August 2013

Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney dies at 74

Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995, had suffered recently from ill health. (Peter Morrison/Associated Press) Seamus Heaney, Ireland's most......

Is Bambi a bad influence? Disney and the real animal kingdom

Tooth and Claw asks whether Disney's portrayal of animals is good or bad for the real thing. ...

CBC Books' fall 2013 reading list

With a great mix of blockbusters and debuts, fall 2013 is shaping up to be one of the biggest seasons for book lovers yet. CBC......

Quiz: Harry Potter character or Friedrich Nietzsche?

Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Jaap Buitendjik) The first book in J.K. Rowling's wildly......

The top 5 most shocking deaths in literature: Beth March

Beth March from Louisa May Alcott's Little WomenIt's one of the most well known spoilers in literature but that doesn't make it any less shocking......

The top 5 most shocking deaths in literature: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet from William Shakespeare's Romeo and JulietShakespeare lays out a clear disclaimer by calling this a tragedy. But seriously, why do they both......

The top 5 most shocking deaths in literature: Dumbledore

Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceFans of Harry Potter got a real shock while reading this......

The top 5 most shocking deaths in literature: Cathy Earnshaw

Catherine "Cathy" Earnshaw from Emily Brontë's Wuthering HeightsIt's revealed early on that Catherine Earnshaw is writing from beyond the grave but it isn't until later......

The top 5 most shocking deaths in literature: Ned Stark

Eddard "Ned" Stark from George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice.He was the patriarch of the noble Stark family. Ned......

Calgary's Central Library re-opens

The Homestretch talks to April Serink, the Calgary Public Library's marketing manager, about the re-opening and the progress of repairs. ...

How some men are turned into monsters

In his book Evil Men, author James Dawes describes how ordinary men can be indoctrinated to commit horrible acts. The Current has more....

Happy 100th birthday, Robertson Davies!

Robertson Davies was born on this day in Thamesville, Ontario, in 1913. You may know this esteemed Canadian author from such works such as......

What's the greatest book-to-film adaptation of all time?

Each September, the entertainment world turns its attention to the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious and influential festivals of its kind.......

A civil rights reading list

Martin Luther King delivered his game-changing "I have a dream speech" 50 years ago today. The speech went on to empower the civil rights......

Book remains found, shed light on Canadian history

The House of Assembly of Montreal, circa 1848, is shown in this drawing by James Duncan. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Gallery of Canada) First aired......

Songs that could inspire children's books

Ringo Starr may not be remembered for being the most prolific songwriter in The Beatles, but he can now lay claim to inspiring a children's book. ...

E.L. James made $95 million in 2013, Forbes reports

Earlier this summer, Forbes declared E.L. James the most powerful author in the world -- and #42 most powerful celebrity overall. This week, Forbes......

Quiz: 20 years of the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Will Ferguson makes a toast after winning the $50,000 prize in 2012. (Photo by: Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)This year marks 20th edition of the Scotiabank......

Life in the U.S. pot-producing capital

Journalist Emily Brady chronicles the clandestine community of marijuana growers of California's Humboldt County in her new book Humboldt. Q has more....

Would vampires survive a zombie apocalypse?

First aired on Q (20/8/13) He's the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, has had gigs as an Emmy-winning writer for Saturday Night......

Mitch Albom on the joy of running out of time

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (21/8/13) Mitch Albom isn't afraid to tackle the big questions: life, death and faith. His parables about living......

Taste Canada Q&A: Davin de Kergommeaux, author of Canadian Whisky

Q: For the spirits novice, could you briefly explain the key differences between Canadian whisky and the other famous whiskies (i.e., American, Irish and......

Taste Canada: Baked Stuffed Apples from Fast Flavours

Excerpted from Fast Flavours. Copyright © 2012 Michael Smith. Published by Penguin Canada. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.Baked Stuffed ApplesIt......

