Freedom to Read Week

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Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Get involved by considering some of the titles that have been challenged or banned in Canada, and the reasons why.

The Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council has created a list of 100 books, magazine, and other written works that have been challenged in Canada in the past decades. Ryerson Library holds several of these titles in our collection including: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Alice Munro’s The Lives of Girls and Women, Timothy Findley’s The Wars, David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars, and J.K. Rowling’s The Harry Potter Series. Check out a banned book today, and celebrate our freedom to read!

Looking for some GoodReads for the holiday?

Looking for your next great read, Ryerson? Let us help you decide – join us on GoodReads –  the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations!

Ryerson Library staff are avid readers, and want to share their reviews of books in our Popular Reading Collection – a collection of fiction and non-fiction titles we hope encourages our students, faculty and staff to read for pleasure. Here are some of the books we’ve recently reviewed:

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We build the collection by looking at titles popular in public libraries and in the media, and regularly analyze what titles are being borrowed. This helps the collection remain current and appealing to the community.

Got a suggestion? Want to pick our next read? We’d love to hear from you!

Staff Pick: Just Kids

Just Kids by Patti Smith

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In her beautiful memoir Just Kids, poet, artist and punk rock godmother Patti Smith writes about her early years in New York City with her lover, best friend and lifelong source of inspiration, Robert Mapplethorpe. Theirs is a story of true love: for each other, for the streets around them and for the art that they created and inspired in each other. Smith’s poetic prose transforms the reader to iconic places such as the artist’s haven that was the Hotel Chelsea and Max’s Kansas City, a hangout of Andy Warhol and his gang.

If you like this, try:

Mapplethorpe : a biography / Patricia Morrisroe

Life / Keith Richards, with James Fox

Girls like us : Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon–and the journey of a generation / Sheila Weller

Staff Pick: Bossypants

New to the Collection: Bossypants

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In her autobiography, comedienne Tina Fey takes us through her life in an endless series of laugh-out-loud moments. In this hilarious look at the comedy industry from a female perspective, we watch Fey grow up, from the incident that caused the scar on her face all the way to the birth of her child. Of special note are the chapters about her father and her initial experiences working at Saturday Night Live.

If you like this one, try:

The Worst Date Ever
Look Back in Hunger
Love, Ellen

In addition, check out more titles in our Popular Reading Collection.

Your Next Great Summer Read…

Lazy summer days got you down? Check out the library’s Popular Reading section to find your next great summer read!

Located on the second floor across from the Reference Desk, the Popular Reading collection is made up of over 200 titles, including current bestsellers.

In addition to the area on the second floor, we also have a wide selection of literature titles on the 9th floor. You can search the catalogue for specific titles.