December is the time of year to get into the holiday spirit! Whether you are on the hunt for a cheery Christmas present or a Happy Hanukkah gift, CBC Books is here to help you. For the next 12 weekdays, we will be celebrating the 12 Days of CanLit. From food and fashion to sports and science, we will be highlighting the best recent books Canada has to offer in 12 different categories. Seasonal shopping has never been so easy!
Below, find three great gifts for readers with a burning interest in the nuts and bolts of publishing and the literary life.
Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others by Douglas Gibson
Behind every good author, there is a great editor. Douglas Gibson has made a career out of turning Canadian literature's finest -- Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, W.O Mitchell and many more -- into the masters of craft they are now known to be. Now it's his turn in the literary spotlight. Running into traffic with Pierre Trudeau, receiving death threats from Mavis Gallant: this was a day in the life of Doug Gibson. His stories about these storytellers offer a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at publishing some of CanLit's brightest stars.
Let your star shine bright by giving Stories about Storytellers to your favourite CanLit lover.
A subscription to Quill & Quire
Stories about Storytellers offers insight into Canadian publishing's past. But if you want to keep up with what's happening in the present, your best bet is to pick up a subscription to Quill & Quire: the monthly magazine covers everything and anything CanLit. From author profiles and a comprehensive round-up of reviews of the latest books to commentary on publishing trends and issues in book design, Quill & Quire provides the ultimate inside scoop.
It's the perfect present for the literary-scene watcher in your life who wants to be up to date and in the know.
Mordecai: The Life and Times by Charles Foran
Mordecai Richler was one of Canada's most accomplished authors: winner of several Governor General's Awards, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, author of Oscar-nominated screenplays and much more. His personal life is as intriguing as his professional one, and Charles Foran does a comprehensive job of tracing his rise from up-and-coming Canadian author to established international voice and dedicated family man. Mordecai is arguably the best book ever written about Richler, and it has the accolades to prove it. The biography won three of this country's four major non-fiction awards: the B.C. National Award, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize.
Mordecai offers such an in-depth look at the writing life that reading it is like serving an apprenticeship -- and that's an experience any lover of literature wouldn't want to miss.
On the first day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you the best fashion reads from 2011! Check them out here.
On the second day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you the best hockey reads of the year! Check them out here.
On the third day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you 2011's best books about food! Check them out here.
On the fourth day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you the best music reads of 2011! Check them out here.
On the fifth day of CanLit, CBC books gave to you the three top history reads of the year! Check them out here.
On the sixth day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you three ways to laugh out loud! Check them out here.
On the seventh day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you a trio of titles to impress any politico! Check them out here.
On the eighth day of CanLit, CBC Books gave to you three great science- and nature-related reads! Check them out here.
What gifts would please the bookworms in your life? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below!