February 2013

Do we mythologize athletes too much?

Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South......

Test your knowledge of forbidden literature!

It's Freedom to Read Week, our reminder that we should never take our freedom of speech rights for granted. At CBC Books, freedom of speech......

Five authors shortlisted for the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2012 finalist Kim Thuy is among the contenders for the $7,500 prize....

Charlie LeDuff on the decline of his hometown of Detroit

A street sign showing Detroit's city limits is shown near where a former Chrysler McGraw glass plant is being torn down along Ford Road in......

Jenna Miscavige Hill's Scientology Story

First aired on The Current (02/26/13) Public denouncements of the controversial Church of Scientology by former members are nothing new. But Jenna Miscavige Hill's......

Black History Month: Keeping roots alive through YA

As we celebrate Black History Month, literary journalist, teacher and author Donna Bailey Nurse has written a two part blog series about the importance of......

Excerpt from Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith

From the book:It is impossible to know definitively whether this religious opposition to the war had an effect on policy. Perhaps it limited Johnson's......

The future of the book

Journalists Sean Prpick and Dave Redel explore the rise of e-books, social reading, and whether they'll fundamentally change the way we consume and share stories....

Coping with addiction in the family

First aired on Calgary Eyeopener (21/02/13) When journalist Chloe Shantz-Hilkes started assembling a collection of true short stories about kids coping with addiction in their......

Sandy Hook tribute book

A school bus rolls toward a memorial in Newton, Conn., for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)Award-winning......

Josey Vogels on Better Sex for Busy Couples

It's hard to maintain the romance when work and life gets in the way. Sex and relationship columnist Josey Vogel's new book Better Sex in No Time aims to help people who feel too busy to get busy....

The connection between rocks, planets, and people

American palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist Dr. Neil Shubin explores how everything on Earth is connected in his new book, The Universe Within....

'I'm spiritual, but not religious': A new kind of religion? Or a big spiritual problem?

This qualifying phrase has gained a lot of traction in recent years. But what does it really mean? David Webster thinks he knows -- and he doesn't like it. ... Read More »

Nigella Lawson goes Italiana

The "Queen of Food Porn" dishes on her latest Italian-inspired cookbook to Q's Jian Ghomeshi....

Canadian authors bare it for books, literally

Twelve Canadian authors strip down for a good cause for an upcoming calendar....

Don Tapscott on Radical Openness

In his new book, the media and technology expert looks at how the internet is changing the way businesses and even governments operate. Fresh Air has more....

Carl Honore on slowing down

We live in a fast-forward world. We're stressed out, maxed out and exhausted. Carl Honoré knows why -- and how we can fix it to lead better lives.... Read More »

A look at Art Spiegelman's life and work

The iconic artist celebrates his 65th birthday with a retrospective of his work at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Current spoke to Spiegelman about this honour and his 40-year career....

Interview with Carol Bishop-Gwyn and excerpt from The Pursuit of Perfection

Charles Taylor Prize 2013: Watch an interview with finalist Carol Bishop-Gwyn and read an excerpt from her shortlisted book....

Charles Taylor Prize 2013: Which book should win?

Each year, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction is awarded to an outstanding book of non-fiction by a Canadian author, with past winners including......

Remembering Whitney Houston

In a revealing new memoir, Cissy Houston remembers her famous daughter one year after her death. ...

Wheat bellies for everyone?

Should you really eliminate wheat from your diet? While the bestselling book Wheat Belly says yes, others aren't so sure. Q has more. ...

Book picks from soldiers featured in documentary March to the Top

Soldiers who took part in the film's climbing expedition recommend books that helped them through tough times. ...

Black History Month: YA Novels and the Invisible Teen

Donna Bailey Nurse blogs about the importance of literature that speaks to young black people....

Excerpt from Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, by Sandra Djwa

From the book:Ottawa: Recovery, 1946 - 1953 (pages 127-129)As P.K. had quickly discovered, Arthur Irwin was a widower in his early fifties with three......

Making Waves: Voices from the Jaipur Festival (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1)The problem was trying to be in five places at the same time and also do my own interviews.   So there was......

Making Waves: Voices from the Jaipur Festival

The Dalai Lama listens to Pico Iyer at one of the opening day sessions at the Jaipur Literature Festival. (Deepak Sharma/Associated Press)In late January, Writers......

Canada Reads 2013

The annual battle of the books is back! The debates are February 11-14. See them LIVE in person, listen on the radio or watch on TV or online.... Read More »

The aftermath of survival

First aired on The Next Chapter (28/01/13) Hungarian-Canadian author Tamas Dobozy's latest book Siege 13 is a collection of short stories about the Siege of......

Black History Month: CanLit Quiz

Some of Canada's most celebrated Black Canadian writers include Austin Clarke, Afua Cooper, and Dany Laferrière. February is a time to reflect on the contributions,......

The science of gene-changing

Do our genetics determine our destinies? Certainly not, argues scientist and author Tim Spector....

A blonde, busty Anne of Green Gables

First aired on As it Happens (05/02/13)  The red-headed, freckled, stick thin loveable Anne Shirley dreamed up by Lucy Maud Montgomery -- first for Anne......

Leonardo and The Last Supper: Interview with Ross King and excerpt

As part of our Charles Taylor Prize 2013 coverage, we're featuring an interview with Ross King about why he finds Leonardo da Vinci's life so compelling. You can also read an excerpt from his shortlisted book....

A junk-free year: 7-year-old on a diet

First aired on the Current (04/02/13)She didn't let her daughter have dinner one night after the seven-year-old had an 800-calorie feast at school for French......

Interview with Tim Cook, excerpt from Warlords

From the book:Borden hobnobbed comfortably with politicians and royalty, but he was equally anxious to visit his soldiers. His attendance at parades and reviews,......

Interview with Carol Bishop-Gwyn, author of The Pursuit of Perfection: The Life of Celia Franca

From the book:While some people have suggested that Franca would not have wanted her life examined by a biographer, my guess is that this......

Q&A with Andrew Preston, author of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith

The following Q&A is courtesy of the Charles Taylor Prize: Q: Why did you set out to write this book?A: My students first prompted my......

Canada's 50 Shades of Grey

First aired on the Current (05/02/13) After millions of readers devoured E.L. James's trilogy depicting a BDSM relationship between a young woman and a......

The future of film

First aired on Q (16/01/13)    Movies no longer exist -- at least, according to the man who wrote the definitive book on film......

7 famous characters killed by drones

First aired on Day 6 (26/01/13) "Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. Pity. A signature strike leveled the florist's.""Someone must have slandered......

Better a MILF or a cougar?

First aired on Q (23/01/13)Tina Fey, Heidi Klum -- they're two women who frequently pop to mind when it comes to famous MILFs. It's an......

The playground test and other life rules

First aired on Tapestry (25/01/13) When someone had a problem -- large or small, personal or otherwise -- it used to be that they would seek......

Mental health and gun laws

First aired on The Current (18/01/13) Aurora, Colorado. Newtown, Connecticut. These mass shootings have pushed the fight for stricter gun control laws in the U.S.......