Friday, November 23, 2018

A Message to Caregivers: You Are Not Alone

This is one of my favourite books of the year.
Seven years ago, accomplished poet and author Mike Barnes became his mothers caregiver. "I think I'm about where anyone would be seven years into caregiving, which is fairly embattled and somewhat ground down," Barnes told CBC's Tapestry host Mary Hynes. Along the way, Barnes began to write letters about the issues and emotions he lived day-to-day. Those letters now form his newest book, Be With: Letters to a Caregiver, a collection of letters and vignettes that share Barnes' experience, and let caregivers know that it is okay to feel overwhelmed. Barnes discussed his new book and his experience caring for his mother with CBC's Mary Hynes. Listen to the full interview here

Friday, November 16, 2018

Contest Alert! 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize Pack

Five amazing novels are on the 2018 shortlist for one of the top honours in Canadian literature- the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
The winner will be revealed on Monday November 19th at a gala event hosted by the award winning comedian Rick Mercer which will be aired on CBC at 8 p.m. ET (11:30 AT / Midnight NT), CBC Radio One at 8 p.m. ET (9:00 AT/ 9:30 NT) and will be livestreamed at at 8 p.m. ET.

To celebrate this exciting event, we are going to be giving one lucky librarian a complete set of the books on this year's shortlist so you can skip the holds queue and get reading some of the best books of the year.  

Open to librarians in Canada. If you are interested in entering, please send an e-mail to with the subject 'Dewey Diva Giller Contest' and provide your full name along with your library or school mailing address. I will draw the winner on Monday November 26th, 9 a.m. EST. 

Good luck!