June 2013

Gerry Dee on teaching, acting and writing

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (24/6/13) Gerry Dee is a man of many talents. He developed and stars in his own CBC-TV show,......

CBC Books' Writers to Watch: The 2013 edition

Happy Canada Day, book lovers! CBC Books is celebrating in style: by looking at the future of fiction in the Great White North. Which writers......

E.L. James is the most powerful author in the world, according to Forbes

Five authors, including the Fifty Shades of Grey author, make the Forbes Celebrity 100 list....

Does a character have to be likeable?

The main character in Claire Messud's novel The Woman Upstairs isn't necessarily someone you'd want as a friend. But why should that matter? The Sunday Edition has more....

Ira Glass on David Rakoff

Ira Glass, executive producer and host of This American Life in his New York office, Monday Feb. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)  First aired......

The ultimate summer reading list for your kids

CBC Books has already shared the ultimate summer reading list for grown-ups, but what about your kids? The Next Chapter has that covered with their......

Jane Austen could be next face of £10 note

Iconic British author Jane Austen is the leading candidate to be the next face of the country's £10 note, according to a BBC report.The Bank......

Anne Rice defends Paula Deen

Author Anne RiceFormer Food Network star Paula Deen has been mired in controversy lately -- and it seems plenty of people are adding their......

Young Americans still reading paper books, going to library

It seems like every other week there's a story circulating about how young people aren't picking up paper books any more and the future of......

Think (and read) about it: A reading list for your brain

Want to win a set of Brainiac Book Club books? We're giving away three great prize packs!...

Jamie Oliver finishes reading his first book at age 38

TV host and chef Jamie Oliver has written numerous cookbooks despite having dyslexia (Mark Piasecki/FilmMagic)British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said he finished reading a book......

The war on the apostrophe

First aired on The Current 17/06/13 Is the apostrophe destined for the grammatical bone-yard, alongside archaic terms like "thou" and "thee"? It would be, if......

A Camp Reading List

This week kids are packing up their desks at school and those who are camp go-ers will be starting to pack their bags for camp.......

Feist: Road reads

The award-winning singer-songwriter shares some of her favourite books to take on tour. ...

Batter up! A bookish baseball quiz

It's summer, a perfect time for our favourite past times: books and baseball. But how well do you know your books about baseball? Will......

Attack! Jellyfish are taking over the underwater world

In a new book, Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, leading jellyfish expert Dr. Lisa-Ann Gershwin warns that the creatures are becoming the "middleman of destruction" of ecosystems....

Khaled Hosseini discusses his new book on Q

First aired on Q 13/06/13 Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-American novelist of the best sellers Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has just released his......

Bill O'Reilly's burgeoning film adaptation franchise

Bill O'Reilly and actor Rob Lowe talk on set of National Geographic Channel's adaptation of Killing Kennedy. (Associated Press/Kent Eanes, National Geographic Channel)National Geographic Channel......

Seven Tips for Strong Beginnings

In light of our collaboration with Toronto's festival of the mind Luminato, we reached out to featured Canadian writers to find out how they begin their...... Read More »

What one gay dad taught his daughter about life and love

First aired on Metro Morning (17/613) Growing up with gay parents isn't as uncommon as it once was. Back in the 1980s, particularly in......

Life After Faith

First aired on Q (17/6/13) Jerry DeWitt was once a successful Pentecostal preacher from deep within the Bible Belt. He preached at two churches,......

When singer-songwriters are poets: Five notable books

Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gord Downie...a number of singer-songwriters are crossover artists when it comes to poetry....

Fifty Shades adaptation lands its director

Director Samantha Taylor-Johnson and her actor husband Aaron attend a movie premiere. (Associated Press)British filmmaker Samantha Taylor-Johnson has won the highly coveted job of directing......

Alice Munro is retiring, here are her best books

Canadian literary giant Alice Munro announced her retirement during her Trillium Book Award acceptance speech last night, the National Post reports. The prize was awarded......

Which superhero can save the (real) world?

First aired on Day 6 (15/06/13) Superheroes were created to save the world, but the problems they're up against are fictional. So what if......

This summer's must-read mysteries

If you like a good thriller or whodunit to read while basking in the sun, then this roundup of books is for you! ...

Happy birthday to Paul McCartney, beloved musician...and author!

CBC Books would officially like to say "happy birthday to you" to Sir Paul McCartney who is turning 71 today. And while most people know......

Joel Plaskett: Road reads

With summer music festival season upon us, many great artists are hitting the road. Part of their preparation for such treks is coming up with......

Temple Grandin on the autistic brain

Temple Grandin. (Courtesy Temple Grandin)First aired on The Sunday Edition 09/06/13Well-known autism activist Temple Grandin's new book The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, argues......

Aphorism, fragment, tweet

First aired on Spark (7/6/2013) Twitter is filled with quick quips and pithy posturings that are only 140 characters long. Having such a condensed......

Stephen King pledges $3 million to repair local library

Bestselling horror and fantasy writer Stephen King and his wife have pledged $3 million to help repair the century-old library in his hometown in Maine,......

Michael Pollan: 'We watch people cook on TV more than we cook ourselves'

Food writer Michael Pollan chronicles his pilgrimages to people who are keeping culinary traditions alive in his new book Cooked. ...

The many faces of Peter Mansbridge

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

More literary holidays in celebration of Bloomsday

This Sunday June 16, James Joyce fans will be recreating the events in the novel Ulysses in celebration of Bloomsday. The holiday is named after......

