Tips for a bookish March Break: Hilary was on CBC!

Hilary was on CBC’s Ottawa Morning show over the March break..

Tips for a bookish March Break. We ask a local librarian and bookstore manager for their surefire slamdunk reads for kids.

Have a listen on the CBC website. There was also an accompanying article with all the details from the radio piece.

A local copy of the article and audio are also available if the originals above go missing.

Elie Nasrallah Signing “Hostage to History”

hostagehistoryLocal author, Elie Nasrallah will be here on Saturday, December 3 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of his book Hostage to History.

Check out the following links to find out more about Elie Nasrallah and his work!

Elie’s essay from one of this week’s editions of the Ottawa Citizen:

Nasrallah: Let's stop the myth-making around multiculturalism

This is a great article from Ottawa Life Magazine in which Elie Nasrallah is named one of the top 25 people in the Capital:

“Trudeaumania” by Robert Wright

trudeaumaniaWith a second Trudeau in the Prime Minister’s office, it is a good time to read Trudeaumania by Robert Wright.

Wright is Professor of History at Trent University in Oshawa and winner of prizes for books on Canadian History, including one on the love affair between Pierre and Margaret Trudeau and another on the Iran hostage crisis, which was made into a documentary film. In this new book, he concentrates on Pierre Trudeau’s political life and his rise to fame; from being a¬†provocative writer of the magazine Cite Libre and a charismatic professor himself at the University of Montreal, to achieving political success in Ottawa, where he spearheaded reform of Canadian laws respecting divorce, abortion and homosexuality.

Trudeau rode the wave of national excitement that swept Canada after Expo 67. Although he was a Quebecer, he was against Quebec nationalism and advised against confusing the rights of French Canadians with provincial powers. He believed in a national homeland including French Canadians as well as English Canadians and advised that making this work would require political vision and determined effort. This book gives good examples of what he meant.

Reviewed by Anne McDougall

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Tonya Pomerantz Signing “Unlocking Your Future”

unlockingfutureLocal author Tonya Pomerantz will be in the store on Saturday, February 20 from 11:00am to 1:00pm to sign copies of her new book Unlock Your Future, a book to help teens lead a successful and satisfying life.

From the jacket:

“This book show how success is composed of many different factors and provides young people with the keys to unlock their own futures.

Unlock Your Future is a must-read. People of all ages can benefit from this book to gain a better understanding of themselves and the value they offer to the world.”

“A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety” by Jimmy Carter

jimmycarterJimmy Carter, one-time President of the United States, has already written 28 books on his life before, during and after that special time. In this one, as he turns 90, he sums up some of the highlights of what he rightly calls a full life.

He grew up in a small community near Plains, Georgia, where his family were the only white people, but racism was almost unknown. His father was a successful farmer and merchant and Jimmy pitched in and learned to love the life. He joined the Navy, however, and nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines. He returned to civilian life, picking up his father’s work, selling peanuts, and getting into local and state politics, eventually becoming Governor¬† and then deciding to run for President.

The section on the White House is full of amusing anecdotes and also contains the odd poem which he enjoyed writing. The book also contains watercolours by Carter. He writes, “my efforts to woo the news media were not successful.” He did not win re-election, but returned to Plains. Here he and his wife founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

Reviewed by Anne McDougall