Monthly Archives: October 2015

‘A good Scout will not be caught unprepared’; And you should be prepared, as well, in case of zombie apocalypse

I’m going to give it to you straight. When the zombie apocalypse comes, the library is going to help keep you alive. Seriously. Do you have a zombie apocalypse survival plan? As journalist Alex Weiss recently wrote in Bustle (dot … Continue reading

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The 2015 GGs

The winners of the 2015 Governor General’s awards for literature have been announced. Find the list here, at http://ggbooks.ca/ — October 2015

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An Irish Country Doctor

The Globe And Mail just published a profile of B.C. author Patrick Taylor and his Irish Country Doctor series. Taylor’s books are “stealth bestsellers”, following the career of a newly minted physician in 1964 rural Ireland who partners up in … Continue reading

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The prince thundered, ‘Take this old bag of bones away, I say!’ And the beggar waved her hands and made his body match the ugliness inside

Disney’s Beauty And The Beast reboot begins impatiently, making immediately clear the connection between inner and outer beauty (a book version was published in 1991, and is filed in the Lennoxville Library in C-134): A rich prince, visited by an … Continue reading

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QWF for 2015

Here’s the 2015 shortlist for the Quebec Writers Federation awards. Fiction : Heather O’Neill for Daydreams of Angels; Neil Smith for Boo; Nigel Thomas for No Safeguards. First Book Prize : Anita Anand for Swing in the House and Other … Continue reading

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An amnesiac teen finds himself battling monsters: By Jupiter, the Roman gods were more warlike – they were forging an empire

This is one in a loosely connected group of columns; start here! https://bibliolennlibrary.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/tuk-wants-to-be-a-great-hunter-like-his-father-but-a-polar-bear-chases-the-pair-back-home-and-tries-to-eat-them-sled-dogs-and-all/ The late Nelson Mandela once wrote: “[I]f your story grows wings and becomes the property of others, you may not hold it back. One day it will return … Continue reading

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The Man Booker and the Nobel

Author Marlon James has won the prestigious Man Booker award for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, which fictionalizes the 1976 attempted murder of singer Bob Marley. It’s an “uncompromising novel not for the faint of heart. It … Continue reading

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