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As paper turns to pixel

book cover image: Gutenberg's fingerprint

Merilyn Simond's recent book Gutenberg's fingerprint : paper, pixels, and the lasting impression of books trolls through the past, present, and evolving future of the book.  This work is a fascinating look at the myths, inventions, and consequences of the digital shift and how we read today. 

"Fifteen Dogs" wins Canada Reads

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Canada Reads is an annual 'battle of the books' competition.  It is organized, hosted and broadcast by the CBC.  This year's winner is Andre Alexis' "Fifteen Dogs"

Canada Reads

CBC's annual battle of the books, Canada Reads, is only just over a month away.  Five Canadians - an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer and a veteran - have been selected to battle it out to become the next Canada Reads champion.  The Canada Reads debates will take place from March 27 to 30, 2017 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan from CBC's Laugh Out Loud.  Canada Reads 2017 will be broadcast on CBC-TV and CBC Radio One, and will be live streamed on CBCbooks.ca.

Here are the selected books and the book defenders:

The Butler's Child

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Lewis M. Steel is a high profile civil rights lawyer primarily fighting against racial injustice for now over fifty years.  He was the "go to person" for the Attica prison riots in 1971 and publicly slammed then Governor Rockefeller

The World According to Star Wars

book cover image: the world according to star wars

There are many great stories and characters that are bigger than life that have captured our imaginations and stayed with us through our life cycles

Chasing It!

book cover image: chasing it

Director, Buck Heller and producer, Stephen Velichko's documentary Chasing It caught me off guard because I did not instintively know what it meant

Heirloom Gardening

book cover image: heirloom plants

What exactly is heirloom gardening?  Thomas Etty and Lorraine Harrison have written Heirloom plants : a complete compedium of heritage vegetables, fruits, herbs & flowers to introduce home growers

Extreme Weather

book cover image: The extreme weather : survival manual

Watching extreme weather reports, especially the top ten countdown, on the weather network is a fascinating look at what Mother Nature can throw our way

The Battle for the Airwaves

book cover image: the network

In The Network, investigative journalist Scott Woolley recounts one of the greatest business heists in American history - the massive rip-off of the airwaves.