Doug Ford blasts Margaret Atwood over libraries, says ‘I don’t even know her’

Paul Moloney Urban Affairs Reporter   Councillor Doug Ford has fired back at world-renowned author Margaret Atwood for her criticism of suggested library cuts, telling reporters: “I don’t even know her. If she walked by me, I wouldn’t have a clue who she is.” Ford also said that the literary icon and activist — who …

Digital lit: How new ways to read mean new ways to write

 KATE TAYLOR Globe and Mail Last updated Monday, Jul. 11, 2011   The Next Day is a graphic novel about people who have attempted suicide. Once it is posted online in September, you’ll be able to click your way through it according to your own preferences about how it should unfold. CityFish is a …

New book from “Game of Thrones” author

The book every fantasy fan has been waiting for Published Friday, Jul. 01, 2011   A Dance with Dragons By George R.R. Martin Bantam, 1,016 pages, $38 It’s the book everyone has been waiting for. At least it’s the book every fantasy fan has been waiting for. In fact, they’ve been so antsy that they’ve …

New e-book: Grocery savings/couponing for Canadians

Hi Everyone! Money in your Pocket : This e-book is available until June 24 for half price (4$).  It’s a relatively quick read (around 65 pages), but outlines some of the ways that Canadians can save when faced with rising food prices.  You can either get it for your Kindle or an instant digital download.  The author, Cassie …

How Adam Mansbach’s expletive-filled children’s book was born

TRALEE PEARCE From Monday’s Globe and Mail Published Monday, Jun. 13, 2011 12:00AM EDT   Adam Mansbach can thank bleary-eyed parents for making him a bestselling author. Based on mere tidbits about his searing new adult lullaby of a book, Go the … to Sleep, a viral phenomenon was born. The book began its life as a …

Interesting Children’s Book

Children’s books Getting back to the garden Susan Perren Globe and Mail – Published Friday, May. 20, 2011   Growing food in the city is, as author Deborah Hodge and photographer Brian Harris make clear in this picture book, about more than providing food for hungry people. It is also a burgeoning social movement that …

What if everyone on Twitter read the same book?

By Mathew Ingram May. 27, 2011, 9:01am Social activity around books and reading used to be limited to Oprah-style book clubs or the occasional reading by an author, but social tools like Twitter and Facebook have amplified and extended the ability to discuss and recommend books in new directions. Now Jeff Howe, the author and …

Works of Christian McPherson – Review

The Cube People is the debut novel by Ottawa author Christian McPherson.  It tells the tale of Colin MacDonald, an “everyman” who is just trying to get by.  The interesting aspect of MacDonald is that he is not the typical “cube dweller” who simply gets up in the morning, goes to work, endures his bizarre …

E-books outselling print at Amazon.com

Since April 1, Amazon.com has sold 105 e-books, not including free e-books, for every 100 print books. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Online bookstore Amazon.com now sells more e-books than all hardcover and paperback print books combined. “We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly,” said Jeff Bezos, …