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My Heart is an Idiot

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'My Heart Is An Idiot' --Who can resist such a title!  Because we've all sometime or other fallen for the wrong person, taken up a lost cause, or had things go sadly wrong, these stories from Davy Rothbart's life will resonate, amuse and entertain.

Literary Spouses

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"Behind every good man is a good woman" is a common saying, but when it comes to literature, the relationship between spouses is even more complex.

Autopsying Authors' Medical Mysteries

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It would appear to be a case of The Bard meets House, M.D. in the intriguing new book Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough.
Were Shakespeare's shaky handwriting, his obsession with venereal disease, and his premature retirement connected?

Canadian eh? That's funny!

book cover imageIt's been said that when you can laugh at yourself you gain a broader perspective of life.  If that's the case then Canadians have a wide range of topics to laugh about while we don't  take ourselves too seriously. 

E-books? Here's about 3718 that you may not know we had!

I'm sure you know that our World Book Encyclopedia offers a ton of great information, but did you know that it's also home to a wonderful E-book collection?

From American and British Literature, to works in Spanish and German, to World Literature (translated-to-English works) and Canadian Literature, there are thousands of books available to download to your computer and/or handheld device. And much like borrowing books from our Digital Catalogue, these books come in Adobe ePub format and can be downloaded to your Adobe Digital Editions software.

Detecting Agatha Christie

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Who was the woman, Agatha, behind the mystery writer, and what sort of life did she live? Three new books have recently arrived

Flirting with Jane Austen and company

book cover imageIf you're a Jane Austen fan, then dip into 'Flirting with Pride & Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick Lit Masterpiece' and read how other devotees of 'Pride and Prejudice'  toss around a variety of attitudes and points of view about this

The Uncommon Reader

book cover imageIn this year of the Queen's Jubilee, have you ever wondered whether the Queen, after conscientiously performing her duties, ever kicks back and relaxes by reading a good book?  Just as we had no idea, until the Olympic opening ceremonies, that the Queen had taken up sky diving,  we have also been kept in the dark about her literary tastes!

For a whimsical, wryly humorous scenario of what might happ

Finding the Words

book cover imageWords are the writer's only tools.  But the challenge is to find the right words: to shape, refine, and convey the desired meaning and precise flavour for a paragraph, essay or story.  Here are a trio of books that explore the writer's struggle to use language as an effective and powerful means of communication.  Judge for yourself

Poetry - How Cheesy Is It?

book cover imagePoetry doesn't appeal to everyone, but I think that it's like cheese - you need to taste a number of different types in order to find the ones that suit your own tastebuds!