Bookmarks: February 15th

Happy Friday, Savvy Readers! We hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with love, way too much chocolate, and a great book! As we head into the long weekend, take some time to check out this week’s Bookmarks:

1. Canada Reads, CBC’s annual battle of the books, has crowned their 2013 winner! In the Day 4 finale yesterday morning the panelists chose February by Lisa Moore as this year’s champion. This incredible story of grief, love, and community deals with the aftermath of the 1982 Ocean Ranger disaster in St. John’s, and its effects on one woman’s life in particular. However, the other contenders did put up some fierce competition! The amazing titles included Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan, Away by Jane Urquhart, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese and The Age of Hope by David Bergen (published by HarperCollinsCanada!) Check out some of the highlights of the finale here, or if you have the chance, you can catch the one-hour recap of the debates airing Saturday at 12pm E.T. on CBC!

2. Can you think of a better way to spend your Valentine’s Day than with the mysterious Lemony Snicket? Well, the 400 people who attended his sold-out Valentine’s Day event couldn’t either! The bestselling author of the All the Wrong Questions series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the new children’s book The Dark was at the Toronto Reference Library last night. He signed books, chatted with fans, and rumour has it he gave a mean performance on the accordion!

3. With all this love in the air, the Savvy Reader has been on a Valentine’s Day kick this past week. Have you checked out our love-related posts yet? For you hopeless romantics out there, take a minute to bask in the loveliness of this slideshow—there really is nothing better than quotes from your favourite books! If it’s new books you’re looking for, check out this post of books to ‘heart’ while you’re still in the Valentine’s Day mood. And finally, whether the holiday of hearts, flowers and chocolate leaves you in a giddy mood, or makes you rolls your eyes, here are a couple lists of recommended reads for the Romantic and the not-so-Romantic at heart!

4. This past Tuesday was the third annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. Part of the Bell Mental Health Initiative, one day a year Bell encourages Canadians to talk about mental health in order to end the stigma on mental illness. That day, for every text and long-distance call, Facebook share and tweet, Bell gave 5 cents of additional funding to Canadian mental health programs. After an incredible 96,266,266 pieces of communication, the result was a whopping $4,813,313.80 of funding donated by Bell! Were you a part of the talk? Take a look at #BellLetsTalk to see what people were saying! And while you’re at it, check out these great books about mental illness: The Age of Hope by David Bergen, Sharp by David Fitzpatrick and Changing My Mind by Margaret Trudeau.

5. And finally, you surely have big plans for this Family Day Weekend—and while there’s nothing quite like family time—if you’re anything like us, at least a part of you would rather be reading! Check out the lust-worthy reading locations on HCC’s I’d Rather Be Reading board on Pinterest. Doesn’t it make you want to drop everything right now and settle in with a great book? If you have an amazing reading spot to share, Tweet, Pin or Instagram it and we’ll add it to the board!

Happy long-weekend everyone!


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