Book Jacket Letters
A beautiful and sad quote about mortality by Haruki Murakami2

All names fade away, of course. We can say that much for sure. But there are many ways for this to happen.

A beautiful and sad quote about mortality by Haruki Murakami2

All names fade away, of course. We can say that much for sure. But there are many ways for this to happen.

Best Haruki Marukami Quote

All names fade away, of course. We can say that much for sure. But there are many ways for this to happen.

Best Haruki Marukami Quote

All names fade away, of course. We can say that much for sure. But there are many ways for this to happen.

After Reading Haruki Murakami’s Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is an excellent short story collection!

Haruki Murakami’s Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is an excellent short story collection!

To the reader of Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman,

I loved this collection! It was my intro to Murakami’s short stories and I’m so glad I read it. My favourite stories in the collection are : “Birthday Girl”, “Dabchick” and “Hanelei Bay”.

And while I was reading it, I was extolling its virtues to a friend who LOVES…

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Books about Living off the grid

[Book Jacket Letter Context: I’ve been reading a ton of living-off-the-grid books in the last few weeks. I guess the polar vortex really did affect me on some level! By far, the best (and quirkiest) I’ve read is Off On our Ownby Ted Cairns but if you have ANY recommendations, let me know. In the mean time, I’ve attached a copy of the following letter in each of the books I’ve read about…

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Book Drop: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Book Drop of The Unbearable Lightness of Being at the Islington Second Cup

Book Drop of The Unbearable Lightness of Being at the Islington Second Cup

Dear finder of this book,

I think that the world chooses moments for us (or us for moments). And I know that the moment I read The Unbearable Lightness of Being I was emotionally ready for it. It had been on my bookshelf for years – picked up at a second hand bookstore in Parry Sound. This copy is covered with marginalia…

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Documentary The World Before Her paints a bleak picture for women in India

Documentary The World Before Her paints a bleak picture for women in India

Libby Letters:

In honour of International Women’s Day – this one deserves a repost!

Nisha Pahuja's documentary The World Before Her

Nisha Pahuja’s documentary The World Before Her

About halfway through Nisha Pahuja’s 2012 documentary The World Before Her, there is a scene that is deeply disturbing. The footage, which appears to have been captured on a cellphone, cuts to the dark interior of a…

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Waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for Spring

Waiting for Spring…and waiting…and waiting…

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Blue skies. Pretty flowers. I am ready for spring.

I am SO done with winter! Saturday night in Toronto it snowed again and the temperature was a -13 (8.6 F) when I first went out yesterday morning. Today, it’s a balmy -19. I would cry but the tears would freeze on my face! There is no cure for this kind of malaise – except spring itself!!

So I’ve been trying to bring a little spring into my life…

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Labor Day by Joyce Maynard: The Sex Appeal of Criminals (ARE YOU CRAZY?)
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Beach Reading. Fluff. Summer Read. Words that describe Joyce Maynard’s book Labor Day. (You know, the one they just turned into a movie.) Most of us say summer reading is different than real reading because it’s not as serious and we are willing to let things slide a bit or accept less realistic situations. And Labor Dayis well-written, technically speaking, but the…

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Book Drop: Half-Blood Blues at THE ARTIST PROJECT
Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

On Saturday night, I went to The Artist Projectat the Better Living Centre. Showcasing the work of more than 250 contemporary (and mostly local) artists, it was an inspiring show, even if my head was spinning by the second aisle thanks to the over-stimulation. I don’t know much about art, and I can’t draw to save my life but that didn’t stop me from doing my own…

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Photo Post: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Great Quote: Rick Mercer on Bullying

“If anyone in any Canadian workplace randomly punched a co-worker or spit on the or called them “nigger”, “fag” or “kike”, they would be summarily fired, if not arrested. And yet this type of thing happens every day in Canadian schools – and nobody seems to have a solution. Jamie Hubley‘s death touched so many people. If he has a legacy, it will be that he sparked a national discussion about…

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Dear Rick Mercer (or, “A Letter to the king of Canadian rant”)Rick and I in Graffiti Alley (Rick, I love you. Don’t be mad; think of it as my photo challenge!)
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Dear Rick Mercer (or, “A Letter to the king of Canadian rant”)

Rick and I in Graffiti Alley (Rick, I love you. Don’t be mad; think of it as my photo challenge!)

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Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Ernest Hemingway (via drunk-on-books)
Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Ernest Hemingway (via quotes-shape-us)
Crazy Rich Asians Photo Post #2: Lau Pa SatReading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan reminded me of some of the great places and experiences…View Post

Crazy Rich Asians Photo Post #2: Lau Pa Sat

Reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan reminded me of some of the great places and experiences…

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