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Ian Williams Wins 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize For His Novel Reproduction

Last night at the 26th annual Scotiabank Giller Prize awards ceremony, hosted by Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden, author Ian Williams was named the winner for his novel Reproduction. On top of the esteem that comes with winning, Williams also receives a $100,000 prize courtesy of Scotiabank. 

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Top Holiday 2019 Events Across Canada

Let’s face it, whether you love them or not, the holiday season is almost upon us. Stores have started playing Christmas music, parades have started running down main streets and the Hallmark Channel is playing holiday films all day long. While you may or may not have started with your Christmas shopping yet, you may want to start thinking of places you want to head out to over the next few weeks. Here are some of our favourites.

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Toys R Us Canada Introduces Snapchat Augmented Reality Experience

Toys R Us as a whole may have been struggling for the last couple of years, but the retailer has been standing its ground in Canada. Part of the reason why, is because it has been bringing unique experiences to its customer base and keeping abreast of the times. Now, the company has announced that it has partnered with Snapchat Portal Lens to create a unique augmented reality experience for its customers that can be accessed anywhere and anytime through the Snapchat app.

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Fun Things To Do In November

November’s one of those months where it’s not too cold to still go outside and enjoy a walk, yet not warm enough to keep the windows open all day or take a dip in the pool. That of course makes it a little tough to figure out what there is to do with your time, […]

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Joe Hill’s Full Throttle Is A Great Example Of Short Fiction

Joe Hill’s one of those authors that might have slipped past you without you noticing. Over the years he’s written some great speculative fiction though, such as Horns, NOS4A2 and Heart Shaped Box, as well as 20th Century Ghosts and Strange Weather. The latter two are collections of his shorter works, and are great examples why short fiction works. For his latest novel, he once again turns to short fiction, collecting stories he’s published elsewhere over the last 15 years or so.

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Booker Awards Prize Met With Controversy

When the Booker prize judges decided to break the rules and award two winners their annual prize instead of one, they probably weren’t thinking that it would cause as much of an uproar as it has. But due to the fact that author Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman to ever win Britain’s most prestigious literary award, now has to share it and the prize money with Margaret Atwood, people are letting their voices be heard.

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ROM’s Friday Night Live Returns

Every Friday night until November 29th you have the opportunity to experience something unique. From 7:00 – 11:30 PM you can spend you evening roaming the Royal Ontario Museum, exploring the exhibits with a drink in hand, stopping for some delicious bites to eat, listening to some great live music and dance until your heart is content. Friday Night Live is back, and it’s a great way to unwind after a long week.

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Rene Denfeld’s Latest, The Butterfly Girl, Is A Must Read This Fall

When you finished reading Rene Denfeld’s last novel, The Child Finder, you were left wanting more.  After all, the story’s lead character Naomi, the child finder herself, may have found the missing child she had been looking for, but she herself was far from complete. You wanted to know more about her story, and wanted her to find out not only who she was, but what had happened to her sister. Denfeld’s latest novel comes out two years after The Child Finder, and with it you get to delve deeper into Naomi’s story.

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Tessa Virtue And Scott Moir Announce Their Retirement

Two time Real Style Magazine cover-girl Tessa Virtue, and her longtime ice dance partner Scott Moir took to social media yesterday to officially announcement their retirement from the sport.

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After The Flood Is An Epic Adventure

Sometimes new authors come in like the tide, slow and steady and eventually overwhelming. In Kassandra Montag’s case however it might be appropriate to say she’s coming in like a flood. The author’s first novel is due out in September, and to say it’s a riveting page turner would be doing it far less justice than it deserves.

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Fan Expo Canada Hits 25 Years

Canada’s largest pop culture exhibition Fan Expo returns to Canada today and runs all weekend long. For their 25th anniversary they’ve pulled out some of the biggest names in geekdom, from comic book writers, movie stars, anime, horror, science fiction and much more. It’s hard to think of Fan Expo without taking a look at […]

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The CNE Returns To Toronto August 16 – September 2

You know summer is quickly coming to an end when you start seeing the advertising for the CNE. This year the Toronto Exhibition is bringing several new attractions to their annual event, as well as plenty of old, familiar ones. It’s a time to get the family together to enjoy the weather, and to enjoy the Ex.

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How To Hack A Heartbreak Is A Romance Novel For The Digital Age

If you’ve tried dating in the last decade, odds are you’ve tried to find your partner online. From dating sites, to dating apps, there seems to be no end to new ways of meeting people. Kristin Rockaway’s new novel, How To Hack a Heartbreak, takes a look at the world of online dating, and the frustrations that come along with it. 

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6 Hot Summer Beach Reads

  There’s nothing like a good beach read on a lazy summer day. This season’s crop of options varies from the dramatic to the comedic, but all will have you engaged and entertained. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, the lake, or the ocean you’ll want one of these books in your hands.    Daisy […]

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Mhairi McFarlane Talks About Her Latest Novel Don’t You Forget About Me

In the latest issue of Real Style Magazine, we had a chance to chat with author Mhairi McFarlane about her latest novel, Don’t You Forget About Me. In it she discusses why she chose the classic Simple Minds song as the title, why her main character is so relatable, what she thinks about rom-coms, and more. Here is a part of that interview. 

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