Taste Canada: 4 Speed Beef Stew from Fast Flavours

Excerpted from Fast Flavours. Copyright © 2012 Michael Smith. Published by Penguin Canada. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.4 Speed Beef......

Taste Canada: Ginger Soy Poached Salmon from Fast Flavours

Excerpted from Fast Flavours. Copyright © 2012 Michael Smith. Published by Penguin Canada. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.Ginger Soy Poached......

Catcher in the Rye sequel? Posthumous J.D. Salinger works to be published: AP

Plans are afoot to release a series of previously unpublished books by J.D. Salinger after 2015, according to the authors of a new biography about The Catcher in the Rye writer. ...

Taste Canada: Kachin Salsa from Burma: Rivers of Flavor

Excerpted from Burma: Rivers of Flavor. Copyright © 2012 Naomi Duguid. Published by Random House Canada, an imprint of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing......

Taste Canada: Fried sesame-seed bananas from Burma: Rivers of Flavor

Excerpted from Burma: Rivers of Flavor. Copyright © 2012 Naomi Duguid. Published by Random House Canada, an imprint of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing......

What does the future of nature conservation look like?

Sihil, an ocelot from the Cincinnati Zoo. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez) First aired on Tooth and Claw (20/8/13) When it comes to nature......

The future of travel? Daniel H. Wilson on the Hyperloop

The author of Where's My Jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived weighs in on Elon Musk's visionary plan to revolutionize inter-city travel....

The Justice League is coming to Canada

Canada and comics go hand-in-hand like fries and gravy, right? From Joe Shuster to Jeff Lemire, Canadians have created some of the most memorable......

Is The Mortal Instruments the next blockbuster film franchise?

We're about to find out as the film adaptation of the first book, City of Bones, in Cassandra Clare's bestselling series hit theatres this week. ...

The Man of Mail? Canada Post to introduce new Superman stamps

Look, printed on that stamp! It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's Superman!Yes, the Man of Steel will appear in a new series of......

Taste Canada: Easy Grilled Chicken from Burma: Rivers of Flavor

Excerpted from Burma: Rivers of Flavor. Copyright © 2012 Naomi Duguid. Published by Random House Canada, an imprint of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group,......

Taste Canada: Custard Dumplings from East Meets West

Excerpted from East Meets West: Traditional and Contemporary Asian Dishes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants by Stephanie Yuen. Published by Douglas & McIntyre. Reproduced by arrangement......

Taste Canada: Humba-Style Braised Pork Belly from East Meets West

Excerpted from East Meets West: Traditional and Contemporary Asian Dishes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants by Stephanie Yuen. Published by Douglas & McIntyre. Reproduced by arrangement......

Taste Canada: Daikon, Scallion and Potato Pancakes from East Meets West

Excerpted from East Meets West: Traditional and Contemporary Asian Dishes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants by Stephanie Yuen. Published by Douglas & McIntyre. Reproduced by arrangement......

Taste Canada: Grilled Salmon with Tarragon Mayonnaise from Canada's Favourite Recipes

Excerpted from Canada's Favourite Recipes (Whitecap Books) by Elizabeth Baird and Rose Murray. Photos by Tracey Kusiewicz.Grilled Salmon with Tarragon MayonnaiseMakes 8 servingsSalmon has always......

Taste Canada: Maple Carrot Cake from Canada's Favourite Recipes

Excerpted from Canada's Favourite Recipes (Whitecap Books) by Elizabeth Baird and Rose Murray Photos by Tracey Kusiewicz.Maple Carrot Cake with Maple-Butter IcingMakes 16 servingsMonda Rosenberg,......

Taste Canada: Mexi Meatless Shepherd's Pie from The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook

Excerpted from The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook (Whitecap Books) edited by Mairlyn Smith. Photos by Mike McColl.Mexi Meatless Shepherd's PieBy Amy Snider-WhitsonThis great family-friendly casserole......

