November 2013

Mordecai Richler's reading room

(Pierre Landry/CBC) Concordia University in Montreal unveiled a new room this week in honour of one of its most famous former students -- literary......

Sports writer Brian J. Daly on Canada's Other Game

In his new book, Daly argues that Canadian basketball, which has always been dwarfed by 'the juggernaut of hockey," has a bright future....

New Tolkien biopic in the works

Fox Searchlight will be developing a Hollywood biopic about the life of legendary Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien.The script is being written by......

Who Said It Quiz: Brian Griffin or Raymond Chandler?

See if you can tell dog and man apart in our latest quiz!...

TV's five best bookstores

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in the sketch "Feminist bookstore." (IFC). Bookstores are a staple setting in pop culture, and they were especially in vogue......

The CanLit Hunger Games: Eliminations

This is where you'll find the CanLit Hunger Games eliminations. Each weekday, the two characters with the least support are struck off the list.......

Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who

Robert Smith?, co-author of Who's 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die, talks to Q about what makes the sci-fi series so popular....

Harry Potter tops list of favourite U.K. children's book

Harry Potter has cast a spell over young Muggles in the U.K. that doesn't look to be fading any time soon.In a poll of more......

It's time to stop the war on germs

In his book The Germ Code: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Microbes, microbiologist and science writer Jason Tetro argues that we need to change our relationship with germs....

CanLit Hunger Games 2: Tribute files

Learn more about this crop of CanLit Hunger Games contenders here. Take a look through their attributes to determine who has the best combat skills.......

The CanLit Hunger Games: Canada vs. the World

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has hit theatres, which makes it high time for CBC Books to bring back our own literary version of the......

Anjelica Huston's life is A Story Lately Told

The Oscar-winning actress shares stories of growing up in Ireland and working with her famous father, director John Huston....

Joe Clark issues a call to action on Canada's international role

In his book How We Lead, the respected statesman expresses his concern that Canada has lost its way on the world stage....

Tennessee library vs. book bandit

WANTED! LITERATE THIEF WITH PENCHANT FOR THRILLERSEmployees at a Tennessee library are trying to solve the case of a serial book thief, the Columbia Daily......

Have you seen London's BookBenches?

A bench designed to look like a copy of The Wind in the Willows (National Literacy Trust)It's not uncommon for someone to enjoy reading a......

Sportscaster Jay Onrait on his memoir Anchorboy

The award-winning TV personality talks about his career in broadcasting and his move to Fox Sports One....

Red Green's love tips are in

Last week Canadian-comic-turned-relationship-guru Red Green offered his new-found expertise to those in need of advice. Many across the country submitted their questions to Red and he's chosen a selection to answer. ...

Agent 007 in new Bond novel is 'totally different' from film versions

The Fleming family gave award-winning author William Boyd "absolute, total liberty" to invent a new story for the iconic character....

Belgian library's popular books contain traces of herpes, cocaine

Well, you can file this bit of information under "disgusting."Two Belgian professors ran chemical tests on the 10 most-borrowed books at the Antwerp library and......

Who Said it Quiz: Kardashian or Katniss Everdeen?

Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian have risen to fame through their reality TV shows that celebrate their candid love for fashion, family and the occasional......

Children's author Rukhsana Khan's book makes Top 100 list

The New York Public Library named Khan's Big Red Lollipop to its list of Top 100 children's books of the past 100 years. ...

Google wins legal victory in quest to digitize world's books

A U.S. federal judge in New York tossed out a lawsuit against the internet giant that claimed it was violating copyright laws by scanning books without the permission of the writers. ...

Canada's war on science

Author Chris Turner argues that the Harper government is muzzling scientists and deliberately trying to weaken environmental monitoring....

On the pervert in all of us

In his book Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us, the psychologist and award-winning columnist argues that we should re-examine our prejudices toward erotic proclivities that we consider "abnormal."...

GG Q&As: Fiction winner Eleanor Catton

Congratulations to Eleanor Catton, who won this year's Governor General's Literary Award for English-language fiction for her novel The Luminaries. CBC Books caught up......

GG Q&As: Non-fiction winner Sandra Djwa

Congratulations to Sandra Djwa, who won this year's Governor General's Literary Award for English-language non-fiction for her book Journey with No Maps, her acclaimed biography......

