January 2014

10 Canadian women you need to read

Did you know 2014 is the year to read more books by women? So said a columnist for the Guardian who was dismayed by the......

Literary punishments: Eco-terrorist sentenced to read books

A federal judge has dished out what just might be the best punishment ever. An eco-terrorist has been told that on top of her......

Scorsese to tackle New York Review of Books in his next film

(Julie Jacobson/Associated Press) After tackling the vices of Wall Street in the 1990s, Martin Scorsese is moving towards a more modest subject matter for......

Cameron Diaz on why you should love your body

Cameron Diaz is seen at the premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting in 2012 (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)   First aired on Q (22/1/14) ......

Coming to terms with porn in Prude

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (23/01/2014) The fact that porn makes some people uncomfortable or could test a relationship is not surprising. But......

Poetry vs. prose debate leads to fatal stabbing

You think your book club or literature class debates get heated?Well, a purportedly drunken argument about poetry vs. prose between two men led to a......

Why read a book when you can wear it?

MIT researchers have invented Sensory Fiction, a device that turns a story's events into a sensory experience for the reader....

Who Said It Quiz: Lorde or Lord of the Rings character?

Despite the fact that Lorde sings of contemporary teen life, she has more in common with Middle-earth royalty than one might initially think....

5 successful movies based on non-fiction books

Sony Pictures is bringing Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead to the big screen, Deadline reports.......

Robert Munsch an open book about own life

(Photo: Canadian Press/Frank Gunn)Beloved best-selling children's book author Robert Munsch says parents should take 20 minutes and read two books to their children before bedtime.......

If hockey announcers did audio books: A This Hour Has 22 Minutes parody

If you've ever felt like your audio books needed a little jazzing up, then we have a treat for you. The comic geniuses at......

Is a library without books the future?

(Photo credit: Associated Press/Eric Gay)First aired on Spark (19/1/2014) A bookless library sounds like a paradox but in San Antonio, Texas, it's a thriving reality. America's......

Charlotte Gray on Klondike mini-series

The Discovery Channel show is partly based on Gray's non-fiction book, Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike....

Author Michael Kaufman: Gender equality benefits men as well as women

in their book The Guy's Guide to Feminism, Kaufman and his co-author Michael Kimmel argue that men have nothing to fear from levelling the playing field for women and men in the workplace....

Top African writer comes out, challenges anti-gay laws

Award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina celebrated his 43rd birthday by coming out in an online essay. ...

Frankenstein's monster throughout the ages

We highlight some of the many different incarnations of Mary Shelley's creation below....

Study: Connection between gangs and marijuana grow-ops overstated

Susan C. Boyd, the co-author of Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media, and Justice, says there's little evidence to suggest that organized crime controls the marijuana industry....

Olivia Chow: Author...and future mayor of Toronto?

Jian and Olivia Chow pose post-chat in Studio Q (Fabiola Carletti/CBC) Everyone wants to know if Olivia Chow is going to run for mayor......

Texas lawyer David Dow on defending death row inmates

In his book What I Learned from Dying, Dow discusses the case of a murderer who had transformed himself so completely that he "was simply not the same human being on the day he was executed" as he was when he committed the crime....

10 cool facts about Robbie Burns

As we approach the poet's birthday (and the traditional haggis-centric Burns Suppers it inspires) let's raise a glass to the man, the myth, and the legend....

Ishmael Beah on life after being a child soldier

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (12/1/14) Ishmael Beah is a former child soldier from Sierra Leone. In 2007, he gained international attention for......

5 movie adaptations with different endings than the books

"You maniacs! You changed the ending..." We take a look at five films that surprised us with different outcomes than the books they were based on, including the classic sci-fi adventure Planet of the Apes....

The secret life of an undercover cop

While working undercover for the OPP, Bob Deasy hung out with drug kingpins and made friends in the Russian mafia. He tells his story in the recent book Being Uncle Charlie....

Maya Angelou ignores the haters and so should you

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (31/12/13) Maya Angelou is one of the world's most accomplished and celebrated writers. Over the course of a......

