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Toronto's Olive Senior wins overall 2016 OCM Bocas Prize

Author Olive Senior was named the overall winner of the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize...... Read More »

5 books we can't wait to read in May

Here are five new Canadian titles hitting shelves this month that we can't wait to crack open.... Read More »

12 Canadian books that describe living with mental illness

January 27 is Bell Let's Talk Day - a day to talk about mental illness. These 12 books can help you get started. ... Read More »

Lisa Moore on why everyone can (and should) write a book

The author of February and the brand-new YA novel Flannery answers eight questions from other Canadian writers.... Read More »

Elisabeth Moss to star in The Handmaid's Tale series adaptation for Hulu

The television series adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel will broadcast on Hulu in 2017.... Read More »

Soraya Peerbaye on writing poetry about the murder of Reena Virk

Soraya Peerbaye talks about going to court to write her Griffin Poetry Prize-nominated collection, Tell: poems of a girlhood.... Read More »

13 poets talk about poetry

A baker's dozen of inspiring quotes about poetry from Margaret Atwood, George Elliott Clarke and more.... Read More »

Erin Moure on the elation (and stomachache) of poetry

CBC Poetry Prize juror Erín Moure answers 8 questions from 8 Canadian authors.... Read More »

Toronto's Wattpad launches studio with eye on television, film partnerships

Storytelling app Wattpad is aiming to connect its breakout writers with television and film industry professionals.... Read More »

Jenny Diski, author of Skating to Antarctica, dies at 68

British author Jenny Diski has died at the age of 68, nearly two years after a lung cancer diagnosis.... Read More »

Donald J. Savoie wins $50K prize for What is Government Good At?

Donald J. Savoie explores the strengths and failures of modern-day government in his award-winning book.... Read More »

Teva Harrison: How I wrote about my incurable cancer

Teva Harrison explores living with terminal cancer in her graphic novel, In-Between Days.... Read More »

Jennifer Robson and Susan Juby taking over @CBCbooks for Authors for Indies Day

On April 30, the two authors will be tweeting live from independent bookstores.... Read More »

An Authors for Indies 2016 reading list

12 Canada Reads authors are participating in Authors for Indies, a day when authors help indie bookstores across the country sell books!... Read More »

Linwood Barclay, Alan Bradley nominated for U.K.'s CrimeFest Awards

Prolific Canadian crime writer Linwood Barclay has been nominated for Broken Promise and Alan Bradley's latest instalment of the Flavia de Luce series gets a nod.... Read More »

Banff Centre's Literary Arts fall lineup includes Pico Iyer, Jonathan Goldstein

Programs include a meditation on the art of stillness and a workshop for emerging writers.... Read More »

Two B.C. writers nominated for Hugo Awards

Sebastien de Castell is nominated for a Best New Writer award and Grey Carter is a finalist in the Best Graphic Story category.... Read More »

Diane Schoemperlen on writing a memoir about falling in love with a prison inmate

Diane Schoemperlen, an award-winning fiction writer, writes a wry, unapologetic memoir about falling in love with a convicted murderer.... Read More »

Canadian bestsellers: April 17-23, 2016

Check out the bestselling books in Canada!... Read More »

George Elliott Clarke on his biggest writing turn-ons

CBC Poetry Prize juror George Elliott Clarke answers 8 questions from 8 Canadian authors. ... Read More »

Two Canadian writers included in new Wattpad fanfiction anthology

Canadians Rebecca Sky and Erin Latimer to be featured in new anthology Imagines: Celebrity Encounters Staring You.... Read More »

5 writing tips from Carol Shields

Writing wisdom from the great Canadian author, courtesy of the new book Startle and Illuminate. ... Read More »

J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to be published this fall

J.K. Rowling superfans just got another title added to their pre-order wishlist.... Read More »

Mariko Tamaki on when she realized she would never be a respectable citizen

The author of This One Summer and Saving Montgomery Sole takes our ever-surprising Magic 8 Q&A.... Read More »

Patrick deWitt, Susan Juby, Terry Fallis and Stuart McLean make Leacock Medal longlist

The annual Leacock Medal for Humour announced a 10-title longlist on Monday.... Read More »

Finalists for Arthur Ellis crime writing awards announced

The awards are presented by Crime Writers of Canada and recognize excellence in Canadian crime writing.... Read More »

Craig Davidson: My year driving a special-needs school bus

The acclaimed author talks about how a job taken in dire straits helped resurrect his writing career.... Read More »

New prize awards $50K US for unpublished work with woman as main protagonist

The new literary prize aims to address the gender gap in prize-winning fiction.... Read More »

Roo Borson on what sustains her as a writer

CBC Poetry Prize juror Roo Borson answers eight questions from eight Canadian authors.... Read More »

Your CBC Poetry Prize questions answered!

