June 2012

10 Canadian Writers to Watch: The 2012 Edition

Last year, CBC Books celebrated Canada Day by looking at the future of Canadian literature and highlighting Canadian writers to watch. This year, to celebrate......

Canada Day giveaway: What books make you proud to be Canadian?

As a teenager, author Colin Flaherty hitchhiked around the U.S. during the 1960s and 1970s. Thirty-five years later, he decided to do it again. He wrote about this journey in his book, Redwood to Deadwood: Hitchhiking America Today....

Jay Ingram on proteins, prions and Mad Cow Disease

In the late 1980s, a new disease emerged in British cattle, a strange syndrome called Mad Cow Disease. To control the epidemic, millions of cows were slaughtered. But even more terrifyingly, it became clear in the 1990s that this new disease could be communicated to humans as well. ...

Hitchin' a ride

When Colin Flaherty was 17, he hitchhiked around America. It was one of the most memorable experiences of his life. He decided to do it again 35 years later. He wrote about this journey in a new book....

Brazilian prisoners to trim sentences through reading

Authorities in Brazil are pursuing a novel way to help rehabilitate criminals: shorter sentences for reading books. Find out more....

The super athlete

First aired on Ontario Morning (26/06/12)The world-class athletes competing in the London Olympics have spent years training, pushing and punishing themselves to the point of......

Kate Bornstein's former life in Scientology

First aired on Day 6 (22/06/12)Kate Bornstein is a transsexual writer, performance artist and outspoken activist. But that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface......

Sunday Edition Beach Reads contest

Is there a book that beautifully describes what life is like in your part of the country? Or have you read a story about the Canadian spirit at its best? Let us know for a chance to win a great Canada Day-themed prize pack....

Nora Ephron dies at 71

Screenwriter, author and filmmaker Nora Ephron died of leukemia Tuesday night in New York.She wrote and directed a number of popular films including Julie &......

Peter Behrens' family saga continues

First aired on The Sunday Edition (24/06/12)Peter Behrens' follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut novel The Law of Dreams picks up the original story of......

Richard Russo's new 'book book'

Novelist Richard Russo poses with his newest book, Interventions, at his home in Camden, Maine last week (The Associated Press)Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo pays......

The book of breasts

First aired on The Current (22/06/12)Thanks to modern advertising, movies and television shows, we spend a lot of time looking at breasts in our society.......

Books about language from Babel

Babel is CBC's new radio program about the evolution of English in Canada. The team asked guests to recommend books about language. Check out their reading suggestions!...

Finding freedom in Canada

Kamal (far right), his father and siblings celebrate Eid, the Muslim feast, with ice cream and soda in Cairo in 1972 First aired on......

Fran Lebowitz on what's wrong with American manners

The bestselling author and humorist talks to Q about sidewalk hogs, flip-flops and eating in public....

Author superband Rock Bottom Remainders calls it quits

And another band bites the dust.Author supergroup the Rock Bottom Remainders, which includes Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Mitch Albion and other big-name......

Elie Wiesel vs. Hungary

First aired on As It Happens (19/06/12) Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel has renounced a state award from Hungary because he believes the country's officials......

Can craftsmanship survive in the age of mass production?

First aired on Spark (15/06/12)We live in a time when many of the products we buy are mass-produced in factories, often located overseas. Many of......

Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu wins major German literary prize

Liao Yiwu, the outspoken Chinese dissident and writer, has won a top German literary prize.The German book publishers' association named Liao Thursday as the winner......

The rare genius of Ralph Waldo Ellison

First aired on the Sunday Edition (17/06/12)Few American novelists have had the kind of cultural and social impact that Ralph Waldo Ellison has. When the......

Reading Rainbow: Take a look, it's on an iPad

LeVar Burton launched the digital app version of the beloved long-running children's show Reading Rainbow this week. What will be the digital experience be like?...

Food from the Middle Ages

First aired on As It Happens (12/06/12)When thousands of the world's greatest athletes arrive in London for the Summer Olympic Games, they'll get a taste......

Illuminating Luminato: 10 days of literature

Eleanor Wachtel (right) interviews Irvine Welsh (left) during the Luminato 2012 festival. Luminato is a multidisciplinary arts festival held in Toronto in June. This......

Zoobiquity: What human medicine can learn from veterinary medicine

First aired on The Current (15/6/12) It's an old joke in the veterinary community: What do you call a vet who treats only one......

Hold Fast the movie

Douglas Sullivan (right), 12, and Avery Ash, 14, are shown on the set of Hold Fast in Bauline, N.L. (Paul Daly/Canadian Press)The classic children's book......

Irvine Welsh's Skagboys

First aired on Writers & Company (18/06/12)It's been nearly 20 years since Scottish writer Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting became an international literary sensation, spawning stage......

The 1980 Olympic boycott revisited

A new book explores what led to a boycott of the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, and the devastating effect on the athletes involved. Calgary Eyeopener has more....

Cures for Hunger: Deni Bechard and his outlaw dad

First aired on Q (14/06/12)Like a lot of kids, when writer Deni Béchard was growing up in rural B.C., he looked up to his late......

This month's cookbook club keeps it simple

Or tried to, at least. The In Town and Out cookbook club tackled The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, only to discover that the book wasn't so simple at all....

Eight great gifts for Father's Day

If you're shopping for Father's Day, you might be thinking about getting your dad a really nice tie. Or some cufflinks. Or, if you......

Declare a literary holiday!

Five women walk along Sandycove in period dress in Dublin, Ireland, during Bloomsday 2004 (John Cogill/Associated Press)Each Saturday, June 16, fans of Irish writer James......

