If you follow “This is That” on CBC Radio, you know that the comedy team of Pat Kelly, Chris Kelly, and Peter Oldring, often make fun of things, and this time, it includes their home country, Canada. Recently, they released THIS IS THAT : TRAVEL GUIDE TO CANADA, a book which looks every bit the informative travel guide, but which pokes fun at the whole genre. There are useful tips on finding bathrooms in Canada, navigating Ontario (aka The Home of Toronto), and portaging….because we have to do that so much in Canada.
But the best part about this is the accompanying video by Harold Dalhousie, Canada’s Best Bookseller. Who knew all it took to sell a book was a sticker in the corner?
It’s that time of year….yes, the time when we’re all either glued to our laptops, trying to pick out the perfect items for those on our shopping lists, or running around from store to store to find them. Well, I’m here to help you, especially if you have a reader (or librarian) on your list!
The Ontario Library Association has a wonderful Holiday Gift Guide–and shop—to help you find the perfect book-themed items. From card catalog socks, to colouring books, to puppets, they have all sorts of wacky and wonderful items that anyone who reads would love. Personally, I’m hoping for this Hand-Lettering book:
But don’t wait too long. Many of the items are already sold out (sorry to anyone who would have picked the Cats on the Go Tech Decals, but they still have some Cattoos!), so get on this right away. I wish I’d known about this before our Teen Book Club Christmas party…..but maybe next year!
Did you know that the Carleton Place Public Library has a number of classes from various schools who visit us on a monthly basis? We invite them to come when the library isn’t open, and it makes the visit fun and easy. They’ll walk down from school, take out books, and we always read something together as a group. It’s a great way to expand on their reading options, and get them outside for some fresh air.
This fall, we’re starting some of the groups off with this magical new read called FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi.
I must admit, I envy people who have endless shelves of books in their homes. As someone who loves books, it also shames me to admit I don’t have any. Nope. Not one shelf. I have boxes with books in them, random baskets where I’ve tucked away a book or two, but in general….I am book-free.
BookRiot just did a really fun piece on “Shelf Shame“. Now, this typically is about those people who have perfect shelves lined with books that are color-coded, or placed by size, or genre, with just the right number of quirky knick-knacks placed among the spines.
Alice Burton’s Bookselves.
There are whole Pinterest boards devoted to beautiful bookshelves, and people who regularly post Instagram photos of special books on their shelves. Am I envious? A little bit, but mostly, I’m just glad I don’t have to dust/sort/put away books as a collection grows. I can only imagine that some of these people have to move once their book collection gets too big. Is that too many books? You decide.
October is less than three months away, and that means we don’t have to wait long for the release of the film, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, based on the best-selling book by Paula Hawkins. If you loved the book, or loved GONE GIRL, this movie adaptation is bound to draw people into the theatres. Emily Blunt plays the starring role, and I can’t wait to love/hate her.
The newest trailer for the film was just released. What do you think? Will you be going to this movie?
The New York Times sent many libraries off on a hunt recently after the debut of Beyonce’s HBO special and announcement that she would release a new album called “Lemonade Stand”. During her special, she read poetry by Somali-British writer and activist Warsan Shire, and now her poetry anthology entitled Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth is being sought out by Beyonce fans.
While it’s not available on Amazon, many libraries are receiving requests for the book (no, we don’t have it at our library, I’m afraid), so be patient if you’ve put a hold on the book. You can heard the author reading some of the poetry right here:
The world is a small place, and book boosts can come from anywhere, can’t they?