A Book that is Older than You: Picks for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020

January 16, 2020 | M. Elwood

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Toronto Public Library is thrilled to launch our 2020 Reading Challenge. We hope everyone who participated in the 2019 challenge is rested and ready to get reading. This post considers what books to read for the category "a book that is older than you". My grandmother always said that it...

Self-Improvement for Tired People

January 9, 2020 | M. Elwood

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It's that time of year again. Traditionally in January people make resolutions and plan to improve themselves. We see it a lot in the library – a sudden interest in checking the Fun Guide for fitness programs and requests for self-help books. It all seems exhausting to me. While the...

Silence is Golden: Recommended Post-Holiday Reads

January 6, 2020 | M. Elwood

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I love spotting trends in book titles. In the past few years, the word "party" was everywhere. You might think I have a very active social life from my 2019 reading list which included these books: The Party by Elizabeth Day All formats The Party by Robyn Harding All formats...

Valerie's Picks: Winter/Spring 2020

January 6, 2020 | Wendy

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Valerie is Toronto Public Library's lead selector of adult print books. She and her team evaluate about 400 books every week. (To hear more about how they do this, listen to this podcast). So if you want to know what books to look forward to this season, we can't think...

TOpicks: The Best of 2019

December 12, 2019 | Wendy

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What are the best books, movies and music you've come across this year? Join our librarians on Twitter, Monday, December 16*, from 12 – 1 pm, and use the hashtag #TOpicks to share your favourites of 2019. We look forward to chatting with you! (*CORRECTION: The date for the live...

What Toronto Read in 2019

December 9, 2019 | Wendy

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Toronto Public Library's most popular books of 2019 Becoming by Michelle Obama - 5,860 Washington Black by Esi Edugyan - 4,997 Educated by Tara Westover - 4,043 Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny - 3,732 The Reckoning by John Grisham - 3,418 The Testaments by Margaret Atwood - 3,292...

World Vegan Month, November 2019

November 25, 2019 | M. Elwood

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In 1944 members of The Vegetarian Society decided to establish a new group for people who did not consume any animal products and The Vegan Society was formed. World Vegan Day was first celebrated on November 1, 1994 and later evolved into World Vegan Week and finally World Vegan Month,...

A Book that's Related to the Periodic Table of Elements: Staff Picks for the 2019 Reading Challenge

November 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 that's related to the Periodic Table of Elements". This category on our advanced challenge sounds intimidating at first but it really offers a lot...

2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize Awarded to Ian Williams

November 19, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Reproduction by Ian Williams All formats The 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize was presented to Ian Williams for his debut novel Reproduction at a gala in Toronto on November 17, 2019. Williams is an award-winning poet and creative writing professor at University of British Columbia. He grew up in Brampton, Ontario,...

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...