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wingBookgirrlwing

From Acton, Ontario Canada

Age 62

Joined Monday, January 10, 2005

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" Imagine all the people
Reading lots of books....." My profile photo was taken May 2006 at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, NYC. I released a copy of Larry Kane's "Ticket to Ride", about his travels with The Beatles on their 1st and 2nd junkets to North America. I'm still waiting for that Journal Entry but you never know....(see Rock and Roll book list below)





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My favourite books tend to be novels and biographies. My favourite novelists are Anita Shreve, Anita Brookner, Donna Morrissey, John Steinbeck and Roddy Doyle (not all of his books). I really enjoy Bill Bryson's books and I read a lot of rock/blues/soul etc. biographies. The music reading is a bit of an obsession, but the good news is, I find it's OK to read a novel at the same time as a music book. I could never read two novels at the same time! Music writers I really admire include Charles Shaar Murray, Barney Hoskyns, Paul Myers, John Einarson and Rob Bowman. Paul, John and Rob are from Canada, but write about musicians from all over (i.e. Long John Baldry, Flying Burrito Brothers, Stax Records.) I've met Rob Bowman several times, and he's a very down-to-earth guy. His knowledge of music/music business/history is never-ending!

....Jessibud, DonFiction (formerly Thyroidman) and Bookgirrl started up a new TORONTO OBCZ, March/09 at Harbord House Pub (formerly Rowers Pub) - 150 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario. University of Toronto neighbourhood. Short walk from Spadina subway station. HH hosts poetry readings, offers Ontario craft beers and good food @ good prices.

Within a week, I received my first Journal Entry from HH & we continue to hold book swap/meetups there. In 2011, something serendipitous happened; the widow of the director of the Rare Book Collection at U. of Toronto, (who had no idea what Bookcrossing was) dropped by with a box of her late husband's books - not rare books - but good, old general books like mysteries, novels, cookbooks, travel books, etc. They've all joined the OBCZ bookshelf, (after yours truly registered them), and a number of Journal Entries have resulted. Great to see these books circulating - the karma is strong.

