In this issue:
- Letter from CELA’s Executive Director
- CELA launches Advanced Search and Email notification
- Search the CELA collection from within the EasyReader app
- Come Work with Us!
- Find us on the radio
- TD Summer Reading Club award: Don’t be shy. Apply!
- Featured title for adults
- Top five books
- Featured title for kids
- Top five for kids
- Top five for teens
- Service tip
- Remembrance Day closure
- Stay connected!
Letter from CELA’s Executive Director
October has been a busy month at CELA. We’re delighted to announce that CELA services will (soon) be available across the entire province of Manitoba, thanks to funding from the provincial government. We are looking forward to serving the libraries and people of Manitoba and our team is working behind the scenes alongside the provincial government to make that happen as quickly as possible. Stay tuned to our social media and website for more announcements.
We were also pleased to have launched the advanced search function on our website. This enhanced capability allows users to search our collection more quickly and efficiently and to receive more relevant search results. Similarly, we partnered with Dophin to enable users to search our collection from within the EasyReader app launch. This handy feature means users don’t need to switch between EasyReader and the CELA website to find and get Direct to Player books from CELA. We’ve got some more info about CELA’s advanced search and the in-app EasyReader search in our newsletter and on our website.
Lastly, we’re hiring Peer Trainers for an exciting project we are working on, and we will be sharing more information about this project in the coming weeks.
The jobs require familiarity with assistive technology so we're encouraging people with print disabilities, and particularly those who speak French, to apply. You can find all the details in the job descriptions on our website, and we’d be grateful if you could pass this on to your community. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
As the weather cools down and we return to spending more time indoors, I hope you have the chance to enjoy a good book. We have recently been adding titles from NLS and Penguin Random House Canada and have a great selection of nominees and award winners on our Awards page.
Happy reading and stay safe!
CELA Executive Director
The Canadian literary community loves the autumn. That’s when so many of the major awards are announced, and this year there is an abundance of nominees and winners to enjoy.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its shortlist in early October and there is a great mix of titles by celebrated and up-and-coming authors including:
- What strange paradise by Omar El Akkad whose first novel American War was shortlisted for the Writer’s Trust award and was a Canada Reads contender in 2018.
- Glorious frazzled beings which is Angélique Lalonde’s first book.
- The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia who won best international fiction book at the Sharjah International Book Fair and 2020 SprinNG Women Authors Prize.
- The listeners by Jordan Tannahill whose previous book Liminal was named one of the best Canadian novels of 2018 by CBC Books.
- Fight Night by Miriam Toews, the well-known author who has won a Governor General's Award for Fiction, and two Writer’s Trust Fiction Prizes. Fight Night is her third book named to a Giller Prize shortlist.
The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be announced Monday, November 8.
The Governor General’s Awards for Literature nominees were also named in October. The fiction list contains an eclectic selection including:
- Second Place by Rachel Cusk
- You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked. by Sheung-King
- We are looking forward to adding Home Waltz by G. A. Grisenthwaite, Fictional Father by Joe Ollmann, and Tainna: The Unseen Ones by Norma Dunning as soon as we can.
The Governor General’s nonfiction list includes:
- Care of: Letters, Connections, and Cures by Ivan Coyote
- The Day the World Stops Shopping by J.B. MacKinnon
- Revery: A Year of Bees by Jenna Butler
- What I Remember, What I Know by Larry Audlaluk and alfabet/alphabet by Sadiqa de Meijer are both coming to our collection soon!
The Governor General will announce the winners of these prizes on November 17.
We also want to offer congratulations to Michelle Good whose book Five Little Indians recently won the Evergreen Award. It has also won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2020, and Amazon First Novel Award. Five Little Indians was also a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Prize, and the BC & Yukon Book Prize, to name just a few. Highly recommended!
And congratulations also go to B.C. writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia whose book Mexican Gothic won the best novel category in the 2021 Aurora Awards, which recognize the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy books.
CELA launches Advanced Search and Email notification
On the Advanced search page, you can now search for books and magazines by additional criteria, such as genre/category, ISBN, narrator name and publication year. There are a variety of filters you can apply to your search, such as language, collection, format, document type, and audience. You can also choose to exclude titles from your history in your search.
Note: Selecting some combination of search filters may give you no results. For example, if you choose Bookshare and Human-narrated audio, no results will appear because Bookshare only offers synthetic narration.
To do an advanced search:
- Next to the search bar on CELA’s website, select Advanced search.
- On the Advanced search page, select an index, enter the keywords, and select any other desired settings to apply to your search. To see more options for your search, select Show more options.
- Select Search.
To return to basic search, select the Home link.
Within My Account, you can also now update your account email address and change your password. Please note that if you change your email address or password in your ILL account, it will not automatically change your email address or password in your other accounts (e.g. deposit or Direct to Player accounts), neither will it change the email address CELA referrals of CNIB clients go to. You must log in to your other account separately to change your deposit email address or password. If you’d like to update the email address that CELA referrals go to, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to do so.
