May 2013

Be clever and make an insightful joke: An interview with Kate Beaton

Canada Writes is talking to some of Canada's best known cartoonists and graphic novelists on the different techniques, challenges, and advantages of working with both...... Read More »

'Everyone has an eating disorder': Lionel Shriver on food, fat and fiction

American author Lionel Shriver poses for a photograph at her home in southeast London, England, on April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/David Azia) First aired......

Fan fiction on Amazon: exploited or exploitative?

First aired on Q (29/05/13) E.L James is probably the most famous author whose most popular work started out as fan fiction. 50 Shades of......

Autism, a child's genius and a family's journey

First aired on The Current 30/05/13 Jacob Barnett is a unique 15-year-old. When he was 10, he tested mathematically at the level of a......

Stephen King's new book won't be available as an e-book

If you want the horror master's latest novel, you'll have to read it the old-fashioned way: on paper....

#Canlit quiz: The Great Outdoors

As May melts into June, spring melts into summer, and Canadians across the country emerge from inside their winter coats to enjoy the great......

Let's get loud: The story of noise

Author Mike Goldsmith talks about the history of noise....

A reading list for reproductive rights in honour of Dr. Henry Morgentaler

Abortion rights activist Dr. Henry Morgentaler, who helped ensure that Canadian women have access to safe and legal reproductive options, has passed away at......

Stop panicking, the internet is not destroying the English language

In fact, author David Crystal says these tools are making language and communication better. Really....

Shyam Selvadurai on hungry ghosts

First aired on The Next Chapter (20/05/13)Sri Lankan-Canadian author Shyam Selvadurai's anticipated new novel The Hungry Ghosts is a story about a young gay man......

Win a Richard Van Camp prize pack

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Richard Van Camp is one of Canada's best storytellers; he's penned everything from North of 60 episodes to......

John le Carré in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

The legendary spy novelist discusses his latest book, his work with British intelligence during the Cold War and his legacy as one of post-war England's greatest writers. Writers & Company has more....

The Nelson Mandela reading list

CBC Books presents a list of the best books to read about the peace activist and politician....

Scripps National Spelling Bee changes the rules

Being able to S-P-E-L-L isn't enough anymore: this year's edition of the venerable competition will require contestants to define words as well as spell them....

The Origin of Feces and how poop can save the world

Author David Waltner-Toews thinks we should stop seeing excrement as something disgusting, and realize its positive potential. Quirks & Quarks has more....

The enduring power of the King James Bible

Biblical scholar Gordon Campbell explains why the King James version of the Bible has had such staying power through the centuries....

Canadian graphic artists tell you what to read

Canada Writes is celebrating the richness of Canadian comics culture with a month-long exploration of writing and reading comics. And why not? Canada is so......

Al Gore's new book predicts the future

The former U.S. vice president tackles the future of civilization in his latest book....

Read poems from the Griffin Poetry Prize finalist collections

David W. McFadden has won this year's Griffin Poetry Prize for best Canadian poetry, while Palestinian-born Ghassan Zaqtan was presented with the international honour.The......

Does fiction have the power to redeem?

Shelagh Rogers explores the idea of storytelling as redemption with writers Richard Wagamese and Joseph Boyden....

Want to live on Mars? Buzz Aldrin thinks you should

First aired on The Current 23/05/13 By 2035, it will be possible to colonize Mars. This is the crux of Buzz Aldrin's new book......

What's wrong with hook-up culture?

First aired on Ontario Today (22/5/13) College is a time of liberation, to explore who you are and what you want, professionally, personally, socially......

A CBC Music Festival reading list

On Saturday, May 25, CBC Music will kick of their first-ever music festival. With performers like Sam Roberts Band, Of Monsters and Men, Kathleen Edwards,......

Is America doomed? Conrad Black doesn't think so

Former press baron Conrad Black speaks to the Calgary Enterprise Forum in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 10, 2013. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh) First aired......

Everything you think you know about dinosaurs is wrong

A man looks at the prehistoric dinosaur called Giganotosaurus at an exhibit in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press) First aired on Quirks & Quarks (5/4/13)......

Rename the Toronto Raptors, CanLit style!

In a nod to Toronto's pro basketball roots, the Raptors donned Huskies uniforms for a game in 2009. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) In the wake......

