Bookmarks: August 9

Hello and happy Friday, Savvy Readers! You know what day of the week it is… It’s time for your lowdown on all things books! Let’s dive into this week’s bookmarks.

1. Novelist Toni Morrison passed away at the age of 88

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Before we get into the crazy stuff, let’s take a moment to commemorate Toni Morrison. She was known for her novels, BelovedThe Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Sula, and Tar Baby, and was the first African American women to win the Nobel Prize in literature. As Toni Morrison said during her Nobel Prize Speech in 1993… “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Read more about her remarkable life and work here.

2. Get ready, Emma Donoghue fans… her new trailer just dropped! 

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Celebrated and award-winning author Emma Donoghue is making stops around Canada to promote her newest novel, Akin. She’s well known for her bestselling book, Room, which was also turned into an Oscar-winning film! (If you haven’t seen it already, now would be a great time to. Brie Larson is AMAZING.) She’ll be stopping in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. Emma’s tour will be starting SO soon, but while we wait for her newest masterpiece, sit back, relax, and enjoy the trailer!

3. Rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone just sold for over $30,000!

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Yes, you read that right… OVER $30,000! Now, I know what you’re thinking… What makes this copy so special compared to the ones I can buy in a bookstore for waaaaaay less money? This specific copy of Harry Potter has spelling errors, typos, and J.K. Rowling’s legal name, Joanne Rowling, on the copyright page. I know my errors in my writing do NOT cost that much… See the full article here.

4. Get ready to be scared silly by Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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I know we’re still in summer mode and horror movies are meant for fall, but it’s never too early to get scared. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I LOVE horror movies, stories, and all the creepy pasta in between. I was probably scaring myself, as a kid, with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it. Now as an adult (kind of an adult..), I am super excited to watch this in theatres. Check out this quick overview about the movie in preparation before heading out to the theaters.

That’s all I have for you today Savvy Readers. Let me know if you’re going to watch Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! Would love to hear your thoughts after you’ve watched it, and if you’re not into horror, what genres are your favourites?

Enjoy your weekend!

Chantel

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