Joy McCarthy's "Joyous Health": Four easy health hacks

In Part Two of our "Canadian Books for a Better You" series, we dip into nutritionist and blogger Joy McCarthy's hot-off-the-presses book Joyous Health for four...... Read More »

X-Files star Gillian Anderson writing science fiction series

Gillian Anderson won legions of sci-fi fans while starring on The X-Files with David Duchovny.The X-Files star Gillian Anderson is embarking on a new adventure......

Toxin, toxout: How to rid our bodies of harmful chemicals

Bruce Lourie, co-author of the new book Toxin, Toxout discusses strategies for detoxifying with On the Coast....

Cynthia Test - 2

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The algorithm that can predict the success of a novel

The more thoughtful a novel is, the more successful it is -- according to the results of a recent study....

Author Walter Isaacson uses crowdsourcing for his next book

Isaacson posted chapters of his work-in-progress on several internet sites and invited "notes, comments, corrections" from interested readers....

Winner: French bookshops. Loser: Amazon?

Victoire pour les librairies?Book sales at independent booksellers in France could perk up thanks to a bookshop-friendly new bill approved by the French Senate.Although Amazon......

Who Said It Quiz: Hannah from HBO's Girls or Charles Bukowski?

In HBO's hit comedy series Girls (which opened its third season this past weekend), show creator and star Lena Dunham plays Hannah Horvath, an aspiring......

How evolution works against us

First aired on Quirks & Quarks (21/12/2013) Evolution has a lot to answer for, like: eye glasses, heart disease, bad backs, flat feet, impacted wisdom......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Geneviève Castrée

Quebec native Geneviève Castrée has been inventing and drawing characters from the age of two. She has never studied drawing or art formally, and creates......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Emily Schultz

The Brooklyn-based writer from Wallaceburg, Ont., is one of the quirkiest writers you'll ever read. How so? Emily Schultz was so intrigued by a Gucci......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Cynthia Flood

(Photo by Marlis Funk)Canadian book lovers are blessed to have plenty of skilled short story writers to read, and Cynthia Flood is a name that......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Katherena Vermette

(Photo credit: Pauline Boldt)Just two short months ago, Katherena Vermette was awarded the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry in English for her first......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Ivan E. Coyote

(Photo credit: Adam PW Smith)Ivan Coyote is a gender-bending author who loves telling stories and performing in front of a live audience -- often weaving......

Beowulf in 100 Tweets

During the last few weeks, Stanford English professor Elaine Treharn condensed the epic story of Beowulf into 100 Tweets. And it totally rocks! ...

10 Canadian women you need to read: Elizabeth Ruth

Toronto writer and teacher Elizabeth Ruth has written three novels, all of which have attracted critical praise and several award nominations. Ruth's first novel, Ten Good......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Elisabeth de Mariaffi

This author's debut collection of short stories has a catchy title -- How to Get Along with Women -- so remember this when it comes......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall has added stand-up comedy to her repertoire, but that shouldn't surprise fans of the Toronto-based writer. Her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Eden Robinson

(Photo credit: Arthur Renwick)Eden Robinson has become one of Canada's first female Native writers to gain international attention -- but, really, she deserves to be......

The Top 10 author Google doodles

This week, to honour Simone de Beauvoir's birthday (if still alive she would be 106), Google paid tribute to the author with one of their......

10 Canadian women you need to read: Ania Szado

This is how good it feels to have your local bookstore behind your new book! @BookCityTO #yourock pic.twitter.com/IslD3uSUrq-- Ania Szado (@AniaSzado) April 9, 2013 With......

Author raises alarm about closure of federal libraries

Journalist Andrew Nikiforuk says that scientists have described the closures as "information destruction unworthy of a democracy."...

Who Said It Quiz: The wolves of pop culture edition

Take our latest quiz, inspired by The Wolf of Wall Street....

