A Banned or Challenged Book: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2023

May 24, 2023 | Silvia

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Book bans and challenges have been around for a lo...

Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy

May 24, 2023 | TPL Staff

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In honour of Asian Heritage Month, we’re highlighting Asian writers of speculative fiction with a focus on stories featuring Asian characters. Staff in the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy selected the following books from a wide range of sub-genres within speculative fiction. These titles were published in...

Red Dress Day: National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People

May 5, 2023 | Jamie

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May 5 every year is the National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) in Canada. Also known as Red Dress Day. On this day in a typical year, you might notice some red dresses hanging near a church, on campus, or...

New and Upcoming Indigenous Books: Spring 2023 Edition

May 4, 2023 | Jamie

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Happy spring everyone! As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, one of my favourite things to do on a sunny spring day is to read a book under the shade of a tree. So refreshing! This season, we're adding more titles to our collections. Here are just...

A Book About a Person over Age 65: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2023

May 2, 2023 | Radha

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Life at age 65 is full of possibilities! It's a time to pursue dreams and hobbies, travel, connect with family and friends and, of course, claim senior discounts and pensions. As the saying goes, "Age isn’t a number, it’s an attitude." Many of the title recommendations for our category "a...

A Book About a Land You Would Like to Explore: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2023

April 19, 2023 | Mike

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For me, this is one of the easier categories to cross off for the Reading Challenge. I love reading books about other places, especially cities and countries on my travel wish list. The books could be travelogues or memoirs about living somewhere, but they could also be novels or short...

A Book By A 2SLGBTQ+ Author Who is Also Part of Another Marginalized Group: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2023

March 29, 2023 | Kasey K

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2SLGBTQ+ people have always existed in every part of human life, in every part of the world. Our communities are diverse, and it's important to uplift voices from all backgrounds and experiences. This Reading Challenge category highlights 2SLGBTQ+ identities and how they often intersect with other marginalized groups, such as...

A Book Written by an Indigenous Author Age 30 or Under: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2023

March 24, 2023 | Joel

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To quote Whitney Houston out of context, the children are our future, or in this case, young authors. Young authors bring an immediate and fresh voice to their work. And in terms of social issues, young people's voices are vital as they draw attention to new perspectives that affect us...

A Book About Sports: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2023

March 16, 2023 | Rathees

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I’m not much of a sports fan, but I will unashamedly jump on the bandwagon if the city’s team is in the finals (2019, anyone?). Although I may not watch any live sports, I do appreciate the stories that are based on it. What was the player feeling during their...

Judge a Book by its Cover: Book Cover Design and the Artists Behind the Cover

March 6, 2023 | Tessie R.

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They say don't judge a book by its cover but frankly that's rude to book cover designers. Like authors work hard producing the interiors of their books, cover designers flex their artistic muscles to create exteriors that not only represent the soul of the story, but look good enough to...