David Sedaris on why having a mean dad might just be the key to success

FIrst aired on Q (21/05/13) David Sedaris is more than a celebrated American writer, essayist and humourist. His autobiographical tales act as a window......

How to host the best dinner party

Want to be the ultimate dinner party host? Columnist and party expert Corey Mintz shows you how in a new book....

In the bookstore world, it's survival of the hipster-est

Sarah McNally in her Manhattan store. Photo: Yvonne Brooks. First aired on Sunday Edition (19/05/13) In a world where big online book retailers are......

The Doors: A Reading List

The music world is in mourning today with the death of Doors co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Relive their music through this reading list....

How to give Downton Abbey's Carson the butler a run for his money

Although the job description has changed somewhat, "butler" is still a viable profession -- as long as you have the proper training! A new book reveals more....

1st Guantanamo Bay detainee memoir declassified

A harrowing new memoir reveals what it's really like for prisoners in the notorious prison....

A reading list for Rob Ford: Top 5 Biographies about political scandal

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is facing more scandalous accusations (yes, again). Last night, New York-based media outlet Gawker reported they allegedly have seen a video......

9ft Statue of Hulk intends to smash Illiteracy

If you're looking for a good charitable cause (and are a comic book fan) why not donate money to help an American library get......

Ex-Hells Angel feels little remorse after 46 violent years

First aired on The Current (08/05/13) After Lorne Campbell and his wife broke up, he burnt down the house she shared with their eight-year-old daughter.......

#Canlit quiz: Hockey lit in Canada

These two guys really love hockey. We wonder if they love hockey books as well. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)Maybe your team is out of the playoffs.......

Margaret Atwood speaks out for scientists

First aired on As It Happens (07/05/13) CBC Books recently hosted the Get Up! Stand Up! Open House Festival, a day-long event about the......

Dan Brown discusses his latest book Inferno on Q

First aired on Q (05/15/13) The latest book by blockbuster novelist Dan Brown hit the shelves this week. Like his previous best sellers, The Da......

Gatsby opens Cannes, leading the way for Franco on Faulkner

Movie star James Franco is adapting William Faulkner's classic novel As I Lay Dying into a film....

Juvenile inmates benefiting from Russian literature

A juvenile correctional facility in Virginia has seen the behavioural benefits of encouraging their inmates to read the works of classic Russian writers like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. ...

From playoff beards to lucky flip-flops: The power of superstitions

Andrew Podnieks talks about weird and wonderful sports superstitions....

A toddler's parenting advice

First aired on Homerun (08/05/13) What kind of parenting advice would a toddler give if s/he could not just speak, but tweet, Facebook and Instagram?That's......

A reading list for Angelina Jolie: Top five mastectomy memoirs

Angelina Jolie wrote about her preventative double mastectomy in the New York Times this week. (Carlo Allegri/Associated Press) This week, with a moving op-ed......

Is The Great Gatsby not so great after all?

Is F. Scott Fitzgerald's book an American classic? Or over-hyped fluff? Day 6 debates....

The conversations at Get Up! Stand Up!

On Saturday, May 4th, Carol Off and Gillian Findlay were joined by several respected thinkers and visionaries for a day of discussion about the......

The politics of hockey

In his new book Breakaway, hockey writer Tal Pinchevsky chronicles the fascinating history of Eastern Bloc players who, behind the Iron Curtain, fiercely loved the game, but risked imprisonment to defect to North America....

CBC Books' summer reading list for 2013

Need a great read this summer? How about 10? Check out our annual summer reading list for some literary inspiration as you enjoy the sunny season....

The case of the #CanLit mystery quiz

May is Crime Writing Month here at CBC Books and Canada Writes (Mysterious May is so satisfyingly alliterative!), and we want to see just......

What's the first book Commander Chris Hadfield should read when he gets home?

UPDATED: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to commenter LLreader -- you've won a CBC Books prize pack! Have you been following Commander Chris......

The secret side of morning TV revealed

From stealing guests to firing hosts, a new book reveals the dark side of those network TV cheery morning chat shows....

Why men fake it: the truth about men and sex

Women aren't the only ones faking it in the bedroom. Men do too -- in startling numbers. A new book explores what's going on....

