December 2013

Behind the scenes of The Best Laid Plans TV adaptation

Fans of Terry Fallis's Canada Reads-winning satirical political comedy hit The Best Laid Plans are anticipating the premiere of the new TV mini-series on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV. ...

"The Mystery of the Berries" by Eileen Dunne

We received so many wonderful festive stories in our BloodLines writing competition that we wanted to share them with you. Happy Holidays!...... Read More »

Rohinton Mistry's memoir in music and words

The author of A Fine Balance, winner of our Giller of All Gillers poll, in an onstage interview with Writers & Company. (And he sings!)...

"A Proper Christmas Tea" by Sarah Alexander-Williams

We received so many wonderful festive stories in our BloodLines writing competition that we wanted to share them with you. Happy Holidays!...... Read More »

"The Last Christmas in the Sun" by Rodrigo Couto Beilfuss

We received so many wonderful festive stories in our BloodLines writing competition that we wanted to share them with you. Happy Holidays!...... Read More »

"Grandpa and the TV" by Jackie Phillips

We received so many wonderful festive stories in our BloodLines writing competition that we wanted to share them with you. Happy Holidays!...... Read More »

"The Christmas Book" by Jaun Harrow

We received so many wonderful festive stories in our BloodLines writing competition that we wanted to share them with you. Happy Holidays!...... Read More »

"A Doll with Real Shoes" by Janet Culliton

We received so many wonderful festive stories in our BloodLines writing competition that we wanted to share them with you. Happy Holidays! >...... Read More »

"The Christmas Tree" by Roxanne Salinas

We received so many wonderful festive stories in our BloodLines writing competition that we wanted to share them with you. Happy Holidays!...... Read More »

The season's best mystery reads

  First aired on The Next Chapter (23/12/13) Every year, Shelagh Rogers gathers together her panel of mystery book experts to get their take......

The amazing Amy Tan

First aired on George Stromboulopoulos Tonight (5/12/13) When The Joy Luck Club was first published almost 25 years ago it immediately struck a chord.......

Top book stories of 2013: The year of Eleanor Catton

Here's why Catton will surely be a writer to watch in the coming years....

"Christmas Transfiguration" by Margo MacKinnon

We received so many wonderful festive stories in our BloodLines writing competition that we wanted to share them with you. Happy Holidays!...... Read More »

Big rise in U.S. book bannings: Anti-censorship group

A group against book censorship in the U.S. reports it has seen a dramatic rise recently in book bannings across the country, the Guardian......

Vancouver and Montreal have world's top public libraries: Study

Children read a book during a field trip to Vancouver Public Library's main branch in downtown Vancouver. (CP PHOTO/Richard Lam) Vancouver and Montreal have......

In memoriam: Authors we said good-bye to in 2013

We pay tribute to seven of the notable authors who died this past year....

The difference between terror and horror: Marisha Pessl on Strombo

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (15/12/13) Marisha Pessl's latest novel, Night Film, introduces readers to Stanley Cordova, a reclusive director whose films are......

Top book stories of 2013: The year of the foot in the mouth

The year of the foot in the mouth No one quite saw it coming when Canadian author and 2013 Giller Prize contender David Gilmour......

Looking ahead to the best new books of 2014: No Relation

Title: No Relation Author: Terry Fallis Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Release Date: May 2014 Terry Fallis takes the reader to New York City in......

Looking ahead to the best new books of 2014: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Title: The Girl Who Was Saturday NightAuthor: Heather O'NeillPublisher: HarperCollinsRelease Date: May 2014After the wildly successful Lullabies for Little Criminals the world has been waiting......

Looking ahead to the best new books of 2014: Frog Music

Title: Frog Music Author: Emma Donoghue Publisher: Little Brown and Company Release Date: April 2014 Emma Donoghue, the author behind the 2010 smash hit......

Looking ahead to the best new books of 2014: Crazy Town

Title: Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story Author: Robyn Doolittle Publisher: Penguin Canada Release Date: February 2014 Robyn Doolittle has been reporting on Toronto......

Looking ahead to the best new books of 2014: Shovel Ready

Title: Shovel Ready Author: Adam Sternbergh Published by: Crown Release date: January 2014 From the American-Canadian culture editor at the New York Times magazine......

Top book stories of 2013: The year of 1984

The year of 1984 When Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the U.S. National Security Agency's monitoring of cell phone and internet activity, the world......

2014's literary predictions

You've seen our round-up of the best literary stories of 2013 but what about the stories of 2014? Sure, they haven't happened yet, but luckily,......

Our junkyard planet and the town that recycles Christmas tree lights

In the bookJunkyard Planet, author Adam Minter explains how Asia's huge demand and expertise in recycling may actually help make the earth a cleaner,......

