Monthly Archives: October 2010

English Canada Reads

CBC Radio’s Canada Reads has come up with a list of the “Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade.” I wish they’d called it “Top 40 Essential English Canadian Novels of the Decade,” since there isn’t a single French Canadian novel on the list. But it’s fun to read through the list and see how many you’ve read (I’ve only read six myself — though another four are sitting on my “to be read” shelf…).


Hard-to-find Giller nominee

After reading yesterday’s Globe article about how few copies have been printed of the Gilller-shortlisted novel The Sentimentalists and how hard it is to get a copy of this Gaspereau Press title, I was surprised to see that Laidlaw’s copy has not been borrowed since the shortlist was announced. If you’re reading this, now’s your chance! Here are links to all the shortlisted titles in our catalogue:

Annabel by Kathleen Winter
Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod
The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
This Cake is for the Party by Sarah Selecky
The Matter with Morris by David Bergen

Hurricane Hazel

Mark Sinnett’s novel The Carnivore recently won the Toronto Book Award. The judges said that “Sinnett takes what would be a cliché in lesser hands — Hurricane Hazel’s devastation of Toronto in 1954 yoked to an affair that silently undermines a young marriage — to produce a novel of adventure and sorrow.” The Carnivore is available at Laidlaw Library.

To read more about the hurricane (and see some striking photos), check out Jim Gifford’s book Hurricane Hazel: Storm of the Century, available in UofT Libraries’ e-book collection.

Tar sands panel discussion

There will be a panel discussion at UC on the Athabasca tar sands next Fri. (Oct. 22). Laidlaw Library has the revised 2010 edition of panelist Andrew Nikiforuk’s book Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent. (Here’s a review of the book.)

UC Book Sale

The annual University College Book Sale begins today! There are tons of interesting books, at great prices — and the proceeds of this amazing volunteer effort support Laidlaw Library!
Where: East and West Halls, University College (15 King’s College Circle)
When: Friday, Oct. 15 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 17 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 18 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

UofT Libraries Mobile App

U of T Libraries is now offering a free UTL Mobile App for iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, and Android.  You can use it to renew your books, find library hours, check your account, read UTl news, etc.

From 3 to 6 p.m. today (Oct. 12) there will be “Librarians on Location” in the lobby of Sid Smith (100 St. George), to promote the app and answer questions about UofT library resources.

Columbia prof. speaking at UC

Sharon Marcus will be speaking at University College today on “Salome and the Drama of Celebrity.” She’s the author of the award-winning book Between women : friendship, desire, and marriage in Victorian England.