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  • New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service begins in June

    29/05/2020

    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

    Find the details of this new curbside service here.

    All OPL branches and Bookmobile stops remain closed to the public.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email
    from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction - shortlist

21/05/2020

Have you heard of the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction?  If not, it's worth your time checking into an interesting array of titles, ones with serious political overtones.  Only in existence for a year, the 2019 winner was Milkman by Anna Burns, a book that won the Booker, too.

 The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction was started by George Orwell's son Richard Blair, and "will reward outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social and political themes, present or past, through the art of narrative."  Orwell himself said his wish was to make "political writing into an art".

A refreshing promotion of the political in fiction, wouldn't you say?  New in a roster of Orwell prizes including The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils, checkout their enlightening website for more good literature, after reading these shortlisted fictional works, and celebrate the resonance of Orwell's legacy: https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-prizes/

Image: Girl

Girl

By O'Brien, Edna
Image: Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other

By Evaristo, Bernardine
Image: The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

A Novel
By Whitehead, Colson
Image: The Wall

The Wall

A Novel
By Lanchester, John