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Toronto Public Library lists 2011’s most popular books, announces special guest for 2012

The Grid has published a list of the most popular books at the Toronto Public Library in 2011. The number of holds placed by TPL patrons indicate that Toronto likes contemporary CanLit — sorta.

Canadian writers wrote the three most requested fiction titles this year at TPL, with Esi Edugyan’s Scotiabank Giller Prize“winning Half-Blood Blues topping the list, Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table coming in at number two, and Patrick deWitt’s Governor General’s Literary Award“winning The Sisters Brothers at number three.

Adam Gopnik and Shania Twain are the lone canucks to break the top 10 non-fiction books. Gopnik’s The Table Comes First makes it to number seven, and Twain’s From This Moment On is at number 10.

In other TPL news, the library announced today that it will host Anne Rice in the new year. On Feb. 13, 2012, Rice will take the stage at TPL’s Appel Salon for an interview with CBC Radio’s Mary Hynes, in what will be the best-selling author’s first appearance in Toronto in a decade.

Rice will be in town promoting her upcoming novel, The Wolf Gift, a reimagining of the werewolf legend due out the day after her Toronto appearance.

Admission to the event is free, and tickets will be available Jan. 16.