ESA’s Own Book Club does Canada Reads 2017!

The 2017 Canada Reads Finalists have been announced.  This year’s theme is: What is the one book Canadians need now?

Join us, in the evening, on Wednesday March 8th, as the ESA Book Club engages in our own Battle of the Books.

If you’d like to join us, please:

Stay tuned!  We’re going on a field trip to the Canada Reads taping on the morning of Thursday March 30th.

  • Details to follow shortly.

Literary Bad Boys

So as I’m shopping for books for the Library, and especially thinking about books that would be of interest to students taking ENG4U who will be looking to books for their contemporary comparative literary essay…

I’m struggling to find books that will appeal to the segment of the population – certain teachers in particular! – who favour the works of “Literary Bad Boys” so to speak.

In searching for hot contemporary authors whose work would fit that very broad canopy…  I’ve come across an interesting article, at The New York Times Sunday Book Review titled, appropriately enough, What’s Become of the So-Called Literary Bad Boy?

For those who are interested I also happened upon another interesting post at Huffington Post titled Modern Literature’s Greatest Anti-Heroes and Unreliable Narrators.  (Be impressed that we already have a number of these titles on the shelf, and I’m ordering in a few of the ones we don’t).

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The Humber School for Writers: Fall Workshop

Sunday, October 25–Friday, October 30
Harbourfront Centre
The Humber School for Writers is once again running their fall workshop as part of the Festival! Learn from some of today’s top fiction writers, including Aleksandar Hemon, Miriam Toews and Meg Wolitzer. For more information and to apply, click here. Early bird registration rate ends September 25!
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2015 Toronto Book Awards

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 7.28.14 AM2015 Toronto Book Awards Shortlist Announced

The City of Toronto announced the finalists for the 31st annual Toronto Book Awards, with “great stories that enrich our experience of the city,” according to Mayor John Tory.

Join us for the announcement of the winner on Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon hosted by CBC’s Gill Deacon.

Leading up to the award ceremony, come hear the finalists read at the Toronto Book Awards tent during Word on the Street on Sunday, September 27 and at North York Central Library’s An Evening with the Shortlisted Authors on Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm.

Missed an event? Watch past programs on our YouTube channel

FYI…  We either already have these books in at the Library – or they will be there very soon!!

Toronto Public Library Eh! List

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 7.26.31 AMIncluding some of my favourites this season!  From the TPL e-newsletter…

Will Ferguson, Nino Ricci, Camilla Gibb, Plum Johnson Headline eh List Author Series for Fall 2015 Toronto Public Library’s showcase of top Canadian books and authors, the eh List, returns for its sixth season with a roster of award winning writers from across the country. Meet these literary gems including Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Will Ferguson, Governor General’s Award winner Nino Ricci, Trillium Book Prize winner Camilla Gibb and RBC Taylor Prize winner Plum Johnson.

Novelist Heather O’Neill launches the fall season on September 3 as fiction takes centre stage with Terry Fallis, Dianne Warren, Elizabeth Hay, Don Gillmor and Greg Hollingshead to discuss their new novels.

Also appearing is Canadian curling champion Colleen Jones, award-winning Canadian science journalist Alanna Mitchell with John Geiger, 2015 Trillium Book Prize winner Kate Cayley and Canadian cartoonist Lynn Johnston plus many more. See the complete eh List lineup in branches across the city

Toronto Public Library: The Eh! List

This fall’s Eh! List has just been announced.  Hot authors include at least of my favourite Canadian women: Heather O’Neill and Camilla Gibb.  See the full listing here.

Find out everything that’s happening at the Toronto Public Library in the next little while here at this week’s What’s On At Your Library e-newsletter.