Monthly Archives: October 2011

Canada Reads: True Stories

Laidlaw Library has 30 of the 40 books chosen for the CBC’s 2012 Canada Reads (and I ordered the other 10 last week). Whereas in the past Canada Reads has been all about fiction, this year’s theme is “True Stories.”  The list includes some quite recent books like What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past (2010) and Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life (2009), along with some older books like Farley Mowat’s And No Birds Sang (1979).

Last year was the first time the Canada Reads finalists included a graphic novel, and this year’s Top 40 includes three graphic non-novels, all available at Laidlaw:

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Mordecai: The Life & Times

Charles Foran has won the Writers’ Trust prize for nonfiction, for his biography of Mordecai Richler, Mordecai: The Life & Times  (available at Laidlaw Library).


Derek Walcott exhibition

There’s a new exhibition about Derek Walcott at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright from Saint Lucia:

UC Book Sale, Oct. 14-18

The amazing annual UC book sale is underway!  It’s in East & West Halls, University College, from Fri. Oct. 14 until Tues. Oct. 18 (hours etc.).  The sale is run by volunteers (alumni and friends of UC), and the money  you spend at the Book Sale largely goes to support Laidlaw Library.

UC book sale (view from above)

UC Book Sale, 2008 -- photo by Jason Krygier-Baum

Richard Landon

Such sad news that Richard Landon, the amazing Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, passed away yesterday.  To quote Larry Alford (Chief Librarian of UofT), “his work to build in Fisher one of the world’s greatest rare book libraries is a legacy that will endure for generations to come.”  I also have fond memories of taking his course on rare book librarianship, many years ago.

Giller 2011 shortlist

The Giller Prize shortlist was announced this morning — this Globe & Mail article about the shortlist includes links to the Globe’s review of each book. We have all the shortlisted books at  Laidlaw Library:

  • The antagonist / Lynn Coady  (location)
  • Better living through plastic explosives / Zsuzsi Gartner  (location)
  • The cat’s table / Michael Ondaatje  (location)
  • The free world / David Bezmozgis  (location)
  • Half-blood blues / Esi Edugyan  (location)
  • The Sisters brothers / Patrick deWitt  (location)