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Read Alberta Ebooks project offers more than 1,000 local titles for free

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta and the Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Library Services Branch have teamed up to offer more than 1,000 ebooks for free to the province’s readers.

Spaces: From its castle-like exterior to its puppet theatre, Toronto’s Lillian H. Smith library is built for kids

The Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library has a long association with children’s literature. Its origins date back to 1922, when the Boys and Girls House Library, the first library in the British Empire aimed exclusively at children, opened. The Boys and Girls House was replaced in 1995 by a new branch, named for Smith, who headed the TPL’s children’s services for 40 years.

Daily Deals: S&S Canada acquires memoir by aunt of drowned Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi

Simon & Schuster Canada vice-president and editorial director Nita Pronovost and editor Brendan May have acquired a memoir by Tima Kurdi.

Deals: CanLit legend Timothy Findley is finally recognized with his first comprehensive biography

After revisiting Timothy Findley’s breakout novel, 1977’s The Wars, for one of her books, Vancouver scholar Sherrill Grace discovered there wasn’t enough information on the Canadian novel (or its author) to satisfy her curiosity.