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Literature

Freedom to Read Week Feb 26 - March 3

book cover imageHow much do you take for granted the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as part of our daily lives here in Canada?  Newly arrived on our shelves is the powerful "No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems" of Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Great Expectations for Charles Dickens' Birthday

Cover image of Dickens biography

As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Dickens' birth on February 7, 1812, come and enjoy an entertaining theatrical production of Dickens' appealing "Great Expectations". 

The Writer's Life

What's it like to be a writer?  How does writing impact your job, family, marriage or other personal relationships?  book cover image Here are some new books which give a peek inside the intriguing lives of some writers who, through their words, made an impact on the world around them.

The Use and Abuse of Literature

Is technology hastening the decline of reading?  Does our mass, popular culture mean the end of literature? book cover image What's the use of reading literature in our digit

Celebrate National Poetry Month

book cover imageThe Exile Book of Poetry in Translation: 20 Canadian Poets Take on the World.  Here's a book to tantalize your poetic tastes, combining both the poetic talents of home-grown Canadian poets and those of international reputation.

Creative Writing Tips from an Expert

If you are interested in advice and feedback on your own creative writing efforts, take advantage of a free program, Creative Writing Tips & Blue Pencil Editing by the Humber School for Writers, on Saturday, April 2, 2011, 10:30 am-12 noon at the Central Library in Stevenson & Hunt Room A.

Family Sagas Canadian Style

What do politician Michael Ignatieff and author and journalist Don Gillmor have in common?  They've both delved into their family past in order to write a family history, dwelling particularly on

Thrilling Reading

book cover imageI certainly didn't expect to see Homer's 'Illiad', the epic poem 'Beowulf', or Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' heading up a list of must read thrillers, but as I rethought that genre designation, I realized that 'thriller' can encompass a broad range of styles and content, ranging from suspense through adventure and horror to psychological mind games.

Mentors Muses & Monsters

Who influences young, aspiring writers?

book cover imageIn Mentors, Muses & Monsters, you can hear first-hand from 30 of today's brightest literary lights as they acknowledge the significance of the mentorship they received when

Outstanding Canadian Books: Or: Reading Canadian, eh?

book cover imageFrom G&M book reviewer T.F. Rigelhof comes "Hooked on Canadian Books" which promises us an overview of "The Good, the Better and the Best Canadian Novels since 1984".  I found