October 2013

2014 Massey Lectures: Adrienne Clarkson

The former Governor General of Canada, journalist and author will be the 2014 Massey Lecturer. Learn more about her life and perspectives through these interviews and archival videos....

The 10 scariest books of all time: Voted by you!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote in our poll! As you can see, Stephen King is the undisputed master of scary stories......

Should we put an end to negative book reviews?

First aired on Q (21/10/13) Each year the British magazine The Omnivore hosts the Hatchet Job of the Year Award to honour some of......

Chris Hadfield on his new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Earth

The former astronaut talks to Q about spacewalks, social media and the life lessons he's learned on his journey to become an astronaut....

Political commentator Paul Wells on Stephen Harper

Wells discusses his latest book, The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, on The Current. ...

Do you know what literary work inspired this song?

David Bowie is a well-read person.Song lyrics are a hotbed of literary references. David Bowie wrote a whole album inspired by George Orwell's 1984......

A celebration of "punk poet" Lou Reed: Street Hassle

"You know, some people got no choice/And they can never find a voice/To talk with that they can even call their own/So the first thing......

A celebration of "punk poet" Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

"When you're all alone and lonely/ in your midnight hour/ And you find that your soul/ it's been up for sale." From Coney Island Baby......

A celebration of "punk poet" Lou Reed

(AP Photo/John Smierciak) On Sunday, the world received the sad news that legendary musician Lou Reed had passed away. Reed was best known for......

Veterinarian Sheri Speede on her mission to save endangered chimps

In her new book Kindred Beings: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love and Connection, she chronicles how she set up a rescue centre for chimpanzees in Cameroon. ...

Stephen King on his sequel to The Shining

First aired on Q (24/10/13) What is it like trying to launch your own writing career when your father is one of the most......

Craig Davidson on Cataract City and writing about 'guy stuff'

The Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist talks to The Sunday Edition about his gritty novel of male friendship....

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award: Q&A with winner Polly Horvath

The author of One Year in Coal Harbour talks about her inspiration for the book, the recipes that are included and what winning the award means to her....

Richard Dawkins on the first 35 years of his life

(Chris Keane/Reuters)First aired on Q 10/09/13 Richard Dawkins has earned followers around the world for his take no prisoners brand of atheism. The evolutionary......

Book about the Canadian Senate scandal is on its way

Former television journalist Mike Duffy has responded publicly to attempts to suspend him from the Senate without pay. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) First aired on Metro......

Who Said It Quiz: Stephen King or Justin Bieber?

One of them pens tales of terror. One of them croons to shrieking girls. But they have more in common than you might think. So in honour of Stephen King's newest book, Doctor Sleep, a long-awaited follow-up to the terrifying 1977 novel The Shining, we give you our latest Who Said It Quiz: King or Bieber? ...

What's the scariest book of all time?

Submit your nomination for the scariest book of all time in our Halloween contest!...

Q&A: 2013 Weston Prize winner Graeme Smith

Former Globe and Mail correspondent Graeme Smith spent several years in southern Afghanistan reporting on the war, eventually chronicling his experiences in his thought-provoking......

Live blog: Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

This year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction will be awarded at a gala hosted by Shelagh Rogers on October 21 at the Art......

5 of our favourite Carol Burnett quotes

Legendary comic, actress and writer Carol Burnett was honoured with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday.The trailblazing performer, who debuted her......

Go inside the REAL Downton Abbey

First aired on The Current (14/10/13) The popular British period drama Downton Abbey is now entering its fourth season, and the fictional Crawley family......

Why losing is good for kids

Ashley Merryman, co-author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, argues that children shouldn't be shielded from the experience of failure....

A celebration of "punk poet" Lou Reed: Heroin

"Heroin, be the death of me / Heroin, it's my wife and it's my life / Because a mainer to my vein / Leads to......

A celebration of "punk poet" Lou Reed: Perfect Day

"Just a perfect day/You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else/Someone good." From the song Perfect Day......

