Monthly Archives: January 2015

Are the tattlers just trying to save their own skins? Understanding how police and the justice system work

Have you tuned in to Serial? It’s a 12-part spinoff of the acclaimed NPR series This American Life that has captured the imagination of listeners. The radio show is available, free, via computer download (these things are dubbed “podcasts” by … Continue reading

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Fare thee well, Colleen McCullough

Australian author Colleen McCullough, 77, has died. She published 25 books, and composed by dictation after arthritis made writing any other way impossible. Her first book, Tim (1979, filed in the Lennoxville Library under English Adult Fiction), was turned into … Continue reading

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It was the momes, they did verily rath outgrabe: I for one welcome our new Xirzle overlord and its shoe fetish

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.” So they took it away, and were married next day By the Turkey who lives on the hill. They dined on mince, and … Continue reading

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Start with crosswords, graduate to unbreakable ciphers; Bacon’s works ‘were nailed to the walls by the friars and left there to rot’

For Alan Turing, it all started with crossword puzzles. At least, if one is to believe the fictionalized tale of his life, The Imitation Game. The film tells of how a small group of Brits unraveled the German “Enigma” code … Continue reading

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Canada Reads 2015

Tis the time for the new Canada Reads, when CBC Radio asks the country to choose one book that “can change perspectives, challenge stereotypes and illuminate issues.” Here’s the 2015 shortlist, and the readers who will hold up each book … Continue reading

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Book of Negroes

The British lost the American Revolution, but promised to relocate to safety the blacks who had served during the war. Their names were recorded in The Book Of Negroes, which is also the title of Lawrence Hill’s award-winning 2007 book. … Continue reading

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The two secretly take DNA swabs of the daddy candidates: The humorous Rosie Project features a puzzling couple with nothing in common…?

For almost 10 years, Janet Cowan has been going to lunch meetings at the Lennoxville Library, although without actually having lunch. Every two Wednesdays, on and off, she attends Books & Brown Bags. But instead of breaking bread, Cowan breaks … Continue reading

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