March 2013

Judging a book by its title

Carol Off interviews the organizer of the annual Diagram Prize for oddest book tItle, whose winner was announced last week. ...

Iraq, 10 years after the war

Kanan Makiya, whose 1989 book Republic of Fear heavily influenced U.S. policy-makers, talks to The Current about what went wrong after the 2003 intervention....

CBC Bookie Awards 2013: Make your picks!

Vote for your favourite books of the past year!...

Philip Yancey on What Good Is God?

In his latest book, the bestselling author examines what comfort religious faith can offer in the wake of tragedy. Tapestry has more....

Taking on the personal finance industry

First aired on Q (25/03/13)As tax season comes upon us once again, money management is a popular subject for discussion. Is it better to put......

After 50 years as prostitutes, Dutch twin sisters retire

Louise and Martine Fokkens are retiring — and they've documented their experiences as "window girls" in Amsterdam's red light district in a new book. As It Happens has more....

CBC Books Trivia Day

The Second Annual CBC Books Trivia DayDear book lovers: we're offering you a chance to test your knowledge of literature and to win some......

How the political landscape is changing

According to the Globe and Mail's John Ibbitson, co-author of The Big Shift, recent demographic changes favour the Conservatives....

From the archives: Chinua Achebe on Writers and Company

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist died on Friday at 82. He spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about his life and work in 1994. ...

Wave: A survivor's story

Sonali Deraniyagala survived the 2004 tsunami. But her husband, her two sons and her parents all died. She talks about her memoir Wave on The Sunday Edition....

Ditch the dictionary: Make up your own words

Author Andrew Kaufman says that "A word exists if I say it and you know what I mean." Q has more....

The healing power of poetry

Author Kim Rosen discusses her book Saved by a Poem, and how poetry changed her life. The Sunday Edition has more. ...

What's the best way to deal with our fears?

Taylor Clark, author of Nerve:Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool, says we shouldn't see fear as our enemy....

You could write in Hemingway's home

Acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway died in 1961. (Getty Images)The Ernest Hemingway Foundation is offering one writer a chance to spend a year working in the......

Philosophy for the masses

Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy, talks to Ideas about making philosophy accessible to a general audience....

Show Us What You Got

Libraries in Regina and Saskatchewan are holding a contest for teens to put together movie trailers for books....

A chilling story of cyberstalking

What started as a friendly email exchange turned into a nightmare for author James Lasdun. He writes about it in his memoir Give Me Everything You Have. Q has more....

Just Patti Smith

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (08/03/13) More than any other rock star, Patti Smith embodies the need to break away from the mundane......

CBC Books Trivia Night

Attention Toronto-area book lovers! CBC Books is calling on you to test your literary knowledge. Join us for our second annual literary trivia night at......

Andrew Pyper on The Demonologist

The bestselling novelist talks to The Sunday Edition about his latest book, "an unapologetic, full-fledged horror story."...

How collaborative consumption is changing the economy

Rachel Botsman, author of What's Mine Is Yours, talks to Spark about the explosive growth of sharing networks....

Timothy Olyphant on playing Raylan Givens

The California-raised actor talks to Q host Jian Ghomeshi about what it's like bringing one of crime author Elmore Leonard's most popular characters to life. ...

Should what's left of the Berlin Wall be preserved?

Day 6 talks to Brian Ladd, author of The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape about the conflict between developers and preservationists....

Sex, love and economics

First aired on The Homestretch (11/03/13)We're often led to believe that love is purely about what the heart desires, but economics professor and author Marina......

Susan Musgrave on Given, her latest novel

The B.C. author talks to NXNW about the adventures of her unnamed protagonist, a mother who's on the lam from death row....

How the food industry hooked us on unhealthy products

Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss talks to The Current about his latest book, Sugar, Salt, Fat, an exposé of the food industry. ...

The sweet science of aromatics

First aired on Homerun (07/03/13)Montreal sommelier Fran├žois Chartier achieved a rare feat this year by winning the prestigious Best Food and Wine Pairing Book at......