A celebration of "punk poet" Lou Reed: I'll Be Your Mirror

"When you think the night has seen your mind/That inside you're twisted and unkind/Let me stand to show that you are blind/Please put down your......

A new way to think about chronic pain

Dr. Fernando Cervero talked to The Sunday Edition about his new book, Understanding Pain. ...

Reaction to Noel Gallagher's epic anti-fiction rant

The famed British songwriter has made headlines over a profanity-laden, at times bizarre rant about why he detests fiction. ...

Infographic: Readers can save the world

Reading does more than stimulate our imagination: it has the power to improve our health and our morality and generally make the world a......

Are great athletes born or made?

Sports Illustrated writer David Epstein looks at what science tells us about athletic excellence in his new book, The Sports Gene....

The Simpsons' secret mathematical universe

In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, author Simon Singh reveals how math is often an element in the hit show. ...

Five facts about Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton poses with her book The Luminaries during a photocall for the shortlisted authors of the 2013 Man Booker Prize......

Is limiting population growth the key to a sustainable future?

In his new book Countdown, the award-winning science writer addresses tough questions such as the optimum number of people the Earth can support. Quirks & Quarks has more....

Who Said It Quiz: Alice Munro or JAY Z?

Can you tell the difference between quotations from our new Nobel Prize winner's fiction and the work of hip-hop legend JAY Z?...

Who's the real underdog?: The truth about David and Goliath

In his latest book, author Malcolm Gladwell argues that obstacles like a learning disability or poverty aren't necessarily disadvantages....

Five things you might not know about Alice Munro: She didn't move far from where she was born

Monica Nordberg collects an armful of books by the newly announced winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, Alice Munro of Canada, at......

Five things you might not know about Alice Munro: She wanted to marry Laurence Olivier

Writer Alice Munro attends the opening night of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto on Wednesday October 21, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)......

Five things you might not know about Alice Munro: She didn't set out to write short stories

Books of Canadian writer Alice Munro who won the Nobel Prize for Literature are presented at the book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday,......

Five things you might not know about Alice Munro: She has retired and come back nearly as much as Jay-Z

In 2006 she announced that her days as a short story author were numbered, only to write Too Much Happiness in 2009 and then......

Five things you might not know about Alice Munro: Alice Munro was born into a literary family

Alice Munro (left) receives her 1986 Governor General's Literary Award for English-language fiction from Governor General Jeanne Sauvé in Toronto on May 27, 1987.......

Five things you might not know about Alice Munro

Canadian Author Alice Munro at press conference at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Thursday, June, 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  Alice Munro finally did it;......

10 things you need to know about the Nobel Prize for Literature

Alice Munro at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto in 2009 (Chris Young/The Canadian Press) The Nobel Prize for Literature has been around......

Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro: All the CBC coverage

The critically acclaimed writer has become the first Canadian woman to win the award since it was founded in 1901. Check out these interviews, reading lists, and features about her work and accomplishments....

Who Said it Quiz: Miley Cyrus or Margaret Atwood character?

Margaret Atwood is known for writing strong female characters. They may be flawed but they are also introspective, determined, and aren't afraid to fight......

5 Tips for building a successful book club

Three members of a thriving Whitehorse book club share their tips....

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: Priscila Uppal'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.......

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: Andrew Steinmetz'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.......

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013 Shortlist

Congratulations to this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted authors! You can explore their works here through Q&As, interviews and more. Find out which author will......

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013 Shortlist

Congratulations to this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted authors! You can explore their works here through Q&As, interviews and more. Find out which author will......

Shortlist 2013: Video Q&As with CBC Books

CBC Books had the chance to pose a few questions to each of this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted authors. Learn more about the finalists......

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: Thomas King'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.......

Why Canada and the U.S. should merge to form a super-nation

In Merger of the Century, author and journalist Diane Francis lays out her argument for creating "the United States of North America."...

