In Review: The Week of August 22nd

August 27, 2016

The imminent end of summer really hit home this week, as fans were turned off and cardigans were pulled out for the first time in two months. Whether you're looking forward to the kids going back to school or sad to see the end of another summer, stop and take a breath with us as we look back over the last week.

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Getting Ready for Fall

~ We said goodbye to our summer book club with one final post about our August pick A Gentle Habit: we suggested four titles to read next if you loved Cherie Dimaline's book.

~ We're slowly getting our mind around the fact that it's almost fall. This week to help us on our way, singer-songwriter J.F. Robitaille put together a lovely playlist that we're still listening to. In our Liner Notes column we've matched the songs with some great CanLit reads.

~ We reminisced about school memories that we all had in common in this week's Top 10. With the help of some Saved By the Bell gifs and CanLit characters these 10 school experiences will be familiar to just about everyone.


Around the Web


~ Bookriot has come up with literary drinking games for some of the classics, such as take a drink when you spot "... A veiled sexy double-entendre is spotted in any William Shakespeare play." What would be some great CanLit options?


Is 10 am too early for a beer? Not on #nationalbeerday! We'll be on the patio with a beer and a book if you need us!

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~ Galley Cat shared the story of a library system in California that has a small fleet of book bikes to encourage use and increase access. Now that's service!

~ Calling all Sherlock Holmes fans (of the books, not Benedict Cumberbach fans): there are many clubs that celebrate the fandom of this legendary character but apparently the most exclusive is an invite-only literary society called the Baker Street Irregulars. Read all about them on Mental Floss.


What Else We're Reading


ALU staffer Natasha recently read a collection of poetry from Michael Crummey and she had this to say:

Last month I read House of Anansi's Little Dogs by Michael Crummey with my bookclub, as our first poetry pick. The book contains selections from Michael Crummey's first four collections of poetry: Under the Keel, Salvage, Hard Light, and Arguments with Gravity, along with some new poems. It's a nice read for those unfamiliar with his work, and very interesting to see the themes and structures of the poems change from collection to collection. I am looking forward to reading more of Crummey's poems, starting with the full Hard Light collection!




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