Roméo Dallaire on how he'd like to be remembered
The author of Waiting for First Light answers eight questions from eight writers.
Eva Stachniak on blacklisted words and the dreams of the exiled
The historical fiction writer, whose latest book is The Chosen Maiden, answers eight questions from her fellow authors.
Edward Riche on recurring nightmares and the best Batman
The Canada Reads-longlisted author of Today I Knew It Was You answers eight questions from eight authors.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier on the lifelong fight to maintain her Indigenous voice
The activist's memoir, The Right to Be Cold, is on the longlist for Canada Reads 2017.
Karyn Freedman on her feminist heroes and why she loves winter
The philosopher's moving memoir, One Hour in Paris, is on the Canada Reads 2017 longlist.
Horror master Nick Cutter on his stomach-turning superpower
The dark half of Craig Davidson reveals his stomach of steel in the CBC Books Magic 8 Q&A.
Vivek Shraya on the necessary risks of queer writing
The author and poet, longlisted for Canada Reads 2017 for even this page is white, takes the CBC Books Magic 8 Q&A.
Rajiv Surendra on the mouthwatering invitation he's still waiting for
Rajiv Surendra's debut book, The Elephants in My Backyard, is on the Canada Reads 2017 longlist.
Sci-fi writer Madeline Ashby on why you have to earn your endings
The author, whose novel Company Town has made the Canada Reads 2017 longlist, on the first book she sunk her teeth into (literally).
Sylvain Neuvel on Wookieepedia, Battlestar Galactica and other obsessions
The Canada Reads 2017 longlisted author of Sleeping Giants answers eight questions from fellow authors.
Xue Yiwei on why writing is innately political
The author of Shenzheners tackles eight questions about writing from his fellow authors.
Sara Tilley on writing her latest novel from inside a mask
The Newfoundland author, whose novel Duke has made the International DUBLIN Literary Award longlist, answers eight questions from fellow authors.
Larry Tremblay on finding inspiration and imagination in nature
The acclaimed Québécois author and playwright fields eight questions from fellow authors.
Michael Christie on the fears that wake him up at night
Michael Christie, author of If I Fall, If I Die answers eight literary questions from eight writers.
John Vaillant on why it's crucial for a country to have a literary identity
John Vaillant, whose novel The Jaguar's Children is a nominee for the International DUBLIN Literary Award, answers eight questions from eight authors.
Jowita Bydlowska on avoiding books with long descriptions of water
The author of the memoir Drunk Mom and the new novel Guy answers eight questions from eight authors.
Ray Berard on unexpected inspiration and the scene he wouldn't want his mother to read
Ray Berard's debut novel is one of 17 Canadian books nominated for the International DUBLIN Literary Award.
Elisabeth de Mariaffi on whether things are getting better... or worse
Elisabeth de Mariaffi's thriller The Devil You Know is one of the 17 Canadian books nominated for the International DUBLIN Literary Award.
Debut novelist Sigal Samuel on what her inner critic is wearing
The International DUBLIN-longlisted author introduces us to her worst (and imaginary) critic.
Beth Powning on writing novels with her eyes closed
Beth Powning, author of A Measure of Light, answers eight questions from eight writers.
