2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist Announced

September 3, 2019 | Book Buzz

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On September 3, 2019 St John's, Newfoundland hosted one of Canadian literature's biggest annual events as the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist was unveiled. Twelve authors are in contention for the $100,000 prize. The award celebrates the best in Canadian fiction. Novels and short story collections are eligible for the prize....

2019 Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced

September 3, 2019 | Book Buzz

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This year's Booker Prize shortlist includes two previous winners. Margaret Atwood who has been nominated for The Testaments, her much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, won the prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin. Salman Rushdie, a winner in 1981 for Midnight's Children has been nominated this time for...

The eh List Writer Series Fall 2019

August 30, 2019 | Danielle

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We are delighted to announce the literary talent joining us from across Canada to discuss their new books for Fall 2019 The eh List Writer Series! At library branches across Toronto, enjoy conversations on Canadian literature and culture with award-winning authors, poets, journalists and exciting new voices. Meet your favourite...

TIFF 2019: A Reading List

August 28, 2019 | Viveca

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The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 5 until September 15. Novels, short stories, plays, magazine articles and memoirs form the basis for many of this year's films reflecting an immense range of cinematic styles, genres, and subjects. In between star-gazing and film viewing, check out this...

A Book About Being a Newcomer, Refugee or Immigrant: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

August 26, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you participating in our reading challenge? So are library staff all across the city. These are some of their recommendations for the category "A book about being a newcomer, refugee or immigrant". Amy's recommendation: The Test by Sylain Neuvel All formats Why did Amy pick it? It's a sci-fi...

Dog-Themed Mysteries for International Dog Day 2019

August 23, 2019 | M. Elwood

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August 26, 2019 is International Dog Day. Celebrate with your favourite good boy or good girl by going for a walk, playing catch or solving a murder. These mystery series feature crime-solving canines. Andy Carpenter Mysteries by David Rosenfelt Defense attorney Andy Carpenter solves crimes and rights judicial wrongs with...

Chum Noir: Thrillers about Friends

August 19, 2019 | M. Elwood

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There seem to be a lot of books about friends who find themselves tangled up with something sinister. In a recent article published in the Telegraph, Jake Kerridge dubbed this thriller subgenre Chum Noir. I've also seen it called Friendship Noir, but Chum Noir is my preferred term. It reminds...

Cat-Themed Mysteries for International Cat Day 2019

August 8, 2019 | M. Elwood

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August 8 is International Cat Day but if you ask your cat, they will tell you that every day is Cat Day. Cats are wonderful companions and there's scientific evidence that living with a cat can improve health. Stroking a cat can reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Just listening...

Valerie's Picks: Fall 2019

August 7, 2019 | Wendy

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Our lead selector of adult books, Valerie, and her team have been hard at work again, combing through the hundreds of new books coming out this fall and placing them in library branches. (To hear more about how they work, listen to this podcast). Here are the new titles Valerie...

TOpicks: Lions and Tigers and Books, Oh My!

August 7, 2019 | M. Elwood

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Whether they serve us, or we serve them, animals are often our most loyal (and sometimes furry... or scaly) best friends. Throughout our history many have worked alongside us through each step of our evolution and progression to where we are today. We may not be privy to an animal’s...