A True North Reading List

Canada has been home to some of the world's most talented, innovative, and respected writers.  Canadian literature is compelling, diverse, and distinct, from the spirited......

Is 2013 the new 1984?

First aired on The Current 14/06/13Sales of George Orwell's novel 1984 have seen a drastic spike this week. Some are speculating the renewed interest in......

A Father's Day reading list

This Father's Day show your dad some literary love and get him a book tailored to his personality. Here's a list of books for different......

20 years of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and the relationship book industry it spawned

  When Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus came out in 1992, it revolutionized the way people approached heterosexual relationships, arguing that in......

Put your love of Anne of Green Gables to the test

Today marks 105 years of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. How well do you know everyone's favourite fictional redhead? Take our quiz to find out!...

Would you read pay-as-you-go books?

First aired on Day 6 (9/6/13) Have you ever bought a book that you ended up not reading? Or getting to chapter four or......

Anne of Green Gables through the times

Over the last century Anne Shirley has had many different looks on the cover of the classic children's book Anne of Green Gables. She's been......

The battle for control of cyberspace

Ron Deibert argues in his new book, Black Code, that "we're delegating authority over essentially our public sphere to some of the world's most secretive agencies." Spark has more. ...

Poorism tourism: A highly unethical new trend in travel?

The book Slum Tourism: Poverty, Power & Ethics details the booming trend of travel that takes them to the poorest parts of the world. ...

The Ultimate Undead Face-Off: The contenders

There are 12 contenders in the Ultimate Undead Face-Off and it's up to you to determine the most fearsome undead creature of all. Before......

The Ultimate Undead Face-Off: The Vote

Which undead creature is the most undead of them all? That's what the Ultimate Undead Face-Off is designed to find out. The apocalypse to......

A reading list from Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton is an award winning Canadian web comic artist. Her web comics were recently compiled into a book Hark! A Vagrant, which received international......

Kids and reading

According to a new report, one in three kindergarten students in Ontario entered Grade 1 "at risk" or "vulnerable" in their reading and writing, and continued to lag in Grade 3. Metro Morning has more....

Winner Announced for RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

First aired on Fresh Air 09/06/13 Toronto poet Laura Clarke, this year's winner of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, is now $5,000......

A whistleblower's reading list

Edward Snowden is the latest to come out as an internationally recognized whistleblower. Over the weekend, he revealed himself as the man who released......

CanLit quiz: How well do you know your first lines?

If an opening line is good enough, it can hook the reader for the whole novel. Some authors go for the short and snappy, some......

5 anticipated book-to-TV adaptations

As the world gears up for the end of the latest season of HBO's Game of Thrones, we here at CBC Books are looking to......

Internet sensation "Wheelchair Pig" lands book deal

Chris P. Bacon and his homemade wheelchair (YouTube).   First aired on As it Happens 04/06/13 Move over Olivia, Winnie the Pooh and Wilbur:......

Controversial writer Jonah Lehrer gets new book deal

Bestselling pop-science author Jonah Lehrer, who had two books pulled after his writing was criticized for recycling material and fabricating quotes, has landed a new......

Guy Gavriel Kay on River of Stars

In his latest book, the bestselling novelist revisits the fictional empire of Kitai. The Next Chapter has more....

Students in Nova Scotia win contest by reading 58,000 books

First aired on Halifax's Information Morning (05/06/13) The Adopt-a-Library program's "WOW Reading Challenge" started out as a simple contest -- read as many books as possible.......

Game of Thrones trivia-mania

The hugely popular (and anxiety inducing) TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy novels concludes its third season this weekend. As we head towards the finale, review the first two seasons with these quizzes!...

School cruelty towards Aboriginals revealed in memoir

First aired on the Sunday Edition (30/05/13) In her new book, They Called Me Number One, Bev Sellars, Chief of the Soda Creek Nation in...... Read More »

Vote: Munsch Madness tournament

Which Robert Munsch story is the greatest of all time? Cast your vote in our Munsch Madness tournament. Content loading... Please enable javascript! Munsch......

5 books that deal with bullying

Bullying has emerged as a major public concern in recent years, and the federal government has just announced it will pledge $250,000 towards a program......

Do e-readers help or hinder students?

First aired on On The Island (03/06/2013) At the University of Victoria's Congress 2013, an annual gathering of humanities and social sciences, there's been some......

Real-life CIA agent Jason Matthews on Red Sparrow

First aired on The Current (03/06/2013)They say write what you know, and there are few people in the world that know espionage like veteran CIA......

5 books about Tiananmen Square

Twenty four years ago today, the Tiananmen Square protests came to a tragic stop. Each night, for six weeks in the spring of 1989, thousands......

From meme to movie star: the rise of Grumpy Cat

Image of Tardar Sauce aka Grumpy Cat courtesy her website, grumpycats.com First aired on As It Happens (31/5/13) These days, it seems like cats......

12-year-old cancer survivor's memoir

Claudia Martino shares her story about overcoming the illness and the bullying she experienced in her young life in the new book My Magic Box. ...

The #CanLit chat replay: Summer reading

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......

In praise of Barbara Pym

First aired on The Sunday Edition (02/06/13) The English writer Barbara Pym spent 16 years in what she described as "the wilderness." Between 1950......

Why we love watching the world end

Costumed actors, promoting the television series The Walking Dead, shamble along the Brooklyn Bridge. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)First aired 01/06/13 on Day 6 This summer, brace......

Are you sleeping too much?

First aired on The Current (28/05/13) Do you have trouble sleeping? Everyone has a sleepless night from time to time, but for sufferers of......