Book Bingo

Many of our patrons tell us that they hear about books on the radio, on TV, or in the newspaper, and then they come in to request them. If you’re one of those people, CBC Books just put out a fun Bingo Card to help you feel like you’re accomplishing something with your reading. With the Canada Reads coming up in the early spring, this will also help.

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This is a lot like the Book Buck Bingo cards we do each summer for our teens.  Make your own rewards, if you like.  One line could be a lunch out with a reading friend. Get all four corners, and maybe you can buy yourself something you’ve been looking at in that special store. Or be really creative and purchase a book for a friend or co-worker when you complete the card.  Whatever you decide to do, have some fun!

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Canada Reads at the Library!

If you’re like us, you’re looking forward to the upcoming Canada Reads 2014 debates, where five important Canadian books will be defended for this year’s prize. The theme this year is “One Novel to Change Our Nation”, and the five titles that will be discussed are:

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COCKROACH by Rawi Hage, defended by award-winning comic/actor/writer Samantha Bee.

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HALF-BLOOD BLUES by Esi Edugyan, defended by athlete Donovan Bailey.

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THE ORENDA by Joseph Boyden, defended by journalist Wab Kinew.

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ANNABEL by Kathleen Winter, defended by actress Sarah Gadon.

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THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Margaret Atwood, defended by activist Stephen Lewis.

You can find out about all of the books, the authors and the people defending them right here.  But if you’re like us, you’ll want to follow along closely during the debates, and that’s why we’re going to have a fun event during March 5 & 6. Drop by the library anywhere from 1:30 – 8pm to watch the broadcast! See your favourites defend their books and have a discussion with other fans and readers. It’s free, and it’ll be playing all day, so take a few minutes to sit and listen. Who will win?

Canada Reads!

Today is the big day! CBC Books will announce the panelists for the 2014  Canada Reads competition, and the selections they’ve chosen to defend this year.  But more on that later. 

First, if you’ve never taken part in Canada Reads, it’s an annual competition that allows readers to participate by helping choose the books for the long list.  Each year, there is a different theme and once the votes are in, the selection committee makes a Top 40 list, which is then narrowed down to a Top 10. At that point, the panelists are chosen, and they decide which books they’d like to “defend” in the new year.  It’s a book debate like no other! The panelists are Canadian “celebrities”, from actors, to talk show hosts to sports figures.

This year, the theme is “What is the one novel that could change Canada?” And the top 10 finalists are as follows:

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You can click on any of the books above and you’ll be taken to the Canada Reads website, where you can find out more about the authors and the books themselves. And if you’re really interested in the panelists, they’ll be announced today at noon, so check the website anytime after that.  It’s going to be exciting.

We have almost all of the books available at the library, and the others we could do an Interlibrary Loan to get. You should start reading now if you’d like to have everything read before the debates start next year. Pick your own winner and see how you do! Canada is reading!

Canada Reads True Stories

This year, Canada Reads has gone the way of non-fiction! Back in September, this annual event called upon readers, Canadian celebrities and people in the literary field to nominate their favourite memoir, biography or work of literary non-fiction as possible entrants to become part of Canada Reads: True Stories. After scoring a point for each book nominated, the numbers were added up and the top 40 books were chosen. That list was narrowed down to a final Top 10….and here they are:

The Boy in the Moon : A father’s search for his disabled Son by Ian Brown

Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton

The Game by Ken Dryden

Louis Riel by Chester Brown

On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock by Dave Bidini

Paris 1919 : Six months that changed the world by Margaret MacMillan

Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat

Shake Hands with the Devil : The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire

Something Fierce : Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

The Tiger : A true story of Vengeance and Survival by John Valliant

(You can read a review of each book and find links to more information by clicking on any of the book covers or titles above.)

Canada Reads is an annual battle of the books where five Canadian personalities select the book they want Canadians to read.  While the list has been narrowed down to the Top 10, the final list as well as the panelists will be revealed at the end of November.  Then, in February of 2012, the panelists will defend their choices on CBC television until each book is eliminated and we arrive at the final book.  You can read more about the history of Canada Reads as well as keep up to date on all the information and happenings of this year’s event right here.

Will you participate in Canada Reads this year?