October 2012

CBC Books roundtable: Canadian publishing reacts to the Random House/Penguin merger

Last week, news broke that Pearson and Bertelsmann were planning to merge their trade publishing divisions, Penguin and Random House. On Monday, it was announced......

Susan Juby: Sci-fi and the bolognium theory

The Stephen Leacock-nominated author on why she can't consider herself a "real" SF writer. (Casserole has something to do with it.) ...... Read More »

What's A.L. Kennedy reading?

The award-winning Scottish author has a trio of recent reads she's keen on....

Nina Munteanu: Write from the inside out

The Nova Scotia SF author and ecologist on the link between the known and the unknown....... Read More »

Matthew J. Trafford: Say no to the naysayers

The author of The Divinity Gene on how to handle those pesky sci-fi haters....... Read More »

The Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists on writing, reading and the IFOA

The authors nominated for Canada's richest literary award for fiction discuss their life and work with As It Happen's Carol Off.... Read More »

Jian Ghomeshi returns to 1982

The CBC host stops by George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight to discuss his memoir, 1982, and recalls what it's like to be a 14-year-old obsessed with David Bowie and an older woman. ...

Matthew J. Trafford: Use the news

The author of The Divinity Gene on why—even if you're writing about an alternate universe—you should still look at a newspaper every once in a...... Read More »

CBC Books' Spooktacular Reading List

Want to curl up with a scary read this Halloween? We have five great picks for you. Share your own favourite all-time chiller for a chance to win a library of books that will give you goosebumps. ...

Non-fiction books? There's an app for that

First aired on Here and Now (17/10/12)Many readers who enjoy the feel of a book and the reading experience it provides will argue that......

Annabel Lyon on her novel The Sweet Girl

The novelist stops by NXNW's Studio One Book Club to discuss writing about Aristotle's daughter and the ancient world....

Rare book and memorabilia collector to sell collection for ailing daughter

Florida man Ken Kallin has more than 120,000 rare books, signed photos, trading cards and collectible documents estimated to be worth millions of dollars. And he's selling it all....

Craig Davidson: Four months, twenty days

The author of Rust and Bone on the value of taking your writing one step at a time....... Read More »

Reaction to Douglas & McIntyre filing for bankruptcy protection

Novelist Jen Sookfong Lee and publishing and technology expert Sean Cranbury discuss the impact on B.C. writers and the industry as a whole....

Feed Your Mind: Taras Grescoe

To celebrate the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction shortlist, we've teamed up with the Writers' Trust and Loblaws to bring you the Feed......

Shelagh Rogers: Travel tips from the Torngats

Shelagh Rogers shares her best advice for aspiring Northern travelers....

Lynda Williams: Writing that flies

The author of the Okal Rel Saga on listening to your own voice and blocking out all the others....... Read More »

Alison Sinclair: Start with the brick

The Montreal-based SF writer on the importance of pinpointing where your novel truly starts....... Read More »

James Tait Black Prize: Which novel is the best of the best?

Britain's oldest literary prize is set to select a "best of the best" from a shortlist of six previous winners....

Arthur Slade: Breaking the fantastical ice

The "Young Adult Fantastical Fiction Guy" on why you might want to put down that plasma gun if you want to keep people reading....... Read More »

The rise of Tim Hortons

Author Doug Hunter on the rise and expansion of the iconic Canadian coffee shop....

Steve Stanton: Writing from the subconscious

The author of The Bloodlight Chronicles on the power of writing fresh from a dream state....... Read More »

David Denby on the future of film

New Yorker film critic David Denby discusses his new book Do Movies Have a Future? with Q guest host Terry O'Reilly....

Chris Cleave recommends

The author of Gold callsThe Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers "the best novel I've read this year."...

David Nickle: No such thing as "just lunch"

The author dubbed "the next Stephen King" by The National Post on making every single scene rise above the mundane....... Read More »

Buffy Cram takes the Magic 8

The surrealist SF author of Radio Belly fields questions from the Canadian literati on itinerant carpenters, adult-sized sippy cups and her favourite Beckett advice....... Read More »

Life after Harry Potter

In a Canadian exclusive, J. K. Rowling discusses her new novel for adults with Q's Jian Ghomeshi....

Robert J. Sawyer: Five myths about science fiction writers

The "dean of Canadian science fiction" and judge for our Sci-Fi Twitter Challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 24 busts the five biggest misconceptions about his people....... Read More »

Alissa York remembers 'hands and hearts'

Author Alissa York reflects on her visit to the Torngats and the memories that have stuck with her....