Taste Canada: Fruit and Nut Clusters from The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook

Excerpted from The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook (Whitecap Books) edited by Mairlyn Smith. Photos by Mike McColl.Fruit and Nut ClustersSome dinner parties just call for......

Man proposes to girlfriend with original children's book

North Carolina couple Paul Phillips and Erika Ramos get engaged in their local library. (Laura Ingram)Some book proposals fetch an author a hefty advance. Well,......

How to make someone fall in love with you

First aired on How to Do It (13/8/13) What's the secret to getting someone to fall in love with you? Chemistry, biological anthropologist Helen......

Remembering Elmore Leonard

First aired on The National (20/8/13) Elmore Leonard died yesterday at the age of 87, after having a stroke earlier this month. He wrote......

Judy Blume on the film adaptation of her novel Tiger Eyes

The beloved author is known for treating controversial subjects like religion, divorce, sexuality and death with candour and sensitivity in books for young readers. Q has more....

Canada's Most Iconic Book Cover: We have a winner!

After weeks of voting, our search for Canada's most iconic book cover is over! You've chosen Robert Munsch's Love You Forever as the winner,......

Quiz: The work of Elmore Leonard

Leonard, one of America's most prolific and influential crime writers, died at the age of 87 this week. For all his fans out there, we're highlighting some of his work and history with this quiz. ...

Author Melissa Mohr on the history of swearing

Mohr examines swearing through the ages in her book Holy Sh*t. Q has more....

A Tap on the Window: Linwood Barclay on his new thriller

The bestselling crime writer says he mines "the kind of anxieties we all have." ...

Taste Canada: Apple Crêpes from The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook

Excerpted from The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook (Whitecap Books) edited by Mairlyn Smith. Photos by Mike McColl.Apple CrêpesBy Deb Campbell, PHEcIn Canada we know how......

Taste Canada: Lamb Turnovers and Greek Salad from Pitchin' In

The following recipes are from Lynn Crawford's Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients, a finalist in Taste Canada's General Cookbook award.......

Taste Canada: Red Velvet Cupcakes from Pitchin' In

The following recipes are from Lynn Crawford's Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients, a finalist in Taste Canada's General Cookbook award.......

Taste Canada: Tomato & Goat Cheese Quiche from Pitchin' In

The following recipes are from Lynn Crawford's Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients, a finalist in Taste Canada's General Cookbook award.......

The real Piper on prison, and Orange Is the New Black

Piper Kerman is the author of the bestselling memoir Orange is the New Black, which has been adapted as an original series on Netflix. Q has more....

Anchorman's Ron Burgundy to release 'tell-all' memoir

The fictional San Diego-based news anchor, played by Will Ferrell, is legendary for his broadcasting chops, his insatiable lust for single malt scotch and suits, and will share stories of his journey and, uh, wisdom. ...

Man Booker Prize winner Anne Enright in conversation

The Irish novelist on The Gathering, angry female narrators and her first visit to Newfoundland....

Novelist Hisham Matar on his return to Libya

The author of Anatomy of a Disappearance and In a Country of Men was interviewed onstage at Montreal's Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. Ideas has more....

Thomas Frank on Mad Men

The author of the The Conquest of Cool, about the ad industry in the 1960s, weighs in on the acclaimed TV series' recreation of the era. Q has more....

Author of surprise bestseller The Silent Wife didn't live to see her success

Metro Morning talks to John Massey, who was married for 30 years to novelist A.S.A. Harrison....

Told You So, says Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader, who is almost 80, says his "thirst for justice" and "fact-driven moral indignation" keep him going. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)First Aired on Q (08/01/2013) We live......

The search for Canada's Most Iconic Book Cover: Championship round!

Click the bracket to enlarge the image or download a copy! It's the championship round! We're down to your picks for the two most......

Mysterious donor gives £100,000 to buy Jane Austen ring back from Kelly Clarkson

An anonymous donor has given £100,000 (about $160,000 Cdn) to Jane Austen's House Museum to help buy a gold and turquoise ring of the author's back from American singer Kelly Clarkson....

