July 2013

Taste Canada 2013: Single-subject cookbooks

Check back soon for recipe excerpts, interviews and more! English  The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood by Sharon HannaKale-evangelist Sharon Hanna provides more than......

Taste Canada 2013: Regional/cultural cookbooks

Check back soon for recipe excerpts, interviews, and more! Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi DuguidWith simple recipes for food that manages to be elegant......

Summer holiday: 5 literary hotels

If you're planning on taking a trip somewhere later this summer, book lovers should consider stopping by one of these literary hotels, all inspired by......

Taste Canada 2013: General cookbooks

Check back soon for recipe excerpts, interviews and more!English  Lynn Crawford's Pitchin' In: 100 Great Recipes from Simple IngredientsLynn Crawford's Pitchin' In chronicles chef Lynn......

Taste Canada 2013: Culinary narratives

Check back soon for recipe excerpts, interviews and more! Canadian Whisky by Davin de KergommeauxJoin whisky authority Davin de Kergommeaux on a pan-Canadian journey through......

From Tony Soprano to Don Draper: Why bad boys make for great TV

In his book Difficult Men, Brett Martin argues that male anti-heroes have brought about a revolution in TV. Day 6 has more....

Vancouver buys most books per capita: Amazon.ca

Perhaps it's the frequently wet climate or the abundance of coffee shops or just a plain old love for literature. For whatever reason, Vancouver buys......

Efraim Zuroff chronicles his life as a Nazi hunter

Efraim Zuroff, the director of Simon Wiesenthal Center and the author of Operation Last Chance: One Man's Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice. (Gero Breloer/Associated...... Read More »

Jori Phillips' head-turning thesaurus dress

First aired on North by Northwest (28/07/2013)B.C.-based actress Jori Phillips loves to work on crafts and art projects to relax, but never did she think......

The search for Canada's Most Iconic Book Cover: Round three

Click the bracket to enlarge the image. Download a copy and follow along! Only eight books remain as we head into the third round......

Amazon's top 20 pre-ordered fall releases

New books by Malcolm Gladwell and Margaret Atwood are among the most anticipated books coming this fall, according to online retail giant Amazon.The company released......

Eve Ensler: 'We have to bring up girls and boys to understand what sex is'

The author of the groundbreaking Vagina Monologues talks to Strombo about her new memoir, and the need to educate teens about sex....

Quiz: How well do you know your pen names?

Some of the most revered and popular authors have used pen names. Test your knowledge of literary identities with this quiz!...

Margaret Atwood's opera about Pauline Johnson to debut May 2014

Margaret Atwood's first opera, about the life of Canadian writer and performer Pauline Johnson, will debut in Vancouver next May, the Guardian reports.Atwood began work......

Chuck Klosterman's theory about why we're drawn to villains

First aired on Q (25/07/13) In classic narratives of good versus evil, we feel like we're supposed to root for the hero. But often the......

Happy birthday, Austin Clarke!

A very happy birthday to writer Austin Clarke, who turns 79 today!The prolific writer, journalist and teacher, is one of Canada's most decorated authors.......

How to rehabilitate your reputation

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton watches President Clinton pause as he thanks those Democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted against impeachment......

Helping the Calgary library recover from the flood: 20,000 books under the Bow

First aired on The Homestretch (23/7/13) The Calgary Public Library lost about 20,000 books when the basement of the central branch flooded and the......

Two new African writers to watch

Book blogger Anne Logan talks up We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, which is on the Man Booker longlist, and Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi on Calgary's The Homestretch....

Jeet Thayil on why 'Where are you from?' is a complicated question for all of us

The award-winning author of Narcopolis thinks that the intermingling of cultures is the way of the future. NXNW has more....

Chuck Palahniuk returns to Fight Club

The bestselling author has revealed that he's working on a graphic novel sequel to his critically acclaimed 1996 novel. ...

Jonathan Franzen's fight to save songbirds

In this Nov. 3, 2012, photo, a bird is entangled in a net used by poachers to trap migrating songbirds in the early morning......

