June 2014

Game of Thrones: Differences between the books and show

While the program has been praised for largely staying faithful, it has been fascinating to see some of the differences between the page and screen versions. Here are five examples....

#DiverseCanLit: Talking about diversity in Canadian literature

Léonicka Valcius wanted to have a conversation about diversity in Canadian literature. So she started one herself on Twitter. ...

What book would you pick for a list of 100 great Canadian novels?

Cross-Country Checkup asked: what books would YOU put on a must-read list of Canadian novels? Listen to the show now....

If you like Jodi Picoult, you'll love...

If you're a fan of Picoult, Rachel Harry believes you'll love Madeleine Thien's novel Simple Recipes. Find out why....

CBC Books' FIFA World Cup reading list

Bide your time between FIFA World Cup games by picking up one of these great soccer reads....

Tom Perrotta on The Leftovers TV adaptation

What if millions of people around the world vanished -- suddenly, for no apparent reason -- in an event like the Rapture? Author Tom Perrotta discusses this, and more, with Jian Ghomeshi....

New Judy Blume novel for adults to published in 2015

The book has been described as "pure Judy Blume, writing about family and about friendships, about love, about betrayal. It's quintessential Judy."...

Sarah Polley adapting John Green novel Looking for Alaska

The Fault in Our Stars author broke the news on Twitter that the Canadian director will helm his next adaptation. ...

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign raises more than $4 million

Since the critically acclaimed children's series was cancelled in 2009, Burton has been searching for new ways to keep the brand alive through new technology....

Hillary Clinton on making Hard Choices

The former first Lady and former Secretary of State sat down with CBC's Peter Mansbridge to discuss her new memoir. ...

Amazon's Top 10 books of 2014 (so far)

We've compiled a photo gallery of the company's Top 10 selections. Have you had a chance to read these titles?...

Doctors' prescription: Read to your child every day

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy statement Tuesday that insists parents should read aloud to their children every day starting in infancy....

Infographic: Digital reading habits in Canada

Reading digitally - on tablets and phones and e-readers - is more popular than ever. But how popular is it in Canada? Find out!...

Tamai Kobayashi wins Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers

Kobayashi, author of two story collections Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic, was announced as the winner of the $4,000 prize at an event in Toronto on Monday evening....

Literary landmarks: Regina, Saskatchewan

The CBC Books literary tour of Canadian capital cities continues with Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan!...

Jon Klassen becomes first Canadian to win Kate Greenaway Medal

The U.K.-based award, established in 1955, is presented annually for "an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people....

Haruki Murakami novel will come with stickers

Five Japanese designers were commissioned to make stickers for the new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage....

Jeanette Winterson responds to Rabbit-gate on As It Happens

The award-winning author faced some heavy criticism from social media users for sharing her rabbit recipe....

If you like Ernest Hemingway, you'll love...

If you are a fan of Hemingway, author Iain Reid has a Canadian equivalent you're sure to enjoy: That Summer in Paris by Morley Callaghan....

National Aboriginal Day 2014

June 21 marks National Aboriginal Day. We've compiled a list of links to multimedia content featuring indigenous literature, authors and artists....

Kansas officials shut down boy's free front yard library

As a Mother's Day gift, Leawood resident Spencer Collins, 9, helped his father and grandfather build a cabinet-style structure with a shingled roof and clear glass doors with book shelves....

WorldPride Reads: Share your suggestions

To mark this international event, we're asking for your suggestions on great books (fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary, Canadian or international) that explore LGBTTIQQ2SA perspectives....

Beerology: How to host a great beer-tasting party

Master Cicerone Mirella Amato has written a new book called Beerology, a guide to exploring and appreciating the vast and diverse pleasures of beer. ...

Canada Reads champion Wab Kinew signs two-book deal

Wab Kinew has signed a two-book deal with Penguin Canada. A memoir about "family reconciliation and spiritual rebirth" will hit bookstore shelves in 2015. ...

Spending Stephen King's royalty money

When Stephen King published a novel with the same title as Emily Schultz's debut novel, there were a lot of confused customers. But now Schultz is reaping the benefits - and is writing about it....