- Miriam Toews on the war she didn't know she was winning
- Victor Hugo and Cervantes are cordially invited to Dominique Fortier's next literary reading
- Found a typo in your book? Steven Heighton has a superhero for that
- Acclaimed translator Lazer Lederhendler on why novels are still necessary
- Writers' Trust Fiction winner Yasuko Thanh on "writing outside the ordinary realm"
- Deborah Campbell on the small histories that tell the big stories
- Emma Donoghue, Madeleine Thien answer writing questions from past finalists
- Gregory Scofield shares the best writing advice he ever received
- Eden Robinson on her musical afterlife and dream CanLit Trivial Pursuit Partner
- Richard Wagamese on why Canada needs more Indigenous writers
- Playwright Colleen Murphy on hiding secrets and finding sinister, shiny things
- Douglas Coupland may steal your soul, but he feels badly about it
- Ami McKay on surprising endings, witchy soundtracks and board-game solace
- Bill Waiser on why historical writing and imagination should be inseparable
- Robert Wiersema on the one question he just can't answer
- Donna Morrissey on the power and frustration of writing fiction
- Adam Haslett on essential morning rituals and the Great Book he found boring
- Catherine Leroux on the literary value of loose ends
- Ivan Coyote on Muppet critics, old radio shows and really hot coffee
- Michael Helm on his preferred writing posture and the toughest job he ever had
- M.G. Vassanji on the sentence that changed his life
- Gail Anderson-Dargatz on the therapeutic value of soup-making
- Emma Donoghue on gossiping with the Bard and ridiculously productive procrastination
- Kathy Page on literary cocktails and worrying her characters are too weird
- Tom Gauld on biblical battles and meaningfully nameless characters
- Riel Nason thinks it's time to visit to your local bookstore
- Wayne Arthurson on naming his murder victims after his friends
- Jen Sookfong Lee on $10 rosé and spying on strangers who read her books
- David Bergen on Mennonite food and literary tattoos
- Kate Taylor on her highly contagious literary inspiration
- Diane Schoemperlen on why she'd make a good accountant
- Drew Hayden Taylor on the battle to write funny stuff
- Kit Pearson on conjuring up brave children, and that time she tried writing for grown-ups
- Brian Brett on becoming part of the great wave wash of life
- Louise Penny on why a crime novel is not about the crime
- Russell Wangersky has no idea what you mean by "narrative arc"
- Man Booker Prize nominee David Szalay on the first novel that enthralled him
- Meg Rosoff on the childhood questions she still ponders
- C.C. Humphreys on his signature dish and dream casting
- Kevin Major on eBay research and his dream editor
- Fantasy maven Jo Walton on her surprising cure for writer's block
- Marie-Claire Blais on her Canadian soundtrack and tropical view
- Peggy Blair on Cuban music, insects and tiny cars
- Teresa Toten on that time she made her character apologize
- Taras Grescoe on why he'll never be a Canadian senator
- Madeleine Thien just described our dream literary dinner
- Dan Vyleta on ski-bum dreams and befriending doubt
- Kamal Al-Solaylee on the "indelicate" question he wants to be asked
- Guy Gavriel Kay on what his tombstone will say
- Shane Peacock on the high-wire act of writing
- Caroline Pignat on making her characters do homework
- Lisa Moore on why everyone can (and should) write a book
- Erín Moure on the elation (and stomachache) of poetry
- George Elliott Clarke on his biggest writing turn-ons
- Mariko Tamaki on when she realized she would never be a respectable citizen
- Roo Borson on what sustains her as a writer
- Jonathan Auxier on why he's terrible at answering emails
- Carmen Aguirre on tabloid addiction and the view from her window
- Alissa York on mismatched teacups and canine converts
- Michael Crummey on loss, death and campaigning for literary prizes
- Cordelia Strube on what her family thinks of her writing
- Phil Hall on literary house parties and his fantasy job
- Gary Barwin on clip-on beards and hiking with Kafka
- Greg Hollingshead on striking fear into the hearts of critics
- Richard Van Camp on the motivational power of Star Wars fan art
- Padma Viswanathan on spending her afterlife as a tree
- Alan Cumyn on writing a novel about the worst idea ever
- Todd Babiak on haunting visions, hummus and other neuroses
- Katherine Govier on why good writing means caramelizing some onions
- Robert J. Sawyer on why his characters probably hate him
- Canada Reads authors answer questions from the competition
- Saleema Nawaz on homemade cards, vampire killers and crowded cafés
- Tracey Lindberg on her dream moose meat dinner party
- Lynn Coady on the power of Grease and good snacks
- Anita Rau Badami on talking to Oscar Wilde... and her houseplants
- Yann Martel on why Life of Pi didn't make him a better writer
- Michael Winter on swanky sunglasses and underground semicolons
- Lawrence Hill on book burnings and getting lost in the woods
- Billie Livingston on the CanLit cage match of her dreams
- Ian Hamilton on that time he made a reader cry
- Kelley Armstrong on borrowed birthmarks and why she doesn't do villians
- Martine Leavitt on why storytellers must change the world
- 2015 Scotiabank Giller finalists answer questions from Canadian authors
- Lee Maracle on why she listens to her family
- Paul Yee on plot twists, dreamless sleep and the ties that bind
- Katherena Vermette on why quiet stories speak the loudest
- Jordan Tannahill on why queer writing is universal, and so is the Bible
- Raziel Reid is stealing all your good ideas
- Kate Pullinger: Ghosts, yes. Muses, not so much.
