Canadian Library Month

October is Canadian Library Month, which seems as good a time as any to resurrect this blog. In truth, it has been a busy year. From January to April I was working six days a week at two jobs and had no energy to blog. After that, my reading for the Read Maple selection committee got into high gear, and of course I cannot write about what I am reading. Good news, though: the lists of Forest of Reading nominees for 2014 will be announced in just two weeks on October 15. I can’t wait to see which books the other committees have chosen!

Fall is a busy season for book awards and book-related events. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre will hand out their awards in Toronto October 22 and Montreal October 29. The list of nominated titles is available here. On November 4, the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be awarded. The longlist is available here, and the shortlist will be announced October 8. Finally, the International Festival of Authors gets under way this month. I have actually never attended an IFOA event, but now that I live so close the the Harbourfront Centre perhaps this will be the year I finally go. Hey, it would give me something to blog about, right?

Book links roundup

I’m always looking for book news online. Here are some of the things I’ve come across recently:

Publishers Weekly: Insiders Talk Young Adult Blockbusters: An interesting discussion of mega-hits such as the Twilight an Hunger Games series that are taking over children’s publishing.

Casting rumours for the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent.

If you love reading YA, considering filling out the Teenreads.com 2012 YA Readers Survey.

Kirkus Reviews chooses the Best Children’s Books of 2012.

Taylor Swift talks reading, from Scholastic.