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CBC Canada Reads picks final contenders

Earlier this month we shared the 2016 CBC Canada Reads long list. This week, the beloved annual battle of the books announced their five contenders and the famous Canadians that will be defending them. While most awards keep their debates behind closed doors, Canada Reads lays it all out in the open. Beginning March 21st, each […]

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CBC’s Canada Reads announces 2016 longlist

It’s the event that makes winter in the great white north all worth while for us Canadian book nerds. Created in 2002 by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), the beloved annual battle of the books, Canada Reads, celebrates the best in Canadian Literature. Each year, the battle and the books in it must relate to a […]

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10 Facts About Lucy Maud Montgomery

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery is without a doubt one of the most beloved authors of all time. In honor of her 141st birthday on November 30th, AbeBooks has put together 10 […]

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Take a virtual tour of Canada’s biggest used bookstore

Meet Jordan and Andrea, the husband and wife team who run Canada’s largest used bookstore in Victoria, BC (which also happens to be home to AbeBooks HQ).  Locals and tourists alike flock to Russell Books on Fort St. to spend hours (and hours) roaming aisles that span three floors, each worth a thorough browse. Take […]

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Ayelet Tsabari Wins 2015 Sami Rohr Prize

There’s been very exciting news for Ayelet Tsabari: it was recently announced that the Toronto-based author has won the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize. The prize began in 2006 and was conceived by the grandchildren of Jewish philanthropist Sami Rohr on his 80th birthday, to honor his appreciation for Jewish literature. Administered by the Jewish Book […]

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Canada Reads 2015: The Five Finalists

Earlier in January we posted that the CBC’s  Canada Reads competition for 2015 was kicking off and the longlist had been announced. Now, two thirds of that list has been whittled away, leaving just five remaining titles. Sadly, the single entry on the list that I had read did not make the cut, so I’m […]

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Canada Reads 2015: The Longlist

It’s time for the annual Canadian book battle wherein five well-known Canadians each pick a literary work to champion, and verbally spar on the airwaves. A brainchild of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Canada Reads first aired in 2002 and has been going strong ever since. The debates take place in front of a live […]

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Beth’s Best Reads of 2014

Every single year around this time, I find myself reflecting back on the books I’ve read since January 1st, and feeling: 1) mad at myself for not reading more; 2) mad at myself for wasting my life finishing that one really dreadful book; 3) delighted that I kept going through the hard bits of that […]

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Andreas Vesalius’ beautiful Fabrica: a pioneering book of anatomy

In 1543, Belgian physician Andreas Vesalius published one of the most influential books in medical history. De humani corporis fabrica translates from Latin as On the Fabric of the Human Body and it has stood the test of time. Not bad considering Vesalius was just 28 at the time. Affectionately known as The Fabrica, the […]

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2014 Giller Prize Shortlist

The shortlist is out! Canada’s most prestigious literary honour, The Giller Prize, was established in 1994. That’s a full two decades of recognition and reward each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The prize sees cash being awarded to the winner and each of the […]

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