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Links - DJ Earworm has posted his 2009 mashup of the top 25 Billboard hits. The long longlist for the National Post's impromptu Canada Also Reads competition is up. McNally Robinson is closing two of their four stores. It's interesting that the...

Free - Vanguard Records is offering up a free holiday sampler with artists such as Serena Ryder, Joe Purdy, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, and (my favourite) Josh Ritter. They are not Christmas songs (maybe one is, I can't remember right now)...

Canada Reads 2010 announcement - The Canada Reads contenders were announced this morning. 1. The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy 2. Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott 3. Generation X by Douglas Coupland 4. Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner 5. Fall on Your Knees by...

Giller - Big surprise that Linden MacIntyre won the Giller Prize. I haven't read any of the books yet but, based on what others were saying, he was not one of the favourites. He seemed genuinely surprised, which was cool. My arm...

The book is Haunted - This afternoon Ice and I went to another author reading, this time with Barbara Haworth-Attard. She was very interesting and talked about things like how she researches her historical books and how much non-writing work is involved with being an...

Burnard and Buchanan - I took K to her first author reading tonight. We went to see Bonnie Burnard (Suddenly) and Cathy Marie Buchanan (The Day the Falls Stood Still). Buchanan talked about the true historical aspects of her book, among other things, and...

Blustery weather - J tells me we had a storm early this morning. I didn't hear a thing. The book club meeting was fun with lots of lively discussion. Two people didn't finish the book (The Divine Ryans by Wayne Johnston), two people...

Miles to go - Tomorrow is a PA day. I get to sleep in! Lots to accomplish before I go to bed though. K & I went back to the library on Tuesday and picked up a few more books. One of them was...

Thanks for sharing - I'm thinking the British juror for the Giller Prize won't be asked back after she voiced her opinion of Canadian literature. Any valid points she made were buried under her mocking attitude. As was said in the comments at Bookninja,...

Scarecrow Festival - Today was the Scarecrow Festival and the start of the library's book sale. I got up early (on a Saturday!) and we headed to the library first. Came out of there with two full boxes which included everybody's books, not...

On the other hand - The four of us set off to the library tonight but the girls didn't make it past the driveway before they got talked into playing baseball. So J and I went on our own. It was Wii night so J...

Now I have to get up early - Our librarian is too efficient. She sent an email today to let me know that she already has everything set up for the book sale! So, no first pick but she did say we could come in for a sneak...

Tattooed woman - The book I've been reading has generated a lot of interest in this house based on the cover alone. Both Ice and L want to read it so neither one would let me talk about it. Kinda frustrating, really. I...

My life according to books I have read in 2009 - I did these based on the title, not on what the book was about. Interpret them any way you want. Instructions: Using only books you have read this year (2009), cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book...

Impressing the kids - I had the house to myself for the day. Of course, I slept for half of it but still. The weird thing was, the afternoon went very slowly. Everytime I looked at the clock, I was surprised that it wasn't...

Writers festival - Today, Ice and I went to a writers festival in a nearby town. Five authors were there to read from and sign their books: Mary Swan, Anne Michaels, Alan Cumyn, Suzanne Evans, and Tilda Shalof. All of the authors were...

One Book Meme - Taken from monniblog. One book you're currently reading: Step Closer by Tessa McWatt. One book that changed your life: The Diviners by Margaret Laurence. Not for the story as such but because it was the book that inspired me to...

Because I don't have enough to do - I started a second blog recently, focusing on (what else) Canadian literature. I will finish off the current round of the Canadian Book Challenge here but after that, I will be posting about bookish things there instead. Mostly. I also...

Read a Canadian Book Month - John Mutford of The Book Mine Set has declared June to be Read A Canadian Book Month. I think every month should be that but I'm willing to go with June....

Coming of age - A while ago, I posted about L's English project. She chose coming of age as her theme and she had to find two novels, two poems, two short stories, and two movies to fit that theme. These are what she...

English homework - Everyone survived the first day back to school after the break. Even me. L is working on a major project for English and today we were discussing the books, stories, and poems that would possibly fit the theme she has...

Audio reviews - I've been bugging L for ages to write some book reviews for me. She's reading lots of Canadian authors but I haven't been able to convince her to write anything down. So, for Christmas, I asked for and received a...

Day 5 of Canada Reads 2009 - The Outlander was eliminated at the top of the show with three votes against. Fruit received the other two votes. I was three for three at that point. It was pretty clear what was going to happen next. Jian said...

Day 4 of Canada Reads 2009 - After the tie-breaking vote was cast by Sarah Slean, The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant went back on the shelf with three votes against. It was what I hoped would happen but I was still surprised. Also receiving votes...

Day 3 of Canada Reads 2009 - And Mercy Among the Children is eliminated with three votes against. The other two votes were against The Book of Negroes and The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant. The Outlander is looking strong. It's certainly the most accessible and...

Day 2 of Canada Reads 2009 and other nonsense - Today on Canada Reads, Avi Lewis said that The Book of Negroes "never once feels for a second like a historical novel." Seriously, Avi? That's exactly what it feels like and that's what it should feel like. From the way...

Crazy neighbour update and the book thing again - When we were watching the news tonight, I mentioned to L that I hadn't heard the crazy neighbour yelling recently. That's when she remembered to tell me that he was arrested. She wasn't sure for what. Day one of Canada...

Canada Reads 2009 - Ice and I went to a local version of Canada Reads last night. Brian Francis was there to present his own book, Fruit, and four other people from the area presented the rest of the books. Francis was entertaining and...

Tuesdays are hard - I finally finished the fourth book for Canada Reads. Something tells me I'm not going to get the fifth one done by Saturday. L asked me what my favourite movie is of the ones I've watched so far in 2009....

Saturday randomness - Newt called today. That was very cool. L and I watched my Dr. Horrible DVD tonight. Still funny, still sad, still makes us sing along. The special features were interesting, as were the E.L.E. video applications. Haven't watched the "musical...

Canada Reads 2008 - The Canada Reads list was announced today and the competition will be held from February 25th to 29th. I was volunteering at the school when the announcement was made so I didn't hear any of the discussion, unfortunately. These are...

Lullabies - "In Lullabies, I wanted to capture what I remembered of the drunken babbling of unfortunate twelve-year-olds: their illusions; their ludicrously bad choices, their lack of morality and utter disbelief in cause and effect. I wanted to describe the bittersweet...