This is Isabel's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Isabel's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Isabel
Recent Activity
Image
Born in 1922, Stan Lee would have turned 100 this year. He died in 2018, just one month shy of his 96th birthday. Lee presided over a period of intense creativity at Marvel Comics. With a talented team of artists, Stan Lee produced some of the most beloved comics characters... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2022 at Arts & Culture
Image
I'm rereading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Maybe you are as well? With a TV adaptation currently airing on Amazon Prime, Wheel of Time is in the spotlight again. I've been meaning to reread the series ever since the last book came out in 2013. It has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
Image
With a new movie adaptation coming out of Frank Herbert's Dune, there's no better time to celebrate it. Published in 1965, Dune has never been out of print and is regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. It has taken many forms over the years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
Image
Libraries are finally open for browsing! Celebrate books and libraries at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy with our current exhibit, Bibliofantasies: The Secret Lives of Books. Discover the great power of books and those who guard them. This exhibit is open from July 19 to October... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2021 at Arts & Culture
Hi Dan, Thanks for the great recommendations! I don't read a lot of paranormal romance so that is a bit of a blind spot for me. You're right, they are definitely Fantasy.
1 reply
Image
Working at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, I get to see a lot of new books. One thing I've noticed is the huge increase of LGBTQ2S+ representation in the genres. Authors are creating worlds full of queer characters. And there is a proliferation of LGBTQ2S+ writers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
That book sounds weird and wonderful indeed! Hopefully we will digitize it many, many years from now :) (We can only digitize books when they are out of copyright, 50 years after the death of the author.)
1 reply
Thanks for the kind words! All of these books are available as PDFs in our Digital Archive. Of course, once the Merril Collection reopens you can come in to read the physical copies!
1 reply
Image
TPL's branches may be closed for browsing and reference during the Grey-Lockdown, but there are still ways to explore our Special Collections. The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy has over one hundred books in its Digital Archive, with more coming later this year. Here are a few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
I completely forgot about Donna Jo Napoli! Thank you for mentioning her. She is such an amazing author.
1 reply
Image
Fairy tale retellings are one of my favourite types of story. That's why I'm thrilled that Gregory Maguire will be giving a lecture on Thursday November 14, 2019, at the Lillian H. Smith Branch. Hosted by the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, this is the 32nd Annual Helen E.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Image
The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy is proud to host this year’s Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) Toronto Convention. Please join us there at Lillian H. Smith branch on Saturday, October 12, from 1-5 pm. This special event will feature a panel discussion, live music, cosplay, workshops,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Hi Sheilah. That's so sad! Unfortunately it was not recorded :(
1 reply
Image
Picture a city. What do you see? There is gray asphalt, soaring skyscrapers, the muggy darkness of subway tunnels, graffiti. Do you see the magic? Walk past the man muttering spells under his breath to protect the neighbourhood. Jump over a pile of leaves in the gutter. It conceals a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Image
We invite you to the exhibit All Join In!: Children's Books and Art about Families, located at the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books on the fourth floor of Lillian H. Smith Branch. This exhibit celebrates the family in children’s literature, from the families we are born into to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Thanks for the info Katherine. I was taken in by their claims when I went there a few years ago. I wish I had known about Spoon!
1 reply
Thanks Angjelin! You should really come by and see the guestbook. As a fan, it is pretty exciting.
1 reply
Image
July 31 is the birthday of both J.K. Rowling and her beloved character, Harry Potter. It is also known to many as International Harry Potter Day. We want to celebrate today by remembering a very special trip Rowling took to Toronto, many years ago. J. K. Rowling at the White... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Image
On Saturday July 27, 2019, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy will host Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) Day from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Come for a talk on table-top roleplaying games (RPGs) and stay for a game and a chance to see some treasures of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Image
Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, two American astronauts became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Fly there now with the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy! Fly Me to the Moon is the current exhibit at the Merril Collection. It celebrates the 50th... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Image
Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall by The City of Toronto [CC - BY] Have you ever wanted to work for the City of Toronto? Now is the time to make your dream come true! Come meet with city divisional representatives and more at the annual City of Toronto... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Image
Please join us for the Toronto premiere of The Gateway Bug on Friday, June 22 at 6 pm. This delectable documentary will be shown as part of the Friday Evening Films series at Toronto Reference Library. Join us on the third floor in the Hinton Learning Theatre. The Gateway Bug... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Hi Luigi. That's a great question! I didn't know Adams had narrated his own audiobooks. It seems we only have a few: Restaurant at the End of The Universe (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM283920&R=283920), Mostly Harmless (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM226625&R=226625) and the second Dirk Gently book, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3027661&R=3027661). I'll have to listen to these.
1 reply
Thank you, Lydia. As a fellow fan, it was an absolute pleasure to write about him.
1 reply