How to think like a freak

In their new book, the authors of Freakonomics offer readers advice on solving problems and approaching life in more creative and unconventional ways....

David Sedaris on fame, death and picking up trash

Storyteller and humorist David Sedaris talks about sharing family stories with Day 6 host Brent Bambury....

Modern etiquette tips for nice people who sometimes swear

Amy Alkon is a modern manners guru. Her new book outlines what it means to be polite in today's fast-paced technology-driven world. ...

Massey Lectures iPad app wins major design award

The Massey Lectures iPad app has been awarded the prestigious Silver Cannes Lions award for Digital Online Design. ...

A mother and son bond over birding

When a shy teen and his mother take up birding, both their lives change. A new memoir chronicles their journey. ...

Bloomsday 2014: To the great James Joyce

In honour of James Joyce, we present this graphic tribute to the author and his acclaimed work, Ulysses....

Heather O'Neill on The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

The novelist talks to Shelagh Rogers about her latest book....

Do you talk about books you haven't read? On faking cultural literacy

Thanks to modern technology, it's easier than ever to pretend to know things. Why do we do so? Is it harmful or helpful? The Current debates. ...

Literary Landmarks: Edmonton, Alberta

8 must-see places for book lovers headed to Alberta's capital this summer. ...

Amazon.ca ranks the most well-read cities in Canada

Calgary bought the most books per capita in Canada in the past year, according to a new Amazon.ca report. ...

Game of Thrones finale: Who Said It Quiz

As we prepare for more heroism, heartbreak, and bloodshed in Westeros, we look back on some of our favourite quotes from the epic storyline....

If you like Stephen King, you'll love...

Lynn Coady says if you're a fan of Stephen King, you should read Andrew Pyper. She stopped by The Next Chapter to explain why. ...

The CBC Books Father's Day gift guide

Why not show your dad how much you love and appreciate him with the best kind of present - a book?...

Juan Gabriel Vásquez wins 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

CBC Books highlights memorable quotes from the winning novel....

5 authors from Brazil you need to read

Eleanor Wachtel traveled to Brazil to explore the country's culture and talk with some of its top authors. ...

What the Amazon vs. Hachette dispute means for the future of publishing

The Amazon/Hachette battle is far from over. Industry expert Jeremy Greenfield explains what this means for book buyers and the future of the industry....

Eric Hill, creator of Spot the Dog, dead at 86

Eric Hill, the author and illustrator who created the beloved Spot the Dog series, has died. ...

New book claims hockey originated in U.K.

Hockey historian and Canadian co-author Jean-Patrice Martel recently appeared on Day 6 to outline some of the evidence contained in the new book The Origin of Hockey that suggests the game was first played in England....

'Adorkable' makes it to the Collins English Dictionary

Yes, the portmanteau love child of the words "adorable" and "dork" won a public vote that the Collins Dictionary ran over Twitter to find a new word to add to their collection....

Infographic: How Canadians decide to buy books

How do you go from becoming aware of a book to actually buying it? BookNet Canada explains the process. ...

HBO/BBC The Casual Vacancy adaptation cast revealed

The cast of the HBO/BBC joint production of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy has been revealed, and Harry Potter fans will see a familiar face....

The Next Chapter's summer reading list for kids

Children's book panelists Ken Setterington and Michele Landsberg present their ultimate list of kids' summer reads. ...

5 lessons for the modern life from the great philosopher Plato

What would he make of us? What would Plato conclude about how we live? What would Plato do in our world? Author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein answers these questions in her new book, Plato at the Googleplex....

If you like Orange is the New Black, you'll love...

If you liked Piper Kerman's memoir, you'll love Sailor Girl by Sheree-Lee Olson. The Next Chapter explains why....

Why you'll love The Silent Wife

Are you a fan of Gone Girl and on the hunt for a new page-turner? Ing Wong-Ward has a suggestion for you: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison....

Literary landmarks: Victoria, British Columbia

Traveling to Victoria this summer? Then be sure to check out these bookish hot spots!...