- Samuel Archibald on what it takes to be a writer
- Shilpi Somaya Gowda on childhood monsters and other inspirations
- Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker find poetry in the post-game interview
- Bill Richardson on CanLit sex scenes and his CBC doppelgänger
- Rachel Cusk on honouring the strangeness of living
- Erin Bow may be writing in a garden shed right now
- Will Ferguson remains one syllable short of greatness
- Ian Brown on feeling all the feels
- Dianne Warren on what comes to the surface, and what should stay buried
- Nino Ricci on Superman's obvious advantages
- Nazneen Sheikh on the power of bedtime stories
- Patrick deWitt on what should happen to unfunny people
- Sharon Butala on conjuring the writing spirits
- Camilla Gibb on the merits of unpopularity
- Don Gillmor on teenage investments and head-scratching rejections
- Austin Clarke on what it takes to be a good writer
- Elizabeth Hay on back-seat inspiration and Jane Austen's ghost
- Marina Endicott on abandoned workouts, stubborn knots and her most lovable character
- Gail Bowen on the constant process of educating herself
- Linwood Barclay on his new challenge
- Joy Fielding: What if a woman had written The Corrections
- Russell Smith on his literary hot tub fantasy
- Lynn Crosbie on literary doppelgangers and the Stepford curse
- Kenneth Oppel on weird research and amazing readers
- Lori Lansens on canine crushes, tequila and really bad traffic
- Jane Urquhart on fleeting titles and animating spirits
- Jalal Barzanji on the gift of writing what he wants
- Robert Currie on the time machine that is poetry
- A.F. Moritz on the "illiterature" of poetry
- Karen Solie welcomes robot poets to the CanLit community
- Lorna Crozier on why she writes with the door closed
- David McGimpsey on country songs, Oprah and very important intersections
- Tomson Highway on Austen envy and dashing leading men
- Susan Juby on her crafty backup plans
- Andrew Pyper on happy-hour bribery and literary flirtations
- Helen Humphreys on dead spiders and undersung poets
- Crime writer Rick Mofina on conquering the self-doubt demon
- Mystery master Alan Bradley on what's behind curtain #3
- Crime writer Anthony Bidulka on the perfect stepping-stone: accounting
- George Bowering on why "prolific" isn't a compliment
- Johanna Skibsrud has no faith in bestseller lists
- Linden MacIntyre on writing and other pathologies
- Michael Winter on why he writes sex scenes
- Claire Holden Rothman on the inadequacy of the word "writer"
- Why Rudy Wiebe will never write a funny novel
- Alison Pick on saying yes to writing and no to everything else
- Emily St. John Mandel has no idea where she's going... and she's okay with that
- Canada Reads contender Kim Thúy on the zeros she got in creative writing class
- Frances Itani on hearing voices... and trusting your own
- Raising author Eric McCormack's "Scottish hackles"
- Gender nonconformist and author Ivan Coyote on "writing from the guts"
- Terry Fallis on feminism, his favourite sandwich and the writer afterlife
- Jon Paul Fiorentino on what makes his heart explode
- Author Bill Gaston on accidental fires and questionable musical influences
- Guy Vanderhaeghe on bad scenery and imaginary people
- Heather O'Neill on cat dialogue, laundry room phobias, and other people's brains
- Shani Mootoo on chocolate, house chores and cryptic notes
- Griffin Prize finalist Sue Goyette on literary prize culture, emojis and rehearsed comebacks
- RBC Taylor Prize finalist J.B. MacKinnon on his authorial spirit animal
- Thomas King on why humour and tragedy are inseparable
- RBC Taylor Prize finalist Charlotte Gray on the worst interview she's ever done
- RBC Taylor Prize finalist Graeme Smith on dodging bullets and downing iced capps
- Ian Williams takes the Magic 8
- David McFadden takes the Magic 8
- James Pollock takes the Magic 8
- Patrick Lane takes the Magic 8
- John Terpstra takes the Magic 8
- Shyam Selvadurai on childhood memory, Buddha and answering your own questions
- Cathy Marie Buchanan takes the Magic 8
- Vincent Lam takes the Magic 8
- Lawrence Hill on that time The Book of Negroes was burned
- Pasha Malla takes the Magic 8
- D.W. Wilson takes the Magic 8
- Buffy Cram takes the Magic 8
- Cory Doctorow takes the Magic 8
- Annabel Lyon takes the Magic 8
- Nancy Richler takes the Magic 8
- Linda Svendsen takes the Magic 8
- Linda Spalding takes the Magic 8
- Alix Ohlin takes the Magic 8
- C.S. Richardson takes the Magic 8
- Miranda Hill takes the Magic 8
- Shauna Singh Baldwin on "the seams between scenes"