January 2013

Scientology book exposes religion's celebrity pandering: Neil Macdonald

 There's a new book generating a lot of voyeuristic delight across America, but good luck getting the Scientology expose in Canada. Lawrence Wright's Going Clear:......

Writing about conspiracy theorists

First aired on Day 6 (25/01/13)  Jon Ronson likes writing about outsiders: people who believe in UFOs, self-proclaimed self-help gurus and people who cheat at......

Canadian hockey roulette

First aired on Q (25/01/13)  Hockey has become too important in Canadian culture, says Ken Campbell -- a man who makes his living from writing about......

The role of libraries in the digital age

First aired on The Bridge (28/01/13)As the popularity of e-books continues to soar and the world's information is increasingly shared digitally, the question of what......

Recipes for learning faster

First aired on Q (24/01/13)Self-help author Tim Ferriss has, by most estimations, led a pretty interesting life. A modern Renaissance man, he's an entrepreneur, a......

Pride and Prejudice 200 years later

Why does the classic romantic comedy of manners continue to inspire and captivate two centuries later?...

Overcoming fears (in 120 seconds or less)

First aired on the Points North (16/01/13) Imagine being able to overcome your biggest fears and phobias without spending any money and only using......

Human library books

The Human Library movement has been growing in popularity around the world in the past decade, giving people a chance to interact and share......

To contribute to your RRSP or not to contribute

First aired on The Lang and O'Leary Exchange (21/01/13) Each year around this time, most Canadians are faced with the same financial question: do......

Golden Globe win, Oscar nominations for Canadian composer

First aired on Q (22/01/13) Coming off a Golden Globe win and nominated for two Oscars, Canadian composer Mychael Danna never thought he would write......

Lance Armstrong sued for 'fictional' autobiography

Disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong finally admitted to blood doping to help snag his seven Tour de France championships, but the anticipated confession on......

Ex-U.S. army commander pens book on Afghan war effort

First aired on the Current (23/01/13) Former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McCrystal, was more or less forced into resigning after Rolling Stone......

Feminism for men

First aired on the Lang & O'Leary Exchange (18/01/13)Feminism isn't just for women, says Michael Kaufman, co-author of The Guy's Guide to Feminism. In fact,......

When God talks back

First aired on Tapestry (18/01/13) Imagine having a best-friend you could always rely on. Feeling lonely? Your best-friend is always up for a long walk or......

The debate on U.S. gun control

First aired on Day 6 (18/01/13)In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting and U.S. President Barack Obama's stricter gun law proposals, the longtime debate......

Why diets don't work

First aired on Radio Noon (17/01/13)As we head towards February, it's likely that the majority of people who pledged to lose some excess weight in......

Lynne Bowen: Write what you can learn

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

Inspired by On the Road

Adaptation director Walter Salles and star Garrett Hedlund talks to CBC's Jian Ghomeshi about when they first read Jack Kerouac's iconic novel....

Wyclef Jean on Strombo

Grammy-winning musician, Haiti presidential hopeful, American immigrant, controversial philanthropist, Wyclef Jean is now also an author. In Purpose: An Immigrant's Story, Jean sets out to......

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail: Exploring cultural and social content in personal stories

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

Scottish library to host pole-dancing class

In an effort to encourage people to use local libraries, one Scottish council is staging some, uh, creative classes, including a free pole-dancing lesson.The Herald......

Alone with everyone: Is technology making us more distant?

First aired on Q (15/01/13)With nearly every moment of our lives captured by camera phone, documented and shared on social networks, and borderless discussions abounding......

How to win an Olympic medal with a jammed cat

First aired on Metro Morning (14/01/13)  Three-time Canadian Olympic gold-medalist Marnie McBean knows it's a weird concept. But she can't help comparing her journey to......

David Waltner-Toews: Get the facts and create a good story to explain them!

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

Cordelia Strube's 9 novels an unlikely feat

First aired on the Sunday Edition (13/01/13) Cordelia Strube was never going to be a writer. Yet, in 18 years, she has written nine novels......

The redemptive power of storytelling

First aired on Tapestry (09/01/13)  If there's anything Don Lattin -- journalist, author, and recovered alcoholic -- believes in, it is the redemptive power of......

The hixsploitation of Honey Boo Boo

First aired on Day 6 (11/01/13)  "You better redneck-ognize." So goes the catchphrase of six-year-old Alana "Honey Boo Boo," the pint-sized star of TLC's......

Let's hear it for messy lives

First aired on Q (14/01/13) For many of us, life in the 21st century is full of modern conveniences and medical advances, myriad ways......

