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Six Wakes is nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel. I loved it!
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It's an amazing story. She was incredible. Thank you for bringing her story to a wider audience. All the best!
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Today's strange news story comes from Arizona, where a Phoenix area mother has been accused of using a touch taser stun gun on her son to encourage him to get ready for church on Easter Sunday. Sharron Dobbins admits that she was frustrated when her teenage son refused to get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Last week, prominent Fox News personality Tucker Carlson decided to get to the root of California politics by interviewing noted supermodel Fabio Lanzoni, pictured here on the cover of Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey. Fabio and his glorious hair are not happy at all. An outraged Fabio declared, "You go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Common Courtesy Day is observed annually on March 21, but feel free to be courteous every day of the year. To celebrate Common Courtesy Day, here are some of the most polite books in the Toronto Public Library collection: After You by Jojo Moyes Audiobook e-audiobook ebook Large Print Talking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Walter's murder was never solved. He and his company of adventurers were preparing a yacht for their next expedition and he was killed one night on board. One man who had caused trouble on a previous trip was tried and acquitted--he had an alibi. Another man was suspected but never charged. Aloha was spending the night on shore and was not present.
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When I was trying to decide on a topic for this year's International Women's Day post, I stumbled across Aloha Wanderwell. I can't believe I was unaware of this Canadian adventurer with the most amazing name ever. Aloha Wanderwell was born in Winnipeg in 1906. It will not surprise you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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In Japan, February 22 is National Cat Day. It's celebrated on this day because the Japanese word for meow is nyan and the word for two is pronounced "ni", so when the date 22/2 is spoken it sounds a lot like nyan, nyan, nyan or meow, meow, meow. Japan, home... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Because the world is just getting stranger, on Wednesday members of the Finnish Olympic team held a press conference to discuss knitting. Since the Sochi Olympics, knitting has been a stress relief method for athletes and coaches on the team. Snowboarding coach Antti Koskinen has become something of a legend,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Chefs for the Norwegian Olympic Team accidentally ordered 15,000 eggs instead of the 1,500 they had intended. Apparently the error was caused by translation software and a misunderstanding of the South Korean numbering system. I am completely sympathetic. Once at the end of a long road trip I ordered four... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
If the thought of shopping at IKEA on a Saturday gives you nightmares, you should read Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. Employees at an IKEA-esque store are terrorized by supernatural entities while on an overnight shift. The book is designed to look like the IKEA catalogue and is really fun to read. https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3165545&R=3165545
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The Dry was published in January 2017 and I started hearing a lot of buzz about it right away. I tend to be wary of books that everyone loves, believing that I'm bound to be disappointed after all the hype. This is the attitude that kept me from reading Louise... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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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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