Reading for TIFF


The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival has begun and runs from September 10th to September 20th, turning the city of Toronto into a world stage for actors, directors, producers and production staff, and drawing massive crowds of screaming fans.  Many of the films that have premiered at TIFF in past years have gone on to become multiple award winners, and many of those films were also based on books, both popular and obscure.

We have already done a previous blog highlighting some upcoming books that are being made into movies for 2016, but here is an exclusive book list of movies premiering this week at TIFF that are available to read at the Caledon Public Library, BEFORE they hit the big screen.

Room by Emma Donoghue

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

Into the forest by Jean Hegland

Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.

Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society’s fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other. (from

Beasts of no nation by Uzodinma Iweala

This changes everything by Naomi Klein

Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better (from

Guantanamo’s child by Michelle Shephard

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

The Arabian Nights translated by Richard Burton

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Annie and Buster Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous artist parents, Caleb and Camille. But when a bad economy and a few bad personal decisions converge, the two siblings have nowhere to turn but their family home. Reunited under one roof for the first time in more than a decade and surrounded by the souvenirs of their unusual upbringing, Buster and Annie are forced to confront not only their creatively ambitious parents, but the chaos and confusion of their childhood. (from

The Danish girl by David Ebershoff

Black mass by Dick Lehr

Sadly, we can’t all get tickets for TIFF, but we can all borrow these fabulous books from the Caledon Public Library.  So read the books and let us know which ones are your favourites!