2010 Shortlist

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud The Sentimentalists tells the story of the daughter of a rootless Vietnam vet who wants to get to know......

2008 Shortlist

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden A contemporary tale following a Cree woman's search for her missing sister, as well as an account of......

2007 Shortlist

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay Late Nights on Air is a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic tale centred on a cast of characters......

2009 Shortlist

The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre The Bishop's Man is about "a priest who goes into the business idealistically, who realizes that priests also......

2006 Shortlist

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures is about medical students and young doctors, a world Lam was immersed in......

2005 Shortlist

The Time in Between by David Bergen Haunted by the past, a Vietnam war veteran returns to the once war-torn country nearly three decades......

2004 Shortlist

Runaway by Alice Munro One of Munro's most critically acclaimed collection of short stories about love, family and the complexity of relationships. Read more......

2003 Shortlist

The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M.G. Vassanji Vassanji's second Giller Prize-winning work sheds light on the racial tension in Kenya during the......

2002 shortlist

The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke This exploration of racial politics and culture is set on the post-colonial West Indian island of Bimshire in......

2001 shortlist

Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright Clara Callan tells the story of two sisters whose lives take very different paths. The jury said Wright......

2000 Shortlist

Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje A woman, born in civil war-ravaged Sri Lanka but educated in the West, returns to her homeland after many......

1999 Shortlist

A Good House by Bonnie Burnard Bill Chambers returns home to his family from the Second World War, injured but hopeful about resuming his......

1997 Shortlist

Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler A compelling, wild ride through the life of a Montreal man told through his own unique perspective. Read more......

1998 Shortlist

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro A collection of eight richly layered stories about the lengths people will go to for......

1996 Shortlist

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood The riveting tale of a 16-year-old housemaid accused in the double murder of her employer and his housekeeper-mistress in......

1995 shortlist

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry A Fine Balance follows four characters through a tumultuous decade in Mumbai. Read more » The Author AUTHOR......

Who Said It? Breaking Bad's Walter White or a Shakespearean villain?

School teacher-turned-drug-kingpin Walter White has often been compared to a Shakespearean villain. Could you tell the difference? Take our quiz! ...

1994 Shortlist

The Book of Secrets by M.G. Vassanji The inaugural prize went to this novel that ties together the past and present of a community......

Rats! They're more like us than you'd think

First Aired on Tooth and Claw (06/08/13)There are few other critters that make people cringe as much rats. And there are few other cities that......

2011 Shortlist

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan Half-Blood Blues is the story of four jazz musicians in Nazi-occupied Paris, and moves between 1940s Paris, where the......

Esi Edugyan 2011

« Back to home 2011 Esi Edugyan's second novel, Half-Blood Blues, was chosen from a field of six exceptionally strong novels, including former winner......

Johanna Skibsrud 2010

« Back to home 2010 Johanna Skibsrud first started working on her debut novel The Sentimentalists while finishing her master of arts degree at......

Linden MacIntyre 2009

« Back to home 2009 Prior to 2009, Linden MacIntyre was arguably best known for being a veteran CBC investigative reporter and show host.......

Joseph Boyden 2008

« Back to home 2008 In 2008, Joseph Boyden cemented his status as a rising literary star in Canada when his second novel Through......

Elizabeth Hay 2007

« Back to home 2007 Ottawa writer and former CBC Radio journalist Elizabeth Hay was part of a particularly formidable shortlist in 2007 that......

Vincent Lam 2006

« Back to home 2006 In 2002, Vincent Lam was a young doctor serving on an Arctic cruise ship. One day, he had a......

M. G. Vassanji 2003

« Back to home 2003 M.G. Vassanji made history when he won the inaugural Giller Prize in 1994 for The Book of Secrets. Nearly......

Alice Munro 2004

« Back to home 2004 One year after M.G. Vassanji became the first repeat Scotiabank Giller Prize winner, Alice Munro became the second. Her......