Top book stories of 2013: The year of the Great Gatsby bonanza

The year of the Great Gatsby bonanza It took years to make but after much anticipation, but Baz Luhrmann's lavishly produced Great Gatsby adaptation......

Anarchist Cookbook author wants book pulled from shelves

The author of the infamous book The Anarchist Cookbook says the how-to instructional document on making bombs and drugs should be pulled from shelves immediately.Author......

The lost art of letter writing

First aired on Saskatoon Morning (13/12/13)   Will we lose the art of letter writing? Since Canada Post announced last week it will be winding......

Top book stories of 2013: The shelfie

The year of the shelfie In 2013, "selfie" was named word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary, officially placing it in popular lexicon......

Holiday quiz: Match the quote to the story and author

We present quotes from five classic seasonal stories....

Top book stories of 2013: Salinger

(Amy Sancetta/Associated Press file photo)The return of SalingerThis summer, fans of the iconic American author J.D. Salinger got quite the thrill when three of......

Sequel to Stieg Larsson's Millennium series in the works

The adventures of über-investigators Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist will continue.Norstedts, the Swedish publisher of the late author Stieg Larsson's hugely popular Millennium series,......

Top book stories of 2013: The year of Robert Galbraith

The year of Robert Galbraith The detective novel The Cuckoo's Calling by so called Scottish author Robert Galbraith debuted on the book shelves without......

Gordon Korman: On The Hypnotists, how growing up has changed, and Bruno and Boots

Gordon Korman is a name synonymous with children's and young adult literature, and for good reason -- Korman has been publishing books since he......

Top book stories of 2013: The year Anne went blonde

The year Anne went blonde The world knows and loves her as the plucky, awkward and plain-faced young orphan -- but that changed in 2013,......

Top book stories of 2013: The Year Mark Darcy died

The year Mark Darcy died Bridget Jones fans had to wait 14 years for the latest instalment of the series. And then finally when......

Jason Segel to play David Foster Wallace in new biopic

Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Jason Segel is set to play the late David Foster Wallace in an upcoming film adaptation of David Lipsky's Although Of......

Meow! Margaret Atwood says cats are good for you

The CanLit icon explains how "purr therapy" can be good for your kitty and also for you!...

British Library uploads a million archival images for free use

In an inspired gesture to encourage digital crowdsourcing, the British Library has uploaded one million scans from 17th- to 19th-century books to Flickr for public domain use. ...

2013 CanLit Gift Guide: Me

In this category there's only one kind of me and that's you! And you deserve to spoil yourself with fun reads. Here are three: Sunshine......

2013 CanLit Gift Guide: Mom

For the mom who likes Victorian literature: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton The Canadian-born, New Zealand-based author won the Man Booker Prize and the Governor......

CanLit Hunger Games 2: The winner!

The battle is over. After two weeks of hypothetical mayhem, one literary character has emerged victorious over his opponents -- Detective William Murdoch! The......

2013 CanLit Gift Guide: Dad

For the dad who is a political junkie: The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada by Paul Wells Love him or hate him,......

Literary cat fight: Which fictional feline is your favourite?

Which of these nine fictional felines gets your vote as the ultimate literary cat's meow?...

Author Martin Sixsmith on the story of Philomena Lee

The movie Philomena, now in theatres, is based on the British journalist's book about an Irish woman's search for the child she was forced to give up for adoption....

Lawrence Hill reveals his favourite family story

The moment is here: author and Massey Lecturer Lawrence Hill has read the family stories on the BloodLines shortlist and picked the one that...... Read More »

2013 CanLit Gift Guide: Young reader

For the whimsical reader: How To by Julie Morstad A delightful and whimsical look at how to do things like "how to wonder," "how to......

2013 CanLit Gift Guide: Secret Santa (the wildcard category)

For the person who loves humour: Stats Canada: Satire on a National Scale by the @stats_canada twitter account If you're unfamiliar with the twitter account @stats_canada......

2013 CanLit Gift Guide: Sweetheart

For the sweetheart you want to shower with love: Illicit Sonnets by George Elliot ClarkeNothing says I love you like a collection of poetry for......

2013 CanLit Gift Guide: Son

For the son who romanticizes his college years: The Dilettantes by Michael Hingston Based on Hingston's own time spent at the Simon Fraser University paper,......

2013 CanLit Gift Guide: Daughter

For the daughter maturing as a reader and adult: Hellgoing by Lynn Coady This short story collection won the Scotiabank Giller Prize this year. Lynn......

Jane Austen portrait sells for more than $230,000 CAD

Auction house Sotheby's has sold a watercolour portrait of the iconic British novelist for £135,000 (more than $230,000 CAD)....

Who Said It Quiz: Ron Burgundy or Dan Rather?

Ron Burgundy is the fictional newscaster, played by Will Ferrell, who made the 2004 Anchorman film such a hit that he's back for a......

