Friday, May 25, 2018

History, Family, Promises

Through touching narrative and surreal illustration, Margie Wolfe's The Promise tells the true story of two sisters, her Mother and her Aunt, forced into labour at Auschwitz during the holocaust. Before being stolen away, they received from their parents three gold coins and a promise to keep - stay together. Wolfe, co-founder of Second Story Press, recently joined CBC's The Next Chapter to discuss the story behind the story, her family's history, and the making of the book - Listen to the full discussion here

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Black Klansman Movie Trailer

The trailer for the highly anticipated film BlacKkKlansman is here! 
Based on the novel of the same name (albeit spelled differently) Black Klansman tells the true story of Detective Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs Police Department’s first African American detective. Upon discovering an ad in the local paper reaching out to anyone interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan, Stallworth responds with a yes, thereby launching himself into an incredible months-long undercover investigation.   

BlacKkKlansman is directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele. Check it out in theatres August 10th

Friday, May 18, 2018

James Comey in Toronto

It’s been one year since former FBI director James Comey was fired. His recently-released book A Higher Loyalty discusses Comey’s career in the American government as well as ideas surrounding ethical leadership. In his interview with Piya Chattopadhyay on CBC’s The Current, Comey discusses the ways in which leadership should remain focused on truth, integrity and fairness; he also provides us with the one question we should ask before making a significant decision: "How would I explain this to my grandchildren?". 

Listen to the interview here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tomi Adeyemi

We’ve all agreed that Tomi Adeyemi is pretty much the greatest right? Her viral reaction to unboxing her first book sure isn’t the only reason! In her phenomenal interview with CBC’s Q with Tom Power she describes her personal relationship with character representation in fiction, and how her debut novel works to change that. In The Guardian she talks empowerment and inspiration from West Africa. And in this review from The Atlantic, her novel is explored for its incredible value in the Black Lives Matter Movement. We can't get enough!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Reading Without Walls

Books have tremendous power in expanding our horizons. So many of us have unique stories, and so many of these stories are told through books! In the spirit of expanding these horizons, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Yang has announced the Reading Without Walls Challenge encouraging readers to explore books of diverse voices, genres, and platforms. If you're a teacher, encourage your students! If you're a bookseller, encourage your customers! If you're a lover of books, take the challenge - and read beyond your comfort zone! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

STEAM guides: Owlkids

Fostering learning and curiosity is so important for students - and to usher forth the next generation of big thinkers! STEAM learning and inquiry works to engage students on a deeper learning,  building on critical thinking, creativity, and innovation that will be critical to tackle the issues the next generation may face. This STEAM guide from Owlkids has all you could need, from simpler classroom activities to in-depth explorations - perfect for any teacher or parent looking to spark the curiosity in their students! 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bookworms to B.C.!

From Galiano to Kootenay, British Columbia is full of Canadian Literary gems! Take in the Galiano Literary Festival from the ocean side Galiano Inn; Get lunch at The Library Lounge in the Hume Hotel; Or grab a coffee at Oso Negro, one of the best coffee shops on the west coast. B.C. is no doubt a must visit destination for every bookworm. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Big Cloud

Camille Seaman has spent years as an environmental photographer; today her book The Big Cloud comes out...and it's a stunner.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Canadian Indie Bookstore Day

Saturday April 28th, Canadian book lovers celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! Head on out to your local independent bookstore to meet authors, participate in activities, shop, and so much more. In an increasingly digital and big-box world, it's amazing how much you can discover and learn by connecting, browsing, and chatting within the book community - Let's make it a great day for our indie bookstores! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Literary London Town

Harry Potter? Shakespeare? Woolf? Shelley? All in the same place?? Only in London! From the George Inn, to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, to the Harry Potter Shop, London is chalk full of any literary lovers dream spots! Check out Buzzfeed’s complete list here

Friday, April 20, 2018

Britain's Great Book History

Talk about a book lovers dream! From Kent to Whitby to the British Library, Britain is filled with breathtaking literary monuments and landscapes. This incredible Mashable list explores Jane Austen’s Bath, William Shakespeare’s Stratford, and everywhere in between, showing that Britain truly is a must visit destination for any bibliophile.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Canada's Best New Picture Books!

