Notice: St-Laurent Branch

14/06/2021

The St-Laurent branch is closed due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

14/06/2021

There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

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Graeme Gibson - Writer and Conservationist - Dies at Age 85

This image shows Canadian author Graeme Gibson.
18/09/2019

(Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)

Revered in Canadian literary circles, Graeme Gibson has passed away at the age of 85.  Gibson published several novels starting with Five Legs in 1969, and works of non-fiction that focussed on his passion for nature, especially birdwatching.  He firmly believed that humans needed to connect to nature in their lives, and wanted to help readers "recover an elementary level of respect" for the natural world. 

 Gibson may have had wider recognition as the beloved long-time partner to Margaret Atwood, and as an activist in the Canadian literary world. He co-founded the Writers' Trust of Canada and Writers' Union of Canada, and he served as president of PEN Canada. Gibson was a member of the Order of Canada, and received many lifetime achievement awards for his writing and advocacy, including the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

His last days were with dementia, something his family and Atwood have been honest about, but his legacy is one that was "wise, ethical and committed...."

 

Image: Five Legs

Five Legs

By Gibson, Graeme
Image: Communion

Communion

By Gibson, Graeme
Image: Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion

By Gibson, Graeme
Image: The Bedside Book of Beasts

The Bedside Book of Beasts

A Wildlife Miscellany
By Gibson, Graeme
Image: Graeme Gibson Interviews Alice Munro

Graeme Gibson Interviews Alice Munro

From Eleven Canadian Novelists Interviewed by Graeme Gibson
By Munro, Alice