Non-Prose Books: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

March 20, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. In honour of World Poetry Day on March 21, we decided to ask them about their favourite books for the category, "A non-prose book". Plus April is National Poetry Month! On the Reading Challenge webpage,...

Happy Women's History Month 2019

March 1, 2019 | Lynn

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March marks Women's History Month, with Friday March 8th 2019 as Women's Day. This is an important day and month not only for women, but for all people. It's a chance to reflect on the contributions that women have made in the course of human history and continue to make...

Banned and Challenged Books: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

February 25, 2019 | Wendy

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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. In honour of Freedom to Read Week, we decided to ask them about their favourite books for the category, "A book that has been banned or challenged". About Freedom to Read Week Freedom to Read...

#TOpicks: Fantasy Book Casting

February 22, 2019 | Book Buzz

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On Sunday, February 24, the 2019 Oscars will be given to the films determined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be the best in their respective categories. Maybe you'll agree with their selections – and some cases, perhaps not. Whenever you read a book, your imagination...

The 2019 Oscars: A Reading List

February 20, 2019 | Viveca

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The 91st Academy Awards on February 24 will be the first Oscars in 30 years without a host – Kevin Hart stepped down after past homophobic tweets resurfaced. Indeed, Oscar never disappoints when it comes to controversy. One crisis averted: organizers had originally planned not to broadcast the Oscars for...

Andrea Levy, 1952-2019

February 15, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Although she became an award-winning novelist, Andrea Levy was not a reader as a child. "Being a working-class girl," she told The Guardian, "I watched telly." Levy was born in 1952 in London to Jamaican immigrant parents who were part of the Windrush generation--West Indians who emigrated to the United...

To Be Honest: Impostors Revealed

February 5, 2019 | M. Elwood

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The New Yorker recently published a profile about A.J. Finn, author of the bestselling novel The Woman at the Window. Finn is a pseudonym used by Daniel Mallory who, it transpires, has not just written fiction, but has also lived it, regularly fabricating stories about his life. For example, he...

February is Vegan Cuisine Month

February 1, 2019 | M. Elwood

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Vegan Cuisine Month was started by the American Vegan Society to raise awareness about changing to a cruelty-free, plant-based diet. Perhaps you're curious about veganism. Maybe you've heard that athletes like Venus and Serena Williams are vegan. Even big scary hockey player Zdeno Chára has switched to a primarily plant-based...

Books about Mental Health: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

January 29, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? Many staff members across our 100 branches are participating, and recently we asked them what their picks and recommendations are for "A book about mental health". We received a mix of answers, including children's books, young adult and adult books. Here are some...

Staff Favourites, 2018: Nonfiction

January 25, 2019 | M. Elwood

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Every year we ask our staff to select their favourite books of the year and share the list in a series of blog posts. This is the nonfiction that caught our attention during 2018. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Harari. See all formats Bad Blood: Secrets and...