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National Embarrassment/Bore Sparks Some Great Literary Criticism

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Yesterday we learned from David Gilmour that being in conversation with “a young woman” means one doesn’t need to take one’s words seriously—but then Gilmour also taught us that literary “seriousness” is just for straight white dudes. Education’s great, eh? I can hear Jane Austen guffawing into a carefully hemmed sleeve in the sky. A lot has already been said on author and University of Toronto...

Becoming an ex-vegan, starting your new life, and riding with Jack: Bookishness for August 26, 2013

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Corey Mintz sets out to become an ex-vegan The food writer cut out animal products for four days. And gets the chance to see his vegetarian friends. Naturally, you have questions about embarking on your new life: Will you ever be able to resume your old identity? What happens to your Netflix queue? You are now under witness protection. Hank bought a bus Follow along. Jack has your back “I...

Canada Reads 2013: And the winner is…

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It was the last day of Canada Reads 2013, the last chance for actor Jay Baruchel and comedian Trent McLellan to pitch their chosen books as the one all Canadians should have on their nightstands. And at 10:53 am, after a lively and sometimes venomous debate, the winner was declared: February, by Lisa Moore. “I feel way better than I thought I would ever in my life,” McLellan said about his...

Canada Reads 2013: Debate Day 3

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And we’re down to the last pair! After the third day of Canada Reads 2013, only Two Solitudes and February remain in contention for the big prize. Indian Horse, an audience darling and the early favourite to win, was voted out today, leaving Jay Baruchel and Trent McLellan to duke it out tomorrow in this year’s final round. Get prepped for the big showdown by reading our coverage of Day 1 and Day...

Canada Reads 2013: Debate Day 2

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On Day 2 of the Canada Reads debates, Jane Urquart’s Away was banished to the dustbin of unsuccessful entrants, Indian Horse maintained its dominance in the public polls, and February began to look like the panelists’ favourite book. After a relatively staid first day of debates yesterday, the contest heated up today as panelists were urged by moderator Jian Ghomeshi to pick out their least...

Reading in 2013, pennies, and the physics of getting James’s peach airborne: Bookishness for Jan. 7

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New Year’s Read-olutions Everyone around seems to be setting reading goals for 2013. I’m aiming for what now seems like a measly 100 books, held in comparison to Jeff Ryan’s 366 books in 2012. Alternatively, you might resolve to read less. The best Canadian designs ever From The Canadian Design Resource, a list of the top 100 Canadian designs of all time (including this, one of...

Public books: What Torontonians are reading at Union Station

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As a recognized National Historical Site, a testament to Canadian urban beaux-arts style, and a committed travel hub, Toronto’s Union Station is an iconic public place. Despite said accolades, it is humble and mysterious, transformed day and night by its inhabitants, as a book is transformed by its beholders’ imaginations. As such, Union Station is the perfect place to find out what people are...

Reflecting on Amy Hempel’s “In A Tub”

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After reading Amy Hempel’s “In a Tub,” I felt inspired to reflect on the story. Two years ago, I posted this essay on my blog, A Long Story Short.   I eyed my grey, suede moon boots and my white ski jacket in the front closet, smelled snow on the draft seeping through the front door, then climbed the steps of the landing and lay on my back– overwhelmed. When she pushed open the front door at five...

The History of Reading as Told by Students at the University of Toronto

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  This last semester I taught a course called “Readers and Readerships” to close to a hundred and fifty bright young Torontonians. A core second-year course in the Book and Media Studies program at the University of Toronto, the class surveyed the history of Western reading from the pre-history of writing to the present. We talked about thrilling topics from the oldest library...

TRB Podcast: Peta-Gaye Nash kicks off Jamaica 50 at TPL

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Listen here: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Peta-Gaye Nash started the Jamaica 50 series at the Toronto Public Library  with readings from her short story collection, I Too Hear the Drums. She is a short-story and children’s book author born...

e-Reading! An Interdisciplinary Toronto Review of Books Symposium on March 31 at Massey College

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Join The Toronto Review of Books at Massey College next Saturday, March 31st for the interdisciplinary symposium on e-Reading we’re hosting in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s program in Book History and Print Culture and the Toronto Centre for the Book. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a fascinating afternoon. The program is as follows: E-Reading An...