Activity:
January 2005: I stumbled upon a dog-eared copy of "The Winter of our Discontent" while reaching up to grab a package of insulation at Home Depot. Talk about being discontent! It was a bitter winter in 2005, and my pipes were about to freeze! The humorously themed book release tweaked my interest, and as soon as I read up on Bookcrossing, I was hooked! Even better...."The Winter of..." was the very first John Steinbeck book I ever read back in 1974.
May 2005 - Meetup in London, with UK BookCrossers at OBCZ Stamford Arms
Dec 2005 - "Bucklesbook" signs up (my Mom) still going strong. She'll be 90 in October 2017.
April 2006 - North American BC convention in my hometown
April 2008: London Convention - found 3 "Wild Releases" - 1 near Westminster Abbey, 2 in Oxford. Great to see book crossers having "met" via email/JE communication. In Birmingham, Lyzzybee introduced us to a charming city and Balti curry. Yummy!
Feb 2009: Joined (somewhat reluctantly)....Facebook. Toronto Bookcrossers now has a FB page.
Sept 2009: 6th year at Word on the Street (WOTS) with Harrowsmith Magazine and Harrowsmith's Truly Canadian Almanac
April 2010. Amsterdam: Bookcrossing convention in Amstelveen (VU University Amsterdam.) Who could have predicted that whaddyacallit volcano? We were not affected as we arrived several days before the volcano. Getting home was another matter....
Sept 2010: 21st Annual "Word on the Street". Pooker3, Geishabird, Pinkoeria, Jessibud, Miss Efficiency and iNomad met up at noon. We learned that releasing lots of books together, gets results. Released about 55 on two park benches. Every one snapped up. And more than the usual number of JE's. 3 of mine joined up. Fun.
2011: Saving $$$ for Dublin Convention....and so far, 3 meetups/bookswaps at Harbord House this year. A dedicated group.
Summer 2011: Sadly, 35 year old Canadian classic, "Harrowsmith Country Life" magazine ceased publishing. All staff, including me, out of a job.
Sept. 2011: Word on the Street - time to get our books organized for an even bigger
"wild release". Miss-Efficiency suggests we bring a wheelbarrow!
April 2012: We had a wonderful time at the Dublin Convention - and managed to see Canadian bands Enter the Haggis and Hey, Rosetta!
May 2012: Married DonFiction, wonderful, book reading/writing man.
November 16, 2012: Meetup, Pickwick Pub in Zug, Switzerland, with storm0103 and 5kiana, plus Donfiction, nephew Spencer (age 12) - a real trooper who stayed for the whole evening (with a bunch of "oldsters"). Viva international Bookcrossers! Both of our "guests" travelled quite a long way by train to meet with us.
To "top" off a great trip to Switzerland, we went to the Jungfraujoch (translation: The Top of Europe) and there we found a "wild", registered book at 11,000 feet.
June 2013: Meetup with Aussie BX'er, Flight, HH Pub. She contacted me out of the blue, and 5 of us had a great time exchanging books over libations.
2014: We continue to have meetups/book swaps at Harbord House Pub, about every other month and have welcomed Canadateagirl to our group, from BC.
Sept. 2014: Another gorgeous Sunday for the 25th annual Word on the Street Festival in Toronto. Bookcrossers up to their usual high jinx. (We had a bench for kid's books, and a separate location for "grown-up" books.)
Sept. 28, 2014: A fun meetup with Xarodoc, from Germany. Typical of BX'ing karma...3 out of 8 people (including our guest) brought a copy of "The Time Traveller's Wife" (or...Traveler's, if you're in the USA).
2015: March marks 5th year for meetups/OBCZ at Harbord House Pub. Thanks, John Oakes - proprietor. Also, we have two, new BX'ers in our group. Fred and Livia. Fred found a book that had been sitting around Union Stn., (Toronto's big train station) for several years, and joined up. He volunteers at the station every Sunday, but still manages to drop in and keep us entertained with stories. 3 cheers for Livia who came by our January meetup still holding her "Woman's March" placard. We cheered her on.
June 2015: Meetup with Azuki (visiting from Miami) and her husband: HoserLauren, Nelle, Miss-Efficiency, Jessibud, Bucklesbook, Bookgirrl had a great time.
Sept. 2015: Word on the Street: First time at Harbourfront. We had a good time, and enjoyed standing "aside" and watching curious attendees ogle our "FREE BOOKS" collection. All were taken. Jessibud, Leester and Bookgirrl were there.
January 2016: Our first Toronto BX'ers meetup/book swap will take place Jan. 31st.
June 2016: We welcomed Azuki from Florida again at a meetup and surprise! - Ri joined us too, as she was back visiting Toronto from Cleveland, where she's been living for the past nine years. About 10 people came by Harbord House Pub, and we had a fun, boisterous time!
April 2017: Have signed up for the Oslo Convention. 'Might be going solo: Donfiction not sure if he can make it. Suddenly, everything around me is about Norway/Nordic things!
UPDATE: Donfiction is coming to Oslo! Yay! And, so is Azuki. 'Looking forward to seeing her.
