Announcing the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, 2016

November 25, 2016 | Jeannette

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Founded in 1988, the Royal Society Science Book Prize celebrates outstanding science books from around the world. Securing a new sponsor this year, the prize is now known as the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. And the winner of the Science Book Prize for 2016 is... The Invention...

And the Award for Best Cookbook Goes to…

July 8, 2016 | Jeannette

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The ceremonies celebrating the best cookbooks of 2015 were held recently. The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards honoured authors, publishers and other contributors behind the best cookbooks published last year. The association strives to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing and to expand the awareness...

Listen Up, Poem Fairy!

April 7, 2016 | Maureen

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Last year, in April, someone gave me a poem. It was left on my desk, front and centre, where I'd be sure to see it. No one confessed. It could have been anyone in the building -- North York Central Library has six floors, so my suspect list is long....

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

November 27, 2015 | Jeannette

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The winner of this year's Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is Gaia Vince's Adventures in the Anthropocene. She is the first woman to win this prestigious award. Previous winners include Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, Jared Diamond, James Gleick and Bill Bryson. Congratulations to the 2015 winner: The...

Everybody Eats

February 11, 2015 | Jane

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...whether intricately prepared or straight from the freezer, whether from the backyard garden or shiny supermarket. The dudes at my dog park talk pork recipes, my sister has inordinate pride in her pie crusts. Tomorrow (Feb. 12), is the last day of Winterlicious, the Toronto festival that allows us all...

The Best Cookbooks of 2014

December 24, 2014 | Jeannette

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It’s that time of the year again. It’s the end of the year, the time where people pick their favourite books published in 2014. The library has compiled a few lists: best ebooks, children’s, non-fiction and best books of 2014. Just like last year, I’m sharing the best cookbooks published...

Great popular science books: the new and the "new-ish"

November 14, 2014 | Carolyn

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The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books celebrates outstanding popular science books published in English. I find the books nominated for this award are always informative, engaging and well-written - in other words, great popular science reads. The award for 2014 was announced on November 10. The winning book...

Remembering Canada's Heroes

November 10, 2014 | Aleks

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November 11, a monumental date to all Canadians; Remembrance Day. Remembrance for the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during conflict, war and peace. This year, 2014, marks 100 years since the declaration of war between the Axis and Allies. The Canadian War Museum...

The Nobel Prizes: celebrating science every October

October 17, 2014 | Carolyn

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Nobel Prize for Physiology awarded to Frederick Banting in 1923 for the discovery of insulin The Nobel Prizes for 2014 were announced earlier this month. For a few days every October the world's attention is briefly focused on science, since three of the six prizes - in physiology (medicine), physics...

Keep your New Year's Resolution and Rock your Finances this 2014! You could win a free book!

January 22, 2014 | Ashley

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Here we are again, it is the beginning of the year and I'm sure we are all filled with resolutions. One of the most common ones is to manage our money better, especially after spending over the holidays. New Year's resolutions seem to go by the wayside quite shortly after...