French adults using colouring books to cope with stress

Art therapy or anti-stress colouring books are extremely popular in France. They now sell faster than cookbooks in the country. ...

Maya Angelou's powerful memorial service

Watch the memorial service for acclaimed American writer and activist at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. ...

Anne Carson, Brenda Hillman win the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize

They each take home $65,000, the most prestigious poetry prize in Canada....

Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin will kill you for $20,000 (in a literary sense)

A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin has launched a new fundraising campaign to support two of his hometown charities...

June #canlit Twitter chat replay: summer reading

Read our online conversation about reading in the summer for great recommendations and more. ...

Until I Say Goodbye author Susan Spencer-Wendel dies at age 47

Spencer-Wendel's book chronicled her battle with Lou Gehrig's disease and a series of bittersweet but life-affirming trips....

HBO to adapt Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy

Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) is said to be the executive producer of the project and may direct the series himself....

Winnie-the-Pooh is most beloved children's book of past 150 years: U.K. survey

The classic children's book Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne has been named favourite children's book of the past 150 years in a recent U.K. survey....

Chinese American authors remember the anniversary of Tiananmen square

Chinese American authors Rowena Xiaoqing He and Yiyun Li remember the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. ...

Wattpad fan-fiction writer scores 'mid-six figure' publishing deal

Does Simon & Schuster have the next Fifty Shades of Grey on its hands?...

The women behind the Dove beauty campaign tell you how to have it all

It's time on lean in even further. A new book argues that women can have it all. ...

Jillian & Mariko Tamaki discuss their latest graphic novel

The co-creators of the award-winning book Skim are back with with a new graphic novel, This One Summer. They spoke to Jian Ghomeshi about it....

Who Said It: The Brontë sisters edition

Can you tell the difference between the writing of Charlotte, Emily and Anne? Take this quiz to find out. ...

Malcolm Gladwell addresses pseudo-science, being Canadian and Sideshow Bob parallels in his AMA

Malcolm Gladwell stopped by Reddit to do a "Ask Me Anything" Q&A. Here are some of the highlights....

A man claims his father was the Zodiac Killer

A new book makes the case that Gary Stewart's father is the man behind these still unsolved crimes. ...

A tribute to Carol Shields

June 2, 2014 would have been Carol Shields' 79th birthday. CBC Books looks at how her work has influenced a new generation of great Canadian writers. ...

Helen Oyeyemi on her new novel Boy, Snow, Bird

The acclaimed writer spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her new fairy tale-inspired novel. ...

The 2014 Libris Awards winners

The annual awards given out by Canada's Independent Booksellers will be held on June 2 at a reception in Toronto. Follow along here to find out who wins. ...

Literary landmarks: A bookish tour of Canada

CBC Books is bringing you a round-up of the literary landmarks you can find in our country's capital cities! Join us on this cross-country tour of the best bookish things found across the country....

Why Soccer Matters

We laughed. We screamed. We jumped up and down. All of us, my whole family, gathered in our little house. Just like every other family, all across Brazil.

Three hundred miles away, before a raucous crowd in Rio de Janeiro, mighty Brazil was battling tiny Uruguay in the final game of the World Cup. Our team was favored. Our moment had come. And in the second minute of the second half, one of our forwards, Friaca, shook off a defender and sent a low ball bouncing toward goal. Past the goalie, and into the net it went.

Brazil 1, Uruguay 0.

From Why Soccer Matters by Pelé...

Home and Away

Home and Away is about a different World Cup: the Homeless World Cup. The annual tournament was founded in 2003. In 2008, Dave Bidini followed......

Futebol Nation

Brazil and soccer are intimately connected in the international consciousness. But what does this mean for the country - and the game itself? David Goldblatt......

Fever Pitch

Nick Hornby captures exactly what it means to be a fan in Fever Pitch: the obsessiveness, the agony, the sheer joy. Hornby's team is......

The Beckham Experiment

In January 2007, David Beckham signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, shocking the sports world. The signing was designed to generate interest in the North......

Among the Thugs

With football comes football hooliganism. Sports journalist Bill Burford attempts to understand this phenomenon and those who cause it in Among the Thugs. Burford spent......