Sunday, January 27, 2008

Toronto library launches book challenge

In February, the Toronto Public Library is challenging Torontonians to read ONE book about Toronto. Specifically a book called CONSOLATION, by Michael Redhill.

Consolation, is a challenging, literary novel that shifts between 1850s Toronto and the present day, and is a winner of the Toronto Book Award and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2007

Photography figures prominently in Consolation, which was inspired by photographic images of Toronto in the 1850s. The novel, pivoting between the 19th century and the present, tells of a woman's efforts to confirm the existence of historical photos discovered by her late husband, a forensic geology professor.

There is also a photography contest as well. The Toronto Star, an official sponsor, is asking readers to submit personal photographs of images that capture the city, to be compiled for a March 2 photo spread.

I already have this book in my Library TBR pile. Probably overdue by now, but I guess I better renew it if I'm gonna read it.


Sam Houston said...

I read "Consolation" last year and really enjoyed it. It's a bit unusual, style-wise, but once you get used to the alternating voices and time periods, it's quite a book. The library picked a good one for you guys to rally behind...


I picked it up thanks to sam. Both my husband and I enjoyed it. It's always fun reading books that have places and street names that are familiar.
Take it off the pile and read it.