World's oldest novelist dies at 105

A family handout photo of Ida Pollock, who published more than 120 books during her lifetime.Ida Pollock, believed to be the world's oldest novelist, died......

Alice Munro: Tribute to a writer's writer

On Tuesday, the acclaimed Canadian short story writer Alice Munro will officially receive her Nobel Prize for Literature. The 82-year-old Munro has been dealing......

Top 20 BloodLines stories

We asked you to comb through the pages of your family scrapbooks and share with us the remarkable moments, memories and lives of those to...... Read More »

Can you train your brain for happiness?

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson argues in his new book, Hardwiring Happiness, that we can rewire our brains by focusing on our positive experiences. ...

Inside the mind of a psychopath

Neuroscientist James Fallon studied psychopaths for years, then discovered that he himself fits the profile. He tells his story in his memoir, The Psychopath Inside....

Top 5 Bad Sex in Fiction Award winners

There are some, shall we say intimate moments in life, that are hard to put into words. That's why when authors attempt to write sex......

Harry Potter's new makeover

Publishing house Bloomsbury has announced that J.K. Rowling's iconic Harry Potter series will be given an illustrated makeover featuring the artwork of award-winning illustrator Jim Kay....

Book to movie adaptations to watch for 2014: Inherent Vice

Book: Inherent Vice Author: Thomas Pynchon Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Release: TBA Paul Thomas Anderson and Thomas Pynchon are a match made in heaven. Anderson......

Book to movie adaptations to watch for 2014: The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Pt. 1

Book: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Author: Suzanne Collins Director: Francis Lawrence Release: Winter 2014 The final Hunger Games book will be split into two movies......

Book to movie adaptations to watch for 2014: Gone Girl

Book: Gone Girl Author: Gillian Flynn Director: David Fincher Release: Fall 2014 Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl became an instant hit when it was published in......

Book to movie adaptations to watch for 2014: The Fault in Our Stars

Book: The Fault in Our StarsAuthor: John GreenDirector: Josh Boone Release: Summer 2014 This summer, director Josh Boone will bring the YA smash hit The......

Book to movie adaptations to watch for 2014: The Giver

Book: The Giver Author: Lois Lowry Director: Phillip Noyce Release: Summer 2014 Lois Lowry's The Giver has been a favourite amongst children and adult......

Andrew Steinmetz reconstructs the life of his mysterious cousin in This Great Escape

"Identity is something we partly inherit, but also something we tell ourselves about ourselves. Part non-fiction, part fiction, if you will. So what did I...... Read More »

#CanLit Twitter chat: Stories that changed your life

On Thursday we hosted a chat on Twitter discussing stories that have changed your life. You can read a recap of the chat below. Join......

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen on his new memoir

The influential songwriter's book Eminent Hipsters is "a kind of biography" but also includes his essays on artists he admires. ...

Who Said It Quiz: Disney princess or Jane Austen character?

Jane Austen set the bar high for independent-minded female characters with an astute grasp of sexual politics when she created Elizabeth Bennet and other......

Will the rising cost of hockey hurt our national pastime?

(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) First aired on The Current (02/12/2013) With Rogers Communications and the NHL signing a broadcast and multimedia agreement worth $5.2 billion......

BloodLines: "Black Blood" by Afua Cooper

We've partnered with the Canada Council for the Arts to present a new literary series: BloodLines. Inspired by this year's Massey Lectures by Lawrence Hill, Blood: The Stuff of Life,...... Read More »

Former Facebook exec Randi Zuckerberg on embracing online personas

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)First aired on Q (26/11/13) Randi Zuckerberg played a key role in the social media revolution that's taken place over the last......

Tips for managing holiday spending

Financial expert Bruce Sellery, author of Moolala: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things with Their Money (and What You Can Do About It), shares tips on keeping debt down this holiday season....

BloodLines challenge now closed

Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned to Canada Writes for selections of the top stories and, of course, to find out who is going...... Read More »

Top 5 most shocking deaths in literature

The Bridget Jones books have lost Mark Darcy, leaving Bridget on her own. Photo credit AP Photo/Jerome Favre. Recently, fans of the popular book series......

New Zealand's Hobbit-themed super pop-up book

In an audacious marketing project by Tourism New Zealand, the country has installed the world's largest pop-up book -- 50 feet in height and taking up the space of two tennis courts -- featuring original pieces from the actual movie set of the upcoming Hobbit sequel in Beverly Hills....

The Stats Can parody account is now a book

First aired on (Q 25/11/13) The popular parody twitter account @stats_canada has spawned a new book called Stats Canada: Satire on a National Scale.......

BloodLines: "Dust" by Linda Spalding

We've partnered with the Canada Council for the Arts to present a new literary series: BloodLines. Inspired by this year's Massey Lectures by Lawrence Hill, Blood: The Stuff of Life,...... Read More »