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October 2017 - Read Alikes: Stephen King's It

The release of the feature film version of Stephen King's It has people excited about horror novels again. Like It, these books feature young people whose experience with supernatural events has long lasting consequences.

September 2017 - Read Alikes: Toronto International Film Festival

This month the city will once again morph into ‘Hollywood North’ for the annual Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s lineup boasts an impressive list of premieres including a number of film adaptations. Interested in reading the books before they make their TIFF debuts? Want to learn about the history of the festival? Then check out some of these titles!

August 2017 - Read Alikes: Camping Stories

Books to enjoy on your next camping trip.

Who's Reading What? Lists

Liz Chan, Co-owner of the Wonder Pens Stationery Shop, lover of the written word

Liz Chan is a former TDSB public school teacher, last teaching middle school at Regent Park. She left her teaching position to open a stationery shop with her husband. She has a dog named Super, a cat named Chicken and a son named Caleb.

Uzma Shakir, Director, Equity, Diversity & Human Rights, City of Toronto and community activist

Uzma Shakir is a community-based researcher, advocate and an activist. She is past Executive Director of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario; and an Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow and Adjunct Professor, U of T. Uzma holds several degrees in English Literature, International Relations, Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Business. Her work at the city focuses on legislative and policy compliance; administering the Human Rights Office; and embedding equity in all corporate services. She is also a writer; a lecturer on issues facing racialized communities; and the recipient of multiple awards.

Anne Marie Aikins, media relations, corporate communications and feminist

Anne Marie Aikins is a former city hall journalist and has been working in corporate communications and media relations for the past 12 years – including several years with Toronto Public Library. The past five years, she's been with Metrolinx (which includes GO Transit) as their spokesperson. She can be found on Twitter @femwriter. Says Aikins of her Who’s Reading What? list, “A few of my current favourites taught me a lot about who I am, my connection to my sons & to other women, to Toronto and my urban environment, and to feminism & democracy. Some are keepsakes for a variety of reasons and I'll return to read them again and again.”