Monthly Archives: November 2011

Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch Mysteries, which is set in 1890s Toronto, is one of my favourite TV shows.  CityTV announced a few months ago that the fifth season would be the last one for this Canada-UK co-production. So I was thrilled to hear that instead, the show will be moving to the CBC and renewed for a sixth season!

If you’re curious about the novels by Maureen Jennings which inspired the TV series, we have all seven books at Laidlaw Library.

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Canada Reads 2012 finalists

Here are the finalists for Canada Reads 2012: True Stories.  The five books will be debated on CBC radio in February by their “celebrity defenders,”  and are all available at Laidlaw Library:

A Cultural History of Sexuality

Laidlaw Library recently purchased the ambitious new six-volume set A Cultural History of Sexuality. Each volume can be borrowed separately and covers a different era: Classical World, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Age of Empire, Modern Age.

Gold Mountain Blues

You’ve probably read about the copyright controversy surrounding Zhang Ling’s recent novel Gold Mountain Blues (here’s a summary by Quill & Quire).

In case you’d like to read the books and judge for yourself, Laidlaw Library now has all the books in question.  (We recently purchased Gold Mountain Blues and the two Paul Yee books, and we already had the others.)

Half-Blood Blues

Edi Edugyan has won the Giller Prize for Half-Blood Blues! Here’s what the Giller jury said:

“Imagine Mozart were a black German trumpet player and Salieri a bassist, and 18th century Vienna were WWII Paris; that’s Esi Edugyan’s joyful lament, Half-Blood Blues. It’s conventional to liken the prose in novels about jazz to the music itself, as though there could be no higher praise. In this case, say rather that any jazz musician would be happy to play the way Edugyan writes. Her style is deceptively conversational and easy, but with the simultaneous exuberance and discipline of a true prodigy. Put this book next to Louis Armstrong’s ‘West End Blues’ – these two works of art belong together.”

 

 

So You Want to be a Writer?

Tomorrow (Nov. 3), join Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor (and UC alumna!) Camilla Gibb for “So You Want to be a Writer?” (at 4:30, in UC Room 240).

Camilla Gibb’s books are available at Laidlaw Library.

Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst  is speaking tonight (Nov. 1) at the Toronto Reference Library, and there’s an interesting article about him in yesterday’s New York Times.

We have Hollinghurst’s five novels at Laidlaw Library, including his latest, The Stranger’s Child..