February 2014

Aboriginal Reads: A reading list

After a panel discussion of some of Canada's best Aboriginal writers, CBC Books has put together some of their suggestions of what great Indigenous novels should be added to your bookshelf....

Is it ever right to ban a book?

Blue Sky guest host Stefani Langenegger and Regina author Gail Bowen discuss the interesting question: is it ever justified to ban a book? ...

5 great quotes from John Steinbeck books

We're really digging these Google Doodle tributes to authors. The latest one is an ode to American novelist John Steinbeck, who would have turned 112......

The many pen names of famous authors

J.K. Rowling, the woman behind the mystical world of Harry Potter, is planning to publish a second book under her pen name: Robert Galbraith. See what other famous authors rose to fame using secret identities....

INFOGRAPHIC: 30 books you may be surprised to learn were challenged by censors

Each year, Freedom to Read Week highlights the importance of free speech, free expression, and how censorship affects us all. Here's a list of 30 books you may be surprised to learn have battled attempts at censorship in Canada. ...

Dragon Tattoo author Stieg Larsson investigated PM assassination: report

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo author Stieg Larsson may have had more in common with his investigative journalist character Mikael Blomkvist than we realized....

Top RRSP/tax season tips from money writers

Tax season has officially started and the deadline for contributing to a RRSP is fast approaching with March 3 creeping up. To help readers get in the tax season spirit, we've compiled a list of the best money advice from financial writers featured on CBC Books....

Mystery author faces internet wrath after calling for J.K. Rowling to quit adult fiction

A literary mystery author is facing online backlash and negative Amazon book reviews after she implored Harry Potter-creator J.K. Rowling to stop writing adult fiction......

Who Said It: Oscar winner or Oscar Wilde?

As we approach the 86th Academy Awards, we take a look at some of the most interesting, bombastic, and insightful acceptance speeches over the years. Can you tell an Oscar winner apart from the wit and bravado of Irish writer Oscar Wilde?...

Gorillas, a French adventurer and the evolution debates

In his new book Between Man and Beast, science writer Monte Reel tells the story of Paul du Chaillu, who caused a sensation in Victorian England....

The Atlantic resurfaces early short stories by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto

It turns out the show's creator, American writer Nic Pizzolatto, had a pair of short stories published earlier in his career in The Atlantic, and the magazine has now resurfaced them online....

Diagram Prize awards weirdest book title of the year

A self-help guide to bathroom etiquette has claimed the U.K.-based Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year....

5 gay and lesbian Russian writers you should know

While it has never been easy to be an out writer in Russia, several have challenged the status quo by including major gay or lesbian themes in their work. We have collected a list of five writers who dared to challenge then and now....

Publisher looking to print 1,000 edition Wikipedia book set

A custom book publisher has launched an online fundraising campaign to create 1,000 books out of Wikipedia articles. ...

Are we doomed? Elizabeth Kolbert explains why the world might be in the midst of a major mass extinction

According to a new book by science writer Elizabeth Kolbert, the planet may now be in the midst of another great extinction, and this time we can't blame an asteroid -- the fault lies with us humans. ...

Gay and lesbian Russian writers you should know: Dmitry Kuzmin

Born into a literary family in Moscow in 1968, Dmitry Kuzminreceived his Ph.D in 2005 for a thesis on one-line poems. ...

Adam Sternbergh explains how to to make a modern anti-hero

Hollywood star Denzel Washington is expected to play the garbageman-turned-hit man main character in an adaptation of Adam Sternbergh's gritty novel Shovel Ready. (Carlo......

Reading list: The best of Mavis Gallant

More on Mavis Gallant: 2012: The Four Seasons of Mavis Gallant from Ideas2009: Jian Ghomeshi in conversation with Mavis Gallant2008: Eleanor Wachtel on interviewing......

10 amazing facts about Mavis Gallant

Mavis Gallant, a Canadian literary icon, passed away at the age of 91. Accomplished writers tend to have led fascinating lives, and Mavis Gallant is......

Mavis Gallant's remarkable career

Canadian literary legend Mavis Gallant has died at age 91. CBC News is reporting the writer passed away in Paris, a city that figured prominently in......

Does Amy Chua's Triple Package theory explain ethnic group success?

"Tiger Mom" author Amy Chua and her husband Jed Rubenfeld have co-authored a new book exploring the idea that successful ethnic groups have three traits......

Books reviewed more harshly after winning awards: researchers

Authors, be careful what you wish for.New research out of the University of Chicago suggests that books are consistently reviewed more harshly if read after......

Slideshow: 125 years of incredible photos from National Geographic

First aired on Q (03/02/14) In the 125 years since the magazine began, the photographs from National Geographic magazine have become cultural icons. From......

Ken Dryden looks at 30 years of The Game

First aired on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (11/2/14) How many athletes can you name that have served in the House of Commons, have written five......

Gay and lesbian Russian writers you should know: Nastya Denisova

Born in St. Petersburg in 1984, the poet Nastya Denisova has organized poetry festivals in Russia to help showcase the work of lesbian poets. In 2007,......

Gay and lesbian Russian writers you should know: Yevgeny Kharitonov

The Russian daily newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta called him "one of the most talented and unique writers, a Russian writer of genius." Yevgeny Kharitonov wrote stories, plays......

Gay and lesbian Russian writers you should know: Mikhail Kuzmin

"Love, whatever its nature, can never be depraved except in the eyes of a cynic." -Mikhail Kuzmin (from Wings)You would be hard pressed to find a......

