Books – NOW Magazine Sun, 17 Jan 2021 21:45:35 +0000 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 21:45:35 +0000 en-US Kevin Ritchie Toronto book store beloved by the autism community to close after 35 years Parentbooks has become a go-to community resource for parents in the city and beyond

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Glenn Sumi Dear readers: I’m all booked up in 2021 As the pandemic lockdown continues, it’s as good a time as any to make reading a priority

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Kevin Ritchie Here are the Toronto Public Library’s most borrowed books of 2020 Torontonians borrowed a record eight million audio and ebooks this year

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Susan G. Cole The 10 best books of 2020 There’s a bit of everything – dystopia, residential school trauma, and more non-fiction than ever – on this year’s list

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Glenn Sumi How Toronto libraries will work in second lockdown Holds, reserved computers and washrooms will be open to public

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Craig Takeuchi Gil Adamson, Jessica J. Lee win Writers’ Trust literary prizes The authors have won top honours from one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards

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Craig Takeuchi Souvankham Thammavongsa wins 2020 Giller Prize The Toronto writer and poet won the $100,000 literary award for her short story collection How To Pronounce Knife

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Kevin Ritchie Desmond Cole, Zalika Reid-Benta finalists for Toronto Book Awards The winner of the $10,000 prize will be announced on November 30

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Julia Mastroianni How the Beirut explosion sparked Chaker Khazaal’s new memoir The Palestinian-Canadian author’s fifth book recounts his life as a refugee with an emphasis on mental health

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Radheyan Simonpillai How Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia predicted 2020 Toronto critic Adam Nayman, author of a monumental new book about the filmmaker, explains how the 1999 movie anticipated the men’s rights movement

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NOW Staff 7 engaging virtual events to attend at this year’s Toronto International Festival of Authors Sponsored feature: Toronto International Festival of Authors

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Susan G. Cole 10 new books we’re excited to read this fall COVID-19 has changed everything – except publishers’ ability to keep putting out great stories

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Natalia Manzocco Ben McNally Books announces new location The beloved Bay Street bookstore will be opening a new temporary location on Adelaide East in the coming weeks

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Samantha Edwards 11 essential books to read by Black Canadian authors From non-fiction anthologies and memoir to literary fiction, these titles unpack systemic racism and will spur discussion

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Glenn Sumi The science behind why it’s so hard to read a book right now U of T psychologist explains that the anxiety around COVID-19 and its economic impact can make it hard to concentrate on things like fiction

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Susan G. Cole 12 queer books to read in summer 2020 We can’t take to the streets for Pride this year, but you can crack these books to get close to diverse experiences

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Glenn Sumi You can listen to 10 Giller Prize-winning books for free online Audiobooks platform is making novels by Margaret Atwood, Andre Alexis and Rohinton Mistry available during the pandemic

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Liisa Ladouceur Peter Gatien on nightlife’s survival and the dangers of political overreach The infamous Canadian nightclub owner’s biography chronicles the highs and lows of his New York days, from the Tunnel to his fight with Rudy Giuliani

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Rachna Raj Kaur Rachel Matlow on their mom’s death, Ghomeshi and being vulnerable Author opens up in memoir about love, loss and delving into all the uncomfortable aspects of their life

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Samantha Edwards Coronavirus: Toronto bookstores offering delivery These independent booksellers will bring you the latest reads to beat your COVID-19 boredom

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Rachna Raj Kaur How author Shani Mootoo avoids the pitfalls of identity and politics The Prince Edward County-based author’s latest novel Polar Vortex explores both a desire to belong and a resistance to belonging

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Susan G. Cole 14 must-read books for spring 2020 Including new books by Souvankham Thammavongsa, Jeff Rubin, Kawai Strong Washburn, Vivek Shraya, Adrian Tomine and more

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NOW Staff Guelph U students win Lit Jam for second year in a row Read the winning story from the Toronto International Festival of Authors’ annual improv storytelling competition for creative writing students

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Sadaf Ahsan Toronto’s Mariko Tamaki to write Wonder Woman’s next chapters The graphic novelist is taking the reins of the DC Comics superhero’s new storyline

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Susan G. Cole Emma Donoghue on Room’s 10-year journey from page to stage The London, Ontario-based author’s novel about a mother and son held captive has turned into a cultural juggernaut

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NOW Staff Buffy Sainte-Marie is releasing a kids’ book about pet adoption The musician, activist and Sesame Street veteran’s picture book Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby For Pet Adoption comes out on May 12

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Neil Price Desmond Cole wants to dispel Canada’s “magical thinking” on race The activist/journalist’s debut book The Skin We’re In chronicles 12 months in the struggle for Black liberation

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Michael Rancic After protesting the library, trans activists host a teach-in The community event aims for meaningful dialogue after a controversial speaker’s appearance at the Palmerston branch sparked divisive public outcry last fall

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Emily Macrae How some books tell stories without words Tactile books and wordless stories aimed at young people with disabilities are challenging perceptions of what it means to read

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Samantha Edwards 10 books we’re excited to read in 2020 Including Desmond Cole’s debut book, a Silicon Valley memoir and new novels by Louise Erdrich, Ottessa Moshfegh and Yaa Gyasi

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