September 2012

Listen to The Next Chapter's award-winning Northwords episode

The Queen of CanLit closes out Canada Writes's first year of Q&As. ...

Hugh McGuire on the future of reading

First aired on Spark (22/09/12) A book is not like a web page. You can't zoom in on a picture by swiping your fingers......

Salman Rushdie on his memoir of living under threat of assassination

First aired on As It Happens (19/09/12) From 1989 until 1998, the name "Joseph Anton" was known only to Britain's secret police, a few......

America, but Better: What Canada can teach the American electorate

First aired on The Current (09/18/12) The Canada Party is the creation of Brian Calvert, a Canadian writer and filmmaker, and American Chris Cannon, a......

The fuel of the future?

Could thorium-based nuclear energy be the key to powering a safer, greener future? Writer Richard Martin explores its potential in his book SuperFuel.... Read More »

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize shortlist announcement

CBC Books's Erin Balser will be live tweeting from the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize shortlist announcement in Toronto. Find out which nonfiction authors will......

C.S. Richardson's love letter to Paris

  First aired on The Sunday Edition (16/9/12) C.S. Richardson's The Emperor of Paris is a story told in reverse. The setting is Paris...... Read More »

Rick Mercer gets his rant on

Comedian and CBC television host Rick Mercer has compiled some of his best trademark rants from the show's recent seasons in a new book, A Nation Worth Ranting About....

Robert Harris's Glenn Gould reading list

Glenn Gould, the legendary pianist whose likeness sits on a bench outside the CBC's Toronto headquarters, would have been 80 years old next week, and......

The art of the 'humblebrag'

First aired on DNTO (15/9/12) "Just filed my taxes. Biggie was right, mo' money mo' problems." "I hate buying new clothes when I have...... Read More »

Salman Rushdie and Deepa Mehta on Midnight's Children

Director Deepa Mehta and author Salman Rushdie arrive together at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Associated Press) First aired on Q (12/9/12)One of the most...... Read More »

Dragons' Den book pitches

[View the story "Dragons' Den Day Twitter Contest" on Storify] And congratulations to Twitter user hojobi! She was selected in the draw to receive the......

'I thought everyone had their own little voices': Neuroscientist Erin Hawkes on her battle with schizophrenia

First aired on North by Northwest (08/09/12) Erin Hawkes started hearing voices and music when she was a small child, voices that eventually turned nasty......

Cheryl Strayed on going Wild

    First aired on Q (13/9/12) This has been a banner year for Cheryl Strayed. She's now an accomplished writer, popular advice columnist and...... Read More »

America's first Muslim superhero

The newest Green Lantern is Simon Baz, a Muslim-American. Will this superhero help combat stereotypes? Media critic and author Jack Shaheen weighs in....

The life and legacy of Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring 50 years ago, but it remains one of the most influential environmental texts ever written. A new biography looks at why. ...

Film adaptations at TIFF 2012

Book lovers have plenty to be excited about in the world of cinema this coming year as numerous classics are being adapted for the silver screen. Here's a preview of some of the most highly anticipated film adaptations making their North American debuts at this year's Toronto International Film Festival....

The end of men?

First aired on Day 6 (06/09/12)In 1966, James Brown released the hit song It's a Man's Man's Man's World, in which the soul legend......

Anita Stewart on the history of Canadian cuisine

Anita Stewart is one of Canada's best-known food writers. She's the founder of Food Day, is a member of the Order of Canada and......

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

Today is Roald Dahl's 96th birthday. To celebrate, the CBC Books team took a nostalgic trip down memory lane to bring you a slideshow of......

Eleanor Wachtel at TIFF

Actor Tom Hanks, one of the stars of the new Cloud Atlas adaptation, signs autographs at the Toronto International Film Festival (Evan Agostini/Inivsion/Associated Press)With this......

Can't buy me love or morality

First aired on The Current (10/09/12) Economists refer to the free market as the "invisible hand," but according to Michael Sandel it's become more like......

Getting stuffed (animals, that is): Rachel Poliquin on The Breathless Zoo

First aired on NXNW (01/09/12) Taxidermy animal dioramas are undeniably fascinating, even if they are profoundly unsettling. Academic Rachel Poliquin has studied the history of......

Author writes new novel live on Google Docs

Many writers prefer to write in private and are loath to reveal anything to the general public until they've finished revising and are completely satisfied......

Book blogs we appreciate: The 2012 edition

From September 10 to 14, it's Book Blogger Appreciation Week, a celebration of those who love books and write about them on the internet.......

CanLit Quiz: Books and Movies

Thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival (which is taking place September 6-16), CBC Books has movies on the brain! Which is why our......

Filmmaker Rob Stewart on his book Save the Humans

The director of the hit documentary Sharkwater talks about his new memoir on Q....

Who will win this year's Man Booker Prize?

Past Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel is back on the prestigious literary prize's shortlist for her novel Bring Up the Bodies.Mantel, who won the......

U no write proper? No job for you

First aired on Q (30/08/12) Grammar is one of our era's least likely and yet most hotly contested cultural topics. Many of the debates centre......

Leanne Shapton on Swimming Studies

  First aired on The Next Chapter (3/9/12) Leanne Shapton wears many hats. She's an author, illustrator and accomplished art director. But her most...... Read More »

Bad books, good reviews: How mean should a critic be?

First aired on Q (04/09/12) "A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the public with his pants down," said the poet Edna St.......

Author Craig Davidson on the film adaptation of Rust and Bone

First aired on Metro Morning (30/8/12) There's a Canadian connection to a film directed by French director Jacques Audiard and starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard......

Emma Thompson's new Peter Rabbit adventure

Actress Emma Thompson was asked by the publisher of Peter Rabbit to write a new adventure for the beloved children's book characterOscar-winning stars are no......

Q&A: Peggy Blair

In the run-up to this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize gala on October 30, we'll be posting Q&As with the longlisted authors to gain insight......

Ideas: The history of the fur trade in America

First aired on Ideas (24/8/12) Nowadays, wearing fur seems somewhat politically incorrect. But the trade in pelts and hides from beavers, raccoons, buffalo and other......

Brian Francis on the joys of Caker Cooking

  First aired on The Next Chapter (3/9/12) If you put together Ritz crackers, butter and cinnamon, what do you get? If you are...... Read More »

How to publish an e-book

First aired on On the Island (27/8/12) Recently, Martyn Brown, who was a political aide to former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell, published his first book,......

Nearly one-fifth of U.K. school kids 'embarassed' to be seen with book: Study

Nearly one-fifth of children in the U.K. say they would be embarrassed if their friends saw them reading a book, a new study states.The National......

Who's afraid of the dark?

First aired on Fear Itself (27/8/12) It's a primordial fear that many of us have as children, and some of us never quite shake. Why......

British writer R.J. Ellory apologizes for writing fake reviews

Bestselling British thriller writer R.J. Ellory has issued an apology for posting fake reviews of his novels under various identities on Amazon.Ellory, who has won......

The Sunday Edition goes to the beach: Location, location, location

First aired on The Sunday Edition (03/09/12)In its final Beach Reads segment, The Sunday Edition looked at the importance of location in a story, and......