Because is the word of the year

The Word of the Year, according to the American Dialect Society, is "because." Why? Well, because.See, "because" used to just be this boring conjunction used...... Read More »

Case against Cormac McCarthy's ex-wife dismissed

Cormac McCarthy, author of bestselling books including The Road, has been married three times. (Associated Press)UPDATE: The assault charge against Jennifer McCarthy was dismissed without......

How to jump-start your creativity

Author Mason Currey shares the creative habits of writers and other artists in his new book, Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work....

Justified to pay tribute to Elmore Leonard

The popular TV crime drama Justified, based on Elmore Leonard's stories about U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, will pay tribute to the late author in the show's season 5 premiere Tuesday night. ...

Book to movie adaptations to watch for 2014

Ben Affleck stars in director David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel Gone Girl. (Twentieth Century Fox)If you thought 2013 was a great year...... Read More »

Writers and the demon drink

In her book The Trip to Echo Spring, British writer Olivia Laing looks at six celebrated authors who were notorious alcoholics in an attempt to understand the connection between their drinking and their creativity....

CBC Literary Prizewinners release books this spring

The CBC Literary Prizes have always been a fertile ground for fresh voices, and some of our former prize-winners have new books coming out in...... Read More »

Inside the Vatican's art collection

Art historian Anja Grebe has catalogued all of the Vatican's paintings, and many of its other treasures, in her new book....

#CanLit Twitter chat: Thursday, January 9, at 2 p.m. ET

It's 2014 and the #CanLit chats return with fervour! Over the next little while, we will have several chats about Canada Reads and this......

5 things you need to know to write better nonfiction

We're now accepting submissions for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize! As you're honing your entry, take a moment to glean a little wisdom, as five...... Read More »

The Best Laid Plans Quiz Contest!

To mark the premiere of the TV mini-series adaptation, we're giving away book sets! Test your knowledge of each episode for a chance to win. ...

Assassination Market website: A hub for hired killers?

Forbes technology writer Adam Greenberg sheds light on the underground website in an interview on Q....

From manuscript to mini-series: The 7½ steps that turned Terry Fallis into a best-selling phenomenon

Seven years ago, Terry Fallis was a well-respected public relations consultant, writing in his spare time in his attic. Today, he's the author of a...... Read More »

Looking ahead to the best new books of 2014

2013 was a big year for Canadian writers: Alice Munro took home the Nobel Prize in Literature, while Canadian-born author Eleanor Catton nabbed the Man......

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh brings back iconic character

The Scottish writer's story featuring Francis Begbie appeared in 150 street papers around the world....

J.K. Rowling lawyer fined for revealing secret identity

Entertainment lawyer Chris Gossage, the man who revealed that rookie crime novelist Robert Galbraith was actually Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, has been fined £1,000......

Detroit nonprofit giving away homes to writers

A nonprofit group in Detroit has come up with a pretty unique writer-in-residence program, one it hopes will help revitalize the struggling city's literary......

5 movie adaptations with different endings than the books: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany'sNovella: Truman Capote (1958)Film: Directed by Blake Edwards (1961)Norman Mailer called Capote "the most perfect writer of my generation," and said that he......

5 movie adaptations with different endings than the books: My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's KeeperNovel: Jodi Picoult (2004)Film: Directed by Nick Cassavetes (2009)My Sister's Keeper is a book that explores some tough questions about family expectations and......

5 movie adaptations with different endings than the books: Planet of the Apes

Planet of the ApesNovel: Pierre Boulle (1963)Film: Franklin J. Schaffner (1968); Second adaptation of the book was directed by Tim Burton (2001) "You maniacs! You blew......

5 movie adaptations with different endings than the books: A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange Book: by Anthony Burgess (1962)Film: Directed by Stanley Kubrick (1971)Few films have incited as many debates, feminist critiques and copy-cat crimes as......

5 movie adaptations with different endings than the books: The Mist

The Mist Novella: Stephen King (1980)Film: Directed by Frank Darabont (2007)Stephen King. Is there an author who has had more of their writing adapted for......

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