Monthly Archives: September 2007

Word on the Street

Today’s “Word on the Street” festival was held at Queen’s Park in perfect end-of-September weather. By far the most enthusiastic author I heard was George Elliott Clarke, reading from his dramatic poem “Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path” (which I’ve now ordered for the Library). Seeing Clarke’s smile as he reads and hearing the pleasure in his voice would make many people want to be a writer (and would make everyone want to be a reader).

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Michael Enright at U.C.

This year, U.C.’s Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor in Canadian Studies is journalist Michael Enright! Here are a couple of interesting articles (from U of T Libraries’ e-journals collection):

  • “All in the Family” (article by Michael Enright from the Literary Review of Canada, about The Jesus Family Tomb and The Jesus Dynasty).

2007 Stubbs Lecture

Next Thursday, David M. Halperin (of the University of Michigan) is giving the 2007 Stubbs Lecture, “Tragedy Into Melodrama: Towards a Poetics of Gay Male Culture.” You can find several of his books in the Laidlaw collection:

(The lecture is Thurs. Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m., Room 140, University College.)

Giller Prize judges announce the “long list”

Yesterday, the Giller Prize judges announced their “long list” of 15 books in the running for the coveted Canadian fiction prize. Laidlaw Library has 4 of the books, and I’ve ordered the other 11. (The ones we already have are Barbara Gowdy’s Helpless,, Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero, and The Assassin’s Song by two-time Giller winner M.G. Vassanji.)

This year one of the Giller judges is U.C. alumna Camilla Gibb. I enjoyed hearing her read from her novel Sweetness in the Belly at last year’s “Celebrate UC Authors” event.

The short list will be announced on October 9th and the winner on November 6th…

The Shock Doctrine

Naomi Klein, the author of No Logo, gave a reading at U of T tonight from her new book The Shock Doctrine. I just heard today that Naomi Klein is a U.C. grad! Here’s some information about the new book (which I’ve ordered for Laidlaw Library) from her website.

Consolation wins the Toronto Book Award

Michael Redhilll won the 2007 Toronto Book Award today for his novel Consolation, which sounds fascinating. When I was at Book City in the Annex the other day, one of the store’s bookloving staff was raving about it. Here’s where to find it in our collection.

Fugitive Pieces opens the Film Festival

Tonight’s opening gala at the Toronto International Film Festival is Jeremy Podeswa’s adaptation of Fugitive Pieces. If you haven’t read this amazing novel by U of T alumna Anne Michaels, you can borrow it from Laidlaw Library. I really liked Jeremy Podeswa’s earlier film, The Five Senses — it’ll be interesting to see what he does with Fugitive Pieces!