Six Questions for Iain Reid


The first time I met Iain was through friends at a John K. Samson show right here in Kingston. It was a cold February night and the Grad Club was buzzing with restless energy and anticipation; all of its dimly lit, meandering rooms were full of overeducated twentysomethings sipping drinks, keen on a cheap night […]

Six Questions for Y.S. Lee


Kingston author Y.S. Lee writes the impeccably researched, incredibly engaging Agency series, teen novels about a top-secret Victorian boarding school where young girls are trained to be the next generation of female investigators and spies.  It’s a fantastic premise, like Harriet the Spy meeting Sherlock Holmes in a dark alley. Lee’s understanding of her young […]

Top 10 of 2010: Libraries Are For Lovers (Of Books)


When our resident librarian unveiled a few, little known facts regarding KFPL, the revelations ranged from the availability of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, to Book Club Cards, as well as a full fledged movie section.  Who would have thunk it?  Cait’s post attracted some great comments as well as praise for our local library system.  […]

Writer, reader, broccoli eater.


Kingston is a city of letters. As a friend of mine said the other day, you can’t spit in this town without hitting a poet. Whether you’re a fan of hocking literary loogies or not, there’s no better time than now to get your fill of your favourite authors: the annual Kingston WritersFest kicks off […]

Six Questions for Iain Reid


In this age of economic instability and general insecurity, it’s not unusual to hear of grown kids moving back in with their parents.  The boomerang generation gets a lot of press these days (not to mention the fact that it has its own official definition on Urban Dictionary, a strange but true sign of cultural relevance), […]

Summer Reading, Kingston style.


Ah, Summer Reading Club. I don’t know about you, but those words conjure up some intense childhood memories. Walking to the library in the hot sun was one of my favourite vacation activities as a kid.  The stickers, the prizes, the book reports…okay, maybe I was the only one who enjoyed the book reports. Regardless of whether […]

Libraries Are For Lovers (Of Books)


Here’s the thing about the library: we don’t really shush people anymore. Also, we like to believe that everyone knows how awesome we are, but the other night when I mentioned KFPL’s amazing downloadable media collection to a friend and they were all “WHAAAA” and I was all “WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW?” I realized that […]

Friday Foto


Since Writer’s Fest is now under way, it’s fitting that the Calvin Park Public Library is having its grand re-opening today. The $5.3 million 10,000 sq/ft facility was designed to meet silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, and will comply with Ontario’s accessibility regulations. Thus far I’ve only seen the exterior of […]