Austin Clarke 2002

« Back to home 2002 The prolific Austin Clarke put in a lifetime of hard work before his 2002 Giller win, having written five......

The market in body parts

Scott Carney, author of The Red Market, spent six years investigating the global trade in body parts. How To Do It has more....

Richard B. Wright 2001

« Back to home 2001 Richard B. Wright is another writer for whom the second time was the charm. He was a Giller finalist......

David Bergen 2005

« Back to home 2005 In 2005, the literary prize named in honour of Doris Giller reached a sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank. Now officially......

Will Ferguson 2012

« Back to home 2012 Will Ferguson was a well-known writer who made a name for himself with humorous stories about travel and Canadian......

The Gillers: 20 Year Retrospective

In 2013, to celebrate the 20th edition of this prestigious literary prize, CBC Books put together a special retrospective look at the past winners. This......

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

Click the bracket to enlarge the image. Download a copy and follow along! Round four brings us to the final four books in our......

M.G. Vassanji 1994

« Back to home 1994 The honour of winning the first ever Giller Prize went to Kenyan-born M.G. Vassanji, who was in his mid-40s......

Better your brain -- why this book says we should get outside

First Aired on Think About It (07/29/2013)Never ending phone calls, rush hour traffic, irate bosses, packed work schedules.... it's enough to make even the most......

Michael Ondaatje and David Adams Richards - 2000

« Back to home 2000 In an unprecedented outcome, the 2000 jury (Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, and Jane Urquhart) ultimately couldn't choose between finalists......

Bonnie Burnard 1999

« Back to home 1999 Ontario-born novelist Bonnie Burnard served on two Scotiabank Giller Prize juries before winning the prize herself in 1999 for......

Alice Munro 1998

« Back to home 1998 Ontario-born Alice Munro's The Love of a Good Woman became the first short story collection to the win the......

Mordecai Richler 1997

« Back to home 1997 Montreal's Mordecai Richler served on the jury of the inaugural Giller Prize. Three years later, he himself became a......

Margaret Atwood 1996

« Back to home 1996 The iconic Margaret Atwood won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Alias Grace, the tale of a 16-year-old......

Top 5 Bad Sex in Fiction Award winners: David Guterson

David Guterson gets our darkest shade of grey -- charcoal. He won the award for his 2011 novel, Ed King, and in particular for an......

Top 5 Bad Sex in Fiction Award winners: Manil Suri

The  winner of the 2013 award, Manil Suri, gets the shade of slate grey (fourth on our scale of light to dark) for his novel The......

Top 5 Bad Sex in Fiction Award winners: Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer was the first author to win the Bad Sex in Fiction Award posthumously. In 2007 he won for his novel The Castle in......

Top 5 Bad Sex in Fiction Award winners: Wendy Perriam

We're awarding the shade of heather grey (second on our scale of light to dark) to author Wendy Perriam who won the Bad Sex in......

Top 5 Bad Sex in Fiction Award winners: Nancy Huston

Believe it or not, this isn't the most awkwardly described sex scene on our list. In fact, Canadian author Nancy Huston merits ash grey, the......

Confessions of a sociopath

M.E. Thomas wrote Confessions of a Sociopath to show "here's what it's like to be in my head." Q has more....

Why work is killing you (and what you can do about it)

First aired on Metro Morning (30/7/13) Does work stress you out? You're not alone. But workplace stress is a bigger problem than we all......

The ultimate CBC summer reading round-up

CBC is filled with book lovers -- and not just the folks at CBC Books! There are lots of CBC summer reading lists making the......

Taste Canada: The Food Writing Awards 2013

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Animals as citizens?: The next step for animal rights

First aired on Tooth and Claw (29/7/13) Could the struggle for animal rights define the 21st century just as the struggles for women's rights,......

How to exact revenge

Payback author Thane Rosenbaum argues that wanting revenge is a universal human instinct. ...