Copyright Infringement

The Art of Fielding Author Sued Over Copyright Infringement

Charles Green, a former college baseball player, is suing best-selling The Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach. Green alleges that Harbach copied many elements of his manuscript, Bucky’s 9th, including “the specific climax and denouement.” According to Green, the screenplay, which was later reworked into a novel, was shared widely among publishing and entertainment professionals, which is when he believes Harbach had the opportunity to pounce. Only time and an expensive lawsuit will tell.

(From Book Riot e-mail newsletter)

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.

Holiday Reads is Back…

Holiday Reads is Back!!

Drop by the Library Circulation Desk and fill out a Holiday Reads ballot.

  • Tell us what book you’re planning on reading this Winter Break
  • Or tell us what book is your favourite Winter Read ever

Every book recommendation submitted will be entered into our Annual Holiday Draw.

Five lucky winners will go home for the holiday with books and blankets and more!  Draw to take place on Thursday December 22nd.

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ESA’s Own Book Club: Our books have arrived!

Attention all Book Club members… our books have arrived!

  • Books have gone to teacher mailboxes for delivery to students tomorrow, Thursday January 14th.
  • Book Club members should check their e-mail for distribution details and to find the materials and links for choosing our next book.


Would you like to join ESA’s Own Book Club?

  • Our next meeting is on the calendar for Wednesday March 2nd, from 7pm – 9pm, in the Library at ESA.
  • New members are always welcome.
  • We have a lovely assortment of  staff, students, parents, and grads as members of our Book Club.

Our next book is our YA pick for the year, Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold….  one of this year’s White Pine selections from the  OLA Forest of Reading  programme for schools and libraries.

  • We met on Jan 6th to discuss Michael Christie‘s Giller nominated novel If I Fall, If I Die.
  • We had a very lively – indeed fulsome – discussion.
  • All assembled were in general agreement that it was a literary gem of a book.

Please fill out this Google Form if you would like to join us to read and discuss books with us. 

  • We have a couple of extra copies of Soldier Doll available for immediate delivery!

White Pine 2016

The White Pine 2016 books have arrived!

Check out the titles – and plan for which one you want to read first – at the ESA Library Pinterest website.

The books will be going out on display – and be available to sign out – on Monday November 9th.

  • Drop by the Library.  Check out a book.
  • Get your White Pine passport…  and White Pine swag.
  • Read 5 books and be eligible to vote for your favourite in April.
  • Join us, in May 2016, at Harbourfront for the Festival of Trees.

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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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.