White Pine Spotlight

Subject to Change by Karen Nesbitt

  • A great debut novel.  Well written with authentic characters and dialogue.
  • The title comes from the lyrics in A Matter of Time by the Foo Fighters.  There are many more appropriate cultural references as well throughout the novel.
  • Set in Quebec, which we don’t see very often, this novel is all about re-interpreting your life… about coming to terms with your life and moving forward.
  • This book addresses the issues of teenage boys… of suppressed male emotions, propensity to physical and emotional violence, and the need for positive male role models.
  • Declan’s family is spinning out of control, completely dysfunctional… the result being that he is overwhelmed and functioning well below his capabilities.
  • At the heart of the book though lies friendship, true friendship, nothing complicated about it, deep and abiding.
  • And then there is the suspense.  More than once you will find your heart in your throat as a result of the dramatic tension.  Be prepared for it!

Read the review at CM Magazine.


Students are invited to take part in the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th.

  • Permission forms are due back by Friday April 13th.



Canada Reads 2018! Join us for the final day of debate

It’s time to go on a FIELD TRIP!

We settled on our Canada Reads 2018 winner at our March 7th ESA’s Own Book Club meeting.

Our next step is to attend the live studio taping of the final day of debate on Thursday March 29th.

  • All members of the ESA Community are invited to join us.

If you have not already expressed interest in joining us on this exciting adventure…


**Members of ESA’s Own Book Club, and those on our e-mail distribution list, have received e-mails under separate cover to e-mail addresses on file…

The Official ESA OSCAR Challenge

And the award for best picture goes to . . .

Are you planning to watch the OSCARS this Sunday? Why not enter the ESA OSCAR Challenge.

Anyone from the ESA community can participate by sending in your lucky ballot with your ESA Student.

Don’t have time to print? Already in the building?

  • Just stop by the Library and fill out your ballot for a chance to win a pair of movie tickets!

Black History Month Spotlight

Our final spotlight title for Black History Month this year is The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.

Among many accolades, this debut novel was nominated for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and a host of other awards.

  • The Hate You Give explores complicated community relationships in the aftermath of the police shooting of an unarmed black youth.
  • This is my ‘must read’ pick of all of the (American) Young Adult titles from last year.
  • If you have a Netflix account, then I highly recommend that you watch the Netflix documentary 13th after reading this.  They are brilliant companion pieces.

Read the reviews at:


Happy Valentine’s Draw

Congratulations to:

  • Nuala O’Sullivan
  • Hiba Ali
  • Asia Rosa
  • Rachel Sanders
  • Tiana McGee-Stone
  • Elvina Barclay
  • Kemora Manning
  • Alice Ackerman

All of the above are lucky winners of our Valentine’s Book Draw.

Drop by the Library to pick up your free book

The first three ladies named also go home with a special chocolate treat.

Black History Month Spotlight

Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, edited by Adel DeRango Adem and Andrea Thompson.

  • Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out is an anthology of poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word texts, as well as black and white artwork and photography, explores the question of how mixed-race women in North America identify in the twenty-first century.
  • Contributions engage, document, and/or explore the experiences of being mixed-race, by placing interraciality as the center, rather than periphery, of analysis. (from Inanna website)
  • the editors foster an unusual dialogue between their contributors that emphasizes the important links among ‘real life,’ art, politics, and the academy. A strength of the collection is that because it includes so many genres, it supplies various points of access to the complex subject of multiracialism within a single collection. (from Project Muse)

Learn more:


(And yes, this is the same Andrea Thompson who comes in to work with us here at ESA.  Andrea will be back again on April 12th, during Poetry Month.  Stay tuned for more details to follow.)