Story-time for dogs

First aired on The Afternoon Edition (11/06/12)Back in May, we heard about a literacy program in Sudbury, Ont., that got children to read to volunteer......

Illuminating Luminato: Eating, encamping and avant garde

Adam Gopnik (left) and Calvin Trillin (right) on-stage during Luminato 2012. Luminato is a multidisciplinary arts festival held in Toronto in June. This annual......

What's Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker reading?

The Hey Rosetta! frontman shares what he's reading with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers....

Should kids learn computer science? Author Carlos Bueno says yes

Is learning computer programming language as essential as learning to read or write? Carlos Bueno believes it is, and he's written a children's book that teaches kids to code....

Dan Rather's outspoken memoir

First aired on The Current (11/06/12)In six decades as a journalist, American newsman Dan Rather has carved out a storied, highly decorated career that......

Seamus Heaney discusses his lifetime achievement award

The renowned Irish poet sat down with As It Happens to discuss his Griffin Trust for Excellent in Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award. ...

Visiting the world's most polluted places

Writer Andrew Blackwell had some rather unconventional holidays recently. He's toured Chernobyl, the most polluted city in India, and the oil sands in Alberta, to find out more about what it's like to live in these places....

Reading local with 49th Shelf

First aired on Homestretch (08/06/12)We've all heard of eating local and the 100-mile diet, but can reading local be good for you too? The people......

Adapting Cosmopolis

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Malcolm Gladwell's Jamaican roots

First aired on Writers & Company (04/06/12)Writer Malcolm Gladwell has sold millions of copies of his books and is arguably one of the most......

Would you watch an Anne of Green Gables update?

On Monday, June 11, it was announced that an update the writer's classic Anne of Green Gables story was in the works. Would you watch a modern-day adaptation of the L.M. Montgomery classic?...

An unlikely friendship: The War of 1812 examined

Historian James Laxer discusses his latest book, about the alliance of Tecumseh and Brock, with CBC Books....

Katrina Onstad on her novel Everybody Has Everything

First aired on Metro Morning (7/6/12) Imagine for a moment that you're in your early 40s, with a promising career, comfortably enjoying urban life......

Illuminating Luminato: Writing North America

The Pulse Front installation at Toronto's Harbourfront by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from the first ever Luminato Festival (Bahman A-Mahmoodi) Luminato is a multidisciplinary arts festival......

How 'natural' is your orange juice?

First aired on Eyeopener (01/08/12)Many of us like to start our day with a tall, cool glass of orange juice. After all, it's full of......

Marvel writer Marjorie Liu on scripting a gay Canadian X-Man's wedding

First aired on Q (06/06/12) Cartoon characters have been coming out of the closet lately, with an openly gay character named Kevin Keller featured......

Rock biographer Stephen Davis on his life behind the scenes with the stars

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (04/05/12) Roman-style orgies. Dwarves carrying bowls of cocaine. Whether those details are exactly accurate or not, one thing's for......

June #CanLit Chat Replay: The future of libraries

We hosted the June #CanLit chat on Thursday, June 7, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The theme was "The future of libraries and......

CanLit Quiz: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

It's National Zoo and Aquariums Month! What better time to test your knowledge about animals in Canadian literature? Take our quiz below to find......

Watch: The Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

Join us at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 6, to watch the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings and the announcement of the Griffin Trust Lifetime Recognition Award recipient....

Ray Bradbury dies at 91

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury is shown Dec. 8, 1966.. (Associated Press) Ray Bradbury, the legendary author of speculative and dystopian fiction including the novel......

What's Corb Lund reading?

The acclaimed country singer reveals why he loves Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Tr4ail '72....

Lynn Crosbie looks back

First aired on The Next Chapter (5/4/12) Lynn Crosbie can elicit strong reactions from her readers, whether she's writing poetry. fiction or her regular......

Backseat whiners: Curtis Gillespie on the formative value of the family vacation

First aired on The Current (01/04/12)Travel delays, puking children, piercing headaches, whines and squabbles, lost luggage -- just a few of the reasons you......

Mark Anderson on the day the world discovered the sun

Later today, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, an astronomical event called the Transit of Venus. In 1769, this event helped create new navigational methods and allowed us to determine, for the first time, how far Earth was from the sun. Quirks & Quarks has more. ...

Augusten Burroughs on Q

First aired on Q (30/05/12)Anyone familiar with author Augusten Burroughs, whether from his personal essays or the movie Running with Scissors, which was based on his......

What we need to do before the lights go out

Virtually every aspect of our life depends on the modern energy system, which is largely built on fossil fuels. But it's only a matter of time before that system fails us. Maggie Koerth-Baker, the science editor of Boing Boing, looks at why this happened and what the future of energy looks like in a new book.... Read More »

Peggy Blair on The Beggar's Opera

CanLit has a new detective and he's Cuban. Inspector Ricardo Ramirez is the head of the Major Crimes Unit in Havana, Cuba. Shelagh Rogers talks to author Peggy Blair about her main character and her new mystery novel....

Q Debates: Is this the end of libraries as we know them?

The New York Public Library has planned a $300 million renovation that will see more public space and fewer books inside their doors. But are changes like this helping or hurting libraries?...

Was Dominique Strauss-Kahn the victim of a conspiracy?

American journalist and author Edward Jay Epstein investigates the infamous case of the IMF director's sexual assault charge in his new book, Three Days in May: Sex, Surveillance and DSK. ...

A reading list fit for a Queen

June 2, 2012, marks Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. The Next Chapter asked royal enthusiast Sheila O'Brien to recommend books to commemorate this royal occasion....

The high stakes of Wall Street

First aired on The Current (28/05/12)Movies about high-stakes finance like Wall Street and Margin Call make the trading floor look like an adrenaline-fuelled battle zone.......