Book Season

The leaves have turned beautiful colours, school is back in full swing and the book season is upon us. There are some really amazing titles coming out this time of year, and what better way to find out about these great titles then to attend a book event!

The Word on the Street is one of the biggest book events in Canada, happening each year at the end of September. This is the place readers can meet their favorite authors and pick up some hot, new titles. The U of T Bookstore folks were lucky enough to be there and see the crowds line up for Yann Martel as he signed copies of Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil. At the Kid’s Tent the Witches were a huge hit and taught us exactly what it is Witches can do.

For the more academically inclined, there was the book launch of Karen Mulhallen‘s book Blake in Our Time. The launch took place at Victoria College’s E.J. Pratt Library, where the G.E. Bentley Blake Collection is housed. It’s hard to imagine that these beautiful sketches are almost 200 years old. The collection is free and open to the public and is definitely worth the trip to one of the University’s most stunning libraries.

There are some great book events coming up. Check out the event calendar for a detailed schedule. One of the many events I’m looking forward to is hosted by the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk Centre on November 26th. It is the launch of Tripp Evans’ biography on Grant Wood. Grant Wood, known for the American Gothic, was one of the most interesting and talented American painters of his time. And yet not a lot of people knew about the complexities that surrounded this famous figure.

There is also the Massey Lecture on October 29th which I’ll mention in more detail in my next post. This year, for the first time ever, the Massey Lecture will be based on a novel. Have you had a chance to read this book yet?

And for those of you who are wondering what’s going on at the bookstore, make sure to check out our Reading Series. Our next event is November 4th!



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Welcome to Book Events

Here’s something you may not know about the UofT Bookstore: in addition to selling clothing, stationery and of course books, we provide a free bookselling service for author events!

There are book-related events happening on campus almost every week. Professors and famous authors from around the world come to the university to share their latest works with students, colleagues and you.

Events can be lectures, readings, book signings, wine and cheese evenings, or a chance to meet your favorite author. Topics range from global warming to how to cook at home with your favorite chef.

At the most recent event Louisa Gilder, author of The Age of Entanglement talked about quantum physics and her friendship with Francis Ford Coppola. The filmmaker was so wowed by her book that he invited her to his villa in the Napa Valley so that they could talk quantum physics over wine.

This week, the 2009-2010 Program for the Arts, Pressures on the Human, and the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Institute are pleased to present Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. Guy Maddin’s book My Winnipeg offers a look inside the making of the movie and will be available for sale at the Innis Café before and after Maddin’s visit on Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm.

On January 29th from 3-4pm Professor Mount’s Literature for Our Time class hosts author Lynn Crosbie for An Hour of Talk and Conversation.

“Montreal-born Lynn Crosbie is the author of five books of poetry, including Queen Rat, Missing Children, and our featured work, Liar (Anansi, 2006), a confessional poem about the mother of all breakups. She is also the author of two controversial novels, Paul’s Case, based on the Bernardo-Homolka sex crimes, and Dorothy L’Amour, inspired by the murder of Playmate Dorothy Stratten. Crosbie writes the “Pop Rocks” column for the Globe and Mail.”

Be sure to check out these and other free upcoming events.