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What better season than winter to curl up with some interesting books? University of Toronto English professor Randy Boyagoda recommends five from his personal Canadian literature library. (João Silas/Unsplash)

An idiosyncratic survey of great Canadian reads

No better time than winter to curl up with a good book. Novelist and English professor Randy Boyagoda shares a personal selection of five books from the Can-Lit shelves.
Whichwood is one of five great reads for teens that highlight authentic experiences, marginalized voices and critical thinking. (Dutton Books)

Five great reads to help teens become critical thinkers

Here are five great book recommendations for teens that promote critical thinking, authentic voices, diversity and good conversations.
New technologies are taking books and libraries to places that are, as yet, unimaginable. Shutterstock

Friday essay: why libraries can and must change

The history of the library is replete with mechanical marvels. More than collections of books, libraries are social, cultural and technological institutions that house the very idea of a society.
School children read books at Palipis beach in Mandar, West Sulawesi. The books were brought by library boat. Pattingalloang, which was part of a network of moving libraries called Pustaka Bergerak. Urwa/Pustaka Bergerak

Disadvantaged Indonesians defy the perception that they’re not interested in reading

Indonesian politicians and public figures say Indonesians have a low interest in reading. But people in disadvantaged areas defy this perception; they always welcome new books with joy.
A banana on the salt lake plain at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, hints at themes of genetics, food and human journeys in three books recommended by fly scientist Thomas Merritt. Shutterstock

Worth reading: Bananas, dwarves, salt and love

A fly scientist ponders the genetics of bananas and dwarves, women and love in reviews of his favourite fiction and non-fiction books.
Posters of various newspapers paying tribute after the death of former South African President Nelson in 2013. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The withdrawal of the Mandela book was nothing short of censorship

Some have suggested that the publisher and author of 'Mandela's Last Years' were simply attempting to cash in on the Mandela legacy. This is not a basis for the withdrawal of a book.

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