May 2014

Lupita Nyong'o optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah

Lupita Nyong'o has optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah....

If you like Judy Blume, you'll love....

Are you a fan of Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume, and looking for a great new read? Brian Francis has a suggestion for you: Days That End in Y by Vikki VanSickle....

Guy Vanderhaeghe on bad scenery and imaginary people

The legendary author and winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards for fiction for his collection Daddy Lenin and Other Stories answers questions from eight...... Read More »

The future of food will taste better

In The Third Plate, chef Daniel Barber outlines a new way to eat, one that's better for the planet and ourselves....

The Hogarth Shakespeare project is putting famous authors to work

The Hogarth Shakespeare project is commissioning authors to reimagine Shakespeare. CBC Books has some suggestions for future additions! ...

Remembering Maya Angelou

The author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings has died at the age of 86. CBC Books remembers her life and work....

Infographic: Meet the average Canadian book buyer

BookNet Canada is studying book-buying patterns across the country and recently released a report highlighting their results. Check them out!...

Erin Frances Fisher wins RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Three short fictions writers are vying for the $5,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers....

Are women really less confident than men? Take the quiz to find out

A new book called The Confidence Code suggests women have a serious problem with confidence. There's even an online quiz to prove it. ...

Above all, be kind: 5 amazing commencement speeches by authors

George Saunders' memorable speech is now a book. We look back at other commencement addresses worth re-visiting. ...

Twitter reacts to the removal of To Kill a Mockingbird from British curriculum

The British Education Secretary, Michael Grove, has announced that the American classic will no longer be on GSCE curriculum....

Twitter chat with Dr. Brian Goldman

Replay our conversation with the CBC Radio host and author....

A celebration of Knowlton Nash as an author

Knowlton Nash was a respected journalist, who also published critically acclaimed non-fiction books about the world he reported on. ...

The Orange is the New Black cookbook - and 5 other surprising cookbooks

From the wonderful to the weird, here are 6 cookbooks we can't believe exist....

5 great literary sketches from Saturday Night Live

As the 39th season of SNL wraps, we take a look back at the best literary sketches over the years. ...

14 inspiring literary quotes for graduates

Congratulations to the class of 2014. Here are 14 literary quotes that are perfect for graduation....

Crime writer Simone St. James: Creating chills in three dimensions

The Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced in Toronto on June 5th. Bestowed every year by the Crime Writers of Canada, these awards go to the country's...... Read More »

Margaret Atwood makes MaddAddam-inspired beer

Margaret Atwood has teamed up with a craft brewery to create a beer inspired by her latest novel. ...

The history of the political memoir in 5 great reads

Politico journalist Casey Cep offers a look back at the canon of political memoirs over the past two centuries. ...

The officers who disobeyed Hitler and saved countless lives

Historian Randall Hansen's new book reveals how a number of officers deliberately ignored Hitler's demands, saving lives and helping end the war. ...

Author Howard Shrier: How to raise the stakes in your crime writing

The Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced in Toronto on June 5th. Bestowed every year by the Crime Writers of Canada, these awards go to the country's...... Read More »

Science can explain the wacky world of Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones universe isn't the most realistic. But according to science it's plausible. ...

The world's smallest comic book can now be found on a human hair

Thanks to something called a FEI Versa 3D machine, the world's tiniest book can now be found on a human strand of hair. ...

Shakespeare's 8 bloodiest plays

Think Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are breaking new ground when it comes to violence? Compared with Shakespeare, these guys are lightweights.... Read More »

Crime writer Lee Lamothe on real-life horrors and breaking the rules of fiction

The Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced in Toronto on June 5th. Bestowed every year by the Crime Writers of Canada, these awards go to the country's...... Read More »

Ever notice that almost all books set in Africa have the same cover?

Why do so many Africa-themed novels look alike? Neelika Jayawardane joined Jian Ghomeshi to decode this trend. ...

Finding Michelle Knight

Michelle Knight was one of the three Cleveland women kidnapped by Ariel Castro. She's been free a year - and shares her harrowing story in a new book. ...

Jo Nesbø on his latest thriller The Son

Bestselling Norwegian mystery novelist and rock singer Jo Nesbø talked to Jian Ghomeshi about his new revenge thriller, The Son. ...

Seán Haldane: In crime writing, it's the little questions that count

The Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced in Toronto on June 5th. Bestowed every year by the Crime Writers of Canada, these awards go to the country's...... Read More »

Crime writer John Brooke: How to build suspense with a bang... or a whisper

The Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced in Toronto on June 5th. Bestowed every year by the Crime Writers of Canada, these awards go...... Read More »

The ultimate summer 2014 reading list

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

5 interesting facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A new British TV drama will look at the real-life adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His eccentric life every bit as fascinating as the character he would be most remembered for....

Rush Limbaugh wins children's book author of the year award

Limbaugh received the award Wednesday night for his bestselling book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. ...

Being the poet laureate of North Korea

Jang Jin-Sung had everything as the poet laureate of North Korea -- except the ability to share the truth. He does that now in a new book. ...

Shani Mootoo and Kim Fu on gender, identity and fiction

The two authors sat down with Shelagh Rogers to discuss gender variance in fiction....

