Category Archives: New Books

2013 Giller shortlist

The Giller Prize shortlist was announced today.  We have all 5 shortlisted books at the UC Library, PLUS the other 8 books that made the “long list.” The longlisted books have been on display at the front of the Library for the past ten days (but of course some of them have been borrowed — that’s why we do these displays!). The winner will be announced November 5.

Going Home Again / Dennis Bock
Hellgoing / Lynn Coady
Cataract City / Craig Davidson
Caught / Lisa Moore
The Crooked Maid / Dan Vyleta

The Orenda / Joseph Boyden
How To Get Along With Women / Elisabeth De Mariaffi
Extraordinary / David Gilmour
Emancipation Day / Wayne Grady
October 1970 / Louis Hamelin, translated by Wayne Grady
The Son of a Certain Woman / Wayne Johnston
The Woman Upstairs / Claire Messud
Minister Without Portfolio / Michael Winter


Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Here’s a new addition to our Best Sellers collection that I heartily recommend:

The ingredients of this novel include e-mails, letters, a report card, a transcript of a TED talk, and an emergency-room bill! (it takes place in the States). It’s  funny and hard to put down.  Here’s a book review from The Guardian.

book cover - Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Log table displays

People sometimes ask where we got the interesting log table at the front of the UC Library, which we use to display books on a particular theme. My understanding is that it was made from a tree on the U of T campus that was cut down years ago. But I don’t know where on the campus the tree stood — if anyone does, I’d love to hear about it.

Here’s a photo of the table, with our latest display: books related to Chinese-Canadian Studies.

Chinese Canadian Studies book display




Word on the Street

There was a lovely air of anticipation at Queen’s Park as the tents were being set up for Sunday’s Word on the Street. Here are a few of the authors featured this year, and where you can find their latest book at Laidlaw Library:

     book cover: Seen Reading by Julie Wilson

Best Sellers Collection at UC Library

Need a study break? Why not borrow a book from our new Best Sellers collection? It’s just inside the entrance to Laidlaw Library and includes series like The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Game of Thrones.  We have lots of bestselling authors, both fiction (e.g.John Grisham and Jodi Picoult) and non-fiction (e.g.  Malcolm Gladwell, and Tina Fey).

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.)

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..

Canadians on Booker short list

What exciting news that two Canadians are on the short list for this year’s Booker Prize!  We have both these books at Laidlaw Library:

The University College art collection

There’s only one more week to see “Great Art for a Great University,” the  exhibition of the UC art collection which is at the UofT Art Centre until March 19th.  It includes fascinating paintings of UC places and UC people, as well as terrific landscapes, abstract paintings, etc. by great Canadian painters such as Lawren Harris.

The beautiful colour catalogue for this show was launched this week — it’s on sale at the UofT Art Centre, and Laidlaw Library has two copies ready for loan.