The Word On The Street: Toronto 2010
events , thoughts / September 29, 2010

This past Sunday, I went to The Word On the Street for the first time, in Toronto. I had myself a full schedule worked out so that I could hear a lot of interesting authors read in some and learn interesting and helpful bits in others. In the end, I didn’t make it to everything that I had planned on getting to, but I still managed to see, hear, and learn quite a bit, and am definitely looking forward to going again next year! I had a little mishap with my bank over the weekend, which meant that I had absolutely no access to money for this event; one good thing about this meant that I didn’t buy a single book, which would have been a very sad thing to do right near the end of September’s book buying ban! I also somehow managed to forget to charge my camera batteries, so the first batch of photographs are great, but after that I had to switch to my iPhone, which means that the later photographs are much poorer in quality (particularly in terms of inability to zoom in). Throughout this post, you can see any of the photos at full-size…

Reasons why I'm an Obama fangirl
news , thoughts / April 6, 2010

He shops at independent bookstores. And buys books for his kids (and those of his staff!). He brings 5 books (2300 pages) with him on a one-week vacation. He answers questions about literacy, including making a comment about being a C students isn’t a mark of honour for a president. He proclaimed October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. He is the subject of many articles and blog posts (such as this one) which talk about his love of reading and how it will affect, and be affected by, his presidency. He is considered well-read in many genres and subjects, even when people would normally consider these public lists a PR stunt. His inner poet is a major factor in his election and his popularity. He is a writer. A good one. He sent a handwritten note to Yann Martel, telling him how much he enjoyed reading Life of Pi with his daughter. That earned him some serious bonus points on many levels. Can anybody think of anything I’ve missed?

In My Mailbox
in my mailbox , memes / January 24, 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. Every week (or skipping some, depending on how frequently new books enter my life!), I’ll be posting on Sundays about what books I got, from all sources – bought, borrowed, exchanged, etc. Bought: I wasn’t going to buy anything this week … but then I realized that I needed to get a book for book club next month! So earlier tonight, I went to Chapters, and picked up a couple things! A Room With a View by E.M. Forster (to read for book club) What is Stephen Harper Reading? by Yann Martel The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski

In My Mailbox
in my mailbox , memes / January 17, 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. Every week (or skipping some, depending on how frequently new books enter my life!), I’ll be posting on Sundays about what books I got, from all sources – bought, borrowed, exchanged, etc. Bought: This week, I received a couple packages from Chapters, delivering a somewhat large book order I made a week or two ago! Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (so I have a copy of my own) New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (so I have a copy of my own) Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (so I have a copy of my own) Life of Pi by Yann Martel Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje Belinda by Anne Rice (as Anne Rampling) Exit to Eden by Anne Rice (as Anne Rampling)