Spring is upon us. And what better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curled up with a picture book! CBC has put together a collection of 12 New Canadian Picture Books to look forward to this Spring 2018, and with stories about family, fantasy, adventure, and opportunity. Canada’s picture book authors and illustrators have never looked so good! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Out this Week

World renowned statistician Hans Rosling's Ted Talks have had over 10 million views. Sadly he passed away in 2017. He spent the last two years of his life writing Factfulness:

Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Rosling takes complicated concepts and makes them very palatable to read. It is a fascinating book.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Instant Contest! March Break Thriller Pack

HarperCollins is moving offices next week, and in cleaning out my cupboards, I discovered some hidden gems- several stacks of signed books/ARCs!

So, if you are a Canadian librarian who is a fan of mysteries and thrillers, and think that the stack of books depicted below looks like the perfect way to spend your March Break (or summer holidays), be one of the first 2 people to e-mail me at and I'll ship you out a set. 

Please include your name and the shipping address of your library in your e-mail. 





Sunday, March 4, 2018

54 Years in the Making...

In 1963, a 10 year old Catherine Hand wrote a letter to Walt Disney about her favorite book - one that had given her hope. 54 years later, A Wrinkle in Time is finally set to hit the big screen, and the now movie producer Hand has nearly seen her childhood dream come true. Here, time explores the journey from dream to reality, and why the book to film adaptation has had such a bumpy road along the way. Based on Madeline L'Engle's 1962 award winning, best selling novel, A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters March 9, 2018. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

What Happens Next

Bullying is no easy issue to tackle, but Susan Hughes' newest release, What Happens Next is a fantastic and powerful starting point for discussions on emotions, empathy, and how we can relate to others. With a brand new trailer, and new discussion guides written by a child psychologist with research background in bullying, What Happens Next is a moving and informative read on the difficult issue of bullying. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Shape of Water: Two Stories, One Idea

The novelization of Guillermo del Toro's newest film, The Shape of Water, a collaboration written by the iconic filmmaker and novelist Daniel Kraus, is so much more than a typical adaptation. Born from Kraus' lifelong idea, both the film and novel tell the story of a mute woman and imprisoned, mute creature falling in love in distinctly different ways. For more on this unique tale, and the collaboration of its two writers, check out this gizmodo article. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Against Amazon

Bookshops: A Reader's History author Jorge Carrion, has come out to defend the traditions of books with his original essay "Against Amazon: A Reader's Manifesto." Carrion's insightful, in-depth piece presents seven arguments against the digital "hypermarket," as well as the "hows" and "whys" it's important to support the little guys. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Books to Screen 2018!

Modern classics? Sought after-bachelors? Astral travelers and astrophysicists? 2018 will have some insane book to film adaptations that we are crazy excited for! From Red Sparrow to A Wrinkle in Time and more, check here for Publisher's Weekly's 10 Most Anticipated Book-to-Film Adaptations of 2018.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Showrunner

In the struggle for power in the hyper-competitive television industry, blood feuds are not uncommon. Kim Moritsugu's newest novel, The Showrunner, explores all the nitty gritty and fight needed in struggle to the top. The Showrunner is out June 2, 2018. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Meet our authors at OLA Super Conference!

Be sure to stop by the HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin Booth (# 730 /732 / 734) if you are coming to OLA Super Conference next week! 

We have a great line-up of authors signing in the booth during the conference, plus lots of giveaways!

Thursday,  February  1

  • 10:15 am- JOANNA GOODMAN, The Home for Unwanted Girls
  • 11:00 am- CARSTEN STROUD, The Shimmer
  • 12:00 pm- HADLEY DYER, Here So Far Away (Young Adult novel)
  • 1:30 pm- THOMAS KING, Cold Skies
  • 2:00 pm- HANNAH MARY MCKINNON, The Neighbors

Friday, February 2

  • 10:00 am- KIMBERLY BELLE, The Marriage Lie
  • 11:00 am- KARMA BROWN, The Life Lucy Knew
  • 11:45 am- ROY MACGREGOR, The Ice Chips and the Magical Rink (Chapter Book)
  • 12:30 pm- A. J. FINN, The Woman in the Window
  • 1:15 pm- KRISTEN CICCARELLI, The Last Namsara (Young Adult Novel)


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


A cosmic war, royal conspiracy, and fiercely independent female leads? Sign us up! Claire Legrand's Furyborn has it all. Described as "addictive," by NYT bestselling author Sara Raasch, and "alluring," by NYT bestselling author Kendare Blake, this is one novel you will not be able to put down. Furyborn is out May 22, 2018. Check the video above for Legrand's exclusive introduction. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Four Year Olympian

From novice to Olympian in four years? How about winning the silver medal! Jeremiah Brown's incredible journey to becoming a silver medalist in Olympic Rowing is truly inspiring. The Four Year Olympian is out March 24, 2018. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

70 Amazing Facts about Munsch!

His full name? His hobbies? The story behind his coming to Canada? CBC Books has complied a fantastic list of 70 amazing facts about Robert Munsch - Satisfy your curiosity here!

