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After a sex scandal prompted The Swedish Academy to postpone this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, a group of Swedish intellectuals formed an organization called The New Academy. The organization announced its intention to present an international literary prize in 2018 "as a reminder that literature should be associated with... Continue reading
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Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just ...will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis. Anthony Bourdain Chef, author and media personality Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City and grew up in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Richard Peck, award-winning writer of young adult books, was born and spent his childhood in Decatur, Illinois. He credited his parents with inspiring his writing career. He loved the stories his mother read him when he was small declaring, "I wanted to be a writer before I could read". His... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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"Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive." – Philip Roth American novelist Philip Roth was born in New Jersey in 1933. He described his childhood as happy and secure. Roth briefly attended Newark College of Rutgers University intending to become a lawyer. He soon... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Another unexpected and shocking literary announcement has followed the recent revelation about the Nobel Prize for Fiction. The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, a UK-based prize for comic fiction, has also cancelled its award this year because none of the books submitted to the judges were funny enough. David Campbell, publisher... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. This is the last of our Best Books posts for 2017 and it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. This installment is dedicated to books written for children and teens because we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. In this installment, our staff members share their favourite graphic novels and genre... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. In this installment, our staff members share their favourite non-fiction reading of 2017.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of the year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. Memoir isn’t the summary of a life; it’s a window into a life,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Each year we poll our staff members about their favourite reading experiences from the past 12 months. This post celebrates powerful fiction (and one poetry collection!) written by First Nations and Canadian authors. "It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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At the end of each year, Toronto Public Library staff members select their favourite reading experiences of the past 12 months. There are so many great responses that we end up with a series of blog posts. "The power of historical fiction for bad and for good can be immense... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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On Monday November 20, the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize was presented to Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square. Redhill, who was struggling financially earlier in the year and had posted an advertisement offering his editing services, expressed his gratitude for the $100,000 prize saying that "the ends are going... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The Writers' Trust Gala was held in Toronto on November 14, 2017. Several awards were announced at this event including four that are given to celebrate an author's entire body of work. The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize The $50,000 prize was presented to author David Chariandy for Brother, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on November 1, 2017. The awards are presented in 14 categories and include books for adults and children in both official languages. This year's winners are: Drama Winner: Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa Drama Finalists: 1979 by Michael Healey The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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George Saunders' novel Lincoln in the Bardo has won this year's Man Booker Prize. The novel takes place on the night that Willie Lincoln, beloved son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, was buried in a Washington cemetery. Although children generally move quickly into the afterlife, 11-year-old Willie is tempted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The 2017 Toronto Book Award was presented to B. Denham Jolly for his autobiography In the Black: My Life which documents his experiences as a businessman, publisher, broadcaster and civil rights activist. Born in Jamaica, Jolly graduated from McGill University in 1955. When he returned to Canada, he taught science... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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After 2016's controversial selection of Bob Dylan for the award, the Nobel committee has opted for somewhat safer ground this year, presenting the coveted prize to Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro was born in 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan but has lived in England since he was five years old, when his father... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on October 4, 2017. The awards are presented in 14 categories and include books for adults and children in both official languages. These are the nominations in the adult English categories. Drama 1979 by Michael Healey The Colony of Unrequited Dreams... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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On Monday October 2, five finalists for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize were announced. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill • ebook I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters • ebook Minds of Winter by Ed O'Loughlin • ebook Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson • ebook Transit by Rachel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Nominees for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize were announced on September 27. One day earlier, the organization announced that the prize money for the award has been increased. The winner of the 2017 prize will receive $50,000, with each of the finalists taking home $5,000. These are the nominees:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize is the most lucrative prize for nonfiction books in Canada. Each of the finalists is awarded $5,000 and the winning author receives $60,000. All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others by Carol Off • ebook Birds Art Life: A... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Jack Rabinovitch created the Giller Prize in 1994 to celebrate his late wife Doris Giller, literary editor at the Toronto Star. Today the prize released its first longlist since Rabinovitch's death in August 2017. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill • ebook The Bone Mother by David Demchuk Boundary by Andrée... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017 has been announced. This year, the finalists include previous nominees Ali Smith and Mohsin Hamid and debut novelists Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley. Mozley's novel Elmet is not yet available in Canada. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (USA)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books