Oslo was great. We had a wonderful time. So many interesting things to see and do, on top of a terrific convention. We are now in Bergen, and just did a trip to Voss, and fjords, including Flam. (Train, bus, boat) Looking forward to walking around Bergen harbour tomorrow.
May 7th, 2017: Just a few days after seeing him at the Oslo convention, we welcomed Xarodoc (in town from Germany) to our spring meetup/book swap/brunch. Some Oslo goodies will be shared.
July 2nd, 2017: Wonderful meetup with 3 guests from Maryland, USA, including intrepid BX'er SqueakyChu. 'So great to meet you! After the meetup, Jessibud and I took leftover books to 4 different LFL's on a "replenishing" mission.
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Books Read since joining BX'ing: ("Alpha" - excepting The, A, An. Cdn = Canadian)
253 - Geoff Ryman - Thanks, Squirk! (Ryman is Cdn)
419 - Will Ferguson (Cdn)
Adventure in Holland - Brockway & van der Kenken
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
At Home: A Short History of Private Life - Bill Bryson
At Last - Edward St. Auburn
The Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast - Bill Richardson (Cdn)
Beastly Things - Donna Leon
The Beauty of the Humanity Movement - Camilla Gibb (Cdn)
The Bell - Iris Murdoch
Beneath a Marble Sky: a Novel of The Taj Mahal - John Short
Better Homes and Husbands - Valerie Ann Leff
Big Chief Elizabeth: How England's Adventurers Gambled & Won the New World - Giles Milton (Christine Craig has)
A Blade of Grass - Louis DeSoto (Very good)
Body Surfing - Anita Shreve
The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill (Canadian)
The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Brick Lane - Monica Ali - a GREAT BOOK! - (visited Brick Lane, April 2008)
The Cello Suites - Eric Siblin
The Cement Garden - Ian McEwan
Clear Light of Day - Anita Desai
A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews (Cdn)
Consolation - Michael Redhill
Crow Lake (Cdn) - Mary Lawson - a hit with Brummie BX'ers in UK
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (FAB BOOK!)
The Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse) - Colin Dexter
Deafening - (Cdn) - Frances Itani
The Declaration of Interdependence: A Pledge to Planet Earth (Cdn)-Tara Cullis, David Suzuki
A Different Sky - Meira Chand
The Dork of Cork - Charming, quirky - Chet Raymo
Dunster - John Mortimer ("Rumpole" author)
The First Casualty - Ben Elton
The Flying Troutmans - Miriam Toews (Cdn)
Forgotten Bookmarks - Michael Popek
Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
The Freedom Thing - Phil Hogan
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
The Golden Son - Shilpi Somaya Gowda
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
Good to a Fault - Marina Endicott (Fab book)
Goodnight, Mr. Tom - Michelle Magorian
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
Hearts of Flame - Katherine Govier
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The House by The Thames - Gillian Tindall
The House of Blue Mangoes - David Davidar
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran
The Inconvenient Indian - Tom King (Cdn)
Jane and Prudence - Barbara Pym
The Jewel that was Ours - Colin Dexter
A Judgement in Stone - Ruth Rendell
Judi Dench Bio - With a Crack in Her Voice
The Juggler's Children - Carolyn Abraham (Cdn)
The King's Speech - Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Kit's Law - Donna Morrissey (Cdn)
The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
Life is a Gift - Tony Bennett
A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
A Long Way from Home - Saroo Brierley
The Lost Garden - Helen Humphries
Lost Geography - Charlotte Bacon
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People - Farahad Zama
Martin Sloane - Michael Redhill
The Meaning of Everything - Simon Winchester
Memento Mori - Muriel Spark
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home - Rhoda Janzen
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight at the Dragon Cafe - Jane Fong Bates
The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger
Mount Pleasant - Don Gillmor (Cdn)
My Antonia - Willa Cather
My Life in France - Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
My Own Country: A Doctor's Story - Abraham Verghese
Mystery in White - A Christmas Crime Story - J. Jefferson Farjeon
No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club - Virginia Ironside
On the Road - Jack Kerouac (born in Canada!) - Sorry, didn't enjoy it much
The Outport People - Claire Mowat (Cdn)
Over my Shoulder - Madge MacBeth (Cdn)
Ozzie's Odyssey - Oswald Tyson (brave, resourceful man from Nevis, WI)
The Paperboy's Winter - Tim Bowling (Lovely & Cdn)
The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters (FABULOUS BOOK!)
The Petty Details of So and So's Life - Camilla Gibb (Cdn)
Phantom - Jo Nesbo
Playing for Pizza - John Grisham
Quicksand & Passing - Nella Larsen
Q's Legacy - Helene Hanna
The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
Red April - Santiago Roncagliolo