Cracking the case of The Cuckoo's Calling

J.K. Rowling does press for The Casual Vacancy, a novel published under her real name, in 2012. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) First aired on Day......

The search for Canada's Most Iconic Book Cover: Round two

Click the bracket to enlarge the image. Download a copy and follow along! Which book cover deserves the title Most Iconic Canadian Book Cover? Earlier......

The trial of Whitey Bulger

This June 3, 2013, courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger, centre, during a pretrial conference before U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, left rear, in......

Quiz: How well do you know Hemingway?

We've put together a quiz that features some strange, but true, facts about this mythologized writer. ...

Do real animal lovers hunt?

First aired on Tooth and Claw (15/7/2013) Is hunting ethical or atrocious? Hunting, or being hunted, is probably the most basic, primitive way the......

What's in a (pen) name?

In the wake of J. K. Rowling being outed as the author of a thriller under a pen name, U.K. novelist Anna Maxted defends using a nom de plume. Q has more....

How much is the late fee for an overdue library book after 40 years?

Employees in Ohio's Champaign County Library received a surprise return this week when a book checked out 41 years ago finally arrived back...

Quiz: How well do you know your Robert Munsch?

Author Robert Munsch reads to schoolchildren from one of his books at City Hall in Toronto on Friday ,January 23, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank......

Why Orwell's 1984 is still relevant

Orwell's biographer Michael Shelden says that 1984 was written as "a warning." The Sunday Edition has more....

Pro football's gay rights activist

Veteran punter Chris Kluwe speaks out on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, gun control and racism in his new book. Q has more. ...

How to brainwash someone

First Aired on How to Do It (2/7/13) From Charles Manson's notorious hold over his followers to The Manchurian Candidate, the prospect that a......

'A story a day or I just can't play': Meet CBC's latest book lover, Bookaboo

On Wednesday, July 17, CBC Kids premiered a new show that brings books and television together with a rock 'n' roll twist. Bookaboo is a rock......

Do we love our pets too much?

First aired on Tooth and Claw (9/7/2013) For many people, pets have become just like members of the family. But what does it mean......

#CanLit chat replay: Becoming a reader

We partnered with the National Reading Campaign for our August #canlit Twitter chat. The National Reading Campaign, which was launched in 2008, is dedicated......

A Canadian Reading List

Thanks for submitting your suggestions! Here's a list of 10 of the most popular user-submitted picks of books that really represent Canada and being......

Composer finds musical inspiration in The Hunger Games

Nova Scotia's Rebekah Maxner has published a book of piano music inspired by the blockbuster YA trilogy....

The search for Canada's Most Iconic Book Cover: Round one

Which book cover deserves the title? The 32 finalists have been randomly matched up and are going head to head in a public vote....

Tribute to Carol Shields on the 10th anniversary of her death

When Shields began writing in the 1970s, she wanted to give voice to the stories she felt were overlooked in contemporary literature. Her legacy lives on. Here's what some Canadian authors had to say about her....

Joy Kogawa on Obasan's legacy

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (11/7/13) When Joy Kogawa set out to write about the persecution and internment of Japanese-Canadians during the Second......

J.K. Rowling's pseudonym success

The Harry Potter creator has confirmed she's 'Robert Galbraith,' the pseudonym credited with writing the critically acclaimed detective novel The Cuckoo's Calling. We look at other popular writers who have written books under pseudonyms. ...

Sneak peek at Saving Mr. Banks

Movie adaptations of beloved books are big business, but they don't always (or even often) live up to the expectations of book fans. But......

Rethinking dangerous drugs

First aired on Q (9/7/13) Everything we think we know about dangerous drugs is wrong -- and the policies in place to deal with......

Move over, ampersand, there's a new symbol in town

First aired on As It Happens (10/7/13) "Why does 'and' have all the fun?" That's what the promotional video (which you can watch above)......

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on her new novel, Americanah

The bestselling author of Purple Hibiscus combines a love story with an exploration of race and identity in her latest book. The Sunday Edition has more....

