April 2012

Saving our cities from cars

Cars are ruining cities. That's the premise of Taras Grescoe's new book, Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile. He stopped by The Current to explain why public transit is the key to Canada's future....

Spring Collections: Floating Life by Moez Surani

In this new collection of poems, Moez Surani explores the pleasures of friendship, travel and love....

The top five regrets of the dying

In the face of death, many people report having moments of clarity, a sudden realization of what really matters in life. Bronnie Ware saw this in action working as a nurse and turned it into a book that inspired thousands of people around the world. The Morning Edition has more....

Griffin Poetry Prize 2012: The international finalists

Get to know the four international books in the running for the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the richest literary awards in the world. ...

The Sunday Edition: Inside Richard Stursberg's CBC

The former head of CBC's English Services reveals all about his controversial tenure in a revealing new memoir, The Tower of Babble. He sat down with Michael Enright to discuss his career, his book and more....

Is publishing looking at a DRM-free future?

Earlier this week, Tor, the world's largest publisher of science-fiction novels, has announced that, beginning this summer, all of its books will be D-R-M free. Cory Doctorow stopped by As It Happens to explain why this announcement has the potential to change the industry as we know it....

Where will your next great idea come from?

Where did you have your last great idea? As much as creativity drives the worlds of art and commerce, it's always been something of a mystery. But Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, says that new insights into how our brains work are helping to demystify creativity. ...

The 'mythical realism' of Alexi Zentner

First aired on The Next Chapter (23/4/12) "It is impossible to tell myth from the truth." These words are spoken by Stephen, an Anglican......

Who were really the first people here?

For a long time, it's been accepted that the first humans in North America were people who walked across a land-bridge from Siberia to Alaska about 15,000 years ago. Dr. Bruce Bradley thinks differently. He explains why to Quirks & Quarks....

CanLit Classic or Lifetime Original Movie?

How well do you know the plots of classic Canadian novels? CBC Books faces beloved Canadian novels against memorable made-for-TV movies to see if readers can tell the difference. ...

Adria Vasil on going green in the bath and beauty department

First aired on Homestretch (23/4/12) When it comes to products labelled "natural" "eco-friendly" or "organic," Adria Vasil says they should really say "buyer beware."In......

The amazing Stan Lee casts his web in Calgary

The iconic former president of Marvel Comics, and co-creator of a little superhero known as Spider-man, most recently made an appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and spoke to Chris dela Torre on the Calgary Eyeopener about his long career, and why he never tires of meeting new fans....

Karen Armstrong on why compassion is the key to the future

First aired on North by Northwest (14/04/12) Author -- and former nun -- Karen Armstrong has written extensively about all aspects of religion and...... Read More »

The beautiful books of Le port de tête

First aired on Cinq a Six (20/04/12) The first thing you notice when you enter Le port de tête, a bookstore in Montreal's Plateau neighbourhood,......

Notes from Blue Met: Writing Women

Joyce Carol Oates speaks the the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. Photo credit: Jean Bernier. From April 18-23, 2012, the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival will......

Lilian Nattel's Web of Angels

In Lilian Nattel's latest novel, dissociative identity disorder (DID) plays a key part in revealing the darker side of a picture-perfect sleepy town. She explains why to Shelagh Rogers....

Blood, Bones & Butter: Gabrielle Hamilton on becoming a chef

First aired on Fresh Air (21/04/12) Gabrielle Hamilton is a New York restauranteur and chef, and her bestselling memoir Blood, Bones & Butter has received......

Spring Collections: Wells by Jenna Butler

In her new book of poetry, Jenna Butler brings to vivid life the lost landscape of her grandmother's past. ...

The end of money

David Wolman lived without paper money for a year, and believes that a society without physical cash is the way of the future. He explains why to Day 6....

Kris Demeanor brings poetry to the people

Calgary recently anointed its first-ever poet laureate. Russell Bowers of Dakbreak Alberta spoke to Kris Demeanor about his plans in the new role. ...

Notes from Blue Met: Crime Stories

A slideshow from one of the crime events at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival From April 18-23, 2012, the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival will take place in Montreal.......

Griffin Poetry Prize 2012: The Canadian finalists

Get to know the three Canadian books in the running for the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the richest literary awards in the world. ...

A Thousand Farewells: Nahlah Ayed on a life divided between Canada and the Middle East

First aired on Mansbridge One on One (04/08/12) Nahlah Ayed is familiar to many Canadians as one of CBC News' top correspondents, reporting from......

Why we can't talk about religion and politics at the dinner table

First aired on Q (17/04/12)As the U.S. presidential election continues to move into high gear, it's hard not to notice political pundits, advocates, and civil......

Nora Young's The Virtual Self

First aired on Homerun (12/04/12)For many people around the world, it can sometimes feel like we're living a double life -- one based in reality......

Escaping with literature

Deborah Feldman grew up in a extremely conservative orthodox Jewish sect. She wasn't allowed to read and hid her books under her bed. Literature opened a window to the rest of the world and gave her the courage to eventually turn her back on her community and begin a new life. She shares her story in a new memoir. ...

You are your connectome

A fascinating new book explores how the brain makes us who we are. Quirks & Quarks speaks to its author, Sebastian Seung....

Rolling up the rim on new publishing models

Would you buy a book before it's even written? East Coast author Leo McKay hopes so. He's abandoned the traditional publishing model and is funding his latest book through a public campaign. He explains why to Information Morning....