Christin Geall: Using the Retrospective Narrator in Nonfiction

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

Canadian historian's book sparks Discovery miniseries

First aired on Airplay (08/01/13) Historian and biographer Charlotte Gray only found out from a newspaper article that her non-fiction book on the Canadian gold......

Dan Brown takes on Dante

Dan Brown released his last novel, The Lost Symbol, in 2009. (Associated Press)Bestselling author Dan Brown's highly anticipated new novel is due in May, and......

Vampires make way for sick-lit in young adult books

First aired on The Current (09/01/13) Young adult books focused on cancer, self-harm, eating disorders and other narratives of death and dying are becoming almost......

Myrna Kostash: Outline!

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

Haiti, three years later

Why has there been such little progress in rebuilding the country? Author Jonathan Katz offers some explanations....

Gordon Pinsent in conversation with Shelagh Rogers

The legendary actor reflects on his 60-year-career in his new memoir, Next -- and reveals what it's like to hike with Marlon Brando -- in his conversation with The Next Chapter host.... Read More »

Andreas Schroeder: "Creative" doesn't mean making it up

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

Aiming to be debt free in 2013

First aired on Calgary Eyeopener (04/01/13)One of the most popular New Year's resolutions by far is to get debt free. But it can be quite......

Stuart Hamilton on teaching the world to sing opera

The renowned voice coach shares stories from his new memoir, Opening Windows, with The Sunday Edition....

Myrl Coulter: Go for the concrete

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

McDonald's to swap Happy Meal toys for books in the U.K.

Kids at McDonald's in the U.K. will be receiving books instead of toys in their Happy Meals. (Associated Press)Would you like a side of literature......

Life of Pi adaptation snags 11 Oscar nods

First aired on News Network (10/01/13) Almost everyone thought it would be impossible to turn Canadian author Yann Martel's Booker Prize winning novel, Life of......

Canadian hostage crisis hero Sheardown, 88, celebrated

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The power of parasites

First aired on Ideas (08/01/13) For a species that makes up half -- if not more -- of all the species on Earth, parasites......

Day 6 future panel

What does the digital future hold for us? Authors Jennifer Egan, Jaron Lanier, and Michio Kaku reveal their predictions. ...

Charles Taylor Prize shortlist

The shortlisted authors for this year's Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction will be revealed today at an event in Toronto. Previous winners of the......

Ted Barris: If it was a dark and stormy night, show me!

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

Monica Meneghetti: The "you" in memoir

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

How many seagulls does it take to lift a giant peach?

In Roald Dahl's beloved 1961 classic James and the Giant Peach, there is a scene in which our young hero James nabs 501 seagulls, ties......

Author and journalist Richard Ben Cramer dies at 62

American writer Richard Ben Cramer, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his international reporting in the Middle East before writing acclaimed non-fiction books about baseball......

Birth of a salesman: Daniel Pink on why everyone's a salesperson

First aired on Spark (04/01/13) Popular culture often gives you some pretty good cues about the zeitgeist. Consider the salesman. Sometimes, as in Arthur......

Stuart McLean on Strombo

The host of Vinyl Cafe chats with George Stroumboulopoulos about his new book, his fictional family and more....

David Leach: What does it mean now?

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our current creative...... Read More »

Children's authors to pen Doctor Who stories

Scottish actor David Tennant played the 10th incarnation of Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010. (BBC)To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic and long-running......

Peter Bergen on Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty, the action thriller dramatizing the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, has been generating lots of Oscar buzz since its release in......

Marcello Di Cintio on his book Walls

The Calgary author talks to Q about why he sees security barriers "not as a solution to tensions but a surrender to them." ...

Julija Sukys: Get up and go somewhere

During the month of January we will be running creative nonfiction writing tips from members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective to give you inspiration for our...... Read More »

Lemony Snicket's Who Could That Be at This Hour?

YA giant Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) talks about the first novel in his new series of books for young people....

Cool facts about J.R.R. Tolkien!

One does not simply let J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday pass by unmentioned. Many consider him to be the father of modern fantasy for his much beloved......

More shades of sexy in 2013

The resurgence of interest in erotic literature this past year, thanks mostly to E.L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy, is only the tip of the iceberg, as 2013 will see a big wave of new hyped-up sexy adult stories hit the market....

The dos and don'ts of staying at a hotel

Jacob Tomsky, a veteran of the hospitality industry, shares insider tips in his new book, Heads in Beds. The Current has more....

Celebrating 200 years of the Brothers Grimm

Maria Tatar, editor and translator of a new volume of the classic fairy tales, talks to The Sunday Edition....

If you want something done, ask Caitlin Moran

British humorist Caitlin Moran talks Ghostbusters, growing up poor, and how being busy makes her more productive....