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In uncategorized on August 11, 2011 at 12:33 am

This weeks recap: Doug Ford vs. Margaret Atwood, Nominees of the Man Booker Prize, Required Readings of Young Adult Distopian fiction & an interview with Simon the intern at the New Quarterly magazine.

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b4b#31 – July 28:

The Notes – Part 1:


Keith Mansfield - Funky Fanfare

Theime – Dirty Drugs


Toronto City Councellor Doug Ford stirs some commotion in the literary field by stating that he wouldn’t recognize Margaret Atwood if he saw her and that the only way he would hear her thoughts on library budget cuts would be if she were in politics.

In local news, the Guelph Library will keep its Bookmobile running as they have keep it in the budget.

Apparently in New York, 50% of library circulation has fines. They are implementing a new project aimed at youth to read off their debts. I wonder how much my library accumulates in fines?


Doug Paisley – No One but Me

Doris Duke – I Don’t Care Anymore

The Man Booker Prize has been announced for this year. Canada has 3 of 13 nominees. They are Patrick de Witt for The Sisters Brothers [Harper Collins], Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues [Thomas Allen], and Alison Pick for Far to Go [House of Anansi].

In the Required Reading Segment, Peter recommends The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain [McSweeney's] by Tamler Sommers, Dancing After Hours by Andre Dubus.


Willie Harper – You You


In our Summer Reads segment, we look at the latest Walrus Summer Reading issue (July/Aug) and dissect the article “The 5 Rules of Writing”

And we also look at parody musician Weird Al Yankovic’s children’s book When I Grow Up [Harper Collins]


The Link Quartet – Move Move Move


The Notes – Part 2:

We come up with a series of classics of Distopian novels for young adult literature classes:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Cure by Sonia Levitin

The Giver by Lois Lowry


Reuben Howell – Funny How Time Slips


We interpret the distopian notion that  that is either political or environmental strife as a large scale under the guise of a utopia, and as Peter aptly put it, all these novels have that “Bar mitzvah moment when youth grow their wings”. Could a distopian definition have a personal oppression as well?


Frederick Squire – The Human Race Can Be


We review 3 books on topic of young adult distopia lit ; The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Lab Coast – Pictures on the Wall


Finally, we finish the show with an interview with intern Simon at the New Quarterly magazine about the poetry scene in Canada.

b4b #30

In uncategorized on August 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

On this episode of Books For Breakfast, we look at the current news in world of publishing, more reviews of this weeks book picks, an interview with Kevin Nunn, the secret bookstore of Brazenhead Books, and a new contest!

The Notes: Part 1

Dan Friel – Buzzards

Lee Andrews and Hearts – Glad to Be Here


Round-table of what’s being going on in the past week. Can you find our Books for Breakfast moleskin journal around town? It was last seen at the Cornerstone.

Corey Waurechen did book covers in the Bookshelf as part of Art in the Street last weekend.


The Detroit Cobras – Green Light


Guelph has been confirmed as part of the Massey Lecture Series for this year.

Walrus magazine has a managerial shakeup.

Chapters & Indigo will be reducing their book stock inventory due to real estate problems. Does this fallout benefit the indie stores?


Sugar Boy Crawford – Overboard


Peter reviews Irma Voth by Miriam Teows (Random House). A funny book a woman dealing with her identity and the conceptions of Mennonite culture with quirky dialogue.

A look into Samedi the Deafness by Jesse Ball – an elaborate scheme to take over the world and a love story in one book. And we introduce his most recent work entitled The Village on Horseback.

The Notes: Part 2

The Disturbers – Free and Easy


Dan looks at the Winnepeg’s Royal Art Lodge exhibition book called Constructive Abandonment and the collaborative process behind it.

Kelly talks a great story about Guelph’s own Drink & Draw

The fine folk at Etzsy helped produce a video on Brazenhead Books – a secret clandestine bookstore located somewhere in New York. Peter tries to track down the proprietor Micheal Seidenberg! A

Music by The Album Leaf

Are there any secret bookstore in Guelph? Any secret staches that need to be discovered? Let us know.


The Sadies – The Bug Jar


Interview with Kevin Nunn about his Sound of Writing series as get together of published authors in genres fictions with espiring ones. The next get-together is at the ebar next on Aug 17 and on Sept 21 will be Doug Smith on marketing short fiction at the public lib main branch.




New imprint of Mcsweeny’s McMullen into children’s books.A Good review of Here Comes The Cat in Russian & English dialetic captions by Frank Ash and a problematic review We Need A Horse by Sheila Heti.


The Blonde Bomber – I Am To Blame


Kelly talks about her Paul Auster Book. Can you say that you’ve read a book through audio book and consider it read? And Peter passes along the book Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr.


Little Scream – Boatman


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