Literary spring cleaning

First aired on All in a Weekend (14/04/12)Over the next few weeks, many Canadian families will take part in that annual event that is spring......

Heather Reisman on The Sunday Edition

First aired on The Sunday Edition (15/4/12) Heather Reisman is arguably the most influential person in the Canadian publishing business. The founder and CEO and...... Read More »

Spring Collections: Paradoxides by Don McKay

April is National Poetry Month, and in the coming weeks, CBC Books will be celebrating the occasion with a Spring Collections special: each week, we'll......

Notes from the Blue Met: Reading in public

An audience enjoying a discussion during the 2011 Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal. (Image courtesy the Blue Metropolis Festival)From April 18-23, 2012, the Blue Metropolis......

Hana's Suitcase: 10 Years Later

First aired on The Sunday Edition (21/1/01) Hanna Brady 625 gob 16/v. 1931 Waisenkind These three lines written on a child-size suitcase were all......

Improving your body language

First aired on Morning North (05/04/12)Researchers have estimated that body language and nonverbal cues account for most of human communication. So why has it been......

Chan Koonchung on The Fat Years

Koonchung Chan's new novel, The Fat Years, was banned in China. But readers there can't stop talking about it and the sharp criticisms it levels at the country's Communist Party. Koonchung stopped by The Current to elaborate. ...

A history of peace

It's been said that history is written by the winners and also the warriors. But about the voices of peace? John Gittings examines the 'narrative of peace' in a new book....

Robert J. Sawyer pulls the trigger on his latest novel

  First aired on Fresh Air (7/4/12) What would happen if someone else had access to your memory? And you happened to be the President......

What were they reading? A time-travelling Titanic reading list

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The tragedy has resonated throughout the decades, inspiring novels, memoirs, films, a couple......

It's a question of taste for Edward Riche

The battle between high and low culture plays out in Edward Riche's bitingly funny new novel, Easy to Like. ...

CanLit Quiz: Poetry in motion

Test your knowledge of Canadian poetry for a chance to win a complete set of the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize nominees. ...

Let's talk about sex

First aired on Q (04/04/12)When media personality, author and sex expert Dr. Ruth began her groundbreaking radio show Sexually Speaking three decades ago, the general attitude toward......

The secret behind being able to 'just do it'

Why do some people seem to have more willpower than others? Author Kelly McGonigal has the answer, and explains why -- and how you can improve your own willpower -- in a new book....

Tracie McMillan on why conversations about food aren't just for foodies

Foodie culture is in the spotlight right now, but what about the huge number of people who can't afford to eat organic or farm-raised meat and produce? A new book explores the diet of the working poor.... Read More »

Can authors make a living just by writing?

Publishing expert and author Seth Godin says "yes," but they shouldn't expect to. Find out more about the changing nature of the publishing industry in his interview with Q....

Spring Collections: Rain; road; an open boat by Roo Borson

April is National Poetry Month, and in the coming weeks, CBC Books will be celebrating the occasion with a Spring Collections special: each week, we'll......

Kevin Chong on 'the sport of kings'

Vancouver author Kevin Chong was once a racehorse owner, and he chronicles this experience in his latest book, My Year of the Racehorse.... Read More »

On van Gogh, history, truth and certainty

A new book asks us to re-examine what we know about the iconic painter, history and the modern world. Its author, Modris Eksteins, speaks with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy. ...

The (quiet) power of the introvert

First aired on Tapestry (03/01/12)Embarking on a major book tour may not seem like the most comfortable way for an introvert to spend her time.But......

A Titanic reading list

April 12, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The tragedy has continued to resonate throughout the decades, inspiring novels,......

The second annual CBC Bookie Award winners

On March 8, 2012, we revealed the categories and the books contending in each for the second annual CBC Bookie Awards. We asked you to......

The cookbook club mimics Momofuku at home

First aired on In Town and Out (31/3/12) Celebrities and snobby foodies may trip over themselves in the rush to get through the doors of......

Reading Sarajevo with Carol Off

CBC's Carol Off has covered many international conflicts in her life, but few stories have drawn her in like the Bosnian War. To mark its 20th anniversary, she joined CBC Books to talk about some of the best books to understand what happened and why....

Sarajevo reading list

Here is the text-based list of books about Sarajevo and the Bosnian War recommended by CBC's Carol Off.   The Death of Yugoslavia (Laura Silber......

Math equations that changed the world

A new book by renowned mathematician Ian Stewart looks at 17 equations that changed the world, from Newton's law of gravity to Einstein's theory of relativity. He talks to The Current about why the stories behind these calculations are so important. ...

National Poetry Month at CBC Books

April is National Poetry Month, and CBC Books will be getting into the lyrical swing of things with a number of special features over......

Erotica e-books: Fifty shades of success

The runaway success of Fifty Shades of Grey has everyone talking about erotic e-books. But they've been around -- and are far more successful -- than you may think, as Day 6 discovered. ... Read More »

Spring Collections: Echo Gods and Silent Mountains by Patrick Woodcock

April is National Poetry Month, and in the coming weeks, CBC Books will be celebrating the occasion with a Spring Collections special: each week, we'll......

Harlan Coben: the king of thrilling page-turners

The bestselling author talks to George Stroumboulopoulos about writing two books a year, making movies with Ben Affleck and having fans like former U.S. president Bill Clinton....

Saving students from student debt

First aired on Calgary Eyeopener (26/03/12)Education is expensive. Just ask your average Canadian post-secondary student these days. In the mid-1990s, fewer than half of young......