Monthly Archives: April 2008

Slings & Arrows

I’m currently watching the third season of Slings & Arrows on DVD.  This wonderful Canadian TV series is about a fictitious theatre company that’s a lot like the Stratford Festival. A Brazilian director recently bought the rights to adapt the series for Brazilian TV. For lots of information about the series see Spotlight on Slings & Arows, which is part of the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project. If you haven’t seen the show, I highly recommend it! Media Commons at Robarts Library has the DVDs.


I recently saw the animated film Persepolis, which Marjane Satrapi based on her own graphic novel (or rather, autobiography) about growing up in Iran before and after the Islamic Revolution. Seeing the film prompted me to go back and reread the book, looking for all the subtle differences between the two — always a fun pursuit after seeing a film adapted from a book!. If you haven’t read the book I highly recommend it:

This Ain’t the Rosedale Library

The independent bookstore This Ain’t the Rosedale Library is leaving its longstanding location on Church Street and moving into Kensington Market at the end of May. It will be in a terrific location for those who like the smell of fresh ground coffee: next door to Ideal Coffee on Nassau Street. What a great addition to the neighbourhood!

Writers’ Trust prize winners

If you’d like to check out this year’s winners of the Writers’ Trust prizes, they’re both available at Laidlaw Library:



Fascinating lives

I recently put up a display of “life stories” in the Laidlaw Library collection. This includes memoirs like From Harvey River and biographies such as Two Lives : Gertrude and Alice. The display’s halfway up the staircase near the library.