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February 4, 2016

par Colette,

 

Hé Ho !  Le  Festival du Voyageur arrive à grands pas de claquettes !  Oui, c’est le temps de l’année que j’adore et j’ai tellement hâte que la plus grande fête hivernale de l’ouest Canadien commence !  Alors marquez vos calendriers, attachez vos ceintures fléchées,  le Festival du Voyageur 2016 se déroule du 12 au 21 février. L’achat  d’une passe de 10 jours vous donne accès au Parc du Voyageur, 866 rue Saint-Joseph ses sculptures de neige, ses sites officiels  et tellement de spectacles, concours  et d’activités, que vous allez être« giguement »  étonnés.   Pas de plaintes de la météo,  le Festival du Voyageur vous gardera au chaud,  c’est promis !

 

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photo Dan Harper

Saviez-vous que la Bibliothèque de Saint-Boniface se trouve que quelques rues du Parc du Voyageur, le « cœur » des activités du Festival ?  Notre adresse est le 131 boulevard Provencher alors si vous êtes dans les «  avirons » du 12 au 21 février, ramez  chez nous.   Nos heures d’ouvertures sont du lundi au jeudi de 10h00 à 21h00, le vendredi et samedi, de 10h00 à 17h00 et le dimanche de 13h00 à 17h00.   Un petit rappel,  la bibliothèque est fermée le lundi, 15 février, c’est la Journée Louis Riel ! Une journée qui célèbre la culture métisse et le fondateur du Manitoba.   Pour en savoir plus au sujet de Louis Riel, venez nous voir à la biblio…

Je vous invite à venir vous réchauffer chez nous avec un bon livre.   Si vous n’avez que quelques minutes à bouquiner, les nouveautés ados se trouvent au premier étage. Voici quelques nouveautés dans notre collection ….

 

Roses sous les bombesRose sous les bombes par Elizabeth Wein

 

Aristote et Dante

Aristote et Dante découvrent les secrets de l’univers par Benjamin Alire Sáenz

 

Nos faces cachees

Nos faces cachées par Amy Harmon

 

DistanceLa distance astronomique entre toi et moi par Jennifer E Smith

 

Humains

Humains par Matt Haig

 

Will et Will

Will & Will par John Green et David Levithan

 

…  Mais, hé ho, si vous avez un peu  plus de temps, monter au deuxième étage, des voyageuses  qui travaillent à la référence vous attendent au canot, je veux dire, au  bureau ! Elles seraient heureuses de vous montrer notre belle collection pour ados - les romans, les bd, les revues et j’en passe !

 

La musique française  et la bibliothèque ? Oui, un tissage parfait !   Découvrez notre collection incroyable de disques compacts, il y en a pour tous les goûts ! Il y a toujours un nouvel artiste ou groupe musical  à découvrir soit au Festival ou bien sûr, chez nous.  Le Festival est renommé pour ses spectacles et concours variés. Cette année,  Cœur de pirate sera  en spectacle le samedi, 13 février. C’est  une jeune artiste renommée de Montréal qui est incroyablement talentueuse.  Si vous ne la connaissez pas, c’est votre chance ! Nous avons ses disques compacts chez nous!

 

Cover image for Roses [enregistrement sonore]

 

Pour plus de détails au sujet de son spectacle et autres,   svp  vérifiez le site web du Festival.

En passant,  le 18 février, au Parc du Voyageur,  de 18h00 à  23h00, c’est la soirée Petit Canada, présentée par le CJP.  Je vous assure que les tentes seront remplies de talents musicaux.  La Chicane électrique 2016 fera vibrer la tente  Cabane à sucre Caisse Groupe Financier de 18h15 à 23h00. 

