April 2013

Ian Williams takes the Magic 8

Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Ian Williams answers questions from the Canadian literati on the questions no one has ever asked him, when he knows a...... Read More »

#Canlit quiz: Atwood or Hollywood?

Margaret Atwood is one of Canada's most beloved authors. But her books can be a tad, well, creepy. Can you tell the difference between an Atwood novel and a movie thriller?... Read More »

Five (more) must-read books of poetry

Five outstanding new collections, from edgy to epic (but eccentric)....

Why do we love conspiracy theories?

Michael Shermer, author of The Believing Brain, explains why to Day 6....

Is time real?

A new book looks at how science uses time to understand the universe, philosophy and even human free will....

Lewinsky, bongs and other taboo presidential jokes

How do you write a great joke for the president? Mark Katz knows and shares his insider secrets with Day 6....

A real life Tarzan

Marina Chapman claims she was raised by monkeys in her new memoir The Girl With No Name: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived With Monkeys...

The #CanLit Twitter chat replay: Graphic novels

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......

Teen's fight to save father inspires YA novel

First aired on The Current (16/04/13)  Ti-Anna Wang, named by her parents to commemorate what those massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square were fighting for, was......

Puffin Classics: The inaugural list

This November, Penguin Canada will publish new editions of four classic Canadian books as part of the Puffin Classics Series. These four editions are......

The hybridization of Mohsin Hamid

First aired on Q (24/04/13) The isolated immigrant story is popping back into popular discourse following police identification of two ethnic Chechens living in......

Cassie Stocks wins Stephen Leacock Award

Listen to an interview from earlier this week with the author of Dance, Gladys, Dance....

Parent like you're the CEO...of your family

Kathy Buckworth, author of I Am So the Boss of You, talks to The Homestretch about her guide to parenting....

Puffin Classics: Run by Eric Walters

This November, Penguin Canada will publish new editions of four classic Canadian books as part of the Puffin Classics Series. These four editions are......

George Elliott Clarke on the many poetic meanings of Red

The colour red inspired poems of passion, politics and family ties for Toronto's poet laureate. The Next Chapter has more....

Getting rich one bite at a time

Financial planner Frank Wiginton, author of How to Eat an Elephant: Achieving Financial Success One Bite at a Time, shares tips on money matters with The Homestretch....

David McFadden takes the Magic 8

Griffin Poetry Prize finalist David McFadden answers questions from the Canadian literati on what keeps him writing, who he wants to come back from the...... Read More »

Hyperlocal: put your story on the map

Send in your story about what's new and changing in your neighbourhood. You could win an interactive adaptation of the winning story by the National Film Board of Canada and a laptop!...

Business over babies

Author Jennifer Margulis on the increasing influence corporations have over the medical industry...at the expense of babies' health....

Jason Segel set to pen children's trilogy

Actor Jason Segel is writing a series of children's books....

Why have we stopped reading the fine print?

Legal scholar Margaret Radin on why clicking "I agree" is compromising democracy....

Puffin Classics: Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker

This November, Penguin Canada will publish new editions of four classic Canadian books as part of the Puffin Classics Series. These four editions are......

James Pollock takes the Magic 8

Griffin Poetry Prize finalist James Pollock answers questions from the Canadian literati on what makes him dare be a writer, the best writing advice he's...... Read More »

Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book

Lawrence Hill's latest book is about a Dutch protest group's threat to burn his novel The Book of Negroes. Q has more....

Puffin Classics: Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson

This November, Penguin Canada will publish new editions of four classic Canadian books as part of the Puffin Classics Series. These four editions are introduced......

It's easy reading green

Happy Earth Day, book lovers! To celebrate, we've compiled a list of some of the greenest authors we know: writers who work above and beyond......

Puffin Classics: Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird by Jean Little

This November, Penguin Canada will publish new editions of four classic Canadian books as part of the Puffin Classics Series. These four editions are introduced......

Five must-read books of poetry

From pure fun to true grit, here are five books of poetry from the past year that deserve special mention....

Speaking out about medical errors that cost lives

Susan McIver, the co-author of a new book about medical errors and patient safety, talks to The Current. ...

Arthur Ellis Awards: The shortlisted authors

Each year the Arthur Ellis Awards, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada, celebrate the best in Canadian crime writing. Find out who the finalists are....

Paul Anka looks back in a new memoir

The Canadian singer-songwriter was the original teen idol, hung out with Frank Sinatra and wrote some of the most iconic music of all time. He chronicles it all in a new memoir, My Way....

Fascism and European football

A storm of controversy erupted when self-described fascist and former Italian pro soccer player Paolo di Canio was hired to manage a British club in the English Premier League. The Current has more....

The 2013 CBC Bookie Award winners

We asked the Canadian public to weigh in by suggesting categories, recommending some finalists, and voting for the winners in the third annual CBC......

R.A. Dickey refuses to tiptoe around the truth

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey talks about his memoir, Wherever I Wind Up on Q....

Douglas Rushkoff on avoiding the present shock of social media

Is it possible that there's too much of a good thing when it comes to social media? Author Douglas Rushkoff says yes. He explains why — and what we can do about it — to Lang and O'Leary....

Tips on saving a marriage

Social worker Gary Direnfeld discusses his new book Marriage Rescue: Overcoming Ten Deadly Sins in Failing Relationships on Fresh Air....

