Governor General's Literary Awards for 2019: English Language Winners

October 29, 2019 | Book Buzz

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The winners of this year's Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on October 28, 2019. Awards are given out in 14 categories, 7 in each of Canada's official languages with both adult and children's literature represented. The awards were established in 1936 by Lord Tweedsmuir, Canada's fifteenth Governor General. Lord...

Free Birds of Toronto Booklets Now Available at Your Local Branch

October 28, 2019 | Wendy

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Do you know: The best food to stock your bird-feeder with if you want to attract cardinals? Which two species of owl regularly nest in Toronto? Why burdock plants are dangerous to songbirds? How to make Indigo Buntings feel safe? How you can become a bird rescue volunteer? If the...

A Book You Previously Tried to Read and Gave Up On: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

October 21, 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 picks for the category "A book you previously tried to read and gave up on." Quite possibly the most difficult challenge to complete! Pauline's pick: The Great Gatsby by F....

The 2019 Booker Prize Makes History

October 15, 2019 | Book Buzz

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On October 14, 2019 while Canadians were celebrating, or recovering from, Thanksgiving, The Booker Prize made history by awarding the prize to a woman of colour for the first time. Bernardine Evaristo's novel Girl, Woman, Other is written from the perspectives of 12 primarily Black British women, straight, gay and...

Which Witch is Which? Recent Horror Fiction about Witches

October 9, 2019 | M. Elwood

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It's October and as the air gets more chilly, some of us like to read books that give us chills – in a good way. You can find a lot of different themes in horror fiction. This blog post focuses on recent adult novels about witches. The Daughters of Temperance...

2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

October 1, 2019 | Book Buzz

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The Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist was announced on September 30, 2019. The award celebrates the best in Canadian fiction. Novels and short story collections are eligible for the $100,000 prize. Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist: Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin All formats Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis All formats The Innocents...

A Book Adapted into a Movie or Show: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

September 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 that has been adapted into a movie or show". Alice's Recommendations: Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich All formats Why did Alice pick it?...

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...