Your burning CBC Poetry Prize questions answered in a Facebook Q&A!... Read More »

Which Shakespeare movie should you watch? A handy flowchart to help you decide!

Need to find the perfect Shakespeare adaptation for your movie night? Look no further!... Read More »

Book chronicling BlackBerry's downfall wins National Business Book Award

Losing the Signal explores the rise and fall of a tech giant.... Read More »

10 great YA novels inspired by Shakespeare

Shakespeare was the original YA master. Here are 10 contemporary adaptations that riff off the Bard.... Read More »

Timothy Caulfield, Cybèle Young win Science in Society Book Awards

Caulfield takes the prize for his book on celebrity health claims, while Young wins for her picture book about animal eyesight.... Read More »

Seth, Jillian Tamaki, Michael DeForge and Kate Beaton nominated for Doug Wright Award

Graphic novels by acclaimed Canadian cartoonists Michael DeForge, Seth, Kate Beaton and Jillian Tamaki have been named finalists in the Best Book category.... Read More »

Governor General David Johnston has the highest level of royal approval: the Queen's dogs

Governor General David Johnston talks about eating lunch with the Queen - and the surprise guests that showed up.... Read More »

Who said it: The William Shakespeare heroes and villains edition

Could you recognize lines by the villainous Iago from Othello or the clever Viola from Twelfth Night? Take our quizzes and find out!... Read More »

20 fascinating facts about Charlotte Brontë on her 200th birthday

Happy 200th birthday, Charlotte Brontë!... Read More »

Kate Beaton and Jillian Tamaki among Canadians nominated for Eisner Awards

For the first time in the history of the comics and graphic novel award, women were nominated in 27 out of 30 categories.... Read More »

7 brilliant quotes from Charlotte Brontë

April 21 was Charlotte Brontë's 200th birthday. To celebrate, here are some words of wisdom from the Jane Eyre author.... Read More »

John Ibbitson's Stephen Harper biography wins $25K book prize

Globe and Mail journalist John Ibbitson's biography of the former prime minister beats out titles by Andrew Nikiforuk and Sheila Watt-Cloutier.... Read More »

Watch the trailer for Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train

A trailer has been released for the film based on Paula Hawkins' record-breaking 2015 novel.... Read More »

A royal reading list for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday: 8 books fit for a Queen

In honour of the Queen's 90th birthday, we've compiled a list of books that we suspect might have a place in the royal library.... Read More »

Bif Naked on the 8 books that changed her life

Vancouver rock star Bif Naked reveals the books that have shaped her remarkable life.... Read More »

17 Canadian authors pick their favourite Shakespeare plays

As we commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Canadian authors pick the plays that have influenced their life and writing.... Read More »

Wab Kinew, Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Tracey Lindberg shortlisted for Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

Tracey Lindberg is nominated for Birdie, Wab Kinew is shortlisted for The Reason You Walk and Sheila Watt-Cloutier is nominated for The Right to Be Cold.... Read More »

Anne Carson, Thomas King win awards at Blue Metropolis Festival

Canadian poet Anne Carson, author of Autobiography of Red, received a $10,000 lifetime achievement award at the annual festival.... Read More »

Giller finalist Samuel Archibald, translator Donald Winkler nominated for $20K international book prize

Quebec author Samuel Archibald's short story collection Arvida is on a prestigious list of finalists, which includes Elena Ferrante and José Eduardo Agualusa.... Read More »

David Huebert wins the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize

Huebert will receive $6,000 and a 10-day writing residency at The Banff Centre. His story will be published in Air Canada enRoute magazine.... Read More »

David Huebert: How I wrote the winning entry in the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize

The winner of the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize talks about how he crafted his mournful, powerful story "Enigma."... Read More »

15 poetry collections you need to read this spring

In honour of National Poetry Month, here are 15 new Canadian poetry collections that have us awestruck.... Read More »

