Category Archives: New Books

The Imperfectionists

Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists, is giving a talk, Q&A, and book signing this evening (Jan. 13) at Innis College. His novel is about “the quirky, maddening, endearing people who write and read an international newspaper based in Rome.”


World AIDS Day 2010

Today is World AIDS Day. I just did a search for books about AIDS published in 2010 in the Laidlaw Library collection, and it’s a pretty interesting list of books! Here’s a link.

Eating Chinese by Lily Cho

UC visiting prof Lily Cho’s new book has just come out and can be found at Laidlaw Library. It’s called Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada, and this Wednesday there will be a book launch, where Judy Fong Bates will host a Q&A session with the author. If you haven’t read the nice Toronto Star piece about the book, here’s a link.

Laidlaw also has Judy Fong Bates’s new memoir The Year of Finding Memory (and her moving 2004 novel, set in a small-town-Ontario Chinese restaurant, Midnight at the Dragon CafĂ©).

David Suzuki

I recently saw Sturla Gunnarson’s excellent documentary about David Suzuki, Force of Nature, which features excerpts from Suzuki’s December 2009 “legacy lecture.” This doesn’t sound like it would make for a good film, but actually it’s beautifully done, with excerpts from the lecture interwoven with personal stories, photos, and footage from Suzuki’s life, and wilderness images. Suzuki has expanded the lecture into a book, The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision for Our Sustainable Future (available at Laidlaw Library).

Cool Water

Cool Water, Dianne Warren’s novel set in small-town Saskatchewan, has won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction! Here’s where to find it at Laidlaw and other UofT libraries.


There’s an interesting article on the CBC website about Kathleen Winter and her novel Annabel (available at Laidlaw Library), which is about an intersex child growing up in a small town in Labrador. It was nominated for three different Canadian literary awards — not bad for a first novel!

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