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Paranormal Contest Winner!

August 27, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (2)

VarneythevampireThere are some seriously talented and imaginative writers out there who participate in Word Out! We were blown away by all of your entries for the Use Your Paranormal Imagination Contest, where you were asked to describe a way for vampires to be created and killed.

Choosing a winner was no easy task, but at the end of the day, we decided to award the prize to Rrrrrrr, for their amazing short story about Katie. Congratulations! You'll be recieving some prizes shortly!

You can check out Rrrrrrr's entry after the break. Remember, there's still one more chance to win a prize, by entering our end-of-summer survey to let us know what you thought of Word Out this year!


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Hot Summer Read: Friends with Boys

August 24, 2012 | Thanusa | Comments (0)

 Friends with Boy Friends with boyss
by: Faith Erin Hicks

  Maggie has always been homeschooled.  She’s been happily comfortable in her relationship with her mother and three adored older brothers.  Now she’s enrolled in a public high school and she is terrified.  Her brothers leave her to fend for herself but she manages to make some friends.  But, of course, life is never that simple – complications arise and as Maggie navigates the complex paths of high school relationships another factor player enters the scene – a ghost!



Watch the conversation with author Faith Erin Hicks as she speaks about this book.



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Use Your Paranormal Imagination! Contest

August 20, 2012 | Thanusa | Comments (10)

VarneythevampireDo you stay up all night with books about the paranormal? Have you read through Twilight or The Vampire Diaries series more than once? Do you ever think of maybe writing your own vampire series?

If so, this contest is right for you!

Submit a comment explaining how the vampires in your series would be created and destroyed.

The most creative submission will win a big Vampire Diaries canvas bag and a hardcover copy of the book, Tempest, by Julie Cross.

A couple of rules:

  1. Only one entry per person
  2. You have to enterby 11:59 PM on Friday August 24 2012 to be eligible to win.
  3. Make sure to send us your email, or else we can't contact you to let you know you've won!

Good Luck!

Leah Bobet is Coming!

August 5, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

AboveThis Thursday is going to be awesome. You know why? BECAUSE LEAH BOBET IS COMING TO CENTENNIAL!

That's right. Mark your calendars. It doesn't get better than this.

So come out to the library to meet an exciting new voice in Toronto Sci Fi.

Centennial Branch (578 Finch Ave. West)
Thursday, August 9, 2012
4:00 – 5:00 pm

amazing Nalo Hopkinson at Parkdale!

July 24, 2012 | Ray | Comments (1)

The-chaos_nalo-hopkinson_book1Nalo Hopkinson is pretty darn awesome.  Ever wonder why you're able to write epic stories, but can't make a to-do list? In the video clip below, Nalo poignantly talks about her own different learn-ability how that affects everyday things: 

Meet Nalo at: Parkdale Library (1303 Queen Street West), Wed. July 25th, 6pm

She'll be sharing her new sci-fi/dystopian book, The Chaos, and it promises to be an awesome event!

A boarding school murder

July 21, 2012 | Paula | Comments (0)

I'm pretty wimpy when it comes to blood. And I definitely don't like books where characters meet gruesome deaths. But who isn't fascinated by the Jack the Ripper case? By the sheer number of articles, books and TV movies of the 1888 murders, it's obvious the story never gets old.

Maureen Johnson's The name of the starThe Name of the Star makes the Ripper tale fresh and fun again.  Rory Deveaux, a Louisiana teenager, goes to study in a London boarding school located near the site of the original Ripper murders. When someone brutally mutilates a woman on August 31, the anniversary of the first Ripper murder, the hunt begins for a serial killer who can murder in plain sight of security cameras and not be seen.

Rory isn't interested in all the hype surrounding the murders, but is soon pulled into the investigation when she spots a man at the place of the third murder - a man no one can see but her. The police promise to protect her, but how can anyone stop her from being the fourth and final victim of this Ripper copycat.

This fast paced, fun read is made all the more enjoyable by the quirkiness of the main character who like all real Southerners, knows how to tell a good story.

Q and A with Kendare Blake

July 20, 2012 | Cameron | Comments (0)

This weeks featured fiction author was kind enough to do a question and answer with us. The questions were developed by the North York Central Yag. So please take a moment and better aquaint yourself with the delightful author Kendare Blake.

1. The book is very much a teenage coming of age story but set within the realm
of the supernatural, both Cas and Anna have problems that they need the other to
overcome which is a very unique way of recreating the coming of age tale, was that your intention in writing the book? If not, how did the book begin?

I don't think I set out to do anything besides tell Cas and Anna's story. But you're right, it is a coming of age tale. The interesting stories, to me, are those where the characters undergo significant change. Mostly though, it started because I wanted to play the new Silent Hill but was too scared.

 2. The character of Anna is so fascinating as she is literally trapped in the house, trapped in time and trapped by her parents which is a very 1950's notion,
Cas on the other hand has way more freedom than more teens his age would have.
Did you intend to have this parallel between the two characters?

No, but I like the way you think. That's very true. The contrast between them. Yet in a way, they're both boxed in. Cas by duty, and Anna by a curse. Great question, great observation.
I foresee many excellent term papers in your future.

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Hot Summer Read: Anna Dressed in Blood

July 20, 2012 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Anna Dressed in BloodAnna Dressed in Blood

Kendare Blake

Cas Lowood is a young man with a truly unusual profession, he is a ghost hunter who kills the dead who are harmful to the living. This career is part of his lineage and a job that he has no choice but to engage in. His father was recently murdered by a ghost he was trying to kill. Cas moves all over the world with his mother (a white witch of sorts) and he is supported by an entire team of crypto zoologists (mainly via the internet) that assist him. When he arrives in Thunder Bay he assumes that the local legends of "Anna" are just really elaborate myths until he meets her himself. Anna was murdered in 1958 and anyone who enters her house never comes out.

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Meet Nalo Hopkinson at the Parkdale Library

July 11, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

The chaosAward winning author Nalo Hopkinson not only makes Toronto her home, but weaves it into the rich tapestries of her stories.

David C. Findlay, 2007

In her latest book The Chaos, main character Scotch finds herself in a city where what seems like reality is stirred into a strange hallucinogenic soup of science fiction and folklore. Volcanoes erupt from lake Ontario, Baba Yaga roams the streets, and a mysterious and menacing creature seems to be stalking her every move.

Meet Nalo and get a chance to peek into her supernatural visions of Toronto, as she shares The Chaos at Parkdale Library on the evening of July 25th! Its sure to be a great night. See you there!


Parkdale Library (1303 Queen Street West)
Wednesday July 25th
6:00  – 7:00 PM

Hot Summer Read: Blue Exorcist Volume 1

July 11, 2012 | Catnip | Comments (4)

Blue Exorcist                            Blue Exorcist images

by  Kazue Kato

Fifteen year old Rin is having a really bad day.  First he discovers that he is the son of Satan and then the man who raised both Rin and his twin brother, Yukio, dies in the aftermath of a dreadful argument. Rin vows that despite his demonic power, no one will ever suffer or die because of him.  He will become an exorcist.  Immediately upon starting his intensive training at the True Cross Academy, a demon unexpectedly appears and the struggle begins!

Check out an interview with the author!

Want more? Visit Blue Exorcist's website!


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