Judging books by their covers

This past weekend, the sun shone both on the throngs of people out to enjoy a stroll and on the covers of many a book long consigned to storage. From the depths of the Morrin Centre, hundreds of books emerged. Novels, works of history, biographies, and children’s books were among the many genres on offer at the Morrin Centre Library book sale. Source : Bethann G. Merkle, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/judging-books-their-covers

Ghomeshi: Q is “my love letter to Quebec City”

What does Q stand for?” asked a woman who voiced what everyone else was wondering. Q is the name of his national daily cultural affairs talk program (recorded in Studio Q at the CBC headquarters in Toronto). “Could it be for Quebec City?” she teased. “Well, yes, right, that’s it,” chimed in a charmed Jian Ghomeshi and the room roared with laughter and applause. Source : Marie White, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/ghomeshi-q-my-love-letter-quebec-city

Morrin Centre Book Sale

Looking for a summer read, a book to curl up with on a rainy day or a timeless classic? The Morrin Centre will be hosting a mega sale of English-language second-hand books (softcover donations and duplicates). Come choose from hundreds upon hundreds of books displayed in College Hall. Source : Matt, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph http://www.qctonline.com/morrin-centre-book-sale

Douglas Gibson

Douglas Gibson was born in Scotland and came to Canada in 1967. For over 40 years he was a prominent editor and publisher in Toronto, latterly as the head of McClelland & Stewart, where he had his own editorial imprint. Over the years he has edited many world-famous fiction writers such as Hugh MacLennan, Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Mavis Gallant and Alistair MacLeod. In non-fiction, he worked with three Prime Ministers—Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, and Paul Martin—on their memoirs, as well as with the celebrated author of Arctic fiction James Houston and Greenpeace founder Robert Hunter. After more than 40 years helping others to write their books, in 2011 he published his first book, Stories About Storytellers, with an introduction by Alice Munro. Since then he has transformed the book into a one-man stage show that he has now taken across eight provinces, giving more than 45 shows. The book, and the show, march onward.

Guy Vanderhaeghe

  Guy Vanderhaeghe lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His collection of short stories, Man Descending, won the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and the Faber Prize in Great Britain. His novel The Englishman’s Boy was short-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, the Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Award, as well as several Saskatchewan Book Awards. His play I Had a Job I Liked. Once. won the Canadian Authors’ Association Award for Drama. His novel Homesick was a co-winner of the City of Toronto Book Prize. The Last Crossing was a winner of the CBC’s Canada Reads Competition, the Canadian Booksellers Ex Libris Prize and three Saskatchewan Books Awards. He has also won the Timothy Findley Prize and the Harbourfront Literary Prize. His latest novel A Good Man, published in 2012, was longlisted for the Giller Prize and shortlisted for the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.

Peter Dubé

Peter Dubé is the author of four works of fiction:Hovering World (DC Books 2002), At the Bottom of the Sky(DC Books, 2007), Subtle Bodies (Lethe Press, 2010) and most recently, The City’s Gates (Cormorant, 2012). In addition to his fiction, he is the editor of three anthologies and is a widely published art critic. Rebel Satori will publish his collection of prose poems, Conjure: a Book of Spells this year. His website is: www.peterdube.com

Charles Foran

Charlie Foran was born and raised in Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He has published ten books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers. He is a contributing reviewer for The Globe and Mail and has won awards for his fiction, non-fiction, and journalism. He is also president of PEN Canada, the organization of writers and readers committed worldwide to defending freedom of speech. Foran has made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas and co-wrote the TV documentaryMordecai Richler: The Last of the Wild Jews. A senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, he divides his time between Toronto and Peterborough.

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News. He is one of only eight writers (and the only Canadian) to ever win all three science-fiction prizes: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has also won top science fiction awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. He has won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award and eleven Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”). The ABC TV series FlashForward is based on his novel of the same name. His twenty novels include Frameshift,Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Wake, and the popular “Neanderthal Parallax” trilogy consisting of Hominids,Humans, and Hybrids. He’s often seen on TV, including on such programs as Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera (Canada A.M.), and Saturday Night at the Movies. He is a frequent science commentator for Discovery Channel Canada, CBC Newsworld, and CBC Radio. Robert holds an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University and has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, the National University of Ireland and the Banff Centre. He is an editor with Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Red Deer Press. Sawyer has given hundreds of talks across the world, including at the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada. He was born in Ottawa in 1960 and now lives just west of Toronto.