May 2012

Asian Heritage Month: The reading list

Throughout May, CBC Books has been highlighting great works of Asian-Canadian literature as part of Asian Heritage Month. CBC producer and Asian-Canadian history enthusiast Adrian......

Temple Grandin on why having autism makes her different, not less

Best-selling author and professor Temple Grandin wants kids with autism to get jobs, build careers and live fulfilling lives. She explains why and shares 14 success stories in her new book....

Terry O'Reilly's annual reading list

First aired on Under the Influence (26/5/12) Terry O'Reilly loves books. He is always reading, and will have up to five titles on the......

Poetry of the Taliban

First aired on Day 6 (26/05/12)"Gun in my hand and a dagger under my arm, I'm going to battle. I am an Afghan mujahid." --......

Calvin Trillin on Strombo

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Richard Ford's Canada

The acclaimed American author's latest novel is named after and is largely set in Canada. Stephen Quinn finds out what attracted Richard Ford to the Great White North. ...

The Mohawk edition of Love You Forever

Robert Munsch shares the Mohawk interpretation of his beloved classic Love You Forever and discusses his experiences visiting aboriginal communities over the course of his career. The author has offered aboriginal communities across Canada free rights to his work....

A debate on 'hopefully'

When the Associated Press's new 2012 Stylebook comes out today the word "hopefully" (as in "it is hoped") will be included for the first time. But is this a step forward or back for the English language? Q debates....

Peter Hobbs on The Sunday Edition

First aired on The Sunday Edition (27/05/12)British writer Peter Hobbs is neither a criminal nor an expert on crime, but in a way, he has......

Camping etiquette

Canoe and wilderness expert Kevin Callan, author of The Happy Camper, offers etiquette tips for the great outdoors.... Read More »

Stephen Merchant on Q

First aired on Q (22/05/12)Stephen Merchant is one of England's most recognizable comic talents for two main reasons. First, he's the writing partner of star......

Russell Banks on Lost Memory of Skin

The New York Times called him 'the most compassionate fiction writer working today.' Known for writing about men on the margins of society, the celebrated author is back with a new novel that's sure to get under your skin....

Asian Heritage Month: South Asian-Canadian literature

Throughout May, CBC Books will be highlighting great works of Asian-Canadian literature as part of Asian Heritage Month. CBC producer and Asian-Canadian history enthusiast Adrian......

Meet the Alberta Readers' Choice nominees

The Alberta Readers' Choice Award is back for 2012, as once again five books will compete for your vote as the best Alberta book of......

Jennifer Egan's Black Box, one Tweet at a time

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What makes your book club the best? Let us know for a chance to win

UPDATE: This contest is now closed!Congratulations to Doris, who had the following to say about her book club: "I love my book club because......

Talking about war

The public conversation around war has always been complex and thorny. How does Canada's military approach differ from that of other countries? Are we a society of peacekeepers or warriors? These are some of the questions that Noah Richler explores in his new book What We Talk About When We Talk About War....

Whodunit? A CanLit Murder Mystery Contest

In honour of this mysterious month of May, CBC Books mashed up some CanLit characters and presents a little murder mystery of our own.......

Born to Grill: Rob Rainford shares BBQ tips

The chef and cooking show host talks to Fresh Air about his new cookbook....

Rick Moody on finding the pleasures in prog rock

First aired on Day 6 (19/5/12) Guilty pleasures. We all have them. Maybe it's a mindless television show you watch to unwind. Maybe it's a......

Tracing Jack Dalton's trail to history, glory and gold

In his new book, author and historian Michael Gates explores Dalton's life and the history of the Klondike Gold Rush. ...

A tale of two Nazanins

When Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a former beauty queen, heard about another Nazanin imprisoned in Iran, she decided to help. This decision kick-started a remarkable journey for both Nazanins and inspired Afshin-Jam's campaign to stop child executions. She chronicles it all in a new memoir. The Current has more.... Read More »

What's Christa Couture reading?

The Vancouver-based singer/songwriter talks about reading the Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables for the first time....

