Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ptolemy ordered manuscripts to be confiscated and had copies made; nowadays, libraries seeking books have an easier time of it….

Getting a book into the ancient Library of Alexandria was a big deal back in the day. A manuscript was discovered – sometimes even, er, “borrowed” – then copied out by hand, letter by letter. It took days, at the … Continue reading

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Jackie Collins

The wildly popular author Jackie Collins died this month, of breast cancer, at 77. Her most successful book (which is saying something, given her more than 30 bestsellers) was titled Hollywood Wives (1983), dubbed a “bonkbuster” by the press and … Continue reading

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Fall clomps in wearing heavy boots, offering a warm cuppa and a family saga

Lo! a ripe sheaf of many golden days Gleaned by the year in autumn’s harvest ways, With here and there, blood-tinted as an ember, Some crimson poppy of a late delight Atoning in its splendor for the flight Of summer … Continue reading

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An important day for the library

In The Treehouse is the story of two brothers – one older, beginning to create a life of his own, the other younger, left more and more on his own. Before, the two brothers were inseparable. Now, little bro hangs … Continue reading

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The Booker 2015

The folks at the Man Booker Prize have announced this year’s literary shortlist: Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings Tom McCarthy (UK), Satin Island Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), The Fishermen Sunjeev Sahota (UK), The Year of the Runaways … Continue reading

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Brought to you by the letters J for Jim, and H for Henson: This column may be as close as you want the kidlets to get to this new show

I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it It’s something that I’m supposed to be Someday we’ll find it The rainbow connection The lovers, the dreamers and me La da da di da da dum da duh da da … Continue reading

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A win for Hill

Novelist Lawrence Hill is the winner of this year’s Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media (also known as the Pierre Berton Award), for bringing Canadian history to a wide audience. Hill’s Book Of Negroes (2007, filed in Adult Fiction) … Continue reading

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