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Happy New Year!

Most of our student readers are getting back into the swing of things but for those of you who don’t have a list of books a mile long (and even if you do) here are a couple of book recommendations for the New Year.

Tom Rachman’s Imperfectionists has received many excellent reviews since it first appeared on bookstore shelves in the spring of 2010. Rachman’s first novel has been described as “hilarious and heart-wrenching” by Christopher Buckley. And now the book is available in a slim paperback edition. I decided to read what all the fuss was about and found myself sucked into the world of Lloyd Burko and his coworkers at the unnamed English-language newspaper based in Rome. But be warned, this novel is not to be taken lightly. Each character has his (or her) own chapter in the book that is interwoven with their fellow coworker’s narrative to reveal the larger story. If you plan to attend the event with Tom Rachman on January 13th at Innis Town Hall I recommend you read the book before going.

One book I was hoping to receive for Christmas (people never give me books anymore) was Charles Burns’ newest graphic novel, X’ed Out. I was introduced to Charles Burns in an English class, of all places, and was torn between the feelings of sheer terror and awe. Ever since then I have been waiting for something new by Mr. Burns and here it is. This time around I was prepared for the freaky story line and the bizarre visuals. And as always with Mr. Burns, I am left with the resounding question: “What does it all mean?”


In light of that very serious question, here is an amazing video from The New Yorker’s Book Bench. (I believe books can save my life but perhaps not in this way.)


Margaret MacMillan Lecture in International Relations

Margaret MacMillan Lecture in International Relations with Professor Alan Taylor

November 18

Trinity College and the Munk School of Global Affairs are pleased to present the 2010 Margaret MacMillan Lecture in International Relations
5  p.m., George Ignatieff Theatre
Books will be available for sale and signing.

Prof. Alan Taylor, Department of History, University of California Davis, will discuss The Civil War of 1812: A North American History. His research interests include early American history; history of the American West; and history of pre-Confederation Canada.

To reserve: 416-946-3346

The 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize

Please join us tomorrow night at Koerner Hall for readings of the shortlisted titles for this years Griffin Poetry Prize.

This year the prize money has been doubled from $100,000 to $200,000!

$10,000 is to be awarded to each of the seven shortlisted poets  for their participation in the shortlist readings. The winners, announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards evening on Thursday, June 3, 2010, will be awarded $65,000 each, for a total of $75,000 including the $10,000 awarded at the Readings the previous evening.

This year the Canadian shortlist is:

The Certainty Dream by Kate Hall

Coal and Roses by P.K. Page

Pigeon by Karen Solie

The International shortlist is:

Grain by John Glenday

A Village Life by Louise Gluck

The Sun-fish by Eilean Ni Chuilleanain

Cold Spring in Winter by Susan Wicks, translated from the French written by Valerie Rouzeau

“Each year, the Griffin Poetry Prize publishes an anthology, a selection of poems from the shortlisted books, published by House of Anansi Press. Royalties from The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology are donated to UNESCO’s World Poetry Day.”

Reading Series: Win Tickets to Memoirs in May, May 18, 2010

Email to enter to win a double pass to the intimate Memoirs in May event:

Reading Series:  Memoirs in May - Judy Fong Bates, Sarah Hampson, John Doyle, James Fitzgerald