July 2012

Church and state

Bill Blaikie, former Manitoba MP and a United Church minister, has written a book about faith and politics. (File photo/Canadian Press)First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos......

From the archives: Maeve Binchy in conversation with Peter Gzowski

Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland's most popular writers, passed away on Tuesday July 31, 2012 (Myung Jung Kim/Associated Press)   Popular Irish writer Maeve......

Rower Jason Dorland on what it takes to overcome losing big

Canadian men's eight rowers collapse following a last-place finish in the Olympic finals in Seoul, Korea, Sept. 25, 1988. Jason Dorland is third from...... Read More »

Yann Martel on the Life of Pi trailer

First aired on The Afternoon Edition (26/7/12) The trailer for Ang Lee's adaptation of Life of Pi -- the story of a young boy who...... Read More »

The Sunday Edition beach reads: Nature

First aired on The Sunday Edition (29/07/12)This week's Sunday Edition beach read brings us back in touch with nature. Harry Thurston is a poet, naturalist,......

Daniel H. Wilson on bionic technology

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa, shown here in the men's T42/43/44 200m during day one of the BT Paralympic World Cup in May (Michael......

From the Writers & Company Archives: Peter Carey

This summer, the Writers & Company weekly podcast will feature some of the best shows from the show's archives. We hope you'll enjoy this......

The 'scary' reality of retirement

A new CIBC poll suggests that more than half of retired Canadians still carry debt, a statistic that personal finance expert Gordon Pape calls "pretty scary."...

Why Wal-Marts become libraries (and courts and civic centres)

A photo of the children's wing of the award-winning library in McAllen, Texas, that used to be a Wal-Mart. See the entire photo gallery...... Read More »

Shelagh's Summer Specials: Joel Yanofsky

Shelagh Rogers interviewed many fabulous authors this past season on The Next Chapter. Every now and then, she would have a conversation so compelling,......

Anne Rice on the resurgence of erotica

Anne Rice is a prolific author best known for being the queen of vampire fiction, due to her legendary Lestat novels. But in the 1980s,......

Lessons from Columbine

Two people in Aurora, Colorado, comfort each other following a mass shooting at a movie theatre last week (Barry Gutierrez/Associated Press)First aired on As It......

A slice of Life of Pi

It was a film adaptation that some readers thought couldn't be made, but director Ang Lee's interpretation of Canadian novelist Yann Martel's critically acclaimed Life......

CBC Books presents the Summer Sports Showdown

What are your favourite summer sports reads? Cast your vote in 10 different events for a chance to win great prizes....

The ever-evolving English language

First aired on Babel (23/7/12) Creative new words are popping up daily on the internet, in boardrooms and in classrooms. A recent study by Harvard......

In the shadow of Melville

The great-great-great granddaughter of Moby-Dick author Herman Melville has published her first novel.Former journalist Liza Klaussmann, 36, said she doesn't feel burdened by the legacy......

Political sex scandals

First aired on Day 6 (20/07/12)Former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned last year after a sexting scandal drew international media attention, was back in......

The Sunday Edition beach reads: Canadian YA

Few genres have experienced the growth in the past 15 years like young adult fiction has, thanks to commercially successful series like Harry Potter, Twilight......

Where have all the big ideas gone?

Pulitzer-nominated writer Nicholas Carr says small-scale innovation may be thriving (think Instagram), but not big ones (like the light bulb.) And he thinks he knows why. ...

Andrew Pyper on creating fear

How do horror writers tap into the darkness necessary to scare readers? Christy Conlin, host of the CBC Radio summer show Fear Itself, sat down with novelist Andrew Pyper to find out....

From the Writers & Company Archives: Joan Didion

This summer, the Writers & Company weekly podcast will feature some of the best shows from the show's archives. We hope you'll enjoy this......

Read the classics this summer

If you're looking for a literary challenge with a twist this summer, why not give the classics you never read in school a try? That's......

Hollywood's 'open secret' shares his therapy methods

'Therapist to the stars' Barry Michels reveals the keys to his solution-oriented approach to therapy in a new book, The Tools....

Shelagh's Summer Specials: Antanas Sileika

Shelagh Rogers interviewed many fabulous authors this past season on The Next Chapter. Every now and then, she would have a conversation so compelling,......

Is Germany ready for the return of Mein Kampf?

First aired on Q (18/07/12)For the first time in decades, Hitler's controversial autobiography Mein Kampf ("My Battle" in English) will be published in Germany.A nationwide......

Chris Colfer gleeful over new novel

Glee star Chris Colfer has made many childhood dreams come true in recent years, but this week he achieved another with the publication of his......

Andy Cohen talks about his life behind the scenes of reality TV shows

First aired on Q (16/07/12) Whether you look at this past decade's obsession with reality television as a guilty pleasure, a pure delight or......

Dinah Fried's Fictitious Dishes

Can you capture the essence of a story in a single photograph? What about in a meal? Designer Dinah Fried has tried to achieve both......

Is one really such a lonely number?

First aired on Q (13/07/12) Mainstream popular culture isn't always kind to singles: after all, when was the last time you saw a movie......

Amazon.ca's best books of 2012 so far

Tanis Rideout's Above All Things is the best book of 2012 thus far, according to editors at Amazon.ca. The fictionalized account of George Mallory's ill-fated......

Books about Batman

To mark the highly anticipated release of The Dark Knight Rises, we're highlighting four non-fiction books that offer unique historical, scientific and psychological examinations of the iconic hero. ...

Christopher Plummer's embarrassment of literary riches

First aired on Q (11/07/12) Christopher Plummer needs no introduction: he's one of Canada's national treasures as a star of both stage and screen.......

Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The science behind performance-enhancing drugs

First aired on Quirks & Quarks (23/06/12) The Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in London are around the corner. Athletes from around the world......

