Black History Month: Spotlight

 The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lessons, A Father’s Life by Jael Richardson






The Stone Thrower by Jael Richardson






One story.  Two books.  Tell the story of the author’s father, CFL Quarterback Chuck Ealey, from his early days growing up poor in a racially segregated neighbourhood – literally on the other side of the tracks – to becoming perhaps the greatest quarterback in the CFL, ever.

Jael will be returning to ESA this spring to workshop with the American History classes.  We look forward to having her back.



White Pine Spotlight

  Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

  • A lovely quiet little book.
  • Clearly the author is inspired by Flannery O’Connor… and that can’t be bad!
  • There is nothing easy about this book, and some will take exception to treating such subject matter with such light-heartedness. I just found it so refreshing.
  • Nielsen writes with natural ease, taking the art of imagery to the level of mastery.
  • The relationships in the book are genuine and supportive – including positive family dynamics – and help to move the characters past the various degrees of guilt they each feel about their individual situations.
  • The book is chock full of humour and touchstone cultural references (music, film, literature) and is quintessentially Canadian in it’s setting, amounting to a love letter to Vancouver.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.



  • 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.

Library Access today

The Library will be closed first and second period while we host actress, author and screenwriter Barbara Radecki.

  • We’re delighted to have Ms. Radecki back to ESA… both of her daughters being ESA graduates.
  • Admission by invitation with specified ENG classes.

The Library will also be closed after school – special schedule for the day with shortened periods – for a special Joint Staff Student session on the TDSB Equity Report

White Pine 2018 Reading Club

Plan to join us at lunch next Monday, December 4th, for the official launch of our 2018 WHITE PINE reading season.

  • Additional details to follow once we’ve launched.

Drop by the Library to sign up in advance… or fill out this online form.


The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

Goals of the Forest of Reading

  • Love of reading: Create a meaningful experience for your readers and create exciting opportunities for reluctant readers to create lifelong readers.
  • A proven head start: The results are in! Children who read for fun have higher literacy scores, have more success in science and math, and are more socially and civically engaged (Reading for Joy, P4E, 2011).
  • Libraries at centre stage: With fun activities, prizes and more, the Forest of Reading puts libraries at the heart of the action!
  • Reading Canadian: Help support and celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators by taking advantage of the Forest’s curated, all-Canadian reading lists for all ages and levels.





Visiting Authors: Today @ Lunch in the Library

All members of the ESA Community are invited to join us for lunch this coming Wednesday for a very special Visiting Authors session.

We are delighted to welcome up and coming young Canadian authors Naben Ruthnum and Rudrapriya Rathore to ESA for the morning to work with the Grade 12 Writer’s Craft classes.

  • They will be staying on over the lunchhour to chat with anyone else who would be interested in talking to them.

Naben won the 2013 Journey Prize which “recognizes emerging writers for the best short story first published in a Canadian literary journal.”

Rudrapriya, an ESA graduate with a Masters in Creative Writing, won the 2014 Irving Layton Award for Fiction from Concordia University.  Currently one of the masthead editors at The Puritan, one of the foremost Canadian literary journals, Rudrapriya has had a number of her own pieces published, including:

We are so looking forward to their visit.  Bring your lunch and join us.

International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

I had another lovely night at the IFOA last night with ESA Grad Rudrapriya Rathore… who was on a panel talking about local literary magazine The Puritan, of which she is a mast head editor.

For any of you who are interested…  Rudrapriya will be here at ESA for the morning on November 8th… joining her partner, Naben Ruthnum, who will be here to talk with the EWC classes about his long essay Curry: Eating, Reading and Race, recently released by Coach House Books.

Rudrapriya, who has a Masters in Creative Writing, will be delighted to chat with any of you budding young authors about her experiences and getting yourself out there.