 

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La soupe au pois, la tourtière, le bannock, les crêpes, la tarte au sucre, les queues de castors  et surtout, surtout, la tire, j’en rêve!  Les mets du Festival sont tellement bons ! Vous pouvez certainement en manger lorsque vous êtes au parc, mais pourquoi pas choisir un livre de notre sélection incroyable de livres de recettes et créer un met ou deux pour vos amis -  thème Festival. 

Musique, spectacles, bouffe traditionnelle,  la Bibliothèque de Saint- Bonface,  le Parc du voyageur, sculptures de neige,  plaisir garantie !

Et le tout se trouve à Saint-Boniface.  Bon Festival !

 

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Colette est une voyageuse de la tête jusqu’aux orteils. Elle porte avec fierté sa ceinture fléchée, ses mocassins et bien sûr,  sa carte de bibliothèque dans sa poche de jean !

 

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January 28, 2016

by Madeleine,

As much fun as it can be to participate in fandom, it can also be really interesting to read about it, as well as read other people’s views about it.  More authors have taken to writing about what it means to be part of a fandom, and often fans are creators of content themselves.  Here are a few fiction and non-fiction titles on fandom:

Carry On Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On Simon SnowIn one of Rainbow Rowell’s other books, Fangirl, the main character, Cath, is a big fan of the series “Simon Snow”, a fictional Harry Potter type of series.  Simon Snow and Baz Something are somewhat similar to Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, and much like some fans of Harry and Draco, she wants Simon and Baz to get together.  “Carry On Simon Snow” is written as the eighth book in the Simon Snow series, but instead of written by the “author” Gemma T. Leslie, it is as though Cath herself wrote it (complete with a Simon/Baz love story).  There’s some mind boggling meta for you.   (Interesting tidbit, a bookstore worker I know said that she has had requests for the Simon Snow series by Gemma T. Leslie, and she has to tell them that the series unfortunately does not actually exist!)  There are similarities between the worlds of Simon and Harry, but plenty of differences as well.  Even though you can’t help but think of Harry Potter when you read it, Rowell provides plenty of interesting development for her original characters that make you wish there really was a whole series about them.

 

Ms MarvelMs. Marvel as created by Sana Amanat

In the past few years, there has been a new Ms. Marvel in the Marvel comic world.  Kamala Khan is a teenage girl who lives in New Jersey and lives with her strict but loving Muslim family.  She hangs out with her friend Ben and writes fanfiction about her favourite superheroes.   When Terrigen mist mysteriously permeates her town the night she sneaks out to a party, Kamala discovers she has developed superpowers, and decides the best thing to do would to fight evil as her beloved superheroes do.  On a few occasions she ends up joining forces with them.  Some of my favourite parts are when Kamala first encounters them and goes into fangirl mode.  The comics have a nice balance of Kamala’s home and school life along with her secret life as a superhero.

 

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castelucci

GeektasticGeektastic is a book of short stories edited by YA authors Holly Black and Cecil Castelucci, and all of them have to do with geek culture/fandoms and all their facets, including LARPing, anime, RPG, and Rocky Horror Picture Show.   Have you ever wondered what would happen if a Jedi knight and a Klingon fell in love?  There’s a story in here for you.  One of my favourites is the particularly cleverly titled “The Wrath of Dawn” by Cynthia Leitich Smith about a girl named Dawn who is invited to a Buffy the Vampire Slayer singalong party (there’s an episode of Buffy called “Once More With Feeling!” where a demon causes everyone in Sunnydale to constantly burst into song).

 

Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli

Harry, a HistoryMelissa Anelli is known for being the webmistress of the popular Harry Potter fansite, The Leaky Cauldron, as well as the co-creator of the Harry Potter fan convention, LeakyCon (now known as the more general GeekyCon).    Anelli outlines ten years of “Pottermania” and all the mystery and excitement that came along with the release of new Potter books.  I still remember reading some very bizarre titles that people swore were going to be the names of new books.  (P.S. none of them were correct.)   Sometimes there was a very long wait between books, so in the meantime fans would speculate, write fanfiction, and even created a whole new Harry Potter genre of music called “wizard rock” or “wrock”.  Anelli got the chance to interview J.K. Rowling herself, the details of which are in the book as well.  This was an interesting account of the Harry Potter phenomenon from someone right in the centre of it.   Now that there is a sequel in the form of a play and a new trilogy of movies in the works, Pottermania has started to come back, though really, it never went anywhere!

