The Literati: Slamming Starts Up Again, The Best of Book Covers, and Anne Hotter Than LiLo
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The Literati: Slamming Starts Up Again, The Best of Book Covers, and Anne Hotter Than LiLo

Every Tuesday afternoon, Torontoist rounds up the city’s literary news, including book deals, events, local sales, author happenings, and insider information from the book industry.
The Toronto Poetry Slam is back this Friday at the Drake Underground, featuring the music of Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few. Produced and hosted by the very talented Dave Silverberg, The Slam is decidedly one of Toronto’s more interesting and energetic poetry nights. Friday marks the start of a brand new season, so get there to sign up at 7:30 p.m. and start slammin’ at 8 p.m.
Entertainment Weekly recently compiled a list of what they believe to be the twenty-five most memorable book covers from the past twenty-five years. The lone Canadian book on the list is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Quill and Quire has gotten in on the action by creating their own all-Canadian list, including books by Douglas Coupland and Timothy Findley.
Everyone’s favourite redhead (no, not that redhead) got some attention this week when Jezebel posted a piece wondering why Anne of Green Gables, who turns one hundred this year, hasn’t achieved Huck Finn status in the American school system. Writer Megan Carpentier argues that Anne deserves to be required reading—”She was smart and a bit of a fuck-up but she always tried to do the right thing, made her own family, got an education and snagged the cutest boy in town.” You need only peruse the comments to see that Jezebel’s readers are in full support, one commenter saying that “Anne is da’ bomb.” And the Anne news doesn’t stop there: earlier today it was announced that Shirley MacLaine will play Amelia Thomas in a latest TV-movie adaptation of Anne of Green Gables.
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