Infographic: 14 amazing Shakespeare facts for #Shakespeare400

14 of the wackiest, weirdest and most wonderful facts about the Bard!... Read More »

Blue Metropolis authors reveal their secret writing rituals

Need help getting yourself to sit down and write? Check out how these writers do it.... Read More »

Mona Awad, Karim Alrawi among finalists for the First Novel Award

The $40,000 prize - which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016 - honours the best Canadian debut novels of the year.... Read More »

Kenneth Oppel, Erin Bow and Sydney Smith win Canadian Library Association literary awards

The Canadian Library Association announced the winners of their three literary awards today. The...... Read More »

11 do's and don'ts for writing great poetry

Working on your entry for the CBC Poetry Prize? Check out these do's and don'ts from past prize readers - they help make your poem come out on top!... Read More »

Jonathan Auxier on why he's terrible at answering emails

Peter Nimble and Sir Tode return for a new adventure - and make a new friend - in Jonathan Auxier's new book for children.... Read More »

Roo Borson, George Elliott Clarke and Erín Moure named 2016 CBC Poetry Prize jury

The winning author receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, publication in Air Canada's enRoute magazine and a 10-day writing residency at The Banff Centre. ... Read More »

Two Canadians make shortlist for world's richest prize for a short story

Nicholas Ruddock and Alix Christie have made the shortlist for the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.... Read More »

Q&A: Eleanor Wachtel in the hot seat at Blue Met

Eleanor Wachtel will be interviewed at the 2016 Blue Metropolis literary festival in Montreal. Her new book The Best of Writers & Company is due out on May 10.... Read More »

Elena Ferrante, Orhan Pamuk on Man Booker International Prize shortlist

The £50,000 is awarded to the best single work of fiction that has been translated into English each year.... Read More »

Chester Brown: 5 books that influenced my spiritual development

As the bestselling author releases a new graphic novel, Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus, Chester Brown shares the books that have shaped his spiritual growth.... Read More »

Carmen Aguirre on tabloid addiction and the view from her window

Carmen Aguirre answers questions from fellow CanLit superstars in CBC's patented Magic 8 series.... Read More »

Ray Robertson: How I wrote Lives of the Poets (with Guitars)

Ray Robertson discusses writing about music and the necessity of laziness for his book Lives of the Poets (with Guitars).... Read More »

David Mulroney, former Canadian ambassador, wins $10K J.W. Dafoe Book Prize

Canada's former ambassador to China criticizes Canadian foreign policy in his book Middle Power, Middle Kingdom: What Canadians Need to Know About China in the 21st Century.... Read More »

Announcing the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize shortlist

Read the five stories that are the finalists for 2016 CBC Short Story Prize. The winner will be announced on April 19.... Read More »

Infographic: BookNet Canada reveals top fiction, nonfiction books of 2015

BookNet Canada unveils the major book trends of 2015, including the dominance of adult colouring books.... Read More »

Alissa York on mismatched teacups and canine converts

In honour of her new book, Fauna, the nature-obsessed author answers eight questions from her fellow Canadian writers.... Read More »

International DUBLIN Literary Award announces 10-title shortlist

Marlon James and Dave Eggers make the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist.... Read More »

10 inspiring quotes from Blue Met 2016 authors

10 inspiring quotes from some of our favourite authors, Canadian and international, making their mark at the fest this year.... Read More »

2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the world's largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English.... Read More »

100 amazing facts for Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday

Beloved American children's author Beverly Cleary is 100! These 100 facts will make you love her even more.... Read More »

Three debut novelists make Baileys Prize shortlist

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has whittled its 20-title longlist down to six.... Read More »

Book on sustainable practices in indigenous communities amongst 2016 Canada Prize winners

The Canada Prizes, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, honour the best academic books in social sciences and humanities.... Read More »

A special Writers & Company series: A Changing Germany

In this four-part series from Writers & Company, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with German writers and artists, at a time when the country's values are under intense pressure.... Read More »

10 must-read books from the Blue Metropolis Festival

Montreal's annual literary festival kicks off this week. Here are 10 amazing books to check out to get a taste of this year's festival.... Read More »

Julie Doucet: How I wrote Carpet Sweeper Tales

Celebrated artist Julie Doucet talks about creating her latest book, Carpet Sweeper Tales.... Read More »

Michael Crummey on loss, death and campaigning for literary prizes

The author of Galore, Sweetland and the upcoming poetry collection Little Dogs answers 8 questions from 8 Canadian authors.... Read More »

Canadian Science Writers' Association announces shortlists for 2015 Science in Society Awards

Books about immortality, the brain and celebrity health claims are included in this year's finalists.... Read More »

Cordelia Strube on what her family thinks of her writing

The author of On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light answers eight questions from fellow Canadian authors. ... Read More »

10 books every Blue Jays fan needs to read

Whether you're a longtime fan or a Blue Jays bandwagoner, these 10 books will help you appreciate America's (and now, Canada's) pastime in a whole new way. ... Read More »

Have questions about entering the CBC Poetry Prize? Join us for a Q&A!