Stephen King pens 'most terrifying conclusion' he's ever written in upcoming novel

Stephen King has two new books coming in 2014. (Associated Press)American horror master Stephen King has revealed details about his newest novel Revival, which will......

Yann Martel challenges Russia on gay rights

"As writers and artists, we cannot stand quietly by as we watch our fellow writers and journalists pressed into silence or risking prosecution and......

Literary Life: Where Characters Click!

Have you ever imagined what life would be like for classic literary characters like Elizabeth Bennet if they had to use dating websites like modern folk today? Welcome to Literary Life.com, the website "Where Characters Click!" ...

Toronto Raptors' Demar DeRozan launches book program

(Photos from Raptors.com)He's the Toronto Raptors' leading-scorer, an NBA all-star and a champion of reading. Just days before the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend in New......

Crazy Town casting call

Who would play Rob Ford in the movie adaptation of Robyn Doolittle's book? We share our top 5 picks!...

Getting to the bottom of the self-help industry

First aired on Q (04/02/2014) Jessica Lamb-Shapiro was fascinated by the world of self-help. She was intrigued by the many books, gadgets and activities......

B.J. Novak writes fictional 'memoir of his ideas'

The comedy star talked to Q about his book of stories and vignettes, One More Thing....

Toronto reporter Robyn Doolittle reveals Rob Ford's saga

When Robyn Doolittle was taken off the Toronto Star crime beat and asked to cover City Hall, she had no idea her new gig......

Gay and lesbian Russian writers you should know: Sophia Parnok

From Dreams, May 1924Only in dreams, with a broken off moan,so as not to die in her sleep,on such a mellifluous wave,above this sky-blue drowning,her......

Gary Shteyngart on contemporary Russia and growing up a "little failure"

The bestselling fiction writer's foray into non-fiction is a mix of seriousness and his trademark humour....

Charlie Chaplin's only novel to be published

First aired on As It Happens (05/02/14) Charlie Chaplin is a legendary actor, director and screenwriter. But now, his talents as an author have......

Vodka and politics mix in Russia

In his new book, Vodka Politics, political scientist Mark Lawrence Schrad explores the connection between alcohol and the Soviet state. ...

Literary Life: Anne Shirley

Age: Young lady.Gender: Female.Occupation: Student.Looking for: Another kindred spirit, friends, relationships, open to any connections.Create your opening line: "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as......

Literary Life: Clarissa Dalloway

You May Know Me From: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.Age: 52.Gender: Female.Occupation: Former teacher.Looking for: Well I'm not entirely convinced about the power of love,......

Literary Life: Elizabeth Bennet

You May Know Me From: Do I really need to say it?Age: 20Gender: FemaleOccupation: Free spirit, although if my mother had her way, I would......

Literary Life: Lisbeth Salander

You May Know Me From: Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.Age: Mid-20s.Gender: Female. Occupation: Hacker, investigator, pop-culture icon. Looking for: Not going to bother. If I'm......

Literary Life: Bridget Jones

You May Know Me From: The Bridget Jones series by Helen Fielding.Age: 30s version.Gender: Female.Occupation: Publishing.Looking for: Mr. Perfect.Create your opening line: "I will not......

Literary Life: Bertha Mason

You May Know Me From: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys/Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.Age: 20s.Gender: Female.Occupation: Jamaican aristocrat.Looking for: Trustworthy love.Create your opening line:......

The world's first degree in self-publishing

A British university has announced it will launch the world's first postgraduate degree in self-publishing.The University of Central Lancashire's self-publishing MA begins in September and......

Literary Life: The Phantom of the Opera

You May Know Me From: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux.Age: I have lost count of the years.Gender: Male.Occupation: Son of a mason, underground......

Literary Life: Inigo Montoya

You may know me from: The Princess Bride by William Goldman.Age: 30-something.Gender:  Male.Occupation: Mercenary.Looking for: Revenge. Also, someone who just wants to have fun and......

Literary Life: Jon Snow

You may know me from: A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin/HBO's Game of Thrones.Age: Teenager, although I'm often mistaken for......

Who Said It Quiz: House of Cards' Francis Underwood or Machiavelli?

Times may have changed since the 16th-century Italian politician and philosopher Machiavelli published his political treatise The Prince in 1532. But he and Frank Underwood share some similarities when it comes to their attitude to playing politics. See if you can tell their words apart!...

Literary Life: Mr. Darcy

You May Know Me From: Do I really need to say?Age: 28.Gender: Male.Occupation: Proprietor of Pemberley, social critic.Looking for:  A lady -- a woman with......

Literary Life: Othello

You May Know From: Othello by Shakespeare.Age: Middle-aged.Gender: Male.Occupation: Ambassador of the Moors, general of the Venetian army .Looking for: True dedication, someone who will......

Literary Life: Dorian Gray

You May Know Me From: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.Age: Oh, I'll never tell.Gender:  Male.Occupation: Wealthy young toff.Looking for: An unremitting parade......

The world's most beautiful libraries

The doors to Halifax's new state-of-the-art central library won't open until November, but CNN has taken notice and listed it as one of the "10......

Amazon's 100 books you need to read to live a literary life

On Tuesday, February 4, Amazon revealed its list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. Chosen by the Amazon Books editors, the list......

8 books to get you ready for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  The Olympic flame is tested in Sochi as we approach the games. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press) The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are upon us!......

There's something about Meryl

Meryl Streep speaks onstage at a screening of August: Osage County (Jordan Strauss/The Weinstein Company/AP)    First aired on Q (29/1/14) How well do......