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Frye Festival throws 100th birthday bash for Northrop Frye

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As Northrop Frye’s 100th birthday is recognized across Canada this week, the Frye Festival is commemorating its namesake by hosting a community event in honour of the literary critic. The free event takes place on July 13 at the Moncton Public Library.

The celebration will feature the unveiling of a life-sized bronze sculpture of Frye, depicted sitting on a park bench with an open book in his lap. The event will also include a barbecue and birthday cake, live music, and a reading by local poet Serge Patrice Thibodeau, whose poem, to be read in French, was originally published in a special edition of the University of Toronto Quarterly dedicated to Frye.

“There isn’t much public art in Moncton so we thought this would be a great way to enhance the downtown area while celebrating Frye’s legacy,” says Danielle Leblanc, the festival’s executive director.

Designed by local artists Darren Byers and Fred Harrison, in collaboration with Janet Fotheringham, the sculpture was funded through the Department of Canadian Heritage, private donors, and local fundraisers. CBC reports that officials at the University of Toronto have expressed interest in having a copy created for its campus, where Frye taught.

Along with the unveiling of the sculpture comes the announcement that leading Frye scholar Dr. Robert D. Denham has donated his personal collection of Frye memorabilia to the library. Appraised at $40,000, the donation includes signed editions of Frye’s works, plus paintings and caricatures, audio-visual materials, and Frye’s writing desk, chair, and typewriter.

The donation will be housed in the library’s Heritage Room, though some pieces will be displayed in its lobby for viewing at the party.

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Weekend reading list: top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include extreme winter activities and a holiday gift guide.

Fifteen extreme Canadian winter activities [Where Canada]

Holiday gift guide 2011 [Fashion Magazine]

Holt Renfrew rolls out resort collections from Marni, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, and more [Toronto Life]

How to make chocolate cake in a mug [Canadian Family]

Top food trends spotted at Gold Medal Plates 2011 [Ottawa Magazine]

Banana bread in the slow cooker [20 Minute Supper Club]

Fifty adorable ways to dress up your pet for your wedding day [Wedding Bells]

Occupy Toronto: one month in and safe, for now [Torontoist]

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Weekend reading list: the top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include teaching your kids classic Canadian songs and Movember grooming advice.

Thirteen great songs every Canadian kid should know [Canadian Family]

How to not look like a complete jerk for the rest of Movember [Torontoist]

Bankruptcy in Europe, deficits in the U.S. and Canada. What comes next? [Ottawa Magazine]

Fifteen historic Canadian battle sites [Where Canada]

Five easy party appetizers [20 Minute Supper Club]

2011’s most romantic cakes and flowers [Wedding Bells]

Holt Renfrew unveils its holiday windows [Toronto Life]

Photos from the Versace for H&M runway show and afterparty [Fashion Magazine]

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Weekend reading list: the top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include the fate of Ghostbusters III, favourite Toronto indie bookstores, and a preview of this year’s Canzine festival.

Toronto staff picks: Our 10 best-loved indie bookstores [Where Canada]

Canzine 2011 preview [Torontoist]

The script for the new Ghostbusters III is in Dan Aykroyd’s truck [Toronto Life]

Toronto Fashion Week diary: One stellar spring collection and a model tumble at Attitude Jay Manuel [Fashion Magazine]

Food news: The price of peanut butter is on the rise [Canadian Family]

Occupy Ottawa was a misfire … but maybe the timing’s just off [Ottawa Magazine]

Celebrate Oktoberfest by cooking with beer [20 Minute Supper Club]

Eighteen different ways to make your wedding cupcakes prettier [Wedding Bells]


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Canadian literary event round-up: Oct. 21-27

The literary scene is lively this week with many festivals underway. Here’s a sample of what’s happening across the country:

  • LitFest non-fiction festival, various locations, Edmonton (until Oct. 23, tickets at litfestalberta.org)
  • Vancouver International Writers Festival, various locations, Granville Island (until Oct. 23, tickets at writersfest.bc.ca)
  • Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, various locations, Ottawa (until Oct. 25, tickets at writersfestival.org)
  • International Festival of Authors, various locations, Ontario (until Oct. 30, tickets at readings.org)
  • Gaspereau Press’s 12th annual Wayzgoose and open house, Kentville, Nova Scotia (Oct. 22, all day, free)
  • Roald Dahl Day with screening of James and the Giant Peach plus contests, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (Oct. 23, 11 a.m., $10)
  • Canzine, 918 Bathurst Centre, Toronto (Oct. 23, 1 p.m., $5)
  • Psychologist Shelagh Robinson demos Mirror Read Books, Babar Books, Pointe-Claire, Quebec (Oct. 24, 2 p.m., free)
  • François Cusset reads from The Inverted Gaze, Type Books, Toronto (Oct. 26, 7 p.m., free)
  • Scrivener Creative Review launches its latest issue with guest reading by Jason Price Everett, Papeterie Nota Bene, Montreal (Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., $5 for entry, a copy, and a cupcake)

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Weekend reading list: top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include photos from the Signal imprint launch and street fashion from New York, Milan, and Paris.

McClelland & Stewart launches its non-fiction imprint, Signal [Toronto Life]

100 photos of fashion trends worn on the streets of New York, Milan, and Paris [Fashion Magazine]

No-bake Halloween treat: Spiderweb Pretzel Snacks [Canadian Family]

Road trip: Millers’ Farm in Manotick for pick-your-own pumpkins [Ottawa Magazine]

Staff picks: Our 10 favourite spots for an autumn stroll [Where]

Dinnertime shortcut: Five recipes using ketchup [20 Minute Supper Club]

Five cake trends that will carry on to 2012 [Wedding Bells]

Ten questions with: Silver Elvis [Torontoist]

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Weekend reading list: top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include a tribute to Apple and plenty of Thanksgiving recipes.

Grace Kelly gets the royal treatment at TIFF Lightbox [Toronto Life]

The fashionable ways of Steve Jobs [Fashion Magazine]

Fifteen easy slow cooker recipes [Canadian Family]

Chloe Berlanga’s Tortillas de Patatas recipe [Ottawa Magazine]

Our 10 recommended record shops [Where Canada]

Seven Thanksgiving pies, crumbles, and crisps [20 Minute Supper Club]

DIY wedding ideas from cakes to centrepieces [Wedding Bells]

Hooded Fang makes some noise in the Toronto Public Library [Torontoist]

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Weekend reading list: the top stories from around our offices

Every weekend Q&Q rounds up the highlights from other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. This week’s top stories include tales of suburban migration, fall cooking, and political espionage.

Toronto Life: Exodus to the burbs: why die-hard downtowners are giving up on the city

Fashion Magazine: New York Fashion Week style snaps

Canadian Family: 10 tasty recipes to try in September

Ottawa Magazine: POLITICS CHATTER: Of lust and espionage (Mark Bourrie’s take on the Xinhua scandal)

Where Canada: Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Windsor, Ontario

20 Minute Supper Club: Five incredible cheesecakes

Wedding Bells: The hottest wedding centrepieces right now

Torontoist: Final recommendations on city service cuts released

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Daily book biz round-up, April 6

The day’s news, in convenient bullet form:

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Event photos: Nancy Hartry launches Watching Jimmy – and there’s cake!

This past weekend, author Nancy Hartry launched her YA novel Watching Jimmy (Tundra Books) at Swansea Town Hall in Toronto’s Bloor West Village. (Photos courtesy of Tundra Books.)

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Hartry signs a copy of the book for a slightly out-of-the-target-age-range fan.

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Cake!

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Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

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Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

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Jewel of the Thames launch

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