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Geling Yan (严歌苓/嚴歌苓) is a prominent Chinese writer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
This is brilliant. I also love the idea of påskekrim, the Norwegian tradition of reading and watching crime thrillers over the Easter weekend.
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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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
The Onion has a series of cooking videos hosted by the strangely hostile and occasionally sweary Jillian Hess. I love them but they're probably not for everyone. https://www.theonion.com/tag/good-taste
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Holy mother forking shirt balls I can't believe I haven't mentioned The Good Place. I'm such an ash hole. It's a brilliant sitcom set in "the good place" where all swearing is translated into innocuous words and everyone should be watching it.
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Black Friday sales used to be something you needed to cross the border to enjoy but more Canadian stores are getting into the action. You could shop on Friday and get great deals on stuff or you could read books. You can get free books (and DVDs and CDs and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Available as: • Regular Print • Audiobook • e-audiobook • ebook • Talking Book: DAISY Format When I was younger, I loved Agatha Christie but didn't read Murder on the Orient Express until a couple of years ago when I rediscovered her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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The World Pasta Congress created World Pasta Day in 1995 to share the cultural and culinary importance of pasta and to encourage people everywhere to eat pasta. Although Italy might be the first country one associates with pasta dishes, noodles and stuffed pasta are a staple in many other places... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Gord Downie, poet, musican, activist, icon was open with his diagnosis of glioblastoma -- terminal and aggressive brain cancer -- and yet his death is still a blow. After announcing his illness in May 2016, Downie was a constant presence in Canadian life. He completed the Tragically Hip's final tour... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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This week musician Luke Howard vowed to play piano non-stop in an English park until the woman who had broken up with him relented. He gave up his quest on Monday after Internet commenters suggested that his plan was creepy and insulting to Howard's ex-girlfriend who may have had a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Stephen King's 1986 novel It was recently released as a feature film and it's been doing well with both critics and the general public. Whenever a book is made into a movie, everyone decides to read or reread the book. As you can imagine, there are a lot of holds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
Turning something fun and exciting into something terrifying is a natural impulse for a novelist I suppose. Stephen King has made a career out of it, so has his son Joe Hill whose NOS4A2 is about an evil Christmas amusement park. Water parks are rare, though. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2342368&R=2342368 Hell On High by Holly Lisle is about a complex that includes a water park (with mermaids). It's available at the Merril collection. A few YA books have water park settings: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3138889&R=3138889 Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana: a girl breaks into an old water park but has a seizure and finds herself travelling back in time to witness the early days of her parents relationship. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2806412&R=2806412 Forget You by Jennifer Echols A teenager working in her father's water park has an accident and can't remember what happened. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2708750&R=2708750 Fast Slide by Melanie Jackson A lifeguard at a water park investigates when money goes missing from the park.
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When I was younger the CNE was everything. My friends and I spent days on the midway and nights at the concerts. It was our chance to squeeze every last drop of fun out of the summer and we did our best. These novels set in amusement parks may help... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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People enjoy eating outdoors in the summer or so they tell me. I don't venture too much further outdoors than a patio at a restaurant or coffee shop. If you are the sort to barbecue, picnic or camp, Toronto Public Library has resources for you. Find al fresco inspiration in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Sunglasses have been around for a long time. The ancient Inuit used flattened walrus ivory to protect their eyes from the sun. In China, records dating back to the 12th century indicate that judges wore glasses with smoke-coloured lenses to mask facial expressions when questioning witnesses. These glasses did not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
Lydia and David: Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I did forget Riddley Walker--it was on my original outline but got left off the final product. Another title I didn't mention that I loved is Boxy an Star by Daren King. It's a sweet love story about a pair of drug addled teens in future London. TPL doesn't have a circulating copy but I got one through the wonderful Interloan system. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM1869218&R=1869218
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Yes, I am a bit late for the "covfefe" train but I'm going to climb on board anyway because it gives me a great excuse to promote books that are written in nonstandard English. This includes books in dialect, slang or with completely invented languages. Personally I love books that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Former United States President Bill Clinton is writing a novel. "The President is Missing" will be co-written with best-selling author James Patterson. The book will be jointly published by Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. The publishers promise the book will be "a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
Joseph, Muriel I remain unconvinced. For me pumpkin pie is at its most edible eaten with maple syrup but I can still pass it up. Just think--more pie for you!
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Pi Day is observed each year on March 14 (3.14). It has become traditional to eat pie as part of the celebration. I am fond of pie. Except pumpkin. Who came up with that nonsense? These books will help you find the perfect pie for your own Pi Day bash.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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My mother says that my love of words began when I was a baby and she held me while reading stories to my older sister. Three of my grandparents were teachers so I figure I was doomed from the start. Car trips always involved word and alphabet games. To this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Who doesn't love candy hearts? For Valentine's Day, enjoy one of these sweet reads. Young Adult Fiction: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin • Audiobook • eAudiobook • eBook Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan • Audiobook • eAudiobook • eBook The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder •... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Alternative history is a genre where the author speculates about how the course of history would have changed if there had been a different outcome to a historical event. These books have been winners or nominees of The Sidewise Award for Alternative History. The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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November 19 is International Men's Day. It has been celebrated annually on this date in much of the world since 1992. It was first observed in Canada in 2009. This year's theme is Stop Male Suicide. The coordinators of the event hope to raise awareness that a much larger number... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books