You can also turn on notifications to receive emails when ZIP or Direct to Player books you’ve requested on CELA’s website become available. You can make these updates on the Communication preferences page in My Account. For more information about delivery options for ZIP and Direct to Player, see the Accessible Formats page.
The instructions on how to update your email address, change your password and turn on notifications are on the My Account help page.
Search the CELA collection from within the EasyReader app
We partnered with Dolphin to enable users to search our collection and request CELA Direct to Player titles from within the EasyReader app. Now there’s no need to switch between EasyReader and your CELA account to find and request Direct to Player books.
The process is fast and easy and great if you are on the go. Please note that only Direct to Player books will appear within the Dolphin app, but you are always able to search using celalibrary.ca to find all our titles and all our formats. As with all apps, EasyReader works best when you have the most recent version, so make sure to check your device and the Google Play or Apple store for EasyReader updates. For complete instructions, please visit the EasyReader guide on our website. Or plan to come to our next Getting Started with EasyReader webinar on Tuesday, November 9 at 1:00-2:00pm.
Come Work with Us!
CELA is hiring two Peer Trainer positions to assist us with a pilot project. Because a key component of the work requires familiarity with assistive reading technology, we’re encouraging our users and others from the print disability community to apply. The job can be done remotely so it is open to people across Canada and requires a time commitment of 10-15 hours per week from December 1 through March 31. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please check out the job posting and apply by Wednesday, November 10, 2021. We’d also appreciate it if you could pass this along to any of your contacts who might be interested in these positions.
Find us on the radio
We always love chatting with our friends at AMI. Every other Friday a representative from CELA joins Now with Dave Brown to do a rundown of CELA and literary news and feature a few good reads for the weekend. If you don’t catch us live, you can always listen to the podcast.
Last month we joined AMI’s newest podcast Audiobook Review for a more in depth conversation about audio books and the authors who write them. We’ve been invited for a monthly appearance, and you can listen live or subscribe to the podcasts. We have to say we love the Play or Pause segment. For the record, Theresa Power, our Content and Access librarian and Karen McKay, our Communications Manager, both pressed play on Jesse Wente’s latest book Unreconciled.
TD Summer Reading Club award: Don’t be shy. Apply!
We know a lot of work and creativity goes into putting together successful, engaging, accessible summer reading clubs. And we want to celebrate that effort and the staff who have worked hard to support accessible programs for kids with print disabilities.
Applications are open for 2021 for the TD Summer Reading Club Accessibility Award and the deadline is November 15 2021! We are encouraging any CELA member library that participated in the TD Summer Reading Club to submit an application for the chance to win a $500 cash prize generously donated by Zinio, a Naviga company, and Overdrive.
The money could go a long way to helping bring even more accessible activities and programs to next year’s summer reading club and we’re grateful to Zinio and Overdrive for their support. To help make the submission process easier we have some tips on our blog to help you put together a winning application. But don’t delay. The deadline is just a few weeks away.
Featured title for adults: The Apollo Murders
The #1 bestselling Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is back with an exceptional Cold War thriller from the dark heart of the Space Race. 1973. A final, top-secret mission to the Moon. As Russian and American crews sprint for a secret bounty hidden away on the lunar surface, old rivalries blossom and the political stakes are stretched to breaking point back on Earth. Full of the fascinating technical detail that fans of The Martian loved, and reminiscent of the thrilling claustrophobia, twists and tension of The Hunt for Red October, The Apollo Murders puts you right there in the moment. Experience the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of Space and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, as told by a former Commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those things in real life.
Top five books
Most popular with our readers this month:
- August Into Winter: A Novel by Guy Vanderhaeghe Historical fiction
- The Bookseller of Florence by Ross King Literature biography
- The Dark Remains by Ian Rankin Police procedural fiction
- Dad Up!: Long-Time Comedian. First-Time Father. by Steve Patterson Humour
- The four winds: A novel by Kristin Hannah Bestsellers (fiction)
Featured title for teens: Iron Widow
Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers. The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn't matter that the girls often die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it's to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister's death.
But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected - she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead. To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way - and stop more girls from being sacrificed.
Top five for kids
Most popular with kids this month:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone (Harry Potter. #1.) by J.K. Rowling
- Catching the light by Susan Sinnott
- These are my words: the residential school diary of Violet Pesheens (Dear Canada) by Ruby Slipperjack
- The Orange Shirt Story: The True Story of Orange Shirt Day by Phyllis Webstad
- The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book 1 (The Misewa Saga #1) by David A. Robertson
Top five for teens
Most popular with teens this month:
- Dancing After TEN by Vivian Chong
- One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
- Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket
- Clearing the Plains: disease, politics of starvation, and the loss of Aboriginal life (Canadian Plains studies, #65) by James W. Daschuk
- The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom
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Frontline staff webinar
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Educator Access Program webinar
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Remembrance Day closure
Our Contact Centre for patrons will be closed on Thursday, November 11 in honour of Remembrance Day. Our Member Services department will be open and available to support libraries.
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