Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Twilight, The Hunger Games, & 50 Shades of Grey? While you may not be a fan, it’s undeniably true that the 50 Shades phenomenon has reached heights that many franchises only aspire to. It is in and it is popular, but not all tastes are covered by the matter. If you’re feeling left out of the conversation, don’t worry. The library has you covered when it comes to entertainment and education. Believe me when I say, there are many more shades than just 50.
The Pheonix herself, Jean Grey is one of the greatest characters in comic book, television, and movie history. As integral part of The X-Men, she’s a heroine with tremendous powers. Sure Wolverine gets a lot of the press, but if you’re looking for a truly incredible character? Check out our collection of items from this great mutant team. If you want to watch the movies, we’ve got you covered (check them out here.) If you’d prefer the comics but don’t know where to start, I’m of the opinion you can never go wrong with Joss Whedon. Astonishing X-Men is simply a great storyline, and sure to pull in sci-fi and action adventure graphic novel fans. There are a lot more than just that though, the Incredible X-Men have some incredible stories.
The Grey Cup
This century old trophy is awarded every year to the winner of the Canadian Football League championship. One of my favourite Canadian Sports Writers is Stephen Brunt, who has written the excellent commemorative work 100 Grey Cups: This is Our Game. In it, Brunt chronicles how the Canadian experience and the game are reflected in each other. Heroes of the Game: A History of the Grey Cup by Stephen Thiele is another exciting title. If you’re a fan of the game, you’d also do well to check out A Passing Game by Frank Cosentino. The Canadian football league is a Canadian institution, and it really has a unique and interesting history. Sports fans will enjoy these titles.
The Right Honourable Herb Gray
The longtime Member of Parliament and scion of Gray’s department store is an icon from Windsor’s history. Our local history section at the Central Library has all sorts of newspaper clippings, microfilm, and files on the Windsor legend. You may also want to look into some great popular titles about our history, such as A Forgotten City and 500 Ways You Know Your From Windsor. Both are by Chris Edwards who has written a plethora of books about our city and its history. If you want to relive the great years of Herb Gray, Edwards is great author to start with. Windsor has many great stories which are enthralling, and if you’re interested you’d do well to check out Marty Gervais. There’s also the bestselling From the Vault by Craig Pearson which includes a lot of great stuff on Windsor.
If you’re a Captain Picardesque type and prefer Earl Gray (hot), you might want to check out something a little different. Sarah Rose has a compelling book called For All the Tea in China: How England Stole The World’s Favorite Drink And Changed History. You might think it’s just a hot drink, but this is a story of world domination, collapse, revenge, and so much more. Tea helped shape our world, though the actual Earl Gray is a different character. If you’re interested in him, check out the Elgin-Grey Papers. They’re a great resource for understanding the history of early Canada. If you want to know even more, check out our great Databases such as Canadian Reference Centre. If you’re in high school or university, databases are a great time saver that can help you write top-notch papers.
While not historical, it’s still a darn entertaining show. We’ve got seasons 1-10 of the hit show. It’s a dynamic medical drama set in the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in Seattle. Focusing on the doctors who were there and the show’s namesake (Meredith Grey), this series has drama, romance, great story-lines, and is great for binge-watching on a snowy day. There’s even a book (called Grey’s Anatomy) by Chris Van Dusen which lets you look behind the scenes of the hit show. Medical dramas always offer compelling storylines, and Grey’s Anatomy is one of the genre’s best.
Ever wonder how someone pretending to be an aboriginal activist could have a lasting effect on our country? Check out Grey Owl! A great place to start his story is with Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney by Armand Garnet Ruffo. It’s a unique and accessible story which critically chronicles the story of one of our most peculiar activists. Grey Owl: The Many Faces of Archie Belaney by Jane Billinghurst is another excellent title which explores this fascinating story. There’s even a DVD about the man, entitled (of course) Grey Owl. If you’d rather hear from the man himself, we have many of his works in his own words.
50 Shades of Grey
If you’d rather just read the books, we can help with that too. The series is at a pinnacle reached by few franchises at the moment. It is essentially doing for its genre what Twilight did for Young Adult Fiction. It’s a trilogy, with 50 Shades being the first book. 50 Shades Darker is the second of the trilogy. 50 Shades Freed is the third installment. It’s a global sensation that has everyone talking, so hopefully we can help you join in the conversation (in one way or another.) It is a racy series and definitely for adults, but many people have enjoyed it. You can get one of our copies at your local branch, or download an ebook or e-audiobook from the comfort of your own home.