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.

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!!

ESA Poetry Contest

Join us for the 2nd Annual ESA Poetry Contest.

  • Submissions are due to the Library by Thursday April 30th.
  • Additional details on the posters posted around the school (or by clicking on the image attached below).

This year’s theme is “Food and Poetry”…  the same as this year’s theme for National Poetry Month.  Learn more about the theme at the Canadian League of Poets website.


April is Poetry Month: Student Contests

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 1.06.41 PMApril is National Poetry Month.

All ESA students are encouraged to get their writing out there.  To this end, we have compiled a comprehensive inventory of all of the Canadian Poetry Contests which are suitable for students to enter.

Beginning with the Ontario Poetry Society Contest which closes on April 30th, students – and anyone else for that matter – may peruse to find all of the Poetry contests, in order by submission deadline, through to next April.

Charles Taylor Literary Prize: Author Interviews

The shortlist for this year’s Charles Taylor Prize, one of Canada’s most storied awards for non-fiction, offers an array of ambitious historical, environmental, political and biographical writing. But, in this age of brevity and wit, what is the future of long, serious projects like these? Finalists Charlotte Gray, Thomas King, J.B. MacKinnon, Graeme Smith and David Stouck tell Books editor Jared Bland about the state of their art.

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

The Writer’s Trust has announced the nominees for this year’s prize.   The Library has copies of the The War That Ended Peace as well as The Dogs Are Eating Them Now.  Drop by and sign one out.

The Award will be presented on April 2nd.  Stay tuned.

Margaret MacMillan
for The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
Published by Allen Lane Canada

Charles Montgomery
for Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
Published by Doubleday Canada

Donald J. Savoie
for Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher? How Government Decides and Why
Published by McGill-Queen’s University Press

Graeme Smith
for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan
Published by Knopf Canada

Paul Wells
for The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006 –
Published by Random House Canada

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White Pine Books Have Arrived!

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(Screenshot from the Forest of Reading website)

All of this year’s White Pine books have arrived.

Find the full list of nominated titles for all age groups at the Forest of Reading website.

Find out which books the Library has received on the latest Pinterest Board dedicated to White Pine 2014.  The books are ready for circulation.  Drop by and check one out.

Pay attention for details about joining our White Pine Reading Circle.  Information to be posted ASAP.