Missing the Library

Missing the Library

On a scale of 1 to 10, you could say that I’m handling the Toronto Public Library closing not very well.

April 12, 2020 — wonderpens
Homeschooling Diaries: Reading Together

Homeschooling Diaries: Reading Together

Homeschooling is a bit disheveled here. We’re winging it. Every evening, I make a list, photocopy some worksheets, try and prepare a few activities, but in the hairiness of the day at the main shop, depending on what’s going on with shipping orders, receiving shipments, newsletter day... it’s erratic to say the least.
April 05, 2020 — wonderpens
A Pandemic Reading List

A Pandemic Reading List

I must admit I’m a bit jealous of all of you who are putting this time to good use getting through a chunk of your reading list, and seeing some of your book piles. Imagine, coming out of all of this madness having crossed off a solid number of excellent reads!
March 28, 2020 — wonderpens
From the Travel Journal: Hong Kong’s Flow Books

From the Travel Journal: Hong Kong’s Flow Books

Last summer, we took a trip to Japan and then to Hong Kong, and I’m now at last getting to the backlog of blog posts that I had dreamed of writing when I was there. 

February 04, 2020 — wonderpens
The View From Above the Shop: Cold Weather Reading

The View From Above the Shop: Cold Weather Reading

We’re barreling along right into our busy season, and we’re taking a deep breath in now as we roll up our sleeves to dig in. It’s a very satisfying feeling to see all of the rows of notebooks stacked neatly on our shelves, packing supplies for online orders ready to go—although the to do lists still seem pretty long some days, and most (/all) days the upstairs apartment is chaotic.

November 28, 2019 — wonderpens
Reading While Traveling

Reading While Traveling

One of the best ways to travel is with a book or two written about or from the country or city you’re visiting. Plane rides, train rides, afternoon coffee breaks, waiting for the museum to open, after bedtime quiet hours—there are pockets of time that aren’t always there in your “real life” that can filled with a good book.

September 19, 2019 — wonderpens
Tokyo’s Book District, A Visit to Jinbocho

Tokyo’s Book District, A Visit to Jinbocho

Near Chiyoda-Ku is the Jinbocho Book Town, so called because its streets are a maze of used and new bookstores, mostly in Japanese, but a little smattering of English here and there. They seem to be mostly used bookshops, smaller ones with shelves to the ceilings, but there are a number of larger, multi-floor, new bookstores, some with cafes or selling stationery or gifts. Several of the smaller bookshops, not unlike many (most?) independent specialty shops in Japan, have signs indicating no photos, so these are just a tiny sample of the ones that do allow photos.

July 13, 2019 — wonderpens
The Letters of Kurt Vonnegut and Letter Writing Club This Thursday

The Letters of Kurt Vonnegut and Letter Writing Club This Thursday

A while back, our staff book club read Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano, and while picking up the book from the library, I found a copy of Kurt Vonnegut's Letters.
June 10, 2018 — wonderpens
When Fountain Pens Appear in Books: John Irving's A Widow for One Year

When Fountain Pens Appear in Books: John Irving's A Widow for One Year

I'm continuing my way through reading 52 books this year, sometimes cheerfully, sometimes slowly, and one third of the year in, I'm not too far behind the rabbit. 
April 12, 2018 — wonderpens
The Letter Opener by Kyo Maclear

The Letter Opener by Kyo Maclear

I stumbled across this book by title only, and couldn't resist. A letter opener? The Undeliverable Mail Office of Canada Post? Based in Toronto?? It's actually in fact a story about a woman, Naiko who works there, and her friend and colleague, Andrei, who one day disappears. 
January 15, 2018 — wonderpens