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......

What's A.L. Kennedy reading?

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

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. ...

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....

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....

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....

The rise of Tim Hortons

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

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."...

Life after Harry Potter

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

Alissa York remembers 'hands and hearts'

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

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. ...

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....

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....

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......

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....

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 »

Zadie Smith on NW

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

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 »

Jess Walter recommends

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

'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 »

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......

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......

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.......

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 »

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......