Archive for October, 2009

David Miller signs a book deal

I started working on the Toronto Book Awards the year before Mayor Miller took office — once he did the profile of the Awards improved significantly. He championed the award, made a point of hosting both the announcement of the nominees and the awards reception and read many of the books — even reading from them at the podium. Congratulations — perhaps we’ll see his book on the 2011 shortlist?

National Post story

To be published by Comorant Press


October 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Schools plan calls for boys-only classes – Toronto Star

boys_adriftToday’s Toronto Star‘s top story is on Toronto District School Board Director Chris Spence’s proposal to start a single-sex boys school within the TDSB. Clearly he has read and agrees with Dr. Leonard Sax‘s books Why Gender Matters and Boys Adrift. Dr. Sax has been in the GTA at least twice in the past eighteen months and his message is getting out there — boys learn better among boys.

UPDATE: The Globe and Mail story on this quotes Dr. Leonard Sax

UPDATE #2: Dr. Sax is a guest on CBC Toronto Radio’s “Here & Now” at the top of the show this afternoon.

Published by Basic Books

October 21, 2009 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

The Strangest Man

Layout 1The Globe and Mail reviewed Graham Farmelo’s biography The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantam Genius this weekend:

“Those who are interested in the psychology of genius will find Dirac’s story, as told by Farmelo, compelling. The book is also a wonderful romp through the golden age of quantum physics.”

Published by Basic Books

UPDATE: The Strangest Man named a Globe and Mail TOP 100 Book of the Year, 2009!

October 19, 2009 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

Austin Clarke wins 2009 Toronto Book Awards



At a well-attended party last night at the newly renovated event space in the Toronto Reference Library (it would be cool to get married in the library), Mayor David Miller awarded each of the five nominees with a $1000 cheque. Each of the authors was showcased in individual videos (which I helped to produce — and they turned out quite well. Terry Jefford at City of Toronto did a great job!) and the jury’s comments were read by CBC’s Matt Galloway. Then Mayor Miller returned to the stage and announced Austin Clarke the winner for his novel More and awarded him the $10,000 cheque.

There was plenty of coverage today: The National Post; The Toronto Star,, CBC “Metro Morning”, CP24, even USA Today picked up the story. Oddly, The Globe and Mail failed to report it.

Here’s a link to the Mayor’s twitpic from last night.

More is published by Thomas Allen.

October 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Anthony De Sa’s BARNACLE LOVE final excerpt of Toronto Book Awards nominees

cover-barnacle-loveThe National Post ran excerpts from each of the five nominees for the Toronto Book Awards every day this week, ending the series today with Anthony De Sa’s Barnacle Love. The winner will be announced next week, Thursday, October 15 at the Toronto Reference Library (which is open to the public).  The nominees read from their works this week on CBC’s Here & Now and we hope to have the winner on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning on Friday, October 16.

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October 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Austin Clarke’s MORE a Toronto Book Awards contender

cover-moreToday’s excerpt, part of the National Post’s week-long look at the five nominees of the 2009 Toronto Book Awards, is from More by Austin Clarke. The winner will be announced on October 15 at the Toronto Reference Library.

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October 8, 2009 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Girls Fall Down — Toronto Book Awards nominee

cover-girls-fall-downThe National Post continues its week-long series of excerpts from each of the five Toronto Book Awards nominees — today a  look at Maggie Helwig’s Girls Fall Down.

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October 7, 2009 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

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