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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. In honour of World Poetry Day on March 21, we decided to ask them about their favourite books for the category, "A non-prose book". Plus April is National Poetry Month! On the Reading Challenge webpage,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Buzz...About Books
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Although she became an award-winning novelist, Andrea Levy was not a reader as a child. "Being a working-class girl," she told The Guardian, "I watched telly." Levy was born in 1952 in London to Jamaican immigrant parents who were part of the Windrush generation--West Indians who emigrated to the United... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? Many staff members across our 100 branches are participating, and recently we asked them what their picks and recommendations are for "A book about mental health". We received a mix of answers, including children's books, young adult and adult books. Here are some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
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Washington Black by Esi Edugyen eBook The Scotiabank Giller Prize was presented to Esi Edugyan for her novel Washington Black at a gala on November 19, 2018. The novel tells the story of a boy born into slavery on a Barbados plantation and follows his escape from slavery and his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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And that's when she put her book down. And looked at me. And said it: "Life isn't fair, Bill. we tell our children that it is, but it's a terrible thing to do. It's not only a lie, it's a cruel lie. Life is not fair, and it never has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The winners of the 2018 Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on October 30, 2018. The awards are given in 14 categories, for both adults and children and in both official languages. The full list of nominees is available on the official website. These are the winners in the Adult... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Milkman by Anna Burns The winner of 2018's Man Booker Prize was announced on October 16 at a gala in London, England. The winning novel is Milkman by Anna Burns. Set in Belfast during the Troubles, the novel tells the story of a young girl and her relationship with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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On October 10, 2018, the 44th annual Toronto Book Award was presented to David Chariandy for his novel Brother. The novel tells the story of two brothers growing up in a Scarborough housing project with their Trinidadian-born mother. Chariandy's novel won The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and was longlisted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The Governor General's Literary Awards were launched in 1936 by Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir, also known as John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps. Finalists for the awards were announced on October 3, 2018. The awards are given in 14 categories, for both adults and children and in both official... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The finalists for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize were announced on October 1, 2018. At the announcement Elana Rabinovich, executive director of the prize called the selection "distinctive books that deserve to be read and read widely". Five novels books have been nominated for this year's 2018 The Scotiabank Giller... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Five books have been nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, which recognizes exceptional Canadian writers. The prize was established in 1997 and is sponsored by Rogers Communications, Inc. Although novels and short story collections are eligible for the award, this year all of the nominees are novels. Beirut... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Victoria author Esi Edugyan is one of six authors selected for the Man Booker Prize Shortlist. Her novel Washington Black, examines the horrors of slavery through the eyes of an 11-year-old slave. This is the second time Edugyan has been a finalist for the award; her Scotiabank Giller Prize winning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The shortlist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize was announced on September 19. This is Canada's most lucrative prize for nonfiction books. Finalists receive $5000 and the winning author takes home $60,000. Weston said that the 2018 finalists "focus on themes of coming together in the face of adversity,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Twelve books have been nominated for this year's 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada's most lucrative literary prizes. The winning author receives a cash prize of $100,000; $10,000 is given to the remaining authors on the shortlist. Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage eAudiobook eBook French Exit by Patrick... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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I like to think that silence is under rated and should be paid attention to. All silence, in my experience, leads to something interesting popping up. Ann Ireland Ann Ireland was born in Toronto in 1953 and studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia earning a BFA in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Photo credit: By Laura Hanifin on a Creative Commons license On Sunday August 19, 2018, N.K. Jemisin made history by winning science fiction's prestigious Hugo award for Best Novel for the third consecutive year. It is the first time since the Hugo award was created in 1953 that this has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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"An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally." V.S. Naipaul Nobel prize winning writer Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in Trinidad on August 17, 1932. In an interview with The New Yorker in 2008 he spoke disdainfully about his birthplace saying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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The Man Booker Prize judges have selected a unique group of thirteen books for this year's longlist. Considered among the most prestigious of literary awards, the prize is awarded annually to the best novel written in English that was published in the United Kingdom. For the first time in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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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