By Sarah Murdoch Special to the Star Wed., Dec. 26, 2018 The biggest Canadian book success story of the year, of course, is Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life: An Antidote to Chaos, a deft spinning together of hard truths and home truths with science and ethics. At its heart, 12 Rules is a self-help book that offers instruction on how to have a meaningful life (which as we know tends not to be the same as a happy one). It came out in late January, and hasn’t budged from the non-fiction bestseller list since. Indeed, the only Canadian who can challenge Peterson’s sales is Rupi Kaur, a poet who made a smooth leap from Instagram to the bookshop, first with 2015’s Milk and Honey, then with The Sun and Her Flowers late last year. As with 12 Rules, both of Kaur’s books were in the top 10 throughout the year. A few other observations from our year-end best-seller lists. * The best-selling fiction of the year is The Woman in the Window, by the … [Read more...] about Big bestsellers list: the books you bought in 2018
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By Deborah Dundas Books Editor Tues., Dec. 11, 2018 So did you have a hold on Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Square or Linwood Barclay’s Parting Shot at the library? You’re not alone. They are on the Toronto Public Library’s top 10 most borrowed books list for 2018. And Torontonians borrow a lot of books. In 2017, the library’s physical circulation — including print books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and so on, but not ebooks — was the highest in North America for systems serving over a million customers: 24,459,477 items, said Wendy Banks, who promotes the Toronto Public Library’s collections online. Ebooks are tracked separately, although borrowing is up on those as well; in the summer, for the first time, the TPL’s digital loans surpassed 5 million, the first library system in the world, Banks believes, to do so. But you might not have guessed the library’s single most borrowed book: The Official MTO … [Read more...] about What was the Toronto Public Library’s most borrowed book in 2018? Hint: it wasn’t a novel
By Premila D’Sa Staff Reporter Thu., May 10, 2018 Call it Mystery of the Talking Inferno. TTC passengers taking an elevator at Dundas West station were treated on the passenger assistance intercom to an audio recording of Inferno, the fourth novel in author Dan Brown’s thriller series popularized by Tom Hanks’ film adaptations. “We’re just looking into how that could have happened, it is a little strange,” said TTC spokesperson Kadeem Griffiths. Griffiths said he cannot speak to what course of action the transit commission will take until after the investigation. The video of the talking elevator was posted on YouTube by a user named Michelle P on Wednesday. Article Continued Below The video was shared on Reddit where users suggested that a security guard listening to the audio book might have left the microphone on. Another person said it might be the default audio test file for the system. Griffiths said the TTC is still … [Read more...] about Why was this TTC elevator playing Dan Brown’s novel on the intercom?
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Parliament has a new furry mascot - a "young winged lion" called Parley. The Parliament of Singapore posted on Facebook in the voice of Parley on Monday (Apr 23). "Now that the Parliament of Singapore has launched its Instagram page, Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin has invited me to be one of its administrators. I’ll be sharing snapshots and nuggets of information on our Parliament’s history and what goes on behind these walls. So do keep a lookout for my posts!"According to the profile shared in the post, Parley stands for Proactive, Adventurous, Resourceful, Learned, Eloquent, Youthful. "As a young winged lion, I'm still desperately trying to lose my baby fat by whizzing about the skies as cardio and doing weights training with my Mace and the thickest Parliament library book," the tongue-in-cheek profile states. Like the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau's white bear mascot Kopi Lim, Parley is said to have studied at the … [Read more...] about Singapore’s Parliament has a new mascot: Parley the winged lion
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organizes the Oscar awards, added 744 new members from 57 countries to its roster this year including three South Koreans.New members will be welcomed through an invitation-only reception in the fall.The three new Academy members from South Korea are filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon and CJ Vice chairperson Lee Mie-kyung, according to Yonhap News.Lee oversees CJ's entertainment and media unit CJ E&M and has been living in the US since 2014, the report added.Kim Ki-duk won several international awards including best director at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2004 for "Samaritan Girl," best director at the Venice Film Festival in 2004 for "3-Iron" and Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 for "Pieta."Chung's works include "Old Boy," "The Handmaiden," "The Unjust" and "Thirst."They join the list of South Koreans who are members of AMPAS including Park Chan-wook, Lee Byung Hun and … [Read more...] about 3 Koreans added to Oscars’ Academy: Check out complete list of new 744 members