You've got questions about the CBC Poetry Prize? We've got answers!... Read More »

Lena Dunham launching Random House imprint with Girls co-founder Jenni Konner

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner are following up the success of their online newsletter, Lenny, with a publishing imprint of the same name.... Read More »

How Andrew Sullivan wrote one of the most violent novels CanLit has ever seen

In his own words, the author talks about how he wrote his visceral debut novel, Waste.... Read More »

Phil Hall on literary house parties and his fantasy job

The award-winning poet answers our Magic 8 Q&A, with questions from other Canadian writers.... Read More »

Peggy Fortnum, illustrator of Paddington Bear, has died

The British author was the first to illustrate Michael Bond's beloved character Paddington Bear.... Read More »

YA author Meg Rosoff wins Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The award-winning author of How I Live Now has won the world's richest prize for children's literature.... Read More »

Lisa Moore's Caught to premiere on CBC-TV in 2017

Allan Hawco will coproduce and star in the potential show, which is based on Moore's Giller Prize-nominated novel. ... Read More »

CBC events at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival

The 2016 Blue Met Literary Festival runs from April 11 - 17, 2016 and CBC/Radio-Canada is once again offering up a variety of events for their CBC Blue Literary Series.... Read More »

31 writers make the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize longlist

31 writers have been selected for the CBC Short Story Prize longlist. The shortlist will be unveiled on April 13 and the winner will be revealed on April 19, 2016.... Read More »

Gary Barwin on clip-on beards and hiking with Kafka

The surrealist author and poet answers eight random questions from his fellow Canadian authors.... Read More »

Queen's 90th birthday celebrated with new children's book, The Birthday Crown

The Birthday Crown is a story about the Queen's search for the perfect crown to wear on her 90th birthday.... Read More »

Aurora Awards shortlists for Canadian sci-fi and fantasy announced

Shortlists for the Aurora Awards, which celebrate the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy writing, were announced on Friday.... Read More »

Lorna Crozier, Rosanna Deerchild and Marilyn Dumont shortlisted for League of Canadian Poets awards

Lorna Crozier nabs two nominations for her latest poetry collection and CBC host Rosanne Deerchild lands on the Pat Lowther Memorial Award shortlist.... Read More »

The CBC Books spring 2016 reading list

Spring has sprung, which means there are great new books to be read! Here are 15 spring 2016 releases you should check out.... Read More »

Quiz: CanLit or CanLit Premise Generator?

Can you tell the difference between real CanLit and a canny CanLit premise?... Read More »

Olive Senior wins 2016 OCM Bocas fiction category for The Pain Tree

Olive Senior's The Pain Tree beats André Alexis' Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning book Fifteen Dogs to win the OCM Bocas Prize fiction category.... Read More »

Canada Writes: Writing tips, contests and more

CBC Books' home for writers and original writing....... Read More »

Celebrating William Shakespeare: 400 years of the Bard

April 23, 2016 marks 400 years since the death of poet and playwright William Shakespeare. Explore all our content dedicated to the Bard.... Read More »

CBC Books weekly bestseller lists

Bestseller lists are compiled by BookManager using weekly sales stats from over 230 Canadian...... Read More »

5 books we can't wait to read in April

Here are five new Canadian titles hitting shelves this month that we can't wait to crack open.... Read More »

Blue Metropolis Festival

Check out CBC's coverage of the Montreal's annual literary festival, Blue Metropolis....... Read More »

The 2016 CBC Poetry Prize now open!

