Microreview: Three picturebooks with children and grandparents

Three awesome picturebooks with a central child-grandparent relationship: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng Hana’s visit to Ojichan in the summer had been full of his beautiful violin music. Hana’s beloved grandfather had long ago been Second Violin in an orchestra in Kyoto, and at home, …

Antigonick by Sophocles; translated by Anne Carson; illustrated by Bianca Stone

Anne Carson and Bianca Stone’s Antigonick, from the play by Sophocles (Antigone, of the Oedipus triptych). Where to begin? If you read only one classical Greek play in your life, let this be it. Carson’s translation is a whirlwind, both a terror and a delight to behold. It will sway you to …

Asian Heritage Month Display 2018

We’ve got a display area  in the children’s section of our library that we switch up every month to showcase different items in our collection. Since May is Asian Heritage Month here in Canada, we’ve been filling our display with books by Asian authors and illustrators from around the world. …

Rereading: The Deadly Dance by Cora Taylor

At some point in my childhood I read Cora Taylor’s The Deadly Dance. Having finally (re)discovered what the book I remembered was actually called (I remembered: bull dance. time travel. Crete. eating disorder. a scene by the hotel pool. an earthquake. an escape. a scene at the airport with her (reincarnated?) …

Announcing: Congratulations to Nafiza!

Congratulations to Nafiza! Nafiza’s debut novel, The Candle and the Flame, has been acquired by Scholastic. Mark your calendars: this gem is coming out in 2019. The photo, taken from Publishers Weekly’s Rights Report for the week of April 9, reads: Lisa Sandell at Scholastic has acquired Nafiza Azad’s debut, The Candle …