April 2011

Dorian Lynskey spins the history of protest songs in 33 Revolutions Per Minute

From Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to Green Day, there are bands every generation whose music makes a difference, but their influence has been overlooked by historians. Well, Dorian Lynskey isn't going to take it anymore. ...

Gail Vaz-Oxlade shares her favourite meal with The Next Chapter

Financial guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade makes a mean kaffir lime chicken, and now you can too!...

From South Central to Hollywood: Ice-T remembers

Ice-T looks back at his life in his new memoir, Ice....

A reading list fit for a (future) king and queen

Celebrate the wedding of Will and Kate by picking up one of these 10 great books.... Read More »

CanLit Quiz: The Politics Edition

Canadians headed to the polls yesterday in this year's federal election. Test your knowledge of politics in Canadian literature with this month's CanLit Quiz....

10 books to read before the election

Get ready for the federal election by reading these 10 books about Canadian politics. ...

Gwyneth Paltrow cooks up My Father's Daughter

How do you describe Gwyneth Paltrow? She's as an Academy Award-winning actress, a singer... Now she's a cookbook author, too. But is it worth its salt?...

Meet the winners of the 2011 Jewish Book Awards

Meet the six winners of the 2011 Jewish Book Awards....

William Shakespeare as literary inspiration

It's William Shakespeare's 447th birthday! We celebrate the bard's birth by looking at fictional tales his life and work inspired.... Read More »

Five authors make Time 100 list

Four authors made the 2011 Times 100 list. Find out what makes them so influential. ...

10 novels worth reading on Earth Day

Need some literary inspiration this Earth Day? We choose 10 eco-friendly novels worth reading. ... Read More »

The future is now: Harnessing our green tech past for a cleaner present

There is nothing new under the sun, not even harnessing its light for energy. Alexis Madrigal's new book looks to green technology's past to help understand its future... ...

Allan Casey: This book changed my life

His first book, Lakeland, won this year's Governor General's Award for non-fiction. It's a stirring meditation on the relationship Canadian's have with our freshwater systems. Now, Allan Casey wants to show you a world words can't describe... ...

Meet the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The winners of the 2011 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. The prizes, which are distributed by Columbia University, recognize excellence in journalism and the arts...... Read More »

Unless the Eye Catch Fire

A dramatic reading of the work by P.K. Page, adapted by Joy Coghill, with music by Francois HouleThe late great P.K. Page wrote her......

David Suzuki: Two books that changed my life

This has been a milestone year for David Suzuki. He turned 75, and his passion for the planet still burns brightly. He shares the two books that helped start it all....

Franco's Ghosts: The Remaking of Spain

By Eleanor WachtelFranco's Ghosts: The Remaking of Spain was a five-part series Writers & Company. Listen to all five special episodes above and read Eleanor's......

Don't believe the hype: Susan Jacoby tells the truth about aging

If advertisements are any indication, old age is looking pretty darn good these days. There's time to travel, run on the beach, date, even paraglide, all with the same vim and vigour of your 40s and 50s. But according to Susan Jacoby, that's a big fat lie — an empty, misleading promise that doesn't include the less-appealing realities of getting older....

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, Henrietta Lacks was a poor African-American woman dying of cancer inside Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital. But her cells would live forever and save thousands of lives. Rebecca Skloot tells George Stroumboulopoulos about her best-selling book. ...

Pamela Wallin has been a television journalist and a diplomat and now serves as the chancellor of the University of Guelph and has a......

Two (literary) solitudes: Bryan Perro on Canada's cultural Berlin Wall

Perro is often described as Quebec's J.K. Rowling. His YA fantasy series has sold around 1.5 million copies in that province alone, has been translated into 19 languages and is available in 25 countries. If you're an English-speaking Canadian, however, you might have no idea who he is....

Massey Lectures Contest Rules and Regulations

1. TO ENTER To enter the CBC Massey Lectures contest, log into your account and leave a comment on the CBC Massey Lectures: Favourite winter......

Emma Donoghue, Kathleen Winter make Orange Prize shortlist

Six authors made the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist. Find out who they are!...

Fifty years after his historic flight, Gagarin's star is golden

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the historic first flight into space by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. At the time, it was the biggest victory yet for the Soviet Union in the space race that had begun with the launch of Sputnik four years earlier. And the rocket that catapulted Gagarin into space also launched him to global celebrity....

To read or not to read: Fresh Air considers the state of poetry in Canada

For most of Canada, April heralds the undeniable arrival of spring, and the rebirth and renewal that comes along with it. April also marks National Poetry Month in Canada — a fitting choice for a literary genre that some might argue could do with a bit of renewal itself....

Miriam Toews on her new novel, Irma Voth

For the eponymous protagonist of Miriam Toews' new novel, language is everything. She embroiders "dangerous" words like anger and lust into her dresses and her underwear. She keeps a journal filled with deliberate mistranslations....

Naheed Nenshi made a media splash a few months ago when he was elected the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city. Considered......

Canada Reads Poetry

Discuss Canada Reads Poetry 2011 here. ...

The Cookbook Club reviews Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries

Nigel Slater is this month's pick for the In Town and Out Cookbook Club. Is it worth slaving over the stove for?...

The Stephen Leacock Medal

Discuss the nominated titles for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour....

Patrick Warner: Top 5 books on falling in and out of love

First aired on WAM (04/04/11) Born and raised in Ireland, Patrick Warner says he moved to Newfoundland in 1980 in search of better job......

Dionne Brand up for Griffin Poetry Prize

The finalists for the Griffin Poetry Prize were announced this morning and include Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand. Three poets were named to the Canadian shortlist, and four to the international list. The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canada's most prestigious prize for poetry, and awards an international and Canadian winner $65,000 each....

Journeying towards freedom

It's the late 1970s, the Iron Curtain still divides East and West, and a family of Russian Jews have left the U.S.S.R. to find a new life - and freedom -in the West. Acclaimed Canadian author David Bezmozgis's debut novel,The Free World, is set to conquer the globe....