Submit your poems to the CBC Poetry Prize. Deadline: May 31, 2016.... Read More »

Greg Hollingshead on striking fear into the hearts of critics

Greg Hollingshead, GG-winning author and a member of the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize jury, answers questions from 8 Canadian authors.... Read More »

Two Canadian writers shortlisted for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Canadian writers Trent Lewin and Don McLellan are in the running for the 2016 prize, worth £5,000 ($9,340 Cdn).... Read More »

Ask a Writer: Lawrence Hill on the best way to find an agent

The 2016 Canada Reads-winning author takes a second stab at the help desk, answering questions about finding an agent and editor.... Read More »

Former Canadian ambassador David Mulroney shortlisted for $10K John W. Dafoe Book Prize

Five finalists have been announced for the annual book prize, celebrating Canadian nonfiction.... Read More »

Gordon Korman on his middle-grade heroes, Judy Blume, Farley Mowat and J.K. Rowling

From Judy Blume to Farley Mowat, Gordon Korman talks about the books that have shaped his life.... Read More »

Richard Van Camp on the motivational power of Star Wars fan art

CBC Short Story Prize juror Richard Van Camp answers eight questions from eight Canadian authors.... Read More »

Padma Viswanathan on spending her afterlife as a tree

CBC Short Story Prize juror Padma Viswanathan answers 8 questions from 8 Canadian authors.... Read More »

Mona Awad: How I wrote 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Mona Awad talks about writing her debut novel.... Read More »

Someone Knows Something host David Ridgen on the books that made him a truth seeker

David Ridgen, host of CBC's new true crime podcast Someone Knows Something, tells us about the books that have shaped his questioning spirit.... Read More »

Greg Hollingshead, Padma Viswanathan and Richard Van Camp named 2016 CBC Short Story Prize jury

The finalists for the 2016 prize will be announced on April 5, with the winner being revealed on April 19, 2016.... Read More »

Alan Cumyn on writing a novel about the worst idea ever

The author reveals the surprising genesis of his outrageous new novel, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend.... Read More »

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21

Poem in Your Pocket Day will be celebrate across the U.S. and Canada for the first time this year.... Read More »

Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall, dead at 78

Harrison is perhaps best known for the 1979 novella Legends of the Fall, which became an Academy Award-winning film starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn in 1994.... Read More »

Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes chat with fans on Facebook: Transcript Q&A

Canada Reads 2016 champs Lawrence Hill and Clara Hughes celebrate their victory with fans in a Facebook Q&A.... Read More »

Margaret MacMillan puts history's leaders under a microscope in new video series

Celebrated historian Margaret MacMillan launches a new six-part video series examining the lives of historical influencers.... Read More »

Canada Reads champions Clara Hughes and Lawrence Hill on the role of literature in global crises

Clara Hughes and Lawrence Hill join Shad in studio q to talk about their Canada Reads victory.... Read More »

Sook-Yin Lee checks the pulse of Canadian poetry in new documentary

In Where Have All the Poets Gone?, DNTO host Sook-Yin Lee tracks down reclusive Canadian poet Phyllis Webb and checks in with a new poetry generation.... Read More »

Canada Reads: Top 5 GIFable moments

Each year, a diverse collection of panellists bring plenty of unique personality into the show. We've captured this verve and spirit - in GIF form!... Read More »

#CanadaReads: A round-up of our favourite tweets

Judging by many of your tweets, Canada Reads 2016 was one of the most memorable ever. Here is a round-up of some of our favourite tweets during show week.... Read More »

The Canada Reads finale: Watch the highlights

We've chosen a few of our favourite moments from the Canada Reads finale. Enjoy!... Read More »

Lawrence Hill wins second Canada Reads title with The Illegal

Clara Hughes successfully defended Lawrence Hill's novel The Illegal on the dramatic finale of Canada Reads.... Read More »

RECAP: Canada Reads, Day 4

We have a new Canada Reads winner. Find out which book is this year's champion!... Read More »

Bruce Poon Tip to give 10,000 copies of Birdie to Canadian high schools

On Day Four of the CBC's battle of the books, the adventure traveller announced his "10,000 Birdies" initiative.... Read More »

Canada Reads: Live chat with the winner!

