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Taking Care of Business

100 years ago yesterday on January 3, 1917, the O'Brien Business College was opened by William J. O'Brien in the Alma Block on the west side of Richmond Street between King and York streets.  In 1925, it was purchased by Norman Stonehouse (1897-1975) who operated the college under the name of the London Business Institute until 1952. 

If you loved In A Dark, Dark Wood......

I have been eagerly awaiting Ruth Ware's new novel, The Woman in Cabin Ten - pretty much since I turned the last page in her first book - In a Dark, Dark Wood! Yes, her books are that good!

Saint Christopher?

book cover image The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was one of the most notorious atheists in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed.

Love Me Tender

Sixty years ago on January 1st, 1957, Elvis Presley's first film, Love Me Tender, opened at the Capitol Theatre, 204 Dundas Street, London, Ontario. The Capitol was original Allen's Theatre which opened on February 23rd, 1920.  Renamed in 1924, the Capitol continued to operate until it closed in 2002.  

First in a new series

Book Cover Image - The Rains

Quite a few of my favourite adult authors have started writing young adult books - many of them series. Gregg Hurwitz has just released The Rains  - the first in his new young adult series

Adams & Acorns

book cover image John Quincey Adams

What is it about the Adams family tree? Every branch seems to be sprouting a biography.

Christmas Murder Stories!

book cover image: Eggnog murder

Well, after reading a great Christmas/romance/wedding novel that had all the quintessential trappings of an old-fashioned, small town Christmas story I decided to up the ante and go for a Christmas murder story

whats on

Trail Blazer

book cover image Dr. Oronhyatekha

Dr. Oronhyatekha (Peter Martin) was one of the first indigenous physicians in Canada and the first to attend Oxford University. He shattered a lot of stereotypes.