Guitar hero

First aired on The Current (18/05/12)When Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter Dave Carroll posted his catchy music video slam against United Airlines on YouTube in 2008,......

A shot of whisky history

First aired on All in a Day (15/05/12)In the Mad Men universe, the characters at the ad firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce don't know much......

Franklin the Turtle honoured with Canadian postage stamp

First aired on Calgary Eyeopener (17/15/12) Twenty-six years since the release of the first book by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, Franklin the Turtle......

Jeff Rubin on the end of global economic growth

According to Jeff Rubin, as the price of oil goes up, the economy slows down, and this is a trend with no end in sight. However, he doesn't see the end of economic growth as a bad thing. He explains why to As It Happens....

David Frum's novel approach to American politics

In David Frum's Patriots, the American political system is in trouble. Although the book is fiction, Frum argues that it's not far from reality. He explains why to Power & Politics host Evan Solomon....

Asian Heritage Month: Family ties

Throughout May, CBC Books will be highlighting great works of Asian-Canadian literature as part of Asian Heritage Month. CBC producer and Asian-Canadian history enthusiast Adrian......

CBC Books summer starter reading list

Ah, summer. The time of year to kick back in the backyard or on a beach and relax with a good book. But what......

What you should say to your kids

First aired on The Morning Edition (11/05/12)Kids say the darndest things. But maybe parents should pay a little more attention to what they're saying to......

Want to invest in Facebook? Here's what you need to know

Nancy Miller, author of the e-book The Facebook IPO Primer and investor adviser David Andrews sit down with Anna Maria Tremonti discuss what will happen on Friday when Facebook goes public. ...

Toni Morrison brings readers Home

First aired on Writers & Company (13/5/12) Toni Morrison is one of the most celebrated American writers alive today. A recipient of the Nobel......

The agnostic bishop

First aired on The Sunday Edition (12/05/12)When Richard Holloway was a young man, he fell in love with the Anglican Church. The Scottish-born self-described "romantic"......

The problem with modern motherhood

French writer Elisabeth Badinter has written a controversial new book about modern motherhood. It in she argues that parenting methods like attachment parenting undermine women. She explains why to Day 6....

The end of awesome

First aired on DNTO (12/05/12)Every journey has an end, no matter how awesome it's been.For the past four years, blogger Neil Pasricha has been documenting......

Vincent Lam on The Headmaster's Wager

The Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author is back after six long years. After focusing on medical students in Toronto, he's now writing about a headmaster in Saigon in his debut novel. It's his most personal work yet, and Lam explains why to Shelagh Rogers....

Obama's gay marriage statement

First aired on Day 6 (11/05/12)Since U.S. President Barack Obama announced his personal support for same sex marriage last week, which made him the first......

Is homework harmful for kids?

First aired on The Homestretch (08/05/12)Children's education has been a hot topic in North America in recent years, as several studies have suggested that kids......

C U l8r: Anne Trubek makes a kase 4 pour spelling

Thanks to technology, we often see "cuz" instead of "because" and "l8r" instead of "later." Purists are appalled at how this corrupts our basic standards of composition. But Anne Trubek thinks we should just relax. She explains why to Day 6....

10 unexpected book ideas for Mother's Day

If you happen to be shopping for a Mother's Day gift today, you might find yourself at a big book store, leafing through the......

Eleanor Wachtel recommends

Every year, CBC Calgary teams up with Calgary Reads, a local literary advocacy group, to organize a giant used book sale. The proceeds from......

35 Shades of New Moon by J.K. Bowling

First aired on Day 6 (03/05/12)Have you ever read 35 Shades of Grey? Or Twilight New Moon? Or how about Fast and Slow Thinking? Or......

Asian Heritage Month: Starting points

Throughout May, CBC Books will be highlighting great works of Asian-Canadian literature as part of Asian Heritage Month. CBC producer and Asian-Canadian history enthusiast Adrian......

Breaking the mama's boy myth

First aired on Q (08/05/12)The mother-son relationship has never been particularly celebrated in our society. When a father takes his son fishing or to watch......

