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Launchpad: AFTER ELIAS, by Eddy Boudel Tan

By Kerry Clare

"After Elias gifts the reader with gorgeous, economic prose and the pace of a thriller. I couldn't put it down." —Nata …

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Giller Prize 2020 Special: The Chat with David Bergen

Giller Prize 2020 Special: The Chat with David Bergen

By Trevor Corkum

We’re thrilled to begin this year’s special Scotiabank Giller Prize coverage in conversation with David Bergen. Davi …

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Book Review: The Boy Who Moved Christmas by Eric Walters & Nicole Wellwood

Book Review: The Boy Who Moved Christmas by Eric Walters & Nicole Wellwood

By Geoffrey Ruggero

The Boy Who Moved Christmas is a beautiful story of a community coming together to grant the wish of a young boy battlin …

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Be Transported with Historical Fiction

By Cathy Marie Buchanan

A recommended reading list by Cathy Marie Buchanan, whose new novel is Daughter of Black Lake.

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Launchpad: HOW TO LOSE EVERYTHING, by Christa Couture

By Kerry Clare

"This might be the wisest, most delightful sad story that you've ever read in your life."

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The Chat with Jack Wang

The Chat with Jack Wang

By Trevor Corkum

This week on The Chat we’re speaking with writer Jack Wang, whose debut short story collection, We Two Alone, was rece …

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Alberta, Today

By Katie Bickell

18 novels that pay homage to the contemporary stories, landmarks, events, people, and communities associated with the la …

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Your Favourite Indie Booksellers, All in One Place

Your Favourite Indie Booksellers, All in One Place

By Kiley Turner

Throughout October and November, we're going to highlight indie bookstore picks on the blog and link back every time to …

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Launchpad: HAPPY HOUR, by Marlowe Granados

By Kerry Clare

"Funny and complex, Happy Hour is not just a coming-of-age romp, but a loving exploration of young womanhood, of the way …

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: The "I Am Canadian" Series

By Julie Booker

"These first-person narratives are so compelling that a reader doesn’t even notice that they’re actually learning hi …

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Picture Books are for Everyone: A Holiday List

Picture books aren't just for kids anymore, and don't think you even have to kids to delight in their riches. Of course, they still make great gifts for the pre-literate set, but readers of all ages will find a lot to appreciate in this selection of some of the most wonderful picture books of the year. 

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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey and Julia Sarda

About the book: How does a story begin? Sometimes it begins with a dream, and a dreamer. Mary is one such dreamer, a little girl who learns to read by tracing the letters on the tombstone of her famous feminist mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and whose only escape from her strict father and overbearing stepmother is through the stories she reads and imagines. Unhappy at home, she seeks independence, and at the age of sixteen runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, another dreamer. Two years later, they travel to Switzerland where they meet a famous poet, Lord Byron. On a stormy summer evening, with five young people gathered around a fire, Byron suggests a contest to see who can create the best ghost story. Mary has a waking dream about a monster come to life. A year and a half later, Mary Shelley's terrifying tale, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, is published—a novel that goes on to become …

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Book Review: The Boy Who Moved Christmas by Eric Walters & Nicole Wellwood

Reviewed by York Region District School Board Teacher Librarian Geoffrey Ruggero

The Boy Who Moved Christmas is a beautiful story of a community coming together to grant the wish of a young boy battling cancer. It brings about the spirit and magic of the holidays—in October.

When Evan and his family are told by doctors that his brain tumour is no longer treatable, Evan creates a list of things he wants to do. Included on that list is his wish to celebrate one more Christmas. As word spreads around the community, everyone contributes to making the most amazing Christmas parade imaginable. Thousands of people, hundreds of floats, and a visit from one special person make it a Christmas everyone will remember forever.

Towards the end of his battle, Nicole promised Evan to continue his fight against childhood cancer. As well as starting Evan’s Legacy, she feels that sharing his story through this book is another way to keep the fight going. Nicole hopes it helps other families who have dealt with, or are currently dealing with similar tragedies. The town still speaks warmly of Evan and there are pictures of him in many stores and restaurants. People are not afraid to say his name, and this is one important message that Nicole hopes will come from sharing Evan’s sto …

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