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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British Library: Public Domain

Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no different, though the prognosis has seemed especially positive of late in robust appraisals of the situation from entities as divergent as The Onion’s A.V. Club and financial giant Deloitte. I, for one, find this encouraging. And yet, even if all printed media were in decline, it would still be the case that the history of the modern world will mostly be told in the history of print. And ironically, it is online media that has most enabled the means to make that history available to everyone, in digital archives that won’t age or burn down.

One such archive, the British Library’s Flickr Commons project, contains over one million images from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. As the Library wrote in their announcement of these images’ release, they cover “a startling mix of subjects. There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.” Microsoft digitized the books represented here, and then donated them to the Library for release into the Public Domain.

From Open Culture.  Read the rest here.

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

Welcome Back!

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Hard to believe that summer is almost over!  We’re gearing up for another great school year.

Starting today we’ll be posting once again on a regular basis.  Stay tuned.

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.