 

Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom by Deborah Yaffe

Among the JaneitesJane Austen may have lived around 200 years ago, but the fandom surrounding her writing is as dedicated and passionate as ever.  There are many adaptations and still more are being created, especially of her most popular book, Pride and Prejudice—for example, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series helped bring the story to a new young audience (as well as fans) and made it fresh.  The author is a self-described “Janeite”, which was a word coined in 1894 for Jane Austen (though I’ve also heard the term “Austenite”) and is a member of JASNA, the Jane Austen Society of North America.  Yaffe interviews a variety of Janeites who have done such things as restore the house of one of Austen’s relatives or become experts on creating Regency era fashion.

  

A few other related titles you may want to check out are:

 

Fangirls GuideThe Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs

Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric by Heather Urbanski

Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?: Adventures in Cult Fandom by Allyson Beatrice

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

 

 

 

Try using Novelist, one of the library’s databases, to see if you can find any more fandom-themed titles.

 

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January 21, 2016

by Aidan,

With the New Year already off to a great start, I couldn’t help but reminisce about some of the highlights of my life. Hanging with my friends, going places, relaxing. Then I realized that things I had said and done back then would seem foolish now; that if I were given the chance to do it again, I wouldn’t. I know this change is natural when you’re growing up, but it still shocked me at how different I have become. To commemorate all of the changes we will see in our personality and in life, here are some novels that I think mix things up a bit when it comes to perspective.

The Lovely BonesThe Lovely Bones, which was written by Alice Sebold, brings new ideas to the term “narrator”. The story revolves around a young girl named Susie Salmon, who is brutally and mercilessly murdered at the hands of a deranged man. Afterwards she finds herself trapped in a limbo of sorts. From there she is able to see how her passing has affected the lives of those close to her. She serves as the narrator in the book which is interesting because she acts just like a narrator should. She can’t influence the story; she can just watch it unfold.

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief also changes narration into something more interesting than a recounting of events. The narrator for most of this story is the embodiment of Death. Yes, when I say Death, I mean the Fourth Horseman, with the scythe. He brings up many different concepts of death itself, which fits the story as it takes place as the setting is Nazi Germany. This book is really one that will make you think, and what perspective can do best.

Falling KingdomsFalling Kingdoms does something that many books do not. This book is about three warring nations in a magical land called Mytica. It unravels the tale through a few characters, all of which are on different sides of the war. This is unique because you don’t often see many books wherein all perspectives are shown fully and without filters.

Check out these books and see what a difference a new perspective makes.

Enjoy!

A trustworthy narrator can be a real game changer when you're reading a book! Have you encountered any interesting storytellers in your adventures as a reader?

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January 11, 2016

by Colette,

When I was out and about in my reading travels, I happen to meet Stephanie: grade 12 teenager, passionate reader and successful book blogger. I was most impressed with her maturity and vast knowledge of teen literature. I knew right away that I had to tell Winnipeg’s book community all about her…


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Stephanie, you are an amazing reader with a great passion for books. What is it about reading that you love?
All stories, new and old, all take their readers on an adventure. An adventure that lets them leave all their real life worries behind, and that's what I love about reading. I get to experience adventures that I would never be able to without the help of a book that I get to live the life of someone else while at the same time, living my own.

You have a great website and you blog about books regularly. How many books do you read in a year?
Before I went into grade 10 I could have said maybe 100 or so books a year, but unfortunately once I entered grade 10 many things happened. School became more work, I started working for my family business, I started my blog, and I gained a social life. HA! So now I'd say I read maybe 70 books a year now, last year GoodReads said I read 68 books total, although that doesn't include re-reads.


