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Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards Turn 75

Happy 75th birthday to the Governor General’s Awards, which began in 1937 as literary awards only. Contemporarily, the title is an umbrella for a collection of annual awards recognizing and rewarding excellence in a variety of artistic and academic categories. Back in 1937, the first Governor General’s Literary Award came into being under Lord Tweedsmuir […]

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11 Vintage Dance Books

We thought we’d help put a little spring in your step this Friday morning, with these 11 dance books from times gone by – Charleston, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango or even Black Bottom your way through your day today. Cha-cha-cha! (Some of these appear to be sheet music – be sure to read the description before […]

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Booker Prize 2012 Longlist Semi-Finalists

The longlist has been announced for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The judges managed to whittle a list of 145 novels down to just 12 titles for the longlist (a task I find simultaneously enviable and overwhelming to contemplate). There was much triumph of new and fresh this year, with four debut novelists making the […]

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A Book Becomes The Best Graduation Present Ever

Brenna Martin, an 18-year-old living in Kenly, North Carolina, just graduated from high school. Upon graduation, her father Bryan Martin gave her a gift: a copy of the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, The Places You’ll Go!. For those unfamiliar with the book, it is entirely characteristic of Seuss in terms of rhyme and scansion and […]

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Coaster Set of Classic Book Covers

One of my colleagues called me over to show off his new coasters. Made by outofprintclothing.com, it’s a set of 8 water-resistant, gorgeous coasters of classic book covers. The set includes Catch-22, Invisible Man, On the Road, Lolita, Brave New World, Pride & Prejudice, Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles. I’m not sure […]

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8 Excellent Asian-Canadian Novels

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and the CBC has a selection of excellent Asian-Canadian novels, compiled by CBC producer and Asian-Canadian history enthusiast Adrian Ma. His list includes a few I’ve read and many I haven’t, and one of my favourite books of all time, The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy. Tales from […]

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Salesman’s 1901 Sample Case of Children’s Books

A Salesman’s Sample Case of children’s books from 1901.

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A Girl Who Reads

A Girl Who reads – this beautiful spoken word poetry by Mark Grist celebrates the love of women who love to read.

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Today’s March Madness Pairing – Vote!

Welcome to the 5th HEAD TO HEAD bout between two beautiful books in our March Madness event. Today’s heavyweight match is between Animals and Objects In and Out of Water by Jay Ryan and American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent. Remember, this contest is all about aesthetics, so click through, look […]

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The Frye Festival Celebrates Northrop’s 100th

This year’s Frye Festival, located in Moncton, New Brunswick and taking place April 23rd – 29th, 2012, celbrates the 100th birthday of literary critic and theorist Northrop Frye with an array of fun and bookish events.

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