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If you're looking for an interesting gift to give these holidays, here's a suggestion: a great book, the best literary fiction or poetry in the world. Among the world literary winners this year are: In Fiction The Nobel Prize has been postponed this year. The Red Word by Sarah Henstra... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
My generation, the generation born after World War II, but before the sixties, in many ways grew up in the long shadow cast by the two World Wars. We all had some family, teachers and neighbours who had lived through one or both of the World Wars: in uniform, on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Mark Twain, The Twins of Genius on Tour, George Washington Cable: Wikipedia Media Commons Mark Twain visited Toronto twice during his 1884-1885 North American lecture tour to prior to the publication of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was accompanied by fellow author George Washington Cable, on what became known... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Everyone knows Winston Churchill (1874-1965) the British Prime Minister during the Second World War. But there was another Winston Churchill (1871-1947), an American novelist, whose fame at the turn of the century surpassed that of his British contemporary. Winston Churchill (Novelist) and Winston Churchill (Statesman): Wikimedia Commons Churchill's first published... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
When I think of Westerns, I think of films. Perhaps directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne on horseback and featuring views of Monument Valley. But the familiar features of the genre were first established in print fiction, and indeed many of the most classic Western films were originally Western... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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