William Stevenson on war, espionage and his career as a journalist

The author of Past to Present: A Reporter's Story of War, Spies, People and Politics talks to The Current about working as a foreign correspondent — and for the British intelligence agency M16....

The power of rogue waves

In the wake of the tragic sinking of the Miss Ally, the author of The Wave talks to Mainstreet Halifax about the danger and deadly unpredictability of giant waves....

Author John Schwartz on Oddly Normal

The New York Times reporter talks to Q about his memoir of his young son's struggle to come to terms with his sexuality....

The bestselling books of the past century

What do The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill (not that Winston Churchill), The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and Fifty Shades......

The #CanLit Twitter chat: Thursday, April 4, 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 between book lovers from......

Sometimes a poem is not just a poem

  First aired on As It Happens (04/03/13) It's a plot that sounds like something straight out of an old adventure novel: a rich old......

Five great books to give to a young woman today

Happy International Women's Day! Today seems like a particularly good time to celebrate some awesome young female Canadian writers who have all written great books......

Sally Armstrong on the Ascent of Women

First aired on The Current (05/03/13) The headlines are appalling: gang rapes in India, girls denied the right to go to school in Pakistan, the......

From the archives: Max Ferguson on his life and work

Max Ferguson, one of CBC's most beloved hosts, passed away today at the age of 89. Ferguson began his on-air career at CBC in...... Read More »

March #canlit chat replay: Non-fiction

We hosted the March 2013 #CanLit chat on Thursday, March 7, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The theme was non-fiction! You can......

Contender: An inside look at Justin Trudeau

Althia Raj, author of the e-book Contender: The Justin Trudeau Story, offers her take on the Liberal leadership candidate. ...

CBC Bookies 2013: Suggest creative categories

Our annual readers' choice awards are back!  We want to recognize your favourite Canadian books of the past year, but with a twist. We want......

Stephen Bede Scharper on our relationship to water

The author of For Earth's Sake discusses why our respect for water and its power "is critical for understanding our place as humans."...

Jon Stewart to direct movie based on Maziar Bahari memoir

The Daily Show host's first feature film is based on Bahari's bestselling memoir Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. You can listen to a Q interview with Bahari about his experiences of being jailed in Iran.... Read More »

The art of book binding

First aired on In Town and Out (02/03/13)In this age of interactive e-books and tablet computers, visiting Fernando Martinez at work is like taking......

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's enduring legacy

The Sunday Edition devoted an hour to Shelley's fascinating and tumultuous life, and the legacy of Dr. Frankenstein's memorable monster, which continues to live on in literature, film, and even cartoons....

Don't get sidetracked!

First aired on Spark (02/25/13) Does this sound familiar? There's something you need to get done. You make a decision about how to do it.......

The #CanLit Twitter chat: Thursday, March 7 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......

Greg Gatenby shares his collection of authors' voices

First aired on As It Happens (02/26/13) Greg Gatenby owns the largest private collection of literary vinyl in the world. He's been collecting recordings......

Charles Taylor Prize 2013: Interview with winner Andrew Preston

The author of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy reacts to his win and discusses his work....

Charles Taylor Prize 2013

The prestigious Charles Taylor Prize will be awarded to one of five shortlisted authors during a gala in Toronto on March 4. We'll be covering......

A bounty...on his ear

Protesters demonstrating against Akram Aylisli on February 14, 2013. Image courtesy Wikipedia.     First aired on Q (28/3/12) Akram Aylisli is one of...... Read More »

Letting kids worry for themselves

Psychologist and author Alex Russell makes the case that both parents -- and their kids -- will benefit if they stop worrying so much about their kids' safety, success and failures. ...

Shelagh Rogers on the books that shaped her life

First aired on NXNW (2/24/13) Shelagh Rogers is one of Canada's biggest book lovers. As the host of CBC's The Next Chapter, she interviews......

Whither the neighbourhood bookstore? How about your living room?

If you're anything like the CBC Books team, you feel right at home in a nice independent bookstore. A retired Japanese couple have gone one......

Battling the bully

First aired on Here and Now (21/02/13)Without a doubt, bullying has been a major subject in the public conversation in recent years. With all the......