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12 Apr 2012
Say what you want: What books are on your nightstand?

The Keep Toronto Reading Festival takes place from April 1 to 30. However, it was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to the 14 day strike by Toronto Public Library workers. Thankfully, the strike ended and he festival will go on as planned. Sway hit the streets to ask …

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29 Feb 2012
Book Review: Crossing to Freedom

Another in a series of student book reviews, Crossing To Freedom, written by Virginia Frances Schwartz, is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of the difficulties and self realizations experienced by 11-year-old runaway slave.

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28 Feb 2012
Book Review: A Desperate Road to Freedom

A Toronto student reviews a young girl’s story about her family’s escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad in the 1860s

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27 Feb 2012
Book Review: Elijah of Buxton

Student Nikelle Marier reviews Christopher Paul Curtis’s award winning Canadian Black History novel Elijah of Buxton.

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21 Feb 2012

Canadian-born author Zetta Elliott reflects on the status of black authors in the Canadian publishing industry.

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19 Jan 2012
Q&A with author Charm Darby

Sway catches up with the financial services professional turned author to discuss her new book, ‘Joyful, Soulful Sex’ and the one that made her a name more than a decade ago.

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22 Dec 2011
Olive Senior’s ‘Dancing Lessons’: Review

In Dancing Lessons, Jamaican-Canadian author Olive Senior gives us the story of G, a remarkable character whose story unfolds in the form of a series of meandering notebook entries.

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19 Dec 2011
Esi Edugyan recognized with Canada’s most prestigious literary honour

For a novel set mainly in sombre circumstances, Half-Blood Blues is surprisingly buoyant. It’s deftly paced in incident and tone, moving from scenes of snappy dialogue, in which the band members squabble and banter humorously, to tense, atmospheric passages of description.

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19 Dec 2011
Jody Nyasha Warner’s children’s book explores a vital figure in Canada’s Black history

Warner’s first book, Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, is the perfect choice to share with children who are eager to learn Black history, but may have a difficult time finding age-appropriate, engaging and educational books about African-Canadian identity.

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9 Nov 2011
Esi Edugyan wins $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Esi Edugyan, Calgary-born daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, was awarded the $50,000 Giller Prize — Canada’s richest literary award — at a gala ceremony in Toronto Tuesday night for her second novel, Half-Blood Blues.