Read Glass Beads: Stories with Canada-Wide eBook Club

May 15, 2019 | Wendy

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This Indigenous History Month, from June 3 to 30th, readers all across Canada are invited to read Glass Beads: Stories by Dawn Dumont as part of the One eRead Canada campaign. Along with other urban libraries across Canada, Toronto Public Library will make the ebook and eaudiobook editions of Glass...

Gripping Memoirs

May 10, 2019 | Lynn

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Recently a memoir came across my facebook feed called Educated by Tara Westover that piqued my interest. It's a book that is getting passed around from parent to child, from friend to friend and being recommended everywhere. I finally got my hands on it, and now I understand the hype....

Read the Games, Play the Books: Video Game Adaptations of Literary Works

May 7, 2019 | Karl

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Nowadays, a great deal of the media we consume has already existed in one form or another. You have probably noticed the recent influx of comic book-to-movie adaptations (see: Marvel and DC). What is probably seen or noticed less often is when video games are actually inspired by literary works....

Graphic Novels: TCAF Team & Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

May 3, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. With the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) coming up next weekend, we decided to ask the TCAF team for some of their favourite graphic novel recommendations. Hosted annually in the Toronto Reference Library (and several...

Books by an Author from a Visible Minority: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

April 25, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. We're hoping readers will explore a diversity of books with this challenge – so this month, we decided to ask staff about their favourite books for the category, "A book by an author from a...

Valerie's Picks: Spring and Summer 2019

April 18, 2019 | Wendy

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Valerie has every book-lover's dream job: she coordinates the selection of print books for adults at Toronto Public Library. In other words, she and her team of selectors investigate nearly every book that we order. (It's a lot of work - you can hear her talk about how they do...

#TOpicks: Comfort Reads

April 11, 2019 | Wendy

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Toronto Argo Jim Dillard catches up on his reading, 1968. Toronto Star Photograph Archive. Unwinding, relieving stress and decompressing are essential to a happy and healthy life. We all have favourite books, movies and music which are like a comfortable blanket, familiar friend or pair of pajamas when we need...

International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Announced

April 4, 2019 | Wendy

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Dublin City Council has just announced the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award. This award is particularly exciting for a couple of reasons: The prize consists of 100,000 euros, or nearly 150,000 Canadian dollars, making it one of the richer literary awards in the world. To put it in...

Play Ball: Biographies of Baseball Stars of the Past

March 29, 2019 | M. Elwood

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Here we are again--Major League Baseball is back. While waiting to see which teams come out on top this year, read about famous players from past eras. The Big Fella by Jane Leavy All formats In this biography, Leavy considers Babe Ruth's influence on popular culture, becoming the first professional...

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,...