George R.R. Martin's 'secret weapon' writing tip

Have any 20-year-old computers kicking around?...

5 literary hoaxes

Misha Defonseca, a Belgian author who admitted to fabricating her bestselling Holocaust memoir, has been in the news this week. This reminded us of some other famous literary hoaxes and deceptions....

What happens when we die?

Patricia Pearson used her journalistic chops to explore what happens, spiritually, when we die. She shares her findings in a new book. ...

Miriam Toews on the war she didn't know she was winning

The author of All My Puny Sorrows, winner of the 2014 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, fields questions from the...... Read More »

Margaret Atwood on what really separates people from machines

What does it mean to be a robot, and to be human? The renowned author answers these questions in a conversation with Nora Young. ...

Holocaust memoir fabricator ordered to pay $22.5 million

The Belgian author of a bestselling Holocaust memoir who later admitted she fabricated much of her survival story has been ordered to pay back $22.5 million USD to her publisher....

Dad arrested after protesting Jodi Picoult book

William Baer attended a school board meeting where he raised concerns over Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. The discussion got heated....

Gill Deacon on cancer's tough lessons

It took cancer to get Gill Deacon to appreciate the present. She shares her story -- and the important lessons she learned -- in a new memoir....

The CBC Books guide to Mother's Day shopping

We present the CBC Books 2014 Mother's Day gift guide. She'll like it. We promise....

Is modern parenting all joy and no fun?

All Joy and No Fun author Jennifer Senior talks about the highs and lows of raising children in this day and age....

What does the future of reading look like?

Experts weigh in on how reading is changing -- and why we shouldn't worry about it -- in a special episode of Spark. ...

The divide in America's justice system

A new book argues that the American justice system has developed into a two-tier system: one that prosecutes low-income citizens and minorities and lets the one per cent get away with few individual consequences. ...

The secret history of the office cubicle

The modern office is ubiquitous with the corporate world and often symbolizes professional success. But how did this become the ideal? Nikil Saval has uncovered this little-known history in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. ...

Farley Mowat sent me the best rejection letter I've ever received

The Canadian author Farley Mowat has died at the age of 92. Canada Writes editor Jennifer Warren  shares a hilarious and touching letter she received from...... Read More »

Remembering Farley Mowat

The renowned environmentalist and author died at the age of 92. CBC Books shares some of his best words and interviews....

Twitter chat with Lullabies for Little Criminals author Heather O'Neill

Thanks for joining our chat with Heather O'Neill, the author of Lullabies for Little Criminals and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. You can watch the replay in the widget below....

Alexi Zentner: How I wrote The Lobster Kings

In his sophomore novel, The Lobster Kings, Governor General's Award finalist Alexi Zentner takes the father and three daughters from Shakespeare's "King Lear" and sets...... Read More »

To study or not to study Shakespeare - that is the question

Bestselling British author GP Taylor has sparked a fresh debate about whether it's time to retire Macbeth and Hamlet from classrooms in favour of modern material....

How a book can literally change lives

Engineers from the University of Virginia and Carnegie Mellon have developed a book that will literally save lives by acting as a water filter....

New Russian law forces books with swearing to carry warning labels

The country will see a major crackdown on profanity in all forms of media....

7 must-read books about TV

From binge watching to second screens, the world of television is changing. Here are seven books that look at the people, programs and networks that helped shaped the medium over the past 75 years. ...

Heather O'Neill on cat dialogue, laundry room phobias, and other people's brains

The author of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted short story collection Daydreams of Angels fields questions from other Canadian authors about what she writes when she should be...... Read More »

How two patients defeated HIV

A new book looks at two remarkable cases of curing HIV -- and what they mean for the future of medical science. ...

The 10 picture books every Canadian home should have

These 10 classic picture books are must reads. How many does your family own?...

Who Said It: Batman or Balzac?

You know, the Dark Knight and French novelist Honoré de Balzac have had insightful and profound things to say over the years. Let's see if you can tell their words apart....

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Here are 5 great #canlit reads to get us started

CBC Books has a few suggestions for helping you diversify your bookshelves. ...

Being struck by genius

Jason Padgett was violently attacked a decade ago -- but his injuries resulted in a phenomenal new skill: he's now a mathematical savant. He shares his story in a new book. ...

A reimagining of James Joyce's Dubliners

Writers are paying homage to James Joyce by reimagining his famous short story collection Dubliners for the book's 100th anniversary. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: Naked Imperfection by Gill Deacon

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: The Bees by Laline Paull

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: The Son by Jo Nesbø

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: The Secret Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: The Fire in the Unnameable Country by Ghalib Islam

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: No Relation by Terry Fallis

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

Cheryl Strayed on the Wild film adaptation (and 4 other must-see book-to-movie adaptations)

Can't wait until the film adaptation of Wild comes out? Cheryl Strayed gives Q the inside scoop -- and we highlight 4 other great adaptations to check out while we wait. ...

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The ultimate summer 2014 reading list:......

Shani Mootoo on chocolate, house chores and cryptic notes

The Trinidad-born author's latest book is Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, a powerful portrait of gender, identity and friendship that has made the longlist...... Read More »