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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores North American Giveaway

I’ve posted about this hilarious book before, compiled by writer and bookseller Jen Campbell, and it’s finally just been released in North America! Jen’s generously offered to send a lucky winner a signed copy all the way from England. Thinking about Christmas yet? This book will make the perfect gift for a bookseller friend or any booklover who’s spent time browsing in a…

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Giving Over to the Reader in You

There are tons of book people, and we have different reading habits, prefer different types of books and reading locations and formats, have diverse ways of organizing our books, and differently prioritize the way we live our love of books (some are collectors before readers, for instance, but are still readers). However, one thing I’ve found is that for the…

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What Good Fiction Looks Like

Sorry if you thought this was going to be one of my serious opinion pieces. But really, every time I write a review I tell you what good fiction looks like, don’t I? So just for fun — because I’m really struggling with writing reviews right now and that frightens me — you guys want to see what’s on my…

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Seen Reading

This is not a review. Not yet. I only just went to bed with the book (I badly wanted to tweet last night that I was taking Julie Wilson to bed but my computer was already off), and I haven’t finished it. I just wanted to call your attention, you book lovers, you readers, to a book I think is…

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There and Back Again

I’ve been there and back again for twenty-eight years, since the story was first read to me in grade three, under a large tree in the Alliston, ON, St. James cemetery beside my elementary school. Mrs. Henderson read from a giant hardcover plastic-covered library book, illustrated by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, the copy of which I years later inherited…

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Books to Buy or Ask For This Christmas

This post is a little late, considering there’s only two weeks now till Christmas, but it’s not so time-consuming to pick out a book or four (and what’s easier to wrap than books?), and you should still be able to order online in time for Christmas at some places (many publishers, like Anansi, are selling directly, and offering nice discounts!)…or…

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Why Endorsements Don’t Sell Me A Book

Whenever I’m receiving at the bookstore, I check out almost every book. I take note of the design first and then read the covers, and if I’m interested I often flip through the text to sample the writing. Today I was perusing a copy of Margaret George’s Elizabeth I, a new release by Penguin (under their Viking imprint) (note: there…

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I See You: 37 Books I Have Known

For many of us, the exceptional reading experience is kind of like knowing a person in the biblical sense. You could also say it’s like seeing a person, the way they do in the (fantastic) movie Avatar. Or like namaste, meaning several things but here meaning, I honour the Spirit in you which is also in me. Something like that.…

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On Guilt and Reading

I know I’m not alone in saying I often feel guilty about the embarrassingly large amount of books I own and have not read. In particular, as a booklover and book blogger, I feel like a fraud. Though I am reading, I’m not reading as much as I’d like to—or feel I should. I want to read more mainly because…

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Weighing In On Canada Reads 2011 Contenders and Defenders

As if you didn’t already know: Canada Reads 2011 announced their five contenders and defenders today! Follow the link I just gave you for more on each book and panelist. Up for debate are Terry Fallis’s The Best-Laid Plans (Ali Velshi), Ami McKay’s The Birth House (Debbie Travis), Angie Abdou’s The Bone Cage (Georges Laraque), Jeff Lamire’s Essex County (Sara…

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Rushdie Writes Magic

I don’t know if you guys read and like Salman Rushdie, but I’m a fan. My absolute favourite is Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which I read way back in university for the first time, but I also loved his short stories East, West, which I read aloud to my ex. We laughed, I remember. I’m big on magic…

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