Embattled celeb chef Paula Deen to star in new comic book

Paula Deen doing a cooking demonstration on an episode of NBC's Today show. (Peter Kramer/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)The saga of embattled celebrity chef Paula......

The golden age of hijacking

Hijackings are a rarity today, but were much more common in the 1960s-70s when airline security was much more lax and serious political unrest was widespread. Author Brendan I. Koerner explains the history of hijacking on The Current. ...

George R. R. Martin shares image of the 'real Iron Throne'

A certain amount of creative license and interpretation is involved when any novel is adapted into a TV or film production. But how do the......

What do women want?

First aired on Q (9/7/2013) If you think only men get turned on by sexy images, think again. Magic Mike became a success story......

New TV series explores the life of Bond creator Ian Fleming

Producers of a new British TV series about the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming have given viewers a sneak peek of what......

When books and space collide: An intergalactic quiz

Chris Hadfield's book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, won't be available until October, but there's a rich history of space literature you can......

LGBT group mounts campaign against Ender's Game movie

LGBT group Geeks OUT has launched a campaign to boycott the Hollywood adaptation of the YA sci-fi classic Ender's Game, because of the anti-gay......

Joe Muto's memoir about working at Fox News

Joe Muto became a mole for Gawker while he was working at Fox News. Now he's written a book about his experiences. The Current has more....

A history of shame

Deborah Cohen, author of Family Secrets: Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day, discusses how what's considered shameful has changed over the decades. Tapestry has more....

Giant Mr. Darcy statue appears in London's Hyde Park

A swimmer approaches a statue meant to depict actor Colin Firth performing as Mr. Darcy. (David Parry, PA/Associated Press)Our feelings will not be repressed. You......

The return of Captain Canuck

  First aired on CBC News Network (1/7/2013) Nearly 40 years after Captain Canuck first squeezed into Spandex, the Canadian superhero has returned. He's......

A literary treasure hunt in Sudbury

First aired on Morning North (4/7/2013) If you live in Sudbury, Ont., keep your eyes peeled this summer for treasure. Literary treasure, that is.......

Dan Savage on Strombo

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (4/7/13) He may be America's most popular sex-advice columnist and a bestselling author. His latest book, American Savage,......

To debate or not to debate: Challenge over Shakespeare's identity

Writer and literary critic Alexander Waugh has issued a challenge to scholars of Shakespeare to appear on TV and debate who really wrote Hamlet and Macbeth. ...

Love chocolate? Don't thank your tastebuds - thank your brain

First aired on Think About It (1/7/2013) The next time you take a bite of something delicious, pause. Close your eyes. Savour the flavour.......

Life in high school: Bullying and power struggles

Krista Bridge's debut novel, The Eliot Girls, is loosely based on her own experiences at two private schools in Toronto. Metro Morning has more....

What is the most iconic book cover in CanLit? Help us determine the finalists

UPDATE:  Thanks for the submissions, everyone! The 32 finalists will be revealed the week of Monday, July 15. Stay tuned to see which covers......

New indigenous writing

Writers Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair talk about the blossoming of aboriginal writing in Canada. The Next Chapter has more....

Classic 80s TV shows to be resurrected as digital comic books

Whoa, time out. Zach Morris and his Bayside High buddies will be back in comic book form. (NBCUniversal)In recent years we've seen a massive resurgence......

Is our water safe to drink?

Chris Wood, co-author of Down the Drain, argues that our tap water is making us sick. The Current has more. ...

Kafka for kids

First aired on As It Happens (1/7/13) Franz Kafka wrote dark, terrifying stories. One is about an artist whose art is starvation. He starves......

Chris Hadfield's book lands in October

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who became an intergalactic superstar thanks to his photos of space and social media savvy, hits bookshelves on October 29, 2013. ...

#CanLit chat replay: Book covers

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......

The legacy of Sylvia Plath

First aired on The Sunday Edition (23/06/13) The American poet Sylvia Plath was just 30 when she took her own life in February 1963. On......

How to disappear: A reading list

This summer, CBC Radio is airing How to Do It, a guide on what you need to know about things you hope to never need......