The bestselling books in Canada for 2022

The bestselling books in Canada for 2022

There are two big takeaways from the Star’s rankings of 2022’s bestselling books. The first is that social media — TikTok, I’m looking at you — has upturned the publishing business in connecting readers to books. The second, closely related, is that there is a generational gender gap that has fundamentally changed which books sell … Read more

Brock professor co-authors book on prisoner unionization

Brock professor co-authors book on prisoner unionization

A Brock University professor has co-authored a book looking at unionizing inmates in prisons across the country leading to better working conditions and better treatment of inmates who may be doing dangerous jobs. Jordan House, assistant professor of Labour Studies, has co-authored a book titled “Solidarity Beyond Bars: Unionizing Prison Labour” with lawyer Asaf Rashid, … Read more

Canadian creators tease season two of ‘Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire’

Canadian creators tease season two of ‘Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire’

The Toronto-born producer of “Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire” saysfans of the TV series who were sent reeling by a provocative finale will likely have to wait about a year for answers. Adam O’Byrne says cameras are expected to roll for season two from April to August next year, and that timeline makes it … Read more

Jack Batten’s final Whodunit crime fiction book review

Jack Batten’s final Whodunit crime fiction book review

Jack Batten’s first Whodunit column in the Toronto Star ran on March 7, 1999. It wasn’t the first time he’d written reviews for the paper — a quick search in our archives shows his byline dating back to 1985, and his own crime fiction books were reviewed plenty of times, too — he’s written seven … Read more

Denise Davy picks up two prizes at Hamilton Literary Awards

Denise Davy picks up two prizes at Hamilton Literary Awards

Three very different but powerful works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are the winners of the Hamilton Arts Council’s 29th annual Hamilton Literary Awards, handed out on Monday night (Dec. 12) at a special ceremony. Joe Ollmann won in the fiction category for “Fictional Father,” published by Drawn & Quarterly. Jaclyn Desforges won for “Danger … Read more

Book excerpt: “The Signs That Define Toronto”

Book excerpt: “The Signs That Define Toronto”

Toronto loves its signs. When Fairmont proposed replacing the Royal York sign on the hotel, a vocal campaign ensued; the Royal York sign stayed. When the landmark El Mocambo sign on Spadina Avenue couldn’t be saved, businessman Michael Wekerle worked to get a replica back up. Toronto Metropolitan University rehung the iconic Sam the Record … Read more

Hamilton literary awards returns with in-person event

Hamilton literary awards returns with in-person event

The Hamilton Arts Council has announced the shortlisted authors for the annual Hamilton Literary Awards. Authors in the Greater Hamilton Area and Six Nations of the Grand River will be recognized in five categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and the Kerry Schooley Book Award. The in-person event happens on Dec. 12 at Theatre Aquarius’ Norman and … Read more

Former Brock professor explores Niagara Falls movie theatres and disappearing motels in new books

Former Brock professor explores Niagara Falls movie theatres and disappearing motels in new books

Over the past few decades, former Brock professor Joan Nicks has written plenty about local cinema, media and pop culture. But when it comes to one of her dearest topics — Niagara Falls — she has barely scratched the surface. This week, she attempts to empty the closet with the simultaneous release of two books: … Read more

Football book a fascinating look at Second World War

Football book a fascinating look at Second World War

One of the bestselling sports books this season is about a touch football game on a Christmas Eve. Buzz Bissinger, who wrote the popular book, “Friday Night Lights” has published his latest effort, “The Mosquito Bowl.” “Friday Night Lights,” a true story about a high-school football team in Permian, Texas, also became a movie and … Read more

Harvard professor Tiya Miles wins Cundill History Prize for ‘All That She Carried’

Harvard professor Tiya Miles wins Cundill History Prize for ‘All That She Carried’

MONTREAL – Harvard professor Tiya Miles’s book about the history of an enslaved mother and her daughter has won this year’s US$75,000 Cundill History Prize. Miles received the honour for “All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake” at a gala in Montreal on Thursday evening. Miles beat out two … Read more