Canada Reads: Day One

Got home, got myself unpacked in a hurry and settled in to listen to Canada Reads Day One.

Wow!  Just goes to show things don’t unfold the way you expect them to… and what a dramatic finish!
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Canada Reads: Student Contest

Hot off the presses!  At 3:55pm, on Friday March 10th, Canada Reads launched a new student competition on CBC Radio’s Here & Now.

  • The competition is simple! Students in Grades 7-12 enrolled in a school in the GTA are invited to make a written submission of 100-150 words, telling us a story about their favourite Toronto spot (neighbourhood, street corner, park, you name it)… We’re looking for stories that inspire us to explore our city and to see it through the eyes of young people.
  • The prize for the winning entry is a classroom visit from Canada Reads host, Ali Hassan and panellist, Humble The Poet—defender of Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis!

Get writing!!  Entries are due by 11:59pm on Monday March 20th.

If you submit…  please do consider sharing your story with the ESA Library…  so we can share them with the rest of the school.

Canada Reads taping: A few spots left for students to attend

We have a few tickets/spots remaining for students to join us on our field trip to the final day of taping for Canada Reads 2017.

  • Join other members of ESA’s Own Book Club – students, staff, parents and grads – as we cheer on our favourite books and their defenders the morning of Thursday March 30th.

This past Wednesday we held our own Battle of the Books… and ended with a tie between MG Vassanji’s Nostalgia and Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s A Right to Be Cold.

  • Join us at the live taping and see which book prevails on the real deal…
  • Did we pick it right?

Students, fill out this Google Form to advise of your intent to attend, and then pick up an official TDSB permission form from Ms. Wray on the Monday back from March Break.

ESA’s Own Book Club welcomes new members anytime.  If you’d like to join us for our final meeting of the 2016-17 school year, fill out this Google Form and we’ll be in touch.

There’s never been a better time to join a book club…

There’s never been a better time to join a book club… especially ESA’s Own Book Club.  We are a diverse group of staff, students, parents, grads, and alumni parents.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday March 8th, from 6:45pm to 9:00pm.  We’ll be engaging in our own Canada Reads battle of the books, in advance of our field trip to a live taping of Canada Reads after the March Break.
We’re delighted to announce that we will be joined by a very special guest at our Canada Reads meeting on March 8th.  Tara Mora, the Executive Producer of CBC Books will be joining us to participate in our debate.
Follow this link to join ESA’s Own Book Club.  We’ll send you all the pertinent details.

Clara Hughes at the Bluma Appel Salon: Tickets Available!

The ESA Library has six (6) tickets – three pairs – to give away to see Olympian Clara Hughes,who will be presenting this year’s 10th Annual June Callwood Lecture.

Ms. Hughes is Bell Canada’s national spokesperson for the ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign, and the author of Open Heart, Open Mind.  Clara also successfully defended Lawrence Hill’s most recent novel, The Illegal, in this year’s Canada Reads contest (where she wowed this avid reader!).

Ms. Hughes will share her past struggles with depression – and the work she does to help break down the stigma associated with mental illness – at the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday May 25th.

Q&A, as well as a book signing, to follow the lecture.

While this event is free to attend, donations are welcome and will be shared equally between Toronto Public Library Foundation and Jessie’s: The June Callwood Centre for Young Women.

This event is SOLD OUT!  If you want to go but haven’t got tickets, this is your chance.

Please complete this form to tell us why you should be the one to get a pair of these tickets.

Find the details about the event at this link.

You will be contacted by the end of day Tuesday and e-mailed your tickets in PDF format.