Helen Marshall: Write your kink

The Aurora-winning poet and SF author on the importance of embracing your own eccentricities in your writing....... Read More »

Feed Your Mind: Kamal Al-Solaylee

The author of Intolerable couldn't decide on just one writer he'd like to dine with — so he chose two!...

Is oil dependency a new kind of slavery? Andrew Nikiforuk says yes

Calgary author Andrew Nikiforuk believes that our oil dependency is a lot like slavery and is morally, ethically and philosophically questionable. In his new book, The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude, he argues that it needs to stop. ...

Amanda Lang discusses the power of why with Peter Mansbridge

Amanda Lang loves to ask the question "why?" It lead to innovations, both big and small, and became the subject of her new book. ...

Edward Willett: Creating a strange new world

The Aurora-winning author of Marseguro on the importance of sensory detail in your sci-fi universe....... Read More »

What's your favourite literary Google Doodle?

We highlight our favourite book-themed Google Doodles....

Rabindranath Maharaj reflects on how his visit to the Torngats affected his writing

Northwords author Rabindranath Maharaj on how his visit to the North has affected his writing....

Feed Your Mind: Modris Eksteins

To celebrate the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction shortlist, we've teamed up with the Writers' Trust and Loblaws to bring you the......

Building a better brain: Ray Kurzweil on the future of Artificial Intelligence

Inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil speaks to Nora Young about how the secret to artificial intelligence lies in our own brains...and how AI will make us smarter....

Matthew Hughes: Don't get it right; get it done

The SF and crime writer on what a first draft of your SF novel may in common with D-Day....... Read More »

Win tickets to CBC Day at IFOA

Saturday, October 20 is CBC Day at the International Festival of Authors. more than 15 CBC Radio hots are taking part, including Jian Ghomeshi, Shelagh Rogers, Nora Young and Sook-Yin Lee. It's going to be a jam-packed day of readings, interviews and events with writers from around the world....

Feed Your Mind responses

We've received a fantastic response so far in our Feed Your Mind contest to celebrate this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize. Here are some......

Memoirs of a Terminator: Arnold Schwarzenegger on Q

Action hero and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger talks to Jian Ghomeshi about his life and career. ...

What's Miriam Toews reading?

The author of Irma Voth recommends Probably Inevitable, a book of poetry by Matthew Tierney....

Margaret Atwood on how she became a sci-fi writer

In this excerpt from her collection of essays, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, the Booker Prize-winning author reveals the source of her passion...... Read More »

Amish romance novels

First aired on Day 6 (10/12/12)The wild success of the 50 Shades of Grey series has rejuvenated interest in erotic and romance novels. But is......

David Annandale: Respect your subgenre

The genre-leaping writer on the importance of adjusting your voice to the story—and not the other way around....... Read More »

Johnny Depp starts book imprint

Actor Johnny Depp will be starting a book imprint and already has plans to publish a new biography about singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.Depp's imprint, which will......

Martin Amis on his new novel and its nasty but 'adorable' main character

Martin Amis talks to As It Happens about his satirical new novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England....

Hayden Trenholm: The writer's toolkit

During our Sci-Fi Odyssey here at Canada Writes, we'll be running daily writing tips from Canadian sci-fi authors. First up: The Aurora-winning author and playwright...... Read More »

Sarah Leavitt on what she ate in the Torngats

Author and illustrator Sarah Leavitt reflects on the food she ate on her visit to northern Labrador's wilderness park....

Calling for change in Canadian health care

Julie Devaney is on a mission. After a decade of being frustrated by the medical system's treatment of her chronic condition, she's out to change bedside manners and provincial policies with her new book and one-woman show, My Leaky Body. ... Read More »

Cory Doctorow takes the Magic 8

The writer dubbed "this generation's William Gibson" starts with eight questions from the Canadian literati... and ends up avowing his love for tree-climbing, broadband and...... Read More »

Zadie Smith on NW

The acclaimed British novelist discusses NW in an onstage interview with Eleanor Wachtel....

Annabel Lyon takes the Magic 8

The author of The Golden Mean and the just-released The Sweet Girl tackles questions from the Canadian literati on glass houses, and the day job...... Read More »

When is a book more than a book?

In today's digital age, is the physical book becoming irrelevant? Or is it creating new opportunities for physical books to become more than books? That is, to become art? ... Read More »

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: Candace Savage wants to dine with...

To celebrate the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction shortlist, we've teamed up with the Writers' Trust and Loblaws to bring you the Feed Your Mind contest. ...