Stephanie meets Kelley Armstrong (supplied photo)

What are you reading right now?
I am currently rereading the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, so that I can finally read Winter. I just finished Fairest for the first time, and now rereading Cress to refresh myself before Winter. The series has been one of my favorites ever since Cinder released, so I thought it was about time to finally finish it and see where Meyer takes us!

Have you ever met a famous author? Who was it? How did it happen?


Stephanie meets James Dashner (supplied photo)

That would probably have to be a tie between James Dashner, or Kathy Reichs. Both authors seem to be very well known all over the world, probably because both authors have book series that have successful TV shows or movies. James Dashner with his Maze Runner series/movies, and Kathy Reichs with her Temperance Brennen series/ Bones TV show. I met them both November 2014 at a book convention called YALLFest, this festival takes place in Charleston, South Carolina every year. It was a fairly large convention when I went, and it's grown even bigger now. Even having a sister convention, YALLWest in California. While at the convention I also met many of my favorite authors there, including Kiera Cass, Jennifer L. Armentrout and even the Beautiful Creatures ladies, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.


Stephanie meets Kiera Cass (supplied photo)

Why do you like blogging?
What's not to love! I actually do love practically everything about it. Having my own blog lets me have complete control of everything, design, layout, what I post. It gives me so many opportunities to practice my design and writing skills. Besides actually running my blog, I love all the authors, bloggers and book people I met because of it. The bookish community is one of the most loving communities I've ever been a part of.

What do you hope people will take from your website?
I think out of everything that people could take from my blog I'd want them to realize that if someone has a passion for something, that they should embrace it. If I wouldn't have embraced my love for books and not have started my blog, then I wouldn't be making my way into the publishing industry to be a publicist.

If someone wanted to write a blog about books, what advice would you give them?
I had a lot of things that I had to discover for myself when first starting my blog, so I've listed below a few things I wish someone would have told me before I started.

-Don't expect to become a huge known blogger in the first few months, it takes time to build up a following. You'll get there someday, don't stress about it.

- Join social media and the bookish community. You'll be surprised about how much this will help you grow as a blogger. Following authors, meeting bloggers, talking to them both on a daily basis, it's all part of the experience.

- Join email lists for Book Tour sites, request to join Blog Tours, Book Blitzes, Cover Reveals, etc. They bring a huge wave of people to visit your site, and they can also be very fun to be a part of.

- Publishers generally pay attention to more known bloggers than they do newbies. Once again don't stress about it, once you've grown a larger following like followers on Twitter or number of page views for your blog they'll start to notice you. It'll all happen in time.

- This one is for Canadian bloggers, because of shipping costs and having most of our publishing houses being smaller than the US ones, we have a harder time with publishers then US bloggers do. It's rough but it's true. Even though it sets you apart from the US bloggers, it doesn't make you any less of a blogger. Just stay committed and confident then one day you'll reach the top.

I often have computer problems…how do you get help for your tech problems if you need it? I'm one of those types of people that enjoy messing with electronics until they discover something new or how to fix something. Being the only Macbook user in my house, I usually have to figure stuff out for myself. If it is Google Blogger related (the blogging platform I use), then I try my best to fix it or I reach out to my fellow bloggers on Twitter if I still can't come up with anything.

Do you have a favorite blogs or book websites that you like to check all the time?
GoodReads is definitely my go to for anything book related, most bloggers will say the same thing. It has every little detail for a book, from publishing date to all the different editions there are of the one book. It's honestly a life saver. Favorite blog wise, I have a BUNCH. Once becoming a blogger you end up visiting a lot of sites and finding favorites, here are just some of my mine.

