Below is a list of my noteworthy readings, viewings and listenings of 2016. Some titles  may not have been released in 2016 but purchased by me in the past 12 months. I tried to stick to five items for each category, but sometimes have more, sometimes less, and that’s the way it is. Hope you enjoy reading Larry’s List of Favourites, 2016 ? What’s on your list?


Picture Books

The Bear Who Wasn’t There by LeUyen Pham

Penguin Problems by  Jory John and Lane Smith

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (2012)

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie



Novels: Ages 8 – 14

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Lesley Cannon

Lucky Strike by Louis Bayard

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk


Novels: Adult

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Nutshell by Ian McEwan

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stroud

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Nonfiction / Autobiography

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Then and Now by Barbara Cook

Life, Animated by Ron Suskind

Lit Up by David Denby

Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovic



It’s a Wonderful Life (finally went to see this at the local Cineplex, without commercials)

La La Land

Life, Animated

Manchester by the Sea




Theatre: Local

And So It Goes (YPT)

Come From Away (Mirvish)

Counting Sheep (Lemon Bucket Orkestra)

Death of a Salesman (Yiddish)

Mr. Shi and His Lover (Summerworks)

Nest (Wee Festival)

One Kid, Two Kittens and Me (Christopher Wilson)

A Winter’s Tale (A Groundling Theatre Production)


Theatre: Shaw/ Stratford

The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search of God

All My Sons (Stratford)

Master Harold and the Boys

Our Town


Theatre: New York/ London

A Life

Amadeus (National Theatre)

A View From the Bridge

The Crucible

Dear Evan Hansen

Natasha Pierre and the Comet of 1812

Peter Pan (National Theatre)

Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed



December by Chris Botti (2006)

Encore by Barbra Streisand

The Essential Leonard Cohen (2002)

Liasons: Re-imaging Sondheim from the Piano by Anthony De Mare

New York Rhapsody by Lang Lang

Songbird by Eva Cassidy (1977)



concert: Rufus Wainwright: Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall (Luminato)

concert: Tony Bennett (St. Petersburg, Florida)

cabaret /concert: Brent Carver: Walk Me To the Corner (Harold Green Theatre)

TV: Gypsy with Imelda Staunton (PBS)

TV: The Night Of…(HBO series)

dance: Carmen by Flamenco Antonia Gades (Barcelona)

professional read: Literacy 101 by David Booth

short stories: The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams

National Theatre Live: Jane Eyre

A special  book: The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan