CBC stars are a literary bunch, and books are published every year by some of our best reporters, hosts and actors. Here's a look at the books that hit the shelves in 2011 by stars of the CBC:
Cornered by Ron MacLean, with Kirstie McLellan Day
Many Canadians have spent their Saturday nights with Ron MacLean over the past 25 years. He plays the cool-headed straight man to his Coach's Corner co-host Don Cherry. On top of his Hockey Night in Canada duties, MacLean has hosted a handful of Olympic games and witnessed many milestones in Canadian sport. He's a wealth of sports knowledge, and funny to boot. In Cornered, MacLean takes us from his early days in radio in Red Deer, Alberta, to the present. We can't believe Cornered is his first book, but we're glad it's finally here.
Persuasion by Arlene Dickinson
When Arlene Dickinson was 31, she was newly divorced and struggling to make ends meet for her four young children, while holding no more than a high school diploma. Now, she's the CEO of Venture Communications, a respected and sought-after marketing expert and one of the venture capitalists on the CBC-TV show Dragons' Den. In Persuasion, Dickinson outlines how the art of persuasion helped her on her journey from struggling single mom to all-powerful businesswoman.
Cold Hard Truth by Kevin O'Leary
Kevin O'Leary is the Dragon you love to hate. He's smart, know what he wants and isn't afraid to let you know what he wants. In Cold Hard Truth, O'Leary gives us the scoop on how he became a successful entrepreneur, and shares invaluable secrets that can help you get the most out of your ideas.
Air Farce: 40 Years of Flying by the Seat of Our Pants by Don Ferguson and Ron Abbott
This new book from Don Ferguson and Ron Abbott, founding members of Royal Canadian Air Farce, takes us behind the scenes of the hit comedy show. It's packed with photographs, script excerpts and anecdotes from Ferguson, Abbott, and other castmembers and friends. Some of the stories are as funny as the show itself!
Best Recipes Ever by Kary Osmond
Kary Osmond is the host of CBC-TV show Best Recipes Ever. In her book of the same name, Osmond explores recipes from Canadian Living's expansive library that have been featured on her show. Best Recipes Ever also includes tips and tricks for busy home cooks.
Winter: Five Windows on the Season by Adam Gopnik
In 2011, the CBC Massey Lectures celebrated 50 year with New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik. For his turn as Massey Lecturer, Gopnik turned to the subject of winter. He spent his formative years in Montreal and returned to the memory of his first snowstorm to start Winter. Gopnik takes us on a journey through the ideas -- and people behind them -- that helped shape our modern concept of winter. A perfect read to wrap up the holiday season and end of the year.
Vinyl Tap Stories by Randy Bachman
Randy Bachman is a storyteller. At first, he told stories through his music. Hits like "Taking Care iof Business" and "American Woman" made Bachman a household name. Now, he tells stories as the host of Vinyl Tap on CBC Radio 2.The very best stories Bachman has told on the radio have been compiled into a book: Vinyl Tap Stories. From meeting his idols to recording with Neil Young, the stories that shaped Bachman's career can be found in the pages of this collection -- making it a must-have for any music fan.
Under an Afghan Sky by Mellissa Fung
In 2008, Mellissa Fung, a reporter with The National, was kidnapped by armed men outside a refugee camp situated near Kabul, Afghanistan. Fung was held captive for more than a month, and spent her time in a tiny hole in the ground praying, nursing injuries and writing in a notebook. Under an Afghan Sky is Fung's gripping retelling of her days in captivity, from the kidnapping to her eventual release.
As we close the book on 2011, we look forward to 2012 and all the new books we'll get to read! High up on our list are debut books from CBC hosts Jian Ghomeshi and Nora Young.
1982 by Jian Ghomeshi
In 1982, we're taken back to a 14-year-old Jian Ghomeshi. At that young age, the Q host wore eyeliner like his idol, David Bowie, and had a crush on a girl two years his senior. Ghomeshi's memoir will travel through that important year, and is structured around 12 of Ghomeshi's favourite songs from that era.
The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us by Nora Young
In her first book, Nora Young, the host of Spark on Radio One, explores the impact virtual information we collect and generate about ourselves has on our lives, our communities and our government. The Virtual Self will be released in the spring.
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