The Autumn Bookshelf http://theautumnbookshelf.blogspot.ca  
Lost in Ever After http://lostineverafter.blogspot.ca
The Book Bratz http://thebookbratz.blogspot.ca
Next Page Please! http://next-page-please.blogspot.ca
Brittany's Book Rambles http://www.bookrambles.com
Doodle's Book Reviews http://doodlereviewsbooks.blogspot.ca


You mentioned wanting to become a publicist, what are your career plans?
I have considered becoming a writer; it's actually a dream of mine. Unfortunately my parents feel like I should have a more reliable career to fall back on, so I plan on going to school to become a publicist and writing on the side.

A Court of Thorns and Rose  Dead of Winter Queen of Shadows Wolf by Wolf  



What are your top 5 books that you have read in 2015?
A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J. Maas
Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

AND…the must read teen book of all time is?  
My must read series of all time would definitely be The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, although my all-time favorite of the three is Clockwork Princess. The books are all filled with adventure, excitement, romance and heartbreak; I can't tell you how much time I've lost to crying about my favourite characters! If you’re a fantasy fan, then I highly suggest checking out this series!

Thank you, Stephanie. I hope our readers will be inspired by your story to follow their passion. Good luck in your future plans, I am sure you will take the book world by storm!

Follow Stephanie’s blog: Ohanareads. http://ohanareads.blogspot.ca/

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December 31, 2015

by Alan,

Every year since 2003 I’ve had one plan for New Year’s Eve:  to listen to Death Cab For Cutie’s “The New Year” at midnight1.  Besides being one of the few New Year’s songs (as compared to the saturation of Christmas songs), the opening lines:  So this is the New Year / and I don’t feel any different, sum up my feelings when the clock strikes midnight.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being huddled around a board game with friends as the earth completes another orbit around the sun;  but to me New Year’s has always seemed more of an excuse to celebrate than a reason to celebrate. 

New Year

So at first, I thought it was ironic that someone who wasn’t really that into New Year’s was tasked with writing the last blogpost of the year.  Then I did some research, because that’s what librarians do, and discovered that in the entire history of Booked nobody has done a ‘New Year’s’ blogpost.  The closest entry I found was Collette’s Got Gift Cards? Get Books! post from January, 2014.  So, it turns out disparaging New Year’s in the last blogpost of the year isn’t ironic, maybe just sadly absurd instead.  This is too bad, because I like irony.

I do realize that not everyone feels the same way about the upcoming New Year as I do.  If I was one of those people who, say, looked to the New Year to get excited about upcoming books, I would be excited for Thinghttps://winca.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1119148/ada?qu=Thing+explainer&ic=true Explainer by Randall Munroe.  This book uses simple words and simple drawings to provide simple explanations for how things like microwaves and tectonic plates work.  Munroe is also famous for the web comic XKCD, so I expect it should be funny as well. 

https://winca.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1121189/ada?qu=link+to+the+past&ic=trueIf I was one of those people who used the New Year as a chance to reflect on the past, I would be excited for The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past by Shotaro Ishinomori.  This is a classic comic based on the classic game that was originally published piecemeal in the classic magazine Nintendo Power.  The book is one of the earliest and best examples of a video game story being translated into a literary medium.

https://winca.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:867307/ada?qu=tennapel+cardboard&ic=trueLastly, if I was like me, and I am, I would be excited for anything old or new—just so long as long as it was new to me—my pick would be Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.  Cardboard is a story about a poor boy who gets an empty cardboard box for his birthday.  But of course the cardboard box is magic, and anything you make out of it comes to life.  I won’t spoil it, but things don’t go quite so well after that. 

 

 

 

Alan is a librarian who like irony and footnotes3

 

1In case you were wondering, much like forgetting the train of thought I laid out in this opening sentence, every year since 2003 I’ve forgotten to play “The New Year” at midnight. 

 

2It is, however, ironic in that by writing a disparaging New Year’s post I have inadvertently written the most New Years’ New Year’s post in Booked history.

 

3Alan also likes ironic footnotes

 

 

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