September 2013

A reading list for those having Walter White withdrawals

This past Sunday night the world said goodbye to acclaimed TV drama Breaking Bad, which featured one of the most memorable anti-heroes in recent years......

#canlit chat replay: Thursday, October 3, @ 2 p.m. ET

On Thursday, October 3, we hosted another exciting #canlit chat! The topic? The Canada Reads 2014 theme: what is the one novel that could......

CBC@IFOA Trivia Night!

CBC Books Trivia Night is back! We're pleased to partner with the International Festival of Authors to bring you our third evening of literary......

Michael Ignatieff reflects on his time with the Liberal Party

Former Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff is shown addressing supporters in May 2011 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) First aired on Q (24/09/13) For......

A tribute to Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor

Awoonor, who was gunned down in the Nairobi mall attack, is remembered by his nephew and fellow poet Kwame Dawes in an interview on As It Happens....

David Gilmour responds to criticism over remarks about only teaching books by men

Award-winning author and University of Toronto instructor David Gilmour explains to CBC News his controversial comments about not being interested in "teaching books by women."...

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: Hal Niedzviecki's Literary Feast

Hungry for some great nonfiction reads? We're celebrating this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction with our Cook Up a Literary Feast contest.......

Literary Feast Responses

To celebrate its 2013 nominees, the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction has teamed up with Loblaws and CBC Books to ask you to......

Read two books and call me in the morning: Ella Berthoud prescribes The Novel Cure

The self-described bibliotherapist prescribes fiction to help her clients "through life's hurdles and ups and downs." ...

Orange is the New Black's Taylor Schilling on playing Piper

Orange is the New Black is fast becoming one of the buzziest new television shows. The show takes its inspiration from the book of......

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize 2013

Each year, the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction recognizes literary excellence in nonfiction writing, including personal or journalistic essays, history, biography,......

Andrew Steinmetz on This Great Escape

Steinmetz's story of his cousin, Michael Paryla, an actor who escaped Nazi Germany and had a cameo role in The Great Escape is a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction....

Who Said it Quiz: Drake or Leonard Cohen?

They're two of Canada's most treasured poets, musicians and -- let's face it -- ladies' men. Leonard Cohen grew up on the mean streets of......

Amanda Lindhout's memoir on surviving torture

Amanda Lindhout and her mother share a painful phone call from captivity....

Margaret Atwood on MaddAddam and literary fame

The CanLit icon talks to The Sunday Edition about the final novel in her dystopian trilogy, in which the human race is reduced to a small band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world....

Craig Davidson on Cataract City

"A lot of the book is a love letter to my own childhood and the things that I like," Davidson said of his Scotiabank Giller Prize-longlisted book....

'Pandora for books' could make personalized book recommendations

Computer scientists at the University of London have come up with a system that can automatically analyse and compare texts, the New Scientist reports....

Is opening the Man Booker Prize to U.S. writers a bad idea?

Former Booker jury member and finalist Philip Hensher says changing the rules to allow American fiction to compete "spells disaster."...

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: Andreas Schroeder's Literary Feast

Hungry for some great nonfiction reads? We're celebrating this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction with our Cook Up a Literary Feast contest.......

Lawrence Hill on adapting The Book of Negroes as a movie mini-series

First aired on CBC Live (13/09/13) As part of CBC Live at TIFF, author and 2013 Massey Lecturer Lawrence Hill was interviewed about adapting......

5 hot dating tips from Russian literature

Everything you need to know about sex can be found in Russian literature. This is a new idea from Russia's children's ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov. The......

5 hot dating tips from Russian literature: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Tip#5: When in doubt, bust out your Eeyore impressionLadies love donkeys! Tell them a story about donkeys and they will be yours forever. Save......

5 hot dating tips from Russian literature: Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol

Tip#4: Speak in mind-boggling prose and poetryWhen going for the girl of your dreams, it's important to boost your confidence. Follow these suggestions to......

5 hot dating tips from Russian literature: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Tip#3: Bring her mother on your date The window into a woman's heart is through her mother. Charm the mother and the girl is......

5 hot dating tips from Russian literature: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Tip#2: Don't talk about your feelings, waltz themConversation with a crush can be awkward, especially if he's of noble status. Rather than asking about......

5 hot dating tips from Russian literature: Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov

Tip#1: Keep conversation academic and seriousLife is hard. In fact, life is brutal. It's long, it's filled with suffering and is uncomfortably boring. Courtship......

Priscila Uppal on Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother

Her memoir is for people who meet "their estranged relatives again but the encounters are really difficult," Uppal says. Fresh Air has more....