Gretchen Rubin on how to be happier at home

Gretchen Rubin became a New York Times bestselling author in 2009 with The Happiness Project, part manifesto, part how-to guide on bringing more happiness into your life without making drastic changes.... Read More »

Nancy Richler takes the Magic 8

The author of the 2012 Giller-shortlisted novel The Imposter Bride answers questions from the Canadian literati on the song she wishes she'd written and why...... Read More »

Jess Walter recommends

Novelist Jess Walter's favourite recent read is a collection of new and selected stories by Sherman Alexie....

Linda Svendsen takes the Magic 8

The author of the political satire Sussex Drive on cyber-pet funerals, CBC cuts and getting naughty with the Governor-General. 8 random questions. From Canadian writers....... Read More »

'To be second is to be forgotten': The competition and backstabbing behind the Nobel Prize

Morton Meyers talks to Quirks & Quarks about his book Prize Fight, which reveals the less noble side of the Nobel Prize in various sciences....

Noah Richler's Northern travel tips

In the summer of 2011, CBC host Shelagh Rogers and five well-known Canadian writers went to Torngat Mountain National Park in remote northern Labrador.......

We are all made of stardust

Each and every one of us is made of stardust. This isn't a silly romantic metaphor or childhood whimsy: it's scientifically so. Every proton and neutron, every atom and molecule in our bodies was created in the Big Bang.... Read More »

Linda Spalding takes the Magic 8

The author of The Purchase answers questions from the Canadian literati on rabbit hunting, thank-you notes, and why fiction needs a sex life.   ...... Read More »

Win a copy of Amanda Lang's The Power of Why

The power of curiosity has led to some amazing innovations, including the curved curtain rod and an elevator that generates electricity as it moves from......

Writers & Company: Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth

First aired on Writers & Company (30/09/12) Ian McEwan is one of England's leading novelists. He has now published 15 books, including A Child in......

The history of Thanksgiving

First aired on Homestretch (03/10/12)This long weekend, many Canadian families will get together and sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. But what are the origins of......

Alix Ohlin takes the Magic 8

The Giller and Writers' Trust-nominated author of Inside on why there's no such thing as a perfect novel... and why she'd want to spend time...... Read More »

Shelagh Rogers on the Torngats: One year later

In the summer of 2011, CBC host Shelagh Rogers and five well-known Canadian writers went to Torngat Mountain National Park in remote northern Labrador.......

Carol Blue discusses Christopher Hitchens' Mortality

Carol Blue and Christopher Hitchens, in a photo taken by Annie Leibowitz in 1990 First aired on Q (20/09/12) Christopher Hitchens was a cultural...... Read More »

October #CanLit chat replay: Adaptations

We hosted the October #CanLit chat on Thursday, October 4, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The theme was "Adaptation: turning books into......

Hilary Weston Prize: JJ Lee wants to dine with...

To celebrate the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction shortlist, we've teamed up with the Writers' Trust and Loblaws to bring you the Feed......

C.S. Richardson takes the Magic 8

The author of The Emperor of Paris on the value of intractable knots and creating characters you'd want to have dinner with....... Read More »

Paul Henderson on his memoir The Goal of My Life

First aired on Q (27/09/12) and on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (28/09/12)     Paul Henderson scored the game-winning goal with less than a minute......

Why the A-word dominates our culture

First aired on Q (2/10/12) The new millennium has been described in various ways: the Age of Technology, the Age of Knowledge, even the......

Grace O'Connell's Magnified World

First aired on The Next Chapter (24/9/12) In Magnified World, Grace O'Connell's debut novel, Maggie Pierce is 23 years old. She grew up in......

Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three on life after (almost) death

First aired on Day 6 (22/9/12) Damien Echols spent 18 years and 78 days in prison, serving time for a crime he didn't commit.......

Miranda Hill takes the Magic 8

The author of Sleeping Funny on witnessing miracles, work socks and why her dream life is set in Newfoundland....... Read More »

Junot Diaz receives MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant'

Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American author Junot Díaz is among the 23 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."The $500,000 grants, which are paid over five......

What made the GG shortlist this year? Take our quiz and find out!

It's that time of year when it feels like every day another literary award shortlist is revealed. Today, we learn who is up for......

Stuart McLean's Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe

CBC Books has a sneak peek of his new book. We also have five copies to giveaway! ... Read More »

Shauna Singh Baldwin on "the seams between scenes"

The author of What the Body Remembers and The Selector of Souls on dreaming up titles, hate mail, and what (or who) could have possibly possessed her to throw...... Read More »

CanLit censored? Not on Alice Munro's watch

It's no secret that some of literature's most influential books have been banned at some point somewhere or other. Titles like Catcher in the Rye,......

Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist announcement

Learn which books will be contending for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize! CBC Books will be live-tweeting from the announcement, which is scheduled to begin today......