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Finalists for the Toronto Book Awards have been revealed and competition is stiff. Local author Margaret Atwood lends her famous name to the announcement as her 55th book joins four other works reflective of the spirit of Toronto. The 41st award will be presented at the Toronto Reference Library by Gill Deacon from CBC Radio on October 15th. Finalists will receive $1000 and the chosen author (or authors) $15,000 - in the past, the award has been split between multiple winners. […] Continue reading →

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June is Aboriginal History Month in Canada, and the theme this year is Giganawendamin Dibaajimowinan which means “We keep the stories”. In celebration, the Toronto Public Library has curated a full program of events at branches throughout the city to honour First Nation’s Heritage through indigenous stories, films, and music. Reaching its pinnacle this weekend on National Aboriginal Day, a three-part event at the library features a mix of culture, development, and discussion […] Continue reading →

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Not enough time to read? Since 2002, the Canada Reads competition has methodically chosen one book that all Canadians should make the time to bury oneself in. This morning, Candy Palmater announced the finalists for the 2015 competition on CBC Radio Q, giving listeners a head start on reading the selections. Read more of this article by Kristin Lee Bryson on examiner.com. […] Continue reading →

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Bookstores are dying all over the world. In some stores, what were once dusty shelves have been replaced by newly manufactured home decor items. Throw pillows and scented candles make up for lacking physical book sales as more and more readers turn to online shopping and e-readers for new book releases and old classics. This week in Toronto, the landmark World’s Biggest Bookstore was demolished by new owner Lifetime Developments to make room for a row of new restaurants.  Read more […] Continue reading →

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Photo credit: Rene SkrodzkiPhysical challenges affect the lives of many Canadians, and can create extraordinary circumstances under which the inspirational can be achieved. For example, Canadian icon Terry Fox began a run across the country after losing his right leg to bone cancer in 1980. Fellow Canadian Rick Hansen completed his Man in Motion wheelchair tour of the world in 1985 after losing his legs at the age of 15. These actions speak louder than the physical disabilities of their […] Continue reading →

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Archie Andrews and his friends from Riverdale have before been known to speak out against injustice and support mortal values and principles through carefully constructed story lines and relationships. Now, the All-American teen icon is taking a step into the unknown when he meets his demise and cements his status as a hero. Today, in a special commemorative issue, Archie Comics will kill off its title character when he saves the life of the comic’s first openly gay character, in an act […] Continue reading →

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Many years after her passing, the ideals of Ayn Rand constantly resurface in current politics and popular culture. Issues she wrote about continue to influence and affect society, and more readers than ever before are discovering Rand’s work and philosophy. Yesterday, the Ayn Rand Institute announced they will be publishing a lost novel called “Ideal” in July 2015 with Penguin Random House, with a release in a volume with the Ayn Rand play of the same name. Continually […] Continue reading →

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In her MaddAddam trilogy, Toronto author Margaret Atwood details a dystopian, futuristic world where formerly distinct and separate species have been combined to create genetically engineered hybrids – wolvogs, pigoons, and rakunks are all new combinations of currently existing animals that populate her apocalyptic society. This summer, Atwood has facilitated another unique merger by partnering with Beau’s All Natural Brewing to devise a MaddAddam inspired beer, debuting at the […] Continue reading →

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Each year, patrons file complaints after being offended offended by material they encounter on shelves at libraries around the world. This year in Toronto, a concerned patron requested to have the Dr. Seuss classic “Hop On Pop” removed from the Toronto Public Library by the library’s materials review committee under the belief that it promotes violence from children towards their parents. The final ruling, handed down yesterday, retains the book in the collection rather than […] Continue reading →

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Stephen Harper has been making headlines across the country and internationally since he took the helm of the Conservative party 8 years ago. He has been the subject of many forms of analysis and debate, with media and the literary world documenting and cataloging his career. Today, Maclean’s journalist Paul Wells won the Dafoe Book Prize for his analysis of Stephen Harper and Canadian conservatism in his book, “The Longer I’m Prime Minster: Stephen Harper and Canada […] Continue reading →

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