Sue Grafton, 1940-2017: "The Alphabet Now Ends at Y"

December 29, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Bestselling mystery novelist Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, KY on April 24, 1940. She began writing novels as a teenager but failed to find success and turned to screenwriting. She wrote primarily for television for 15 years and said the experience taught her a great deal about writing. While...

Valerie's Picks for 2018

December 29, 2017 | 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's a nonstop reader who investigates nearly every book that we order. So when we wanted to know what books to get excited about in the new year,...

Get Hygge... It's Jólabókaflóð Time!*

December 22, 2017 | Wendy

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You've probably heard by now of the Jólabókaflóð, or "Christmas Book Flood" – the Icelandic tradition of buying lots of books as gifts so that everyone can sit up on Christmas Eve drinking hot chocolate and reading them all. And whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you have to admit...

They're Good Books, Brent

December 20, 2017 | M. Elwood

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I'm a cat person but about 18 months ago I stumbled upon a Twitter account called We Rate Dogs and it changed my life. The account was created about two years ago by then-college student Matt Nelson. Nelson began posting pictures of dogs attaching a caption and giving them a...

What Toronto Read, Watched and Listened To in 2017

December 13, 2017 | Wendy

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At Toronto Public Library, we really like maps. So when we saw this literary map of the world by Reddit user Backforward24, our first thought was: how would Toronto look decked out in all of its favourite reads? We calculated the most-borrowed book for nearly two dozen loosely defined neighbourhoods...

More Hot Nonfiction for 2017

December 8, 2017 | Kelli

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Following up on my earlier post Hot Nonfiction for Summer 2017, here are a few more nonfiction books that were popular in 2017. It certainly has been another fantastic year for fans of nonfiction. Leonard da Vinci by Walter Isaacson Da Vinci is best known for his famous paintings, The...