Happy Birthday, Toronto! Five of Toronto’s Oldest Independent Bookstores

This year, the City of Toronto is turning 185 years old and it's looking good for almost two centuries of existence. It's also important to note that Toronto sits on land occupied by Indigenous Peoples for thousands of years which include the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat and the Mississaugas of the New Credit. It's part of the Dish with One Spoon territory, a treaty to peaceably share and protect this land, through friendship and respect. We can't imagine celebrating the city's literary scene without acknowledging the history of the land in which storytelling takes place.

In this special blog post, we featured some of the oldest bookstores who've watched the city change over the years including how and what we read. We also shout out bookstores who represent the feature of bookselling and the people who frequent them! 

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Get to know Canada’s Longest-Running Literary Festival

We polled the staff, and what we love best about working for the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is connecting with fellow book lovers like you! Many of us had the chance to meet many of you during the 39th edition of the Festival in 2018, by reading your social media posts, and striking up conversations in signing lines, in the Festival Hub and just before the authors hit the stage. Now, we’re hoping this post will help you get to know us a little better–as well as some of your fellow attendees!

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Discussing Body Horror and Inspiring Women with Emily Carroll

The month of March marks Women’s History Month in the United States as well as International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019. An opportunity presented itself when award-winning comics creator, Emily Carroll, joined our upcoming panel event Oh, The Horror of it All, taking place March 13. Why not talk to Carroll about the women who’ve inspired her, her interest in body horror and her upcoming graphic novel, When I Arrived at the Castle, ahead of the event?

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Five Reads for Galentine’s Day

Andrea Bain

Andrea Bain

We all know that Valentine’s Day is February 14, but did you know that the day before Valentine’s Day is Galentine’s Day? Originating from a 2010 episode of NBC’s Parks & Recreation, Galentine’s Day has since transcended television and become a worldwide celebration of female companionship. So grab your gals and gather ‘round: We’ve compiled a list of five books that explore the bonds between women, all written by women!

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Black Futures Month with the Contributors of Black Writers Matter

Celebrated in conjunction with Black History Month, Black Futures Month was conceived as an opportunity for Black artists to share their vision(s) of a just and equitable future, and in doing so, contribute to a more nuanced understanding of Black existence as a spectrum.

That goal is foregrounded in the upcoming Black Writers Matter, an anthology of African Canadian creative nonfiction edited by Whitney French. We’ll be celebrating the release of the book on February 20 as part of Kuumba 2019, and in anticipation, we spoke to a few of the contributors who will be participating in the event: Simone Dalton, Scott Fraser, Phillip Dwight Morgan and Angela Wright.

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