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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.

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Brooks, Geraldine.
The memoirs of a foreign correspondent, chronicling her youth and her pen pals as she grows and begins to experience more and more of the world through the letters she receives and writes.
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Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969-
A breath of fresh air and inspiration -- this book offers gentle and soulful encouragement along with some much needed tough love on giving yourself permission to be creative, doing the work, and then watching the magic happen.
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King, Stephen, 1947-
An absolute must read for any Stephen King fan, but beyond that, this is one of the best books I've ever read on writing. Half auto-biography, looking into King's youth and his earliest writing attempts and into his adult life, and half how-to manual on the art and craft of writing.
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Sax, David, author.
A Toronto writer writes about the resurgence of analog tools and processes, celebrating and explaining the importance of brick and mortar & independent shops, film photography, vinyl records, and of course, writing by pen and paper.
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A massive volume of letters, both photographs of the original along with transcripts of the text, that show an incredible history in pop culture, politics, world events, science and more. Fascinating to see the letterheads of famous rock stars along with the handwriting of some of the most powerful people in the world, but a compelling read on how written correspondence has connected people around the world for generations.
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Barry, Lynda, 1956-
Fully illustrated but containing depth and humour and wit, along with inspiration and concrete exercises for anyone who has ever had a story or drawing or idea in their head that wanted its way out onto paper. From Lynda Barry's own less-than-idyllic past, she explores how images and stories can come out of us, even those of us with our own skeletons in our closet.
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Lamott, Anne.
A quiet and profound exploration of writing, written with humour and personal anecdotes, it reads like a good friend.
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Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012.
The classic dystopian novel about trying to eradicate the most powerful and subversive part of humankind: our books.
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Louv, Richard.
Technology is everywhere and all the time spent with it has created a huge shift in the way our world and our brains operate. This book looks at how our children are affected by this new world order, disconnected from nature and trees and the outside world. Louv uses scientific evidence and studies to back up his theories.
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Minden, Cecilia.
For parents who are looking to introduce their child to the etiquette of writing a thank you note. In this day and age, handwritten thank you notes are becoming more and more rare, and yet sometimes it seems we are in even more need of them.
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Ahlberg, Janet.
Your children will experience a bit of the excitement of delivering letters to some of their favourite fairy tale characters. One of Caleb's favourite books.