November 2012

Suzanne Collins's post-Hunger Games children's book

Reigning YA queen Suzanne Collins aims even younger with her next book: an autobiographical picture book about a child whose father is fighting in Vietnam....

Margaret Atwood on her new Wattpad Zombie collaboration

First aired on The Next Chapter (26/11/12)Margaret Atwood has been collaborating on some zombie fiction that is leaving fans of story-sharing site Wattpad hungry for......

Mariko Tamaki on her new YA novel, (You) Set Me on Fire

The co-author of Skim talks to The Next Chapter about her novel of college life....

Writers aging like fine wines

Philip Roth has announced he's stepping back from writing novels at age 79. But which octogenarian (and even older) authors are still going strong?...

A choose-your-own-path Hamlet

Toronto-based comic writer Ryan North has raised nearly $150,000 online in one week to fund his latest project: a tongue-in-cheek, choose-your-own path version of Shakespeare's......

Steven Johnson on his book Future Perfect

The bestselling author talks to Spark about a new political philosophy that has its roots in the properties of the internet. ...

The Good Girls Revolt

Lynn Povich, author of a memoir about a group of women who sued Newsweek for sex discrimination in the workplace, talks to Q....

Pop inspiration

The anthology Too Much Too Young features fiction inspired by the names of songs. Which song title do you think could inspire a cool short story?...

The adventurous life of Roald Amundsen

Author Stephen R. Bown discusses The Last Viking, his biography of the polar explorer....

Alen Mattich recommends

The author of Zagreb Cowboy touts two books: the latest Booker winner and a children's classic....

Thomas King on The Inconvenient Indian

The author of Green Grass, Running Water and other acclaimed novels talks to Q about his new book of non-fiction....

Stephen Brunt on the 'great, goofy' history of the CFL and the Grey Cup

The celebrated sportswriter and TV commentator talks to Daybreak Alberta about his new book, 100 Grey Cups....

Louise Erdrich on her U.S. National Book Award winner, The Round House

The acclaimed Native American writer talks to Writers & Company in an onstage interview....

Pat Barker on her new novel about the First World War

The celebrated British writer discusses Toby's Room and the historical facts behind the fiction with The Sunday Edition....

Alberta doctor's romance novel is a finalist in Harlequin contest

An Alberta doctor's first attempt at writing a romance novel is a finalist in a Harlequin contest....

Christopher Kimball on The Science of Good Cooking

The chef described as 'the most influential home cook in America' talks about the philosophy behind the latest culinary title in his Cook's Illustrated franchise....

Vending machine dispenses books, not snacks

Customers at a second-hand bookstore in Toronto can plug in a toonie and get a book. ...

Sex and the spymaster

Espionage expert Nigel West talks to Day 6 about the Petraeus scandal....

Fishing less to get more: Dr. Callum Roberts on The Ocean of Life

Marine biologist Dr. Callum Roberts talks about how we're destroying the ocean...and what we can do to stop....

Words and music

We share some of our favourite author-musician collaborations, from Salman Rushdie and U2 to Margaret Atwood and The Sadies....

Author Steven Poole takes aim at foodie culture

The British writer discusses his book You Aren't What You Eat and his criticisms of 'gastroculture' on The Current....

We need a new sexual revolution: Naomi Wolf

The author and activist discusses her latest book, Vagina: A New Biography, on Q....

Crazy busy? Tim Kreider has some advice for you

The author and cartoonist discusses his essay 'The Busy Trap,' and the virtues of idleness, on Tapestry....

Quiz: How well do you know your TV book cameos?

How well do you know your literary small-screen sightings? Take our quiz to find out! ...

Emma Donoghue on Astray

The award-winning author of Room talks about her latest book, a collection of short stories inspired by real-life incidents and long forgotten people....

Nino Ricci reflects on his writing life

Last week, the writer won the Engel/Findley Award, which honours a Canadian author in "mid-career." Ricci reflected on his career so far with As It Happens' Carol Off.... Read More »

Former British PM John Major on his family's Victorian music hall past

First aired on The Sunday Edition (30/09/12) The British music hall was a mainstay in Victorian England. Smoky auditoriums were jammed with boisterous audiences every......