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: J.B. MacKinnon'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.......

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction: Graeme Smith'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.......

Who Said it Quiz: Fifty Shades of Grey or Picture of Dorian Gray?

Our latest Who Said It Quiz features the reigning queen of S&M-themed erotica and the iconic novel by witty Irish writer Oscar Wilde. ...

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: Dr. Samantha Nutt'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.......

5 Interesting facts about Tom Clancy: The 1980s was his decade

His novel Clear and Present Danger was published in 1989, but it was so incredibly successful (selling more than 1.6 million hardcover copies) that it......

5 Interesting facts about Tom Clancy: He owns a tank

Ever the military technology enthusiast, Clancy in fact owned a tank. Yep, that's right. A tank.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)......

5 Interesting facts about Tom Clancy: He has bad eyesight

As a young man, Clancy dreamed of joining the military, but was rejected from The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) because of poor eyesight.......

5 Interesting facts about Tom Clancy: His books make great video games

Clancy started Red Storm Entertainment in 1996, a company that marketed games based on his stories. In 2008, a French video game manufacturer company called......

5 Interesting facts about Tom Clancy: He was on The Simpsons

In one of the top author guest appearances on the show, Tom Clancy graced The Simpsons screen in cartoon form in the episode "Diatribe of......

5 Interesting Facts About Tom Clancy

(AP Photo/G.P. Putnam Sons, David Burnett) Best selling thriller author Tom Clancy has died at age 66. Clancy's publisher confirmed earlier this morning that he......

How well do you know the 2013 GG Literary Award finalists?

It's award season, and the finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards have recently been announced. How well do you know the books that......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures

The 2013 CBC Massey Lectures are being delivered by the bestselling author Lawrence Hill. Blood: The Stuff of Life is a provocative examination of the......

The New Rules of Boy World

First aired on Day 6 14/09/13 In her 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Rosalind Wiseman advised parents on how to help their teenage daughters......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On violence

iStock Image Violence and power need blood. When we want to hurt people, entertain ourselves at their expense, or capitulate to our most base......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On sport

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press The world of sport serves as the perfect mirror. We look into it and we see our deepest values either......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On science

iStock Image We imagine science to be pure, inviolable, and absolutely true, but we have only to look at the evolving theories of human......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On identity

iStock Image Let's drop the idea of what you are not allowed to be, or to do, because of who you are, but encourage......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On race

iStock Image I would have a fine, fat piggy bank if I were to be paid a dollar for each time someone has either......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On family

iStock Image In my opinion, it is smug and self-satisfying to declare oneself special because of family blood. One is no more special because......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On literature

iStock Image Iambic pentameter, used in much poetry and in Shakespeare's plays, is said to best capture the rhythm of human speech. Its emphasis​ -- ​an......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On gender

iStock Image Typically, men associate the spilling or the sight of blood as the by-product of accident, sport, or war. Blood, for men, is......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On illness

iStock Image Blood keeps us alive, and​ -- ​right down to our red and white blood cells​ -- ​has the ability to save us. But it is dangerous......

Words of wisdom from the Massey Lectures: On blood

iStock Image As both substance and symbol, blood reveals us, divides us, and unites us. We care about blood, because it spills literally and......

Carol Burnett: Our five favourite quotes - 5

Carol Burnett is honored with the Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/Associated Press)"Comedy =......

Carol Burnett: Our five favourite quotes - 4

"No one ever said life was fair. Just eventful."......

Carol Burnett: Our five favourite quotes - 3

"Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own."......

Carol Burnett: Our five favourite quotes - 2

Carol Burnett, right, teaches her famous Tarzan yell to Martha Stewart on an episode of NBC's Today show in 2008. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)"You have to......

Carol Burnett: Our five favourite quotes - 1

The Carol Burnett Show ran from 1967 to 1978 and averaged nearly 30 million viewers per week. (George Brich/Associated Press)"People invite me to dinner not......

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize: Evan Solomon'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.......