Want to get to know the winning author and panellist even better? Join us and Chapters Indigo for a live chat this evening!... Read More »

Canada Reads, Day 3: Watch the highlights

There were some stunning moments in the Day Three debates. Watch video highlights here!... Read More »

Blue Metropolis launches 2016 program: 5 must-see events

The multilingual literary festival brings together writers from 10 countries in Montreal, April 11 to 17... Read More »

RECAP: Canada Reads, Day 3

Day Three is over and the finale is set. Find out which book was eliminated today and which books are in tomorrow's final round.... Read More »

Canada Reads, Day 2: Watch the highlights

There were some exciting moments in the Day Two broadcast - check out a few here!... Read More »

Canada Reads 2016: Watch the shows

Missed any of this year's Canada Reads shows? Watch the full length episodes and Q&A videos, listen to the podcasts and read all the recaps here.... Read More »

Canada Reads, Day 2: Watch the replay

It's Day Two of CBC's battle of the books. The on-demand video replay will be available later this afternoon. In the meantime, read on to find out which book got eliminated today.... Read More »

Canada Reads, Day 1: Watch the highlights

Canada Reads' first day of debates kicked off Monday morning with a fast-paced flurry of...... Read More »

Host a Canada Reads 2016 party: Recipes, playlists and discussion questions

Bond over good books and great conversation by hosting a book club, debate or listening party! The Canada Reads Party Kit is at your disposal with book-inspired recipes and playlists.... Read More »

Canada Reads, Day 1: Watch the replay

The on-demand video replays are now available. You can also read the recap of this morning's debate and download the podcast.... Read More »

Which book should win Canada Reads? Vote for your favourite!

In the event of a five-way tie, the poll results will be used to break it.... Read More »

Sook-Yin Lee: 8 books that changed my world

CBC host Sook-Yin Lee premieres her new documentary, Where Have All The Poets Gone? on Friday, March 25. To celebrate, she shares some of her favourite books.... Read More »

Paul Beatty novel The Sellout wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Paul Beatty's unsparing, freewheeling satire explores racism in the United States.... Read More »

Ask a Writer: Tracey Lindberg on when to listen to editors

Tracey Lindberg, author of the Canada Reads contender Birdie, takes questions from aspiring writers.... Read More »

Ask a Writer: Michael Winter on getting a dog, throwing out your TV and other secrets to writing success

The author of Minister Without Portfolio fields questions from aspiring writers.... Read More »

5 books to read if you loved Minister Without Portfolio

If you're a fan of Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter, we have five great suggestions for you.... Read More »

Bruce Poon Tip and Tracey Lindberg visit Kelly Lake Cree Nation

Canada Reads defender Bruce Poon Tip ... Read More »

Small Saul by Ashley Spires chosen for TD Grade One Book Giveaway

The picture book about an unconventional pirate will be distributed to grade one students across Canada.... Read More »

Film rights to The Hero's Walk acquired by Canada Reads defender Vinay Virmani

Virmani said that he is "honoured and thrilled" to be bringing the Canada Reads novel to the big screen.... Read More »

Happy St. Patrick's Day: 12 great books by Irish Canadian authors

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!... Read More »

Ask a Writer: Anita Rau Badami on managing your inner critic

Canada Reads author Anita Rau Badami says the best way to get over criticism is to start writing a new book.... Read More »

Recommended reading from Jane Goodall

As Jane Goodall prepares for a lecture tour in four Canadian cities, she shares a list of her favourite books.... Read More »

Canada Reads authors describe their books in one sentence

The Canada Reads authors share the central message in each of their books.... Read More »

Ask a writer: Saleema Nawaz on knowing your story's true purpose

The author of Bone and Bread fields questions from aspiring writers in our "Ask a writer" series.... Read More »

Canadian illustrators Jon Klassen, Sydney Smith shortlisted for Kate Greenaway Medal

Sydney Smith is nominated for the book Sidewalk Flowers, and Jon Klassen is up for his book Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.... Read More »

We paired 5 Canadian videographers with the 5 Canada Reads books. Here's what they made.

Watch the book trailers for the 5 Canada Reads finalists.... Read More »

10 riveting documentaries based on books

Pop some popcorn and watch right now!... Read More »

How well do you know Douglas Coupland's Generation X?

Douglas Coupland's first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, turns 25 today! ... Read More »

Ask a writer: Lawrence Hill on outlines, bucket-list writing and whether you should get an agent

Award-winning author Lawrence Hill says there's no better way to kill a story than to "outline it to death."... Read More »

5 writing tips from the Canada Reads 2016 authors

Canada Reads 2016 authors give advice to new writers.... Read More »

5 books to read if you loved The Hero's Walk

If you loved the Canada Reads finalist The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami, we have five great suggestions for you.... Read More »

How to tune in to Canada