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.)

The Marrow Thieves: Pre-orders available for pick-up

Anyone who was unable to collect their pre-ordered copy of Cherie Dimaline’s novel The Marrow Thieves on Friday afternoon can drop by the Library anytime to pick up their signed copy.

Didn’t pre-order one but would like one?

  • We have a limited number of extra signed copies available for purchase for $15.
  • See Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • While supplies last.

White Pine Spotlight

Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly

  • A beautiful book about two sisters, you’ll fall in love with this book right off the bat.
  • Nice easy flow – and conversational style – to the writing.  Well developed character, plot and setting.
  • Wry, witty humour underscores the pretty crappy life situation the two sisters find themselves in.  The girls are living in grinding poverty, their subsidised/free lunch plans the only decent meal of their day, with little parental support to help them out.
  • That one sister ends up as a teen mom could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. But this is where the book shines… They are both incredible, strong, determined young women, supportive of each other and with a clear vision as to how to be more than what they’ve come from.
  • And have I mentioned cars yet? I know nothing about cars, but I do appreciate vintage cars – not that I can tell one from another – and what goes into them.  I enjoyed ‘the car’ as both literal object and as metaphor.

Read the review at CM Magazine.



  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available later this week.

Black History Month Spotlight

Strange Fruit (Vol 1): Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gil.

Each of the nine ‘chapters’ in this graphic anthology tells the story of an African American hero – or event – which is little known.  Each story ‘exemplifies success in the face of great adversity.’