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Reluctant Genius - Bio of Alexander Graham Bell, by Charlotte Grey (Cdn)
Remembering the Bones - Frances Itani (Cdn)
The Return of Martin Guerre - Natalie Zemon Davis
RMS TItanic: Gilded Lives on a Fatal Voyage - Hugh Brewster (Cdn)
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - First 25 Years - Holly George-Warren, Jann Wenner
The Rosie Project - Graeme C. Simsion
Sarah's Key - Titiana De Rosnay
Secret Daughter - Shilpi Somaya Gowda
She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb (Cdn)
This Side Jordan - Margaret Laurence (Cdn)
Sister of My Heart - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Small Island - Andrea Levy - GREAT BOOK!!!!
Solar - Ian McEwan
The Solitude of Emperors - David Davidar (Cdn - sort of)
Some Tame Gazelle - Barbara Pym
The Stone Mattress - Margaret Atwood (Cdn)
The Street Arab - the Story of a British Home Child - Sandra Joyce (Cdn)
Sweetness in the Belly - Camilla Gibb (Cdn)
Sylvanus Now - Donna Morrissey (Cdn)
The Tennis Partner - Abraham Verghese
Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden (Cdn)
Through Black Spruce - Joseph Boyden (Cdn)
Tolstoy & the Purple Chair - Nina Sankovitch
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
The Warden of English - Jenny McMorris
The Wasted Vigil - Nadeem Aslam
Unsinkable: A Memoir - Debbie Reynolds
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
A Wedding in December - Anita Shreve
When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
Where the Air is Sweet - Tasneem Jamal
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
The Winter Palace - Eva Stachniak - Polish/Canadian
Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City - Anthony Flint
The Yacoubian Building - Alaa Al Aswany
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Rock and Roll Library (Alpha by Title: Most are Permanent Collection)
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1,000 Record Covers - Michael Ochs
20,000 Roads, the Ballad of Gram Parsons & his Cosmic American Music - David Meyer
Across the Great Divide: The Band (Cdn) - Barney Hoskyns
All Access: The Rock 'N' Roll Photography of Ken Regan
All of Me - Anne Murray
All the Rage - Ian "Mac" McLagan bio (Small Faces, Faces, etc)
American Dreams - Randy Newman bio by Kevin Courrier
Amy, My Daughter - Mitch Winehouse
Anger is an Energy - John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)
Anti-Diva - Carole Pope autobiography
Are you Ready for the Country? - Doggett
Around the World in 57-1/2 Gigs - Dave Bidini (post-Rheostatics - great retired Cdn band)
Baby, that was Rock & Roll: The legendary Leiber & Stoller - Robert Palmer (from R. Flohil)
Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock & How It Changed a Generation - Pete Fornatale
The Beatles: The Biography (Audiobook) - Bob Spitz
Being Young - Astrid Young (Cdn&1/2 sister of Neil) - first 30 pages only
Behind Sad Eyes: The Life of George Harrison - Marc Shapiro
Bowie - The Biography - Wendy Leigh (so-so)
Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy - Tony Visconti's autobiography
Brian Jones: The Making of The Rolling Stones - Paul Trynka
Bumping into Geniuses - Danny Goldberg
Bye Bye Baby: My Tragic Love Affair with the Bay City Rollers - Caroline Sullivan
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of Brian Wilson - Peter Ames Carlin
Chet Baker: As Though I Had Wings: The Lost Memoir - Chet Baker
Chronicles I - Bob Dylan (Hurry up with Chronicles II !)
Chuck Berry: The Autobiography - Chuck Berry
Clapton - Eric Clapton autobiography
Country Boy - A Biography of Albert Lee - Derek Watts
Cross Town Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-war Pop - Charles Shaar Murray
Dark Horse - George Harrison bio - Geoffrey Giuliano
David Bowie: Moonage Daydream – Dave Thompson
Diary of a Rock'n'Roll Star - Ian Hunter (still rocking in his 70's)
Dick Clark and the History of Rock 'n' Roll - (Editors of LIFE Magazine)
Dylan: A Biography - Bob Spitz
Faithfull - Autobiography - Marianne Faithfull
Four Strong Winds (Ian & Sylvia) - John Einerson
A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties - Suze Rotolo (Lived with Dylan in the '60s)
Girls Like Us: Mitchell, Simon, King - Sheila Weller
Guitars: A Celebration of Pure Mojo - David Schiller
Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995 - Barclay, Jack, Schneider (3x Cdn)
Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles - Don Felder
Here, There and Everywhere - Geoff Emerick (Beatles' engineer, Abbey Road Studios)
Hickory Wind: Story of Gram Parsons - Ben Fong-Torres
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
Hot Burritos - John Einarson (Cdn) with Chris Hillman
Hound Dog - Leiber and Stoller (with David Ritz)
I Met the Walrus - Jerry Levitan
I, Shithead: A Life in Punk - Joey Keithley (of DOA)
I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Punk Rock Family Memoir - Mickie Leigh with Legs McNeil
I Walked the Line - Vivian Cash (1st Wife of Johnny Cash, Mother of Roseanne, etc.)