Game of Thrones Season 2 quiz

This week, fans of HBO's Game of Thrones TV adaptation learned about some of the new cast members joining the sword-swinging, back-stabbing gang in Westeros......

The Sunday Edition: True heroes

The Sunday Edition, as part of its continuing Beach Reads series, highlighted a book that focuses on the extraordinary life of Gino Bartali, the Italian cyclist who defied fascist authorities during the Second World War to help Jewish people....

A book for social change

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Ideas: Northrop Frye turns 100

Canadian writer, teacher and literary critic Northrop Frye would have turned 100 this weekend. He died more than 20 years ago but is still a......

From the Writers & Company archives: Carol Shields

This summer, the Writers & Company weekly podcast will feature some of the best shows from the show's archives. We hope you'll enjoy this......

50 years of The Rolling Stones through books

To mark the iconic band's half-century of rock n' roll, we've highlighted five satisfying books that truly capture the music and the madness....

Are Magic Mike and 50 Shades of Grey signs of an onslaught of unabashed female sexuality?

First aired on Q (06/07/12)Recent blockbuster smash Magic Mike was based on lead actor Channing Tatum's early career as a stripper, and is being......

Shelagh's Summer Specials: Patrick Lane

Shelagh Rogers interviewed many fabulous authors this past season on The Next Chapter. Every now and then, she would have a conversation so compelling,......

Twitter, texting and leet speak: What it all means for the future of communication

Netlingo.com founder Erin Jansen says that hacker culture, gaming culture and online culture are changing the way we communicate and the way we spell -- and that this is a good thing. She explains why to Babel. ...

Malcolm Gladwell's book about underdogs

In his next book, Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell will explore the eternal battle between underdogs and front-runners.Little Brown and Company announced this week that Gladwell's......

How should it end? Make up an alternate ending for your favourite book

Hemingway died in 1961 at age 61 (Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)On Monday, CBC news reported that publishing house Simon & Schuster will be publishing......

NXNW looks at The Artist and silent films

First aired on North by Northwest (30/06/12) Vancouver-based writer Edward Phillips is a movie buff who's a particular fan of the classics. He sat......

Book reviews: Do they make a difference to you?

First aired on As It Happens (06/07/2012)It must be a nerve-wracking experience for an author to open up a copy of the New York Times......

Happy birthday, Alice Munro!

Beloved Canadian writer and renowned short story author Alice Munro is 81 today. As you might expect, she's been interviewed by a wide variety......

Author and canine expert Stanley Coren on dogs and food

Some people spend wads of cash to pamper their pooches with gourmet meals. Do dogs taste the difference? Author Stanley Coren sheds some light on how doggy taste buds work. ...

Joe Sacco's comics journalism

First aired on Day 6 (30/6/12) Joe Sacco is a comics journalist extraordinaire. He's won a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Eisner Award, an American Book......

The Sunday Edition goes to the beach: Science fiction

In the second instalment of The Sunday Edition Goes to the Beach, Scott Fotheringham drops by to talk to guest host Alison Smith about his......

Hunting your own dinner

For most of her life, journalist Lily Raff McCaulou was against hunting. But when she moved to rural Oregon she immersed herself in her new community, and that involved killing animals for food....

From the Writers & Company archives: Oliver Sacks

This summer, the Writers & Company weekly podcast will feature some of the best shows from the show's archives. We hope you'll enjoy this......

CBC Books presents a reading of Something Fierce

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre was the Canada Reads 2012 winner. CBC Books is proud to present an abridged reading...... Read More »

'Twitter mom' Kelly Oxford on her move to Hollywood

First aired on Daybreak Alberta (30/6/12) Social media made Kelly Oxford a star. Now she's busy trying to make a name for herself as......

July #canlit chat replay: Summer reading

We hosted the July #CanLit chat on Thursday, July 5, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The theme was "Reading in the summer." Plenty......

Shelagh's Summer Specials: David Gilmour

Each week this summer, we revisit Shelagh Rogers' best interviews. First up: David Gilmour, author of The Perfect Order of Things....

Cycle chic

First aired on The Eyeopener (07/03/12)When it comes to commuting in Canadian cities, cars remain king, but Calgary's Mikael Colville-Andersen hopes to someday see the......

Books for boys

First aired on Fresh Air (06/30/2012)Summer's here and with the kids out of school, the playgrounds and sports fields must be full of young boys......

The cover of J.K. Rowling's new book

Publisher Little, Brown and Company released the cover of J.K. Rowling's first post-Harry Potter book The Casual Vacancy this week....

Reimagining the parking lot

First aired on Spark (06/22/12)Parking lots have never had a particularly good reputation in North America, even before Joni Mitchell sang about people who "paved......

The self-plagiarism scandal

Can a writer plagiarize his own words? That's the question raised by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and bestselling author Jonah Lehrer, both suffering through revelations that they recycled material. Day 6 looks into what happened and why it matters. ...

The Sunday Edition goes to the beach: Mystery books

The Sunday Edition kicks off its beach reads series with a look at crime fiction! Four of Canada's most exciting new mystery writers -- Robin......

The story of the Canadian Women's Press Club

Author Linda Kay tells the story of the influential group in her new book, The Sweet Sixteen. ...

CanLit Quiz: Delicious Lit

Readers can easily feast on all the delicious offerings Canadian literature has to offer. So we decided to test your knowledge about this meaty fare,......

The Cookbook Club reviews Thai Street Food

First aired on In Town and Out (06/30/12)The sweet, sour, spicy, savoury food of Thailand is the focus of this month's In Town and Out......

Jodi Picoult and her daughter's YA fairy tale with a twist

The bestselling novelist teamed up with her daughter Samantha to pen a young adult story. Find out more about this combo's collaboration....