your to-be-read list, and want to read more books by Indigenous authors? Here are some upcoming and recently released books by Indigenous authors for all ages. This is only just...

A Book Written Under a Pen Name: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge

August 22, 2022 | Rathees

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Have you ever finished reading a book and thought, “Wow, that was a great read. I wonder what else the author wrote", and then found out the book was actually written under a pen name? Pen names are used by authors to replace their real name for several reasons. Sometimes...

Salman Rushdie - His Voice and His Works

August 17, 2022 | Mike

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“I have this longing for one day when I come up in front of an audience and nobody asks me that question. This is something that happened 26 years ago. I’ve had a lot of life. I was 41, now I’m 68. I’m allowed to have other subjects. So, no,...