December 2012

Rawi Hage on his award-winning novel Carnival

The winner of this year's Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction talks to The Sunday Edition....

CanLit Quiz: 2012 in review

The past year had many highs and lows for Canadian publishing. How closely were you paying attention to the country's notable literary news? Take......

The year's best book videos

2012 was a great year for book videos (and we don't mean book trailers). From books that move, books that fly and a machine that......

Holidays readings

Nothing gets us in the festive spirit more readily than reading classic stories and poems about this magical time of year. Below you'll find holiday readings......

Virgin births and the future of conception

Biologist Aarathi Prasad, author of Like a Virgin: Exploring the Frontiers of Conception, says we are heading into a time when a baby could be born using the genetic material of only one person. Day 6 has more....

Best Canadian books of 2012

Each year, numerous publications and book sites offer their picks for the best books of 2012. In an effort to highlight the most buzzed-about Canadian......

12 Days of CanLit: Travel

Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and......

The year-in-review panel

To reflect back on the year that was, CBC Books asked some friends in the literary and publishing world to weigh in on the biggest......

Frieda Wishinsky: Read, and then reread

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

12 Days of CanLit: Books for bookworms

On the tenth day of CanLit, we bring you three books that celebrate the written word and the printed package they come in....

Susin Nielsen on her award-winning novel for young readers

In The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, the Vancouver author and screenwriter tackes the difficult subject of bullying and teen suicide....

12 Days of CanLit: Green books for the eco-savvy

On the tenth day of CanLit, we bring you three books about environmental issues for the eco-activist in your life....

CBC hosts take the Literary Lightning Round challenge

Fiction or non-fiction? Atwood or Ondaatje? See what CBC hosts chose and share your own answers in our fun challenge!... Read More »

Author Craig Johnson on his Longmire mystery series

The Wyoming rancher-turned-writer talked to The Sunday Edition about his bestselling books featuring Walt Longmire, 'detective for the disenfranchised.'...

Sara O'Leary: Making it up

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

12 Days of CanLit: Art and culture

On the ninth day of CanLit, we bring you two books that look at fine art and one that looks at performance art....

Richard Thake: Fun writing is fun reading

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

Revelations about Revelation

First aired on Tapestry (6/12/12)Within the Christian religion, the Book of Revelation is arguably the most controversial book in the Bible, as interpretations of the......

The past and future of map-making

Jerry Brotton, author of The History of the World in Twelve Maps, talks to Spark's Nora Young about the maps of antiquity, and the 'geo-spatial applications' of Google and Apple....

12 Days of CanLit: Adventure

Adventure is the theme on the seventh day of CanLit gift-giving, with books that take you on a trek up Mount Everest, from the Arctic to Antarctica, and back in time....

Lisa Dalrymple: No two days are ever the same

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

Carol-Ann Hoyte: Jump-start your poetry motor

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

Apocalypse averted: How NASA's Don Yeomans watches the sky for Near-Earth Objects

NASA's Don Yeomans talks about finding asteroids and comets before they find us....

Jack Wang: How to be a genius

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

12 Days of CanLit: Health and medicine

Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and......

Great Christmas books for the young at heart

Children's librarian Sarah Harrison shares her favourite seasonal reads with On the Island....

Billie Livingston on her novel One Good Hustle

The story of Sammie, the teenage daughter of two con artists, is partly based on her own experiences....

Audio Test

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12 Days of CanLit: Science and technology

Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and......

Kyo Maclear: Bend words, bend the world

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

Fan fiction and The Jane Austen Marriage Manual

How has social media helped popularize fan fiction? The Next Chapter columnist Jen Sookfong Lee has an answer....

12 Days of CanLit: Business

Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and......

Marty Chan: Unexpected images

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

Kathy Reichs on Bones Are Forever

The bestselling author talks to The Next Chapter about her latest forensic thriller....

12 Days of CanLit: Illustrated books for young and old

Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and......

Lena Coakley: One in a thousand

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

CBC hosts on holiday reading

CBc's biggest readers talk about why they love reading and reveal their go-to book gift this holiday season. ... Read More »

Helaine Becker: My Magic Word Grid

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and other Seussian...... Read More »

The royal bun in the oven

First aired on Day 6 (8/12/12)Now that Prince William and his wife, Kate, are expecting their first child, the line of succession to the throne......

The Hobbit quiz

Test your knowledge of the saga of Bilbo Baggins and all things Middle-earth....

How the dinosaurs did it

An Australian scientist reveals the prehistoric origins of sex in his new book, The Dawn of the Deed....

12 Days of CanLit: Sports

Day 3 brings you three great reads from the wide world of sports! ...

It's Seusstivus on Canada Writes!

This Christmas Day, CBC Radio is adding a Seussian spin to their holiday programming: a CBC/McGill production of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan...... Read More »

Robert Heidbreder: Water words

In honour of the December 25 broadcast of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" with WireTap's Jonathan Goldstein, we're devoting ourselves to Canadian children's authors and...... Read More »

12 Days of CanLit: Music

Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and......

Rex Murphy recommends

This Sunday on CBC's Cross Country Checkup, host Rex Murphy invites listeners to help compile the show's annual holiday reading list! Share your favourite......

The power of negative thinking?

In The Antidote, author Oliver Burkeman argues against the self-help industry's emphasis on staying positive. ...

December #canlit chat replay: The year in books

Read the replay of our conversation about the year in Canadian Literature. ...

Why Drawn & Quarterly is thriving despite tough times for publishers

The Sunday Edition looks at the colourful history and booming success of the Montreal-based comics book publisher. ...

J.K. Rowling's new book to become BBC TV series

J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, will be adapted into a TV drama by the British Broadcasting Corporation.It's a dark, gritty story......

Dolly Parton on Q

The country music star talks about her new book, Dream More, which encourages people to dream big....

12 Days of CanLit: Food

Just in time for holiday gift-giving, we have 12 days of book recommendations — in 12 different categories! — coming your way. Today, a look at three great culinary titles....

The Holy or the Broken

Music journalist Alan Light has written a book about Leonard Cohen's iconic — and often covered — song Hallelujah....

Kim Thuy makes Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

Kim Thuy's poetic novel Ru has made the longlist for the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize.Ru, which was inspired by the Saigon-born, Montreal-based author's own......

Andrew Solomon on his book Far From the Tree

The award-winning author discusses his 'lionhearted' book on families whose children are disabled or in some way different. ...

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2012 gala

On November 21, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award was presented to Toronto-born author Trilby Kent for her novel Stones for My Father. The $30,000......

Revisiting Ken Russell's film The Devils

Richard Crouse discusses his book Raising Hell, about the controversial 1971 film that he calls 'more timely today than it was when it was made.'...

The #CanLit Twitter chat: Thursday, December 6 at 2 p.m. ET

We love conversation and community here at CBC Books. Everywhere from our Twitter feed to our GoodReads group to our Facebook page, there's lively discussion......