Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Fall 2010

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The 21st Century Librarian

Over a 48-Hour period, Caitlin Fralick, a Librarian at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, and Jessica Rovito, a Librarian with the Toronto Public Library, talked about patrons, ebooks, "rebellious heroines" and the future of their profession. The interview was conducted via email.

Jessica Rovito:

My book-related question has to do with the role of books in today’s public libraries.


The Editors

Welcome to Spotlight, our new Magazine feature, an ever-growing portrait gallery featuring the people in Toronto’s literary scene. This issue, Spotlight turns its eye to The Editors, going behind-the-scenes to profile a highly talented group whose keen choices and wise guidance help shape the new books that land on shelves every season.

Two for the Road

Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds launched their new book, Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels Through America, at the Kingston WritersFest in September. When Merilyn and I mount the Kingston WritersFest stage with Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel to discuss the process of co-authoring a book as a husband-and-wife team, the four of us will be taking our place in some pretty rarefied company.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

My name is Erin Balser and I have a confession: I am a terrible book-club member. Don’t ask me to join. And if you do, don’t expect me to read the book or contribute anything beyond increasing both the drunkenness and the decibel level. Yet, I wouldn’t miss these regular meetings for the world. They’re brash and boozy, but articulate and insightful. Some of the smartest, funniest, coolest people I know are in my book clubs, and I love seeing them on a semi-regular basis. So why do these awesome people require books as a catalyst for socialization and communication?

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