Posts Tagged ‘books’
The Toronto Star‘s Ellen Brait reports on how first-year engineering students at the University of Toronto came up with a solution to save the books of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
When 750,000 volumes of rare books are imperiled by condensation, it’s time to think outside the building.
Since at least 2004, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library – which houses books including all four of Shakespeare’s folios and a papyrus from the time of Christ – has had a condensation problem. The insulation inside the library has been slowly degrading and condensation has been building up, according to Loryl MacDonald, interim director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. This also resulted in fluctuations in the temperature, something that can be detrimental to books that need climate controlled environments.
“Over time with those types of conditions mould can grow and affect some of the rare books,” said MacDonald.
The library consulted numerous architecture firms and was told the same thing again and again: construction had to be done in the interior. This would require the books, some of which are in fragile condition, to be moved and the library to be temporarily closed.
Desperate for a different solution, John Toyonaga, manager of the Bindery for the library, saw an ad for a first year problem-solving engineering class and decided to throw the library’s problem into the mix.
CBC News’ Ali Chiasson reports on Toronto’s trade in stolen books.
Japanese author Haruki Murakami may be known worldwide for novels that straddle the border between the dreamworld and reality.
But in Toronto he’s better known as the most popular author among literary thieves, at least according to the city’s bookstore owners.
An entire shelf dedicated to Murakami books disappeared in December at the Roncesvalles store A Good Read.
“I lost $800 the last two times this guy hit me,” owner Gary Kir told CBC Toronto. “They’re very easily converted into cash, because they’re very high in demand and they don’t turn up that often used.”
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Derek McCormack has worked at bookstores in Toronto for 25 years and says the most shoplifted names come and go in waves.
“It used to be all the beats,” said McCormack, of Type Books on Queen Street West. “Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Then it became [Vladimir] Nabokov by far — you couldn’t keep Lolita on the shelf.”
Author Hayden Trenholm‘s proposed 49th Parallels anthology dealing with Canada-relevant alternate histories with points of divergence after 1867, sounds fascinating. Metro News‘s Haley Ritchie had an enlightening interview with Trenholm on the subject.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier said the 20th century would belong to Canada – to be fair, it didn’t quite turn out that way, but what if it had?
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Bundoran Press Publishing House is planning a science fiction anthology exploring alternative histories and futures – what would have happened if the country took a very different turn.
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Trenholm’s anthology, titled 49th Parallels, will be filled with short stories by authors across Canada exploring unexpected twists in the country’s history and future.
Trenholm is crowdfunding on IndieGoGo to raise some extra money to better pay writers. So far he’s raised around $1200 for the project, which will be published in fall 2017.
The writers submitting to the anthology will have 150 years to choose from to warp history – including the invention of penicillin, the first radio transmission across the ocean or even confederation.
“The real purpose of doing that is of course to turn a mirror on the society we now have,” said Trenholm. “People tend to think that the way things are is the way things had to be – but of course that’s not true.”