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The Chat with Amanda Leduc

The Chat with Amanda Leduc

By Trevor Corkum

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Coach House) is a brilliant and startling book of essays by Am …

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Five Queer Memoirs to Keep You Going

By Rachel Matlow

When you’re done watching Tiger King and taking a break from playing Animal Crossing, here are five queer memoirs to k …

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Earth Hour: Books & Activities to Spark Discussion and Environmental Action

Earth Hour: Books & Activities to Spark Discussion and Environmental Action

By Allison Hall

On Saturday March 28th millions of people around the globe will turn off their lights and spend an hour without the use …

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The Books I Want to Read Again

By Kerry Clare

Rereading is comfort, and indulgence. It's a voyage back to the familiar, but one that's still rich with discovery, and …

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How Do We Read When Words Fail Us?

By Kerry Clare

On the value of books and reading in a dangerous time.

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Catchy Beginnings

By Julie Booker

Great books with great starts.

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Books to Keep Young People Learning During Covid-19

Books to Keep Young People Learning During Covid-19

By Kiley Turner

There's never been a better time to highlight some great posts from our resident children's librarian, Julie Booker.

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A Sense of Place: THE BIRTH YARD Book List

By Mallory Tater

"The Birth Yard embodies a sense of place that I, as a woman, have always felt inside."

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"All of us are better when we're loved."

By Joseph Kertes

"Last Impressions will make you laugh out loud and cry out loud. What more could be asked of a book?" —Miriam Toews

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The Chat with Eufemia Fantetti

The Chat with Eufemia Fantetti

By Trevor Corkum

Today's chat is with Eufemia Fantetti, author of the brand-new memoir My Father, Fortune-Tellers, & Me, out now with Mot …

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Fantastic Reading, by Karina Sumner-Smith

Karina Sumner-Smith is a Canadian fantasy writer, and author of the Towers Trilogy from Talos Press: Radiant, Defiant, and Towers Fall. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award, translated into Spanish and Czech, and appeared in several Year’s Best anthologies. Make sure to check below Karina's post for an excerpt from Radiant and a chance to win the book!

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What’s the last great fantasy novel you read?

For many readers that I’ve spoken to, fantasy was often a genre read and enjoyed in younger years, then left behind as one aged into adulthood. Some might admit to reading some of the Harry Potter books, or perhaps sneaking a look to see what Twilight was all about; others mention The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit—though many skipped the books in favour of the movie versions.

Others, even book-a-day reading addicts, have never tried a fantasy novel. “My son likes that stuff,” one woman told me, “but it’s all a little weird for me.”

Another seemed surprised that I’d asked about fantasy at all. “Isn’t fantasy just for kids?”

Instead of taking offense, I see such responses as a great opportunity. As a lifelong fantasy reader and new fantasy author, I’ve seen what more mainstream readers may not have noticed: the huge range of work that falls under the fantasy umbrella.

Yes, the genre has its adventure stories and quests, tales of magic and wizards and strange creatures—but such novels are not the whole of the genre. Despite what is of …

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