Thea Fitz-James


TRB Podcast: Ken Setterington’s Branded by the Pink Triangle


On September 25th, the Lillian H. Smith Library invited Ken Setterington to talk about his latest book, Branded by the Pink Triangle, and why he specifically wrote it for young adult readers. In World War II, a pink triangle was sewn onto uniforms to mark homosexuals who were imprisoned in concentration camps alongside Jews and other groups the Nazis persecuted for threatening German...

Adrian Johns on the Cultural Origins of the Printing Revolution: a TRB Podcast


In this talk, “The Cultural Origins of the Printing Revolution,” celebrated book historian Adrian Johns reveals his transformative view of Gutenberg’s origins and impact and offers a “novel account of what remains one of the most resonant episodes in Western history.” The Toronto Centre for the Book presented this Jackson Lecture on October 3rd, 2013, in association...

TRB Podcast: Ann Dowsett Johnston’s Drink


On Tuesday, September 24th, award-winning journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston read from her new book Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol over breakfast at The University Club for Ramsay Talks. According to Johnston, drinks have become skinnier, pinker, and sexier, and the new face of alcohol abuse is highly educated and wears heels. Both extensively researched and deeply...

TRB Podcast: Shyam Selvadurai’s The Hungry Ghosts


On Wednesday, September 18th, Shyam Selvadurai read from his new book The Hungry Ghosts to a warm audience at the Bloor-Gladstone Library. With an insatiable hunger, and a mouth too small to ever fill its stomach, the hungry ghost offers an image of greed in Buddhist mythology. Selvadurai’s new book is the story of hungry ghosts in the family of Shivan, a young Sri Lankan boy who immigrates...

TRB Podcast: Love and Accusation with Catherine Bush and Douglas Glover


This Is Not a Reading Series at the Gladstone Hotel on September 17th featured Mark Medley of the National Post  in conversation with Douglas Glover (author most recently of Savage Love) and Catherine Bush (whose latest is Accusation). Glover’s book is a series of short stories to join his repertoire of essays, prose, and nonfiction. Bush’s fourth novel, Accusation, tells the story of...