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Man With the Violin

In 2007, violinist Joshua Bell wowed commuters and went viral with his Washington DC busking experiment. It would go on to inspire Kathy Stinson to write The Man With the Violin, and on December 21st his sold-out performance at the Ottawa's National Art Centre wowed thousands. The Canadian premiere of the multimedia suite based on the book was a massive success. For more on the book, check out the trailer here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

We ❤ TPL

Toronto Public Library has done a very cool map showing the most read books by neighbourhood.
Do Not Say We Had Nothing, was a clear favourite. Other top choices were:

Sunday, December 24, 2017


Is anyone else BEYOND excited for this?? With the release of this fresh remake, be sure to also check out the special 30th Anniversary Edition of the original novel. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is out now. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Heather O'Neill's Kreisel Lecture

Heather O'Neill was the speaker at the 2017 CLC Kreisel Lecture. Wisdom in Nonsense, the book based on the series is one of the funniest books I have read this year. It is the life lessons her father gave her growing up and is some of the most unusual advice going!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Short History of a Mighty Press

Dundurn Press, one of Canada's largest independent publishers put together this awesome infographic of their company's history.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Write for Rights

Writing has the power to change the world - and Amnesty International is proud to include all in their efforts to do so. For the past 15 years, the organization's global letter writing campaign has inspired millions of written letters to support those whose basic human rights are being attacked. Check out Amnesty's website to explore how the written word has changed the world, and how you too can get involved

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I Don't Want To Know Anyone Too Well

Celebrated abroad, the late Canadian author Norman Levine was relatively unknown in his home nation. But as The Walrus has described, perhaps with the posthumously I Don't Want To Know Anyone Too Well, that is poised to change. The first-ever full collection of these long out-of-print stories from Levine is a can't miss for lovers of Canadian authors. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend

Making friends is tough - but Ira Crumb is determined to find a fun way to do it! From appearances on TVO to features from library influencers, everyone love's Naseem Hrab's  Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Best culture trips for families

It's never too early to start planning next year's adventures. Lonely Planet has come up with a bunch of great ideas for family trips. Even if you don't have family, it's still a great list!

Monday, October 30, 2017

11 of The Dreamiest Bookstores Across Canada

Gorgeous interiors, beautiful exteriors, and filled with incredible stories and tales! These bookshops are just as incredible as the books that inhabit them! Chatelaine recently put together their list of the dreamiest bookstores across Canada - from a shop founded by Alice Munro, to a shop in an Edwardian red brick house, these shops are breathtaking! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

In Case I Go

Ever thought of blending a ghost story, adultery drama, anti-racist consciousness, and magical realism, all told by a child narrator? Most would never dare, but Angie Adbou went there! Still hot on the success of Between, in her newest piece In Case I Go. Abdou once again writes a challenging and captivating narrative that "explores the uneasy place where white liberal guilt intersects with the horrors of colonialism." Check out this glowing review in the Edmonton Journal, and grab your copy today!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Library Bound Rocks!

This month, Library Bound hosted the Dewey's at Richmond Hill Public Library. Susan Wallace, the most charming presenter, welcomed over 40 librarians from 12 different systems. Many thanks Library Bound for all your hard work!

Friday, October 13, 2017

October is National Cookbook Month

And what a better way to celebrate then by reading A History of Cookbooks coming from the University of California Press this Fall. Cookbooks go all the way back to 700 BC. UCP has an excellent excerpt from their book on their blog.
Oh and of course you can also celebrate by eating all the things :)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Waiting for the Punch

Marc Maron hosts an awesome podcast: WTF. His book Waiting for the Punch goes on sale this week. It includes conversations with Amy Schumer, Mel Brooks, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Sir Ian McKellen, Lorne Michels, Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, RuPaul, Louis CK, David Sedaris, Bruce Springsteen, and most famuosly, President Obama. He was interviewed on Q.

Friday, September 22, 2017

In case your bed side table is not stacked with enough books...