Alexander McCall Smith on his new mystery novel

Botswana's intrepid female detective Precious Ramotswe is back, in the latest novel in the popular No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series....

CanLit Quiz: How poetically informed are you?

Test your knowledge of poetry and poets in this month's CanLit Quiz....

Meg Tilly gives readers a taste of heaven in her new YA novel

Meg Tilly celebrates after winning the award for best TV actress for her role in Bomb Girls at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto this......

Carolyn Abraham's genetic memoir

The Globe and Mail science columnist charts her quest to find out more about her lineage in her new book, The Juggler's Children: A Journey Into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us. The Current has more....

From food bank to community hub

First aired on Fresh Air (31/03/13)The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto is a vibrant and bustling place where people come to get healthy and......

Kelly Oxford: From Twitter sensation to best-selling author

The stay-at-home mom turned successful Hollywood screenwriter discusses her new book new book, Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar, a collection of essays about embarrassing moments, crazy misadventures, and moments from her life with a husband and three children....

The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds

Screen legend Debbie Reynolds on her career and her new memoir, Unsinkable...

60th anniversary of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale

The book that first brought us James Bond is turning 60 years old.Ian Fleming, the naval officer-turned-spy writer, published his first James Bond adventure, Casino......

How brain-machine interfaces work

Neurobiologist and author Miguel Nicolelis explains his pioneering work in connecting living brains to computerized devices so they can be controlled by thought alone....

How seriously should the West be taking North Korean threats?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, centre, has threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S., but the international community is unclear what the secretive nation's......

Georges St-Pierre on Q

The mixed martial arts superstar talks to Jian Ghomeshi about his new memoir The Way of the Fight, which chronicles his journey from a bullied youngster to UFC champion. ...

Patrick Lane takes the Magic 8

Poet Patrick Lane answers questions from the Canadian literati on his writing routine, his room with a view, and what he thinks about the upheavals...... Read More »

There's hope after graduation

First aired on Calgary Eyeopener (26/03/13) Graduating from university or college can be overwhelming. There are expectations to land a good and steady job. Thousands......

Robert J. Sawyer on 'the recipe for baking up a universe'

The bestselling author talks with Fresh Air about the discovery of the Higgs boson, and about his new novel, Red Planet Blues....

8 Canadian poets on how to make your poetry better

From fresh air and a balaclava to scissors and 1970s pop--eight Canadian poets share their surefire tips on crafting powerful poems....... Read More »

Frank O'Connor longlisted authors

Several acclaimed and award-winning Canadian writers, including Emma Donoghue and Tamas Dobozy, have made this year's longlist. ...

Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announcement

CBC Books will be live tweeting the shortlist announcement for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize! The fun gets started around 10 a.m. ET! Tweets about......

Is Canada becoming a 'petro-state'?

In a recent New York Times op-ed piece, Canadian author Thomas Homer-Dixon voices concern about the oil sands industry's impact on our political system. As It Happens has more....

China's knock-off architecture

Bianca Bosker talks to Q about Original Copies, her book on China's replication of icons of western architecture such as the Eiffel Tower and Venice....

Life in the big leagues

Former major league baseball pitcher Dirk Hayhurst talks about his latest book, Out of My League, and assesses the 2013 Blue Jays. Saskatchewan Weekend has more....

Mary Roach on the fascinating - and gross! - science of eating

Science writer Mary Roach talks about her new book, Gulp, which explores the science of eating....

Saleema Nawaz on Bone & Bread

The Montreal author discusses her highly anticipated debut novel about sisters Beena and Sadhana. ...

Greece: The Unfolding Drama

Last month, Writers & Company host Eleanor Wachtel travelled to Greece to meet with some of the country's most prominent thinkers and authors as part......

Sheryl Sandberg on her controversial book Lean In

The influential chief operating officer of Facebook talks to Q about her "part memoir, part feminist manifesto."...

Roger Ebert dead at 70

The influential film critic and author passed away on Thursday morning....

The tyranny of the hashtag?

Linguist Ben Zimmer talks to Q about the rise of the symbol, and why it's not going away any time soon....

From jammers to goats: Stories of women's roller derby

Kate Hargreaves, author and skater with the Border City Brawlers, discusses her forthcoming book Talking Derby. ...

David Adams Richards looks back at his early years as a writer

First aired on Mainstreet NS (13/03/13) In a career that has spanned almost 40 years, David Adams Richards has published more than 20 books,......

Helen Humphreys on her memoir Nocturne

The acclaimed poet and novelist talks to The Sunday Edition about her latest book, an elegy for her brother in the form of a last letter to him....

The authors on the shortlist for the Stephen Leacock Medal are no April Fools

As per their 60-plus-year tradition, the shortlist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour was revealed on April Fools' Day. Awarded each year since......

Celebrate National Poetry Month with CBC Books!

To kick off National Poetry Month, CBC Books delves into the CBC Archives to pay tribute to some of the writers who helped shape Canadian poetry....

Life on the Serengeti

In his new book Serengeti Story, zoologist Anthony Sinclair describes his life and work in "the world's greatest wildlife region." Quirks & Quarks has more....

Arson...or murder?

Author Dave Hugelschaffer talks to The Next Chapter about Whiskey Creek, the latest mystery in his series featuring a sleuth who's a wildfire investigator. ...