Why commencement speeches should be realistic, not idealistic

The author and former speechwriter thinks today's graduation speeches need to change. They need to get ugly. He explains why to Jian Ghomeshi....

John Irving on In One Person

First aired on As It Happens (5/5/12) John Irving is undoubtedly one of America's pre-eminent living novelists. He has made a career out of......

The healthiest man in the world

First aired on Q (07/05/12) and on George Strombolopolous Tonight (08/05/12)Essayist and bestselling author A.J. Jacobs' life has been a series of experiments in......

After Atheism: Ideas explores new perspectives on God and religion

First aired on Ideas (30/4/12-5/5/12) Public discussion of religion tends to be extremely polarized, split between religious fundamentalism and the aggressive atheism of such......

The psychology of superheroes

Robin Rosenberg has written and edited several books about superheroes and psychology. She stopped by Day 6 to talk about what we can learn from The Avengers about human psychology....

Readers mourn the loss of Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, author of the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, passed away on Tuesday, May 8 at the age of 83. The......

Jan Wong's Out of the Blue

First aired on The Sunday Edition (06/05/12)Journalist and author Jan Wong has had a thick skin throughout her career. After all, when you've worked as......

Is the truth out there?

Back in 2005, writer John D'Agata submitted an article about a Las Vegas teenager's suicide to The Believer magazine. An intern named Jim Fingal was......

The passionate Picasso

First aired on The Current (04/05/12)To be a lover and a muse of Pablo Picasso must have been an exciting yet terrifying experience.After all, Picasso......

How robots can teach us about animal evolution

Dr. John Long build robots to better understand the natural world. He explains how in his new book, Darwin's Devices and spoke with Quirks & Quarks about why these mechanical creatures are so important to the future of biology....

Bin Laden's last days

First aired on The Current (01/05/12)For the past decade, perhaps no man in the world had a bigger target on his back than al-Qaeda leader......

Carmen Aguirre is something fierce

The Canada Reads-winning author stops by George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight to discuss her years as a member of the Chilean resistance movement, her memoir and being called a terrorist....

Richard Wagamese on hockey, residential schools and our national identity

In his latest novel, Richard Wagamese explores two strikingly different elements of the Canadian identity: the bright light of our national sport and the dark shadow of the history of residental schools. NXNW has more. ...

Asian Heritage Month: Connecting with the past through books

Throughout May, CBC Books will be highlighting great works of Asian-Canadian literature as part of Asian Heritage Month. CBC producer and Asian-Canadian history enthusiast Adrian......

May #CanLit Chat Replay: Canadian comics and graphic novels

We hosted the May #CanLit chat on Thursday, May 2, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The theme was "Canadian comics and graphic novels."Plenty......

Linden MacIntyre recommends

The CBC journalist and award-winning author shares some books that first inspired him to write and publish....

Obama and America's racial divide

U.S. President Barack Obama has largely avoided addressing racial issues during his presidency, according to legal scholar and author Randall Kennedy. (Photo: Associated Press)First aired......

CanLit Quiz: Canadian comics

How much do you know about Canadian comics? Test your knowledge with the CBC Books quiz for a chance to win! ...

Winners of our National Poetry Month contests

In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, CBC Books held two contests. One was linked to our monthly CanLit quiz, which this time......

Man's best reading buddy

First aired on Points North (30/04/12)The public library in Sudbury, Ontario, has teamed up with a therapy dog group to give some kids a chance......

Chef April Bloomfield on A Girl and Her Pig

First aired on Q (27/04/12)When it comes to cuisine, England's reputation has historically been less than sterling. In fact, traditional English food, often stereotyped as......

Is society against children?

First aired on The Sunday Edition (29/04/12)We're all familiar with the axiom that children are the future. And it stands to reason that, as they......

Is there a case for gender-neutral pronouns?

Sweden recently introduced a gender-neutral pronoun into its national dictionary: "hen" to go alongside "hon" (she) and "han" (he). But what does this mean for the future of the language, and for gender equality in Sweden? Q debates this topic....