The Toronto Star has come out with their list of 25 must reads for the fall, including Alice McDermott's The Ninth Hour. I finished this on the weekend and was gripped; this is the first time I have read her and all the high praise I heard before was certainly worth it.
Happily I can still squeeze in a few more books. :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How cool is this!

Lonely Planet put together a list of places that bring kids books to life. Moomin, Treasure Island, Tintin and Artemis Fowl...time to start next year's travel plans!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Not Your Grandparent's Library!

Did you know that between 1990 and 2014, library visits have grown by nearly 200 percent?! With continued community engagement and partnering, libraries are as popular as ever, and this rise in attendance doesn't look to be slowing any time soon. Head over to, and check out librarian Oleg Kagan's take on the whopping rise in library visits!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Our Great Prime Ministers

How does Canada's democracy work? How was it formed? DK answers and explores these questions and more in Our Great Prime Ministers, a level 4 reader profiling 12 of Canada's most significant Prime Ministers, including Sir John A. Macdonald, Lester B. Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, and Stephen Harper. Perfect for 9 - 11 year-old-readers. Check out the details here. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Exploring the Poetry Boom

Poetry is red hot! From Rupi Kaur to Sabrina Benaim, the world is captivated with the raw honesty and emotion channeled and expressed by these fabulous poets. As fans continue to engage through social media, and poets continue to engage through readings and heavily viewed YouTube videos, the genre has experienced a colossal boom in sales. Check out Publishers Weekly's in-depth take on the Poetry Surge here

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What's the Worth of Your Public Library?

The Globe and Mail did a great piece celebrating the value of libraries in our communities.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Man Who Loved Libraries

Owlkids released The Man Who Loved Libraries this week. That man was Andrew Carnegie. Owlkids put together an awesome fact sheet on Carnegie.

Did you know that:
• Canada was awarded grants for 125 Carnegie libraries. Of those, 63 are still used as libraries today. • 111 were in Ontario, four in Manitoba, three in each of Alberta and British Columbia, two in Saskatchewan, and one each in New Brunswick and the Yukon. 
• In all, Carnegie donated $2.5 million to fund Canadian libraries. 

Very cool!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Imagine Peace

September 21st is the International Day of Peace – and what anthem celebrates peace more than John Lennon’s “Imagine”? With the help of illustrator Jean Jullien, Lennon’s words have been translated into a beautiful picture book, published in partnership with Amnesty International. Celebrate the International Day of Peace with these fantastic “Imagine Day” activity kits, available here

For more details on the International Day of Peace, and Imagine, head over to this beautiful website featuring Lennon's music video, and user written messages of peace from around the world. Be sure to leave your own!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sex, Drugs, and YA Literature

Decades have been spent trying to get boys to read – but trying to get teenage boys to read? Forget it. Proposing the question ‘What are teenage boys interested in?’ will typically be answered with nothing more than a roll of the eyes, but Daniel Handler’s newest novel All the Dirty Parts focuses on exactly that. Described by the author in a recent New York Times article, the novel “portrays a young boy’s emotional, hetroflexible sex life”. Instead of censoring out the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Handler writes head on about a young adult’s burgeoning sexuality and tells it like it is. As Handler puts it: “Let’s not smirk at their interests. Let’s give them books that might engage them."

Handler is also known by his pen name, Lemony Snicket

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Wrinkle in Time Takes Hollywood

55 years after its publication, Madeline L’Engle’s 1963 sci-fi masterpiece hits the screen! Exploding through social media since the release of its first teaser trailer, and with a dynamic cast featuring Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon, A Wrinkle in Time is poised to exceed its much deserved hype. Continuously printed since 1963, A Wrinkle in Time has been awarded the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. The film adaptation is due for release March 9th, 2018. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

"This Is That" - Friday Funny!

Did you know that the City of Brandon, Manitoba is closed from July 12 to August 19? Or that tipping your server in Swift Current is offensive? Well then, you’d better pick up this brand-new travel guide from CBC Radio’s award winning satirical comedy team – the This is That Travel Guide to Canada! This faux travel guide included all sorts of goofy travel tips to navigating Canada. Check out some of their latest work in the video above! 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Do You Know Books in Canada?

Robertson Davies or Margaret Atwood? Wayne Gretzky or Wendel Clarke? Who sold more? Who sold first? Put your knowledge of the Canada’s book marketplace to the test with this Canada 150 quiz by BookNet Canada! These 21 uniquely Canadian questions will push your book skills to the edge, as BookNet Canada keeps Canada 150 rolling.