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>Hollywood Legend Betty White Has a Last Laugh in New Biographic Comic BookThe creators of the biographical comic book have released similar books about Hollywood legends like Carrie Fisher, Lucille Ball, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor.

>“Interview With the Vampire” Author Anne Rice Dies at 80 — Tributes Pour in From Stuart Townsend and OthersThe author, who was best known for her work in gothic fiction, died on Saturday evening as a result of complications from a stroke.

>Omar El Akkad wins $100,000 Giller prize for “What Strange Paradise”The former Globe and Mail reporter, who published "American War" to acclaim in 2017, tackles the global migrant refugee crisis in his second novel

>Hollywood Legend Paul Newman Discusses Life, Acting and Aging Gracefully in Newly Discovered MemoirPublishers of the newly discovered memoir say the Hollywood legend wrote the book in the 1980s in response to the relentless media attention he received during that time.

>Tanzanian Novelist Gurnah Wins 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature for Depicting the Impact of Colonialism and Refugee StoriesGurnah, 72, is only the second writer from sub-Saharan Africa to win one of the world's most prestigious literary awards

>Tina Brown’s New Book, ‘The Palace Papers’, Covers the Royal Family’s Reinvention After Diana’s Tragic DeathTina Brown's sequel to her 2007 release 'The Diana Chronicles' is set to hit shelves April 12, 2022. 

>Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen to Release Book Based On Their “Renegades” PodcastThe new book will feature a collection of candid, intimate and entertaining conversations

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again. - Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


Top of the charts / After combing recent bestseller lists in Canada and the U.S., we bring you 10 titles that are flying off the shelves.

BESTSELLERS & BLOCKBUSTERS

1A Slow Fire Burning

After a man is murdered on his London houseboat, three women burn bright with motive and opportunity.

2Billy Summers

A killer for hire who only murders bad guys wants out of the business, but his last hit goes sideways.

3The Last Thing He Told Me

After Hannah Hall’s husband disappears, she and her standoffish stepdaughter must work together to figure out what happened.

4The Noise

The U.S. government scrambles to find the source of a killer noise that fells everyone but two young girls near Portland, Ore.

5The Madness of Crowds

Inspector Gamache protects a professor whose abhorrent theories spread like the pandemic in Three Pines.

6Fight Night

A precocious nine-year-old girl is grounded by her grandmother, who knows how to fight for love and survival.

7Five Little Indians

Five survivors of a remote, church-run, residential school in B.C. struggle to overcome the trauma they endured.

8Not a Happy Family

A rich couple are murdered following an Easter dinner with their three kids, all of whom stand to inherit millions.

9Complications

One fateful night unfurls at a luxe Parisian hotel, which changes the lives of several of its upper-crust guests.

10The Paper Palace

After an affair, a middle-aged woman has to decide if her heart belongs to her husband or a long-time love.

BOOK SMART

On the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, the past caught up to the present when a Florentine nun and researcher uncovered what is believed to be one of the medieval Italian poet’s manuscripts, and U.S. comic-book artist George Cochrane published the first handwritten and illustrated copy of the Divine Comedy since the 15th century. While it took Dante 13 years to write his allegorical masterpiece, it took Cochrane seven to produce a copy of the poem in which Dante imagines a pilgrim travelling through hell, purgatory and paradise on a quest to understand salvation. Meanwhile, the contents of the sheaf of papers in Dante’s handwriting found in Florence and the Vatican are more mundane: As a student in Florence, his mentor dictated texts on the art of government, which he had to put to paper. She described the handwriting as “school-boy like” and “covers the idea of ethical government, which later showed up in the Comedy.”