Monthly Archives: October 2008

Toronto poetry

It’s unusual for a poetry book to win the annual Toronto Book Award, but last week Glenn Downie’s Loyalty Management did just that. The award is for books that are “evocative of Toronto.” The other nominees were:

All these books can be borrowed from Laidlaw Library.

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The White Tiger

Indian author Aravind Adiga won the Booker prize on Tuesday for The White Tiger — his first novel! The Laidlaw Library copy has just been catalogued and will be ready for loan next week.

The other shortlisted books were The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry, Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh, The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant, and The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher.

University College Book Sale

The annual U.C. Book Sale (whose proceeds benefit Laidlaw Library) started today and runs until Tuesday Oct. 21. What an amazing operation! I helped out this afternoon at the cashier’s desk and met some wonderful U.C. alumni and friends who volunteer at the Book Sale every year.