Holiday Reads… The New Year’s Draw

Congratulations to the following members of the ESA community… All are winners in our New Year’s Draw.

  • Ms. Baldassi
  • Sara Fraser
  • Rebekah Parks
  • Astrid Mohr
  • Bill Shao

Please drop by the Library to pick up your free book.


Throwback Thursday’s

Welcome back to ‘Throwback Thursdays @ ESA‘… where we will feature, each week, one ‘classic’ recording from the ESA Performance Archives.

This week we feature a Play Review of Noises Off by Michael Frayn, written, filmed and produced by Cooper Sanborn and Peter Kuplowsky.

Access the video clip here at the ESA Library YouTube Channel.

An ESA Canada Reads Contest.

The Canada Reads 2018 Longlist was announced mid-week last week.  we hope you saw the posting at ESAInfo… if not use this link to follow through to it.

This year the theme is One Book to Open Your Eyes.

  • It is all about life in our diverse world… and truly opening your eyes to the experiences of others.
  • Many of the titles are heart-breaking, gut-wrenching reads… but they did make sure to get some light-hearted takes in there as well.

We are delighted to announce something new to our Canada Reads experience this year (not at all sure why we didn’t think of this before, but better late than never)…


ALSO, be sure to check your calendars and JOIN US on our FIELD TRIP to the final day of taping of this year’s Canada Reads, on Thursday March 29th.

  • Fill out this Google Form to advise of your intent to join us so that we may book the appropriate number of tickets as soon as ticketing open on Jan 30th.

Last Chance: (Post) Holiday Reads Draw…

All members of the ESA Community are invited to participate in our annual New Year’s Draw.

Drop by the Library Circulation Desk and fill out a Happy New Year ballot.

  • Tell us about the BEST book you read over the holidays

Every book recommendation submitted will be entered into our New Year’s Draw.

Five lucky winners will go home with a free book!  Winners to be drawn on the morning announcements on Thursday January 18th.


Parents and others who aren’t in the building regularly…

  • Print a copy of the submission form (what did you read ticket) and send it in with the student in your house, or via e-mail to
  • Please be sure to add a notation stating your connection to ESA, as well as how we should contact you should you be one of our lucky winners.

White Pine Spotlight

 The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

  • A light-hearted, fun read. Juby writes with skill and humour about difficult subject matter.
  • Charlie Dean is ABsolutely FABulous.  Charlie’s got chutzpah… but does make some pretty crappy decisions along the way.  John is less likeable but realistically portrayed nonetheless.
  • This book is both a love letter to fashion (and the arts in general), but also to Vancouver!  Another love letter to a city.
  • The ending is one place this book really stands out. Nothing is tied up neatly with a bow. Life is messy after all.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.


  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, we will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.


With apologies… I drafted this last weekend but apparently never went back to post it.  This should have gone up on Monday morning.

Ridiculously busy time right now…

Canada Reads 2018!

The season begins!!

Check out the titles on the longlist at the CBC Canada Reads website.

We already have six (6) of the longlisted titles in the collection:


Touch base with me next week to find out whether I’ve decided to bring in any of the other longlisted titles.

The Canada Reads shortlist will be announced January 30th.  Stay tuned.

If you are at all connected with the ESA Community, consider joining us on our annual ESA Book Club field trip to the final day of taping of Canada Reads 2018, on Thursday March 29th.


Canada Reads Field Trip organised by ESA’s Own Book Clubit’s never too late to join… next meeting Wednesday January 17th, where we will be discussing Alison MacLeod’s Governor General Award nominated short story collection All the Beloved Ghosts)