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Warren Zevon bio - Crystal Zevon
'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era - Greg Kot
I'm a Believer. My Life of Monkees, Music and Madness - Micky Dolenz & Mark Begot'
I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie - Pamela des Barres
Imagine John Lennon - Companion to the film biography "Imagine"
It Ain't Easy: The Story of Long John Baldry - Paul Myers (Cdn brother of Austin Powers!)
It's a Long Story - Willie Nelson's autobiography
John - Cynthia Lennon
John Lennon - Philip Norman
John Peel: The Biography - Michael Heatley
John Peel: Margrave of the Marshes - John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft
Joni MItchell - In Her Own Words - Malka Marom with Joni Mitchell
Just Kids - Patti Smith
Keith Richards: The Biography - Victor Boris
"Kill Your Idols" Series - hard to find. (Costello, Cohen, Young, Clash, Waits, Beck)
Kill Your Idols - Jim DeRogatis (mediocre, mostly whiny, except Fleetwood Mac chapter - hilarious)
The Kinks - Jeff Hudson & Neville Marten (Well researched, but dull)
Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory - Ken Sharp
Lennon Revealed - Larry Kane
Life - Keith Richards with James Fox
Little Richard - Charles White
The Long Road - Ian Tyson autobiography
Love, Janis - Laura Joplin
Me, the Mob, and the Music - One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells
Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved - Chris O'Dell
Mountain City Girls - Anna and Jane McGarrigle
Neil and Me - Scott Young
The Old, Weird America Greil Marcus (can't make him out - ever)
On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock - Dave Bidini (Cdn)
One Train Later - Andy Summers (Police)
Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison bio - by Alan Clayson (awkwardly written, but OK)
Paul McCartney: A Life - Peter Ames Carlin
Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now - Barry Miles
The Penguin - John Lennon
The Producer: John Hammond and The Soul of American Music - Dustan Prial
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung - Lester Bangs (unreadable)
Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone - Marky Ramone
Rage to Survive - Etta James and David Ritz
Ray Davies: A Complicated Life - Johnny Rogan
Reckless: My Life as a Pretender - Chrissie Hynde
Ringo - Michael Seth Starr
The Road to Woodstock - Michael Lang
Rock, Roll & Remember - Dick Clark, Richard Robinson
Rock and Roll is Here to Stay - William McKeen
Rock Family Trees - Pete Frame
Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones - Bill Janovitz
Rod Stewart - a Biography - Tim Ewbank & Stafford Mildred
Ronnie - Ron Wood's autobiography
Rotten: No Irish-No Blacks-No Dogs - John Lydon
'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child - David Henderson
Shout - Philip Norman
Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends - Pete Fornatale
Ska'd for Life - Horace Panter (Sir Horace Gentleman of The Specials)
Small Town Talk - Barney Hoskyns
So Different (Sinnead O'Connor bio) - Dermott Hayes
Songbook - Nick Hornby
Soulsville, USA: The Story of Stax Records – Rob Bowman (Cdn/Grammy Winner)
Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits w. The Rolling Stones, The Who...The Faces . . - Glyn Johns
The Sound and the Fury: Rock Essays - edited by Barney Hoskyns
Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars - Neil Young (SO eccentric!)
The Spider with the Platinum Hair - Mick Ronson Bio - by Weird & Gilly (Eric Dimatteo and Karen Laney - Really nice people!)
Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful - John Hellier & Paolo Hewitt
Takin' Care of Business - Randy Bachman (Cdn) bio/autobio with John Einarson (Cdn)
Tales from Beyond the Tap - Randy Bachman (Vinyl Tap Radio show)
Talking Music I - Holger Petersen (Cdn)
Talking Music II - Holger Petersen (Cdn)
Tell Me Why - The Beatles: Album by Album, Song by Song, the 60's & After
Testimony - Robbie Robertson's autobiography (Cdn)
This is a Call - The Life and Times of Dave Grohl - Paul Brannigan
This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm & the Story of The Band (Cdn)
Ticket to Ride - Larry Kane
The Top 100 Canadian Singles - Bob Mersereau (Cdn)
Twenty-Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons - David Meyer
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink - Elvis Costello
Waging Heavy Peace - Neil Young (Cdn)
When I Left Home - Buddy Guy (autobiography)
Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots of American Music from Hank Snow to The Band - Jason Schneider (Cdn)
White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960's - Joe Boyd
Who I Am - Peter Townsend
Wild Tales - Graham Nash (on Kindle, not in the library)
Wonderful Tonight - Patti Boyd
X-RAY - Ray Davies
Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years - Sharry Wilson (Cdn) very good: early days, Neil pre-21.

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