Ruth Ozeki on her Booker finalist A Tale for the Time Being

In the bestselling novelist's latest book, the diary of a 16-year-old Japanese girl washes up on a B.C. beach and is found by a writer named Ruth....

Who Said It Quiz: Don Draper or Sylvia Plath?

Can you tell the wise words of fictional Mad Man Don Draper apart from the poetry of Sylvia Plath? Take our quiz to find out. ...

Margaret Atwood answers Reddit's Ask Me Anything

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young "I Am Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake, and the new novel MaddAddam. Ask Me Anything!"......

Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother by Priscila Uppal

Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother by Priscila Uppal In Priscila Uppal's unflinching memoir, she tells the story of an unusual mother-daughter relationship. It......

The Once and Future World by J.B. MacKinnon

The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be by J.B. MacKinnon Author of The 100-Mile Diet......

This Great Escape by Andrew Steinmetz

This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla by Andrew Steinmetz In celebration of the 50th anniversary of John Sturges' The Great Escape, Andrew Steinmetz takes an in-depth......

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now by Graeme Smith

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith Updated: October 22, 2013Foreign correspondent Graeme Smith's emotional, compelling account of......

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King Neither a traditional nor all-encompassing history of First Nations......

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: 2013 Shortlist

Each year, the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction recognizes literary excellence in nonfiction writing, including personal or journalistic essays, history, biography,......

CBC@IFOA 2013

The International Festival of Authors, one of Canada's leading literary festivals, is taking place October 19 to November 3 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto,......

How sacred is human life? David Gilmour's novel about assisted suicide

"If you took away certain things from my life I would find myself very sympathetic to the idea of quietly taking a lot of pills and saying goodbye to it," Gilmour told Here and Now. ...

The Giller of all Gillers: The winner

Over the past two decades, the Scotiabank Giller Prize has recognized Canada's finest literary talents. Twenty books have been awarded the prestigious award. We......

F-You: Sharing stories of violence and forgiveness

Tara Muldoon talks to Here and Now about the book spin-off of The Forgiveness Project, in which speakers share personal stories of being victims, or perpetrators, of violence....

Greatest adaptation of all time: We have a winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who voted in our Best Book-to-Film Adaptation contest! Over a two-week period, we received thousands of nominations and suggestions.......

Still Life Q&A with Louise Penny

This past Sunday, CBC brought the adventures of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache to television audiences with the film adaptation of Still Life, the first novel......

Literary Feast: Candace Savage's Menu

To celebrate its 2013 nominees, the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction has teamed up with Loblaws and CBC Books to ask you to......

CBC Poetry Prize: "The Trailer" by James Scoles

James Scoles won the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize for "The Trailer," in which the most unloved things make for the most lovable stories....... Read More »

"On Naming and the Origin of Pity" by Cassidy McFadzean

This week we're publishing the five works on the shortlist for the CBC Poetry Prize. In her narrative poem Cassidy McFadzean tells the story of George, a...... Read More »

CBC Poetry Prize: "Borealis" by Pamela Porter

We've published the five poems on the shortlist for the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize. In "Borealis" a woman's infant daughter falls ill just as a blizzard begins to...... Read More »

"Bluegrass Meteorology" by Alison Smith

This week we're publishing the five works on the shortlist for the CBC Poetry Prize. In her two poems, Alison Smith probes grief and emotional inheritance in...... Read More »

"Sit How You Want, Dear; No One's Looking" by Robin Richardson

This week we're publishing the five works on the shortlist for the CBC Poetry Prize. Love, sex and death converge in poet Robin Richardson's most personal collection to...... Read More »

Julianne Moore joins Hunger Games film cast

The Hunger Games film series has just added some major star power....

Who Said It Quiz: Taylor Swift or Chuck Palahniuk?

Taylor Swift is pop music's #1 good girl, while Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk might be literature's biggest bad boy. So, they shouldn't have much......

On truth...

"The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you." - Infinite Jest (1996)......

Remembering David Foster Wallace through his own words

On September 12, 2008, the world lost one of its most promising contemporary American authors. David Foster Wallace's writing has been compared to the......

On tennis...

"Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly......

On boredom...

"To be, in a word, unborable.... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot......

On lying...

"It seems to me that the intellectualization and aestheticizing of principles and values in this country is one of the things that's gutted our......

On freedom...

"The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for......

New Harry Potter-inspired films in the works

Rowling at an appearance to promote her latest book The Casual Vacancy. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP) Warner Brothers has just announced it is partnering......

Falling in love with artificial intelligence

Author Brian Christian talks to Spark about the plausibility of falling in love with a piece of software....

A September 11th reading list

A rose stands next to the names of 9/11 victims at the memorial section of the World Trade Center complex. The National September 11 Museum......