Pasha Malla takes the Magic 8

The author of People Park fields questions from the Canadian literati and pulls no punches on street-art inspiration, mining the low points and what drives...... Read More »

Neil Turok tackles the universe within

What went bang? This year's Massey Lecturer is trying to find out. He spoke to Quirks & Quarks about his work and the secrets of the universe.... Read More »

Hilary Weston Prize: Q&A with Candace Savage

A Q&A with Saskatchewan author Candace Savage, who just won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for A Geography of Blood....

GG Literary Awards 2012 winners

You can see this year's English language winners in the gallery below. We also have feature Q&As with fiction winner Linda Spalding and nonfiction winner......

GG Literary Awards 2012: Live announcement

Follow the announcement of this year's winners starting at 10 a.m. ET in the widget below! Tweets about "#GG2012" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");......

Neil Turok's Infinite Reading List

This year's Massey Lectures are hardly ambitious...they're just about the makeup of the entire universe! You can listen to physicist Neil Turok's lecture series The......

GG Literary Awards: Q&A with Ross King

In Leonardo and The Last Supper, historian and writer Ross King explores the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's great mural masterpiece, The Last Supper painting.......

GG Literary Awards: Q&A with Linda Spalding

In The Purchase, Linda Spalding's Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction-winning novel, she takes readers back to pioneer-era America. Daniel Dickinson, a young Quaker, finds......

Books about Bond... James Bond

Agent 007 is back. As James Bond fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first film featuring the famous secret agent (Dr. No), Daniel Craig reprises the......

Who rules vampire fiction?

Bram Stoker would have turned 165 years old this week. But which author has truly created the most memorable vampire characters and sagas? Take our survey!...

CBC's Dwight Drummond's favourite recent reads

On Monday, November 12, the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction will award one Canadian author $60,000 at a gala in Toronto. Dwight Drummond,......

Sandra Martin on the art of writing obituaries

The Globe and Mail writer talks about her new book, Working the Dead Beat, and explains why writing obituaries is 'the most interesting and often the most terrifying job in any newspaper.'...

Author Robin Sloan sees secret societies everywhere

Robin Sloan speaks to Nora Young about his debut novel, Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore....

Ron MacLean and Don Cherry on 60 years of Hockey Night in Canada

The HNIC hosts look back on their 25 years of working together and at the history of the show that launched their broadcasting careers. ... Read More »

D.W. Wilson takes the Magic 8

The author of the acclaimed story collection Once You Break A Knuckle fields questions from the Canadian literati--and, in doing so, reveals the one song he...... Read More »

Michael Chabon on Obama the character

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon talks about his latest book, Telegraph Avenue, which features a cameo appearance by one Barack Obama....

The best Canadian cookbooks

The stars of the Taste Canada Food Writing Awards share their favourite cookbooks. What's yours? Let CBC Books know for a chance to win a prize pack of the 2012 award winners! ...

The Weston Prize finalists on fact and truth in non-fiction

On Sunday, October 21, the five finalists for the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction gathered at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto to discuss the art and science of non-fiction storytelling....

Hockey Night in Canada: 60 Seasons book giveaway

Hockey Night in Canada: 60 Seasons book giveawayFrom Nov. 5 to Nov. 26, 20121. TO ENTERTo enter the HNIC: 60 Seasons giveaway, you must submit......

The greatest hockey books

Our Hockey Night in Canada team shares their favourite hockey books of all time. We're celebrating the launch of the Hockey Night in Canada: 60 Seasons retrospective book by giving away two autographed copies! ...

Teen fashion icon Tavi Gevinson on Rookie and why she was born at the exact right time

Tavi Gevinson talks to Jian Ghomeshi about the first year of online teen magazine Rookie....

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: Which book should win?

Which book do you think should win this year's $60,000 prize? Cast your vote for a chance to win a prize pack of the shortlisted books in our weekly giveaway or the grand prize of a 16GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad!...

Putting the spotlight on non-fiction: The Charles Taylor Prize at the International Festival of Authors

Watch Andrew Westoll's lively performance about his 2012 Charles Taylor Prize-winning book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary. ... Read More »

November #canlit chat replay: Random Penguins and the future of publishing

We hosted the November #CanLit chat on Thursday, November 1, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The theme was "Random House and Penguin, D&M......

The Lance Armstrong doping scandal: What's next?

The Current looks at the potential legal fall-out of the scandal, from civil suits to criminal charges....