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From celebrity memoirs to chilling dystopias, there are many ways to complete TPL Reading Challenge's "a book about fame" category. Library staff and Reading Challenge participants have shared their favourite books which explore fame, infamy and celebrity culture. Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood by Karina Longworth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Explore futuristic dystopias, parallel worlds, magical lands and more with these 11 recently published science fiction and fantasy books. We asked staff from the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy to share their favourite speculative fiction reads from the past year. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke This is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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In 1926, a bear named Winnie-the-Pooh walked out of the Hundred Acre Wood and into readers' hearts. But Winnie’s story began in Canada more than a decade before A. A. Milne published his first Winnie-the-Pooh book. Since the book’s publication, generations of readers around the world have enjoyed Winnie’s adventures.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2021 at Arts & Culture
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In 1888, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder appeared serialized in Harper’s Weekly magazine. The science fiction novel is by Canadian author James De Mille. It was published anonymously eight years after his death. Though the story doesn't takes place in Canada, it is Canada’s most celebrated 19th-century... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Arts & Culture
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The story of the Three Bears is a familiar one. A troublesome interloper breaks into the home of three bears. She samples food and breaks furniture before being sent on her way. But, did you know that the housebreaker was originally an old woman, not a little girl named Goldilocks?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at Arts & Culture
Hi JB, Here is our TPL Reading Challenge 2020: A Year in Review blog post: https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/bookbuzz/2021/01/2020-tpl-reading-challenge-a-year-in-review.html I will pass on your feedback about our contest entry process to the TPL Reading Challenge team.
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Hi Ann, We do not know how many people participated overall. But we did create a TPL Reading Challenge 2020: A Year in Review blog post, which has some information about our participants and the books they read. https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/bookbuzz/2021/01/2020-tpl-reading-challenge-a-year-in-review.html
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Hi JB. Thanks for your comment. We haven’t had the opportunity to complete the 2020 prize draw yet and contact winners. We hope to do that next week. We will put up a post on our Facebook Group once that has been completed. For privacy reasons, we won’t be able to share their names, but they can certainly do so if they’re interested! We’re also working on getting together a recap of the 2020 Challenge which we’ll be sharing late this month or in early February. Hope this helps!
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The TPL Reading Challenge is back for 2021! And we're kicking off our category booklists with "a book that is someone else's favourite". The question is... favourite what? Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood Priestdaddy is my favourite memoir and one of my most frequently recommended books. It tells the story of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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In the early 20th century, science fiction and fantasy fans were pulp magazine enthusiasts. "Pulps" were cheap, colourful and filled with exciting stories. Canadian fans eagerly purchased pulp magazines imported from America and the United Kingdom. That is until the outbreak of World War II produced a homegrown Canadian pulp... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at Arts & Culture
Very jealous that you've been able to visit The Edward Gorey House! Since researching our post and exhibit, a visit to Massachusetts and The Edward Gorey House is at the top of my post-pandemic travel list.
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Loved the painting in this exhibit. As an East Ender, Four Seasons Cleaners is a sentimental favourite.
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Reading about climate change can feel overwhelming, but when the future of our planet is at stake being informed is essential. Our picks for "a book about climate change" will help you make sense of our changing world. A Fire Story by Brian Fies A memoir about the consequences of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
For England it would have been "the lifetime of the author plus 7 years, or for 42 years from first publication" in 1897. There is actually some interesting information about Dracula's US copyright status. A lot of sources say Bram Stoker didn't complete the US copyright paperwork in time and the book was in the public domain in the US. But, there is a blog post from a Library of Congress librarian, who found records suggesting Stoker did copyright it in time: https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2013/02/copyright-and-dracula/
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Since its release in 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become an icon of vampire and horror literature. The story of Count Dracula's blood thirsty crimes in Transylvania and England is read around the world. But the book’s journey to global fame was not straightforward. Books in our Merril Collection of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at Arts & Culture
Hi Mac, Glad you enjoyed the blog post! The use of long s definitely slowed down my reading a couple time as I was researching this post. Luckily for modern readers, Cobwebs to Catch Flies was her most popular book and there are several later editions which use the more easily readable "short" s. We have an edition from the 1870s, which might make easier reading for modern children and adults: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-37131009530916D&R=DC-37131009530916D
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By Melanie L. and Myrna ASL spelled out in American Sign Language fingerspelling. By Psiĥedelisto from Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain. As we seek new information about the COVID-19 pandemic, many Torontonians and Canadians are tuning in to our governments' regular news briefings. And many of those watching are commenting... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at Arts & Culture
Very interesting to see the panel format developing in the book you linked!
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We have a couple French editions of Charles Perrault's stories digitized! The oldest is this 1742 collection of his stories: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-37131032418923D&R=DC-37131032418923D Here are some more French language collections: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-37131062547609D&R=DC-37131062547609D https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-37131032412504D&R=DC-37131032412504D https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-37131062559588D&R=DC-37131062559588D
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The outer senshi are part of the game! I have to admit, it is the one that appeals to me most as well.
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Did you know that our Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy has the world’s largest collection of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) in a library setting? Our collection boasts more than 1500 items, including guides for Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Pathfinder and other popular RPGs. Yet, alongside... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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March Break begins next week, and we have a fun-filled line-up of programs to keep children, families and teens busy all week long. With 400+ programs planned at branches throughout the city, there is something for everyone, from music and magic to science and maker programs. Information about our full... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at What's On at the Library
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January is Family Literacy Month​, a time to share the joy of reading and literacy as a family. Family Literacy Day is celebrated nationwide on January 27, but the Toronto Public Library is keeping the fun going all month long with more than 60 programs for kids and families at... Continue reading
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