Welcome to Cainsville, Kelley Armstrong's brave new world

First aired on All in a Day (22/8/13) What would you do if you discovered you were adopted -- and that your biological parents......

7 things winning a CBC Literary Prize can do for your writing career

6. You’re finally able to finish that projectOne of the great things about winning $6,000 (it’s not taxable income BTW) from the Canada Council for......

7 things winning a CBC Literary Prize can do for your writing career

7. You’ll call yourself a “writer”One of the things we heard most when asking our former winners what winning did for their writing careers was......

7 things winning a CBC Literary Prize can do for your writing career

4. The publishing industry comes knockingPublishers and agents are always looking to discover the next big thing, and they make sure to check out our......

7 things winning a CBC Literary Prize can do for your writing career

3. Many (many) people will read your workAir Canada’s enRoute magazine has more than 1 million readers per month, and many of these people will......

7 things winning a CBC Literary Prize can do for your writing career

2. You hear yourself on CBC Radio (and meet Shelagh Rogers!)Shelagh Rogers and her show, The Next Chapter, have been wonderful supporters of the literary......

7 things winning a CBC Literary Prize can do for your writing career

5. You get asked out a lot moreInvitations pile in. After winning, our former winners report receiving invitations to attend festivals, read at public events,......

What's wrong with our education system? A lot, says a new book

First aired on Spark (6/9/13) We're used to thinking of people who are "gifted" as simply special, they were born that way. Scott Barry......

Two Canadians make the Man Booker Prize shortlist

Two writers with a Canadian connection are finalists for this year's Man Booker Prize, one of the world's most prestigious literary awards. Eleanor Catton, author......

7 things winning a CBC Literary Prize can do for your writing career

You’ve proofread your text. Five times already. You take a deep breath before you press “Submit.” Someone out there is going to win this year’s competition...... Read More »

20 years of The Vinyl Cafe

This season marks 20 years of The Vinyl Cafe hosted by Stuart McLean and produced by Jess Milton, a show that has become nothing short......

The Anne of Green Gables musical will now be a movie

The Toronto production of Anne of Green Gables. (Dancap) After 49 years onstage, the Anne of Green Gables musical will be adapted into a......

Top 10 books people claim to have read, but haven't

Have you ever fibbed about reading a classic book that you didn't finish or have never even picked up? Well if you have, you're not alone. ...

Joseph Boyden on his new novel, The Orenda

The award-winning author talks to CBC News about his latest work....

Louise Penny explains How The Light Gets In

The award-winning Quebec mystery novelist talks to All in a Weekend about her latest book, How the Light Gets In....

Taste Canada: Kale & Cranberry Crisps from The Book of Kale

The following recipes are from The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, 80+ Recipes by Sharon Hanna. Recipe images by Christina Symons. Recipes and......

Taste Canada: Kale Chips from The Book of Kale

The following recipes are from The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, 80+ Recipes by Sharon Hanna. Recipe images by Christina Symons. Recipes and......

Q&A with Karen Le Billon: French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can Too)

Q: Why do you think North American kids tend to be more particular about what they eat?We shouldn't over-generalize (as each child and family......

The world according to a street cat named Bob

The coolest pair of cats in London. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters) First aired on The Current (04/09/13) They say that the dog is man's best friend, but in......

Emma Donoghue's Room to be adapted into a movie

The adaptation of Emma Donoghue's critically acclaimed novel Room will begin production next year. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)Irish-Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue has confirmed that her bestselling......

Who Said It Quiz: J.D. Salinger or Kanye West?

Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger is back in the news. But can you distinguish his words from those of hip-hop star Kanye West? Take our latest Who Said It Quiz!...

How to live forever

First aired on Day 6 (30/8/13) Is it possible to live forever? And if it was, how could we do it? That's the question......

Getting Caught up with Lisa Moore

First aired on The Next Chapter (2/9/13) It's been a good year for Lisa Moore. In February, her 2009 novel February won the 2013 edition......

#canlit chat: Thursday, September 5 @ 2 p.m. ET

Thanks for joining @cbcbooks for our monthly #CanLit chat. The topic this time around was Reading Young Adult. You can see a replay of......

150 words you're not allowed to say on the internet in China

First aired on Metro Morning (29/08/13) It's hard to imagine just how the Chinese government manages to monitor 600 million registered users on Weibo (China's version......

The shape-shifting nature of vampires

First aired on Fresh Air (24/8/13) How do you kill a vampire? With sunlight? A wooden stake? Holy water? The answer depends on who......

Fifty Shades movie reveals its stars

The movie studio producing the adaptation announced that Charlie Hunnam will play bondage-loving billionaire Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson will take on the role of sexually innocent (at least initially) college student Anastasia Steele....