Mother's day gift guide

Sunday marks Mother's Day and books make a great gift. We're holding a fun little contest to give you a chance to win a $50......

What evolution can tell us about sex, diets and how we live

Do we romanticize the Stone Age? A new book argues that we do -- and why doing so is a big problem....

Sookie Stackhouse author receiving death threats

Charlaine Harris is ending the best-selling series that inspired the hit HBO show True Blood... and some fans are really unhappy about it. ...

Candace Bushnell's new novel leaked online

Author and columnist Candace Bushnell. (Mike Segar/Reuters)Candace Bushnell, author of the bestselling Sex and the City series, was the victim of a hacker this week......

How well do you know West Egg? Take our Gatsby quiz and find out!

First published in 1925, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most widely read, studied, and influential English language novels......

Comics series coming soon!

Starting May 21st, Canada Writes will be looking at the art of creating comics. We'll be talking to some of Canada's best known cartoonists and...... Read More »

Recommended reading from Peter Mansbridge

  May 2, 2013 marked Peter Mansbridge's 25th year as the host of CBC's The National. During that time, Mansbridge has spoken to a......

5 memoirs from former captives

Former kidnapping victims Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart offered words of advice to three women freed earlier this week from their captors after being missing......

The dark side of being a parent

This week, Canadian writer Jowita Bydlowska published Drunk Mom, a memoir with a funny title but serious subject matter: Her problems with substance abuse while......

Top 5 books hitting the big screen this summer

Director Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby adaptation starts playing in Canadian movie theatres this Friday. But that's not the only book adaptation set to hit......

Hellboy, Frodo and Peter Panzerfaust

Major Hollywood stars are voicing characters in the motion comic of Kurtis J. Wiebe's Peter Panzerfaust series....

Vote for your favourite Gatsby cover

When a book is adapted to the big screen, a movie tie-in edition is inevitable. And literary purists almost always hate movie tie-in covers. But......

Poop, placenta and boogers: Blog takes on parents' social media

Blogger Blair Koenig on her book STFU Parents, which outlines all the social media sins committed by parents online....

Murakami makes first Japan public appearance in 18 years

Fans of Japanese author Haruki Murakami queue to buy his new novel Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of his Pilgrimage at a Tokyo bookstore......

The Gatsy mansion and 6 other literary landmarks

Anticipating this week's release of the Hollywood movie adaptation of the classic novel The Great Gatsby, Slate set out to answer the question: where in......

Harper Lee sues literary agent over Mockingbird

Harper Lee, author of the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, is seen in 2007. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Harper Lee, the 87-year-old author of the classic......

Bury Your Dead walking tour premiere

The Notre-Dame is one of several stops as part of the Bury Your Dead walking tour.First aired on Breakaway (15/04/13) A Quebec City walking tour......

Baz Luhrmann on adapting The Great Gatsby

What was adapting this iconic piece of literature like? What's Leonardo DiCaprio really like? Where did Baz Luhrmann meet the Bee Gees? He reveals all this and more in a recent chat with George Stroumboulopoulos....

Calling all intergalactic poets! Have YOU got a message for Mars?

Want to send a poem into space? Well, you might get a chance, thanks to a new initiative from NASA. This week, NASA issued......

Regina attacked by aliens: Avengers to the rescue!

In the latest edition of the Avengers comic, Regina is the target of a bomb attack by an eviil alien. The Afternoon Edition has more....

Top 5: Amanda Knox and five other stories of wrongful conviction

Amanda Knox was accused of murdering her roommate as an exchange student in Italy and held in an Italian prison for four years. Her fight......

When the justice is delayed or denied

What happens when high profile cases go awry? Innocent people are hurt, and guilty ones roam free. John Douglas explores such high-profile cases in his new book, Law & Disorder....

10 years to become an Instant Mom

Canadian-Greek actress Nia Vardalos chronicles her long journey to becoming a mom in a new books....

Top 5: Athletes on coming out

NBA player Jason Collins made history this week by becoming the first active athlete in one of the four major professional sports leagues to come out. We look at 5 other trailblazers -- and the great books they wrote....

Three changes we need to make now -- before we consume our planet

Sarah Elton, author of Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet says we need to rethink how we farm, sell and distribute food. ...