Movember quiz: 10 literary lions with impressive moustaches

See if you can match the 'stache and the quote to the right author!...

Winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards

The winners of this year's Governor General's Literary Awards were announced this morning in Toronto. The Governor General's Awards celebrate achievements in French and......

The best books ever written...in 1898. How many have you read?

The best books of the year. The best books of the decade. The best books of the century. The best books of all time.......

GG Literary Awards: Winners Announcement

Watch the GG Literary Awards live on Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. ET or follow along on @CBCBooks's Twitter account! It's also not too......

Examining Rob Ford's political career

Two Toronto writers who have covered the mayor and municipal politics extensively talk to The Sunday Edition....

Submit your dating questions to Red Green

For years he's been fixing stuff around the house and now he wants to fix your heart. Beloved Canadian funny man Red Green has......

What Does the Fox Say? Read all about it

What does the fox say? You can find out in a new book.One of the strangest, catchiest YouTube viral hits of the year is......

Lauren B. Davis on alcoholism, fiction and inspiration

The acclaimed novelist drew on her own struggles with alcohol to write the story of Colleen, a woman who wakes up every morning with a hangover. The Next Chapter has more....

A look at Amazon's best seller list of 2013

Amazon has released its annual list of best books. The 2013 long list includes 100 titles selected by the editors at Amazon. They have also......

The origin of the word 'dude'

Etymologist Barry Popik traced the word back to the late 19th century, when "dude" was a derogatory term. He spoke to As It Happens about how the term has changed....

Douglas Coupland on his new novel, Worst.Person.Ever.

The main character of the book is "like your inner, very badly behaved child," Coupland says. Q has more....

Who Said it Quiz: Dostoyevsky or The Wire?

Our latest quiz features quotes from the great 19th-century Russian novelist and the great 21st-century crime drama. Can you tell them apart? ...

#CanLit Twitter chat: Short stories

Join us on Thursday, November 7 for another exciting #CanLit Twitter chat! This month's top: short stories. Join @cbcbooks at 2 p.m. ET. You can......

#CanLit Twitter chat: Short stories

Join us on Thursday, November 7 for another exciting #CanLit Twitter chat! This month's top: short stories. Join @cbcbooks at 2 p.m. ET. You can......

Science writer George Johnson's revealing Cancer Chronicles

In his new book, Johnson argues that we misunderstand what causes cancer. He explains where we've gone wrong to Quirks & Quarks. ...

Marvel's latest character is a teenage Muslim girl

(AP Photo/Marvel Comics) Marvel comics is giving an old character a new makeover. The tall, busty, blonde Ms. Marvel is coming back as a......

Charlotte Gray investigates The Massey Murder

In her latest book, the award-winning author chronicles the murder of a member of the Toronto elite by his 18-year-old servant in early 20th-century Canada, a time "of unrest and jagged emotions."...

Beyond Bobby Orr: Four more great hockey memoirs to read

Without a doubt, the hockey book of the season is hockey legend Bobby Orr's much anticipated new memoir Orr: My Story. The notoriously media-shy......

Replay Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013

Watch the gala replay   Watch Lynn Coady's acceptance speech after her big win Edmonton's Lynn Coady was awarded the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her......

Taste Canada: The 2013 winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Taste Canada: The Food Writing Awards! The prizes were handed out at a gala event hosted by......

An Eleanor Catton reading list

(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)In October, Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised author Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker prize for her novel The Luminaries. At just over......

Are religion and technology inevitably at odds?

Media historian Jeremy Stolow, editor of the anthology Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between argues that the two spheres are not as separate as is commonly believed. Spark has more....

Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting The Great War 1917-18 by Tim Cook

In Shock Troops, leading military historian Tim Cook provides an engaging, far-ranging history of Canadians in the First World War, combining eye-witness accounts by......

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith

For several years, foreign correspondent Graeme Smith was the only Western reporter on the ground in the dangerous southern region of Aghanistan. In this......

Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

The story of Henry Hayward, the protagonist of Winter's recently published novel, is of a man trying to put his life back together. Henry......

Fault Lines by Nancy Huston

In her award-winning novel Fault Lines, Huston reminds us that the devastating effects of war linger long after the battles have ceased. She tells......

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Boyden's haunting first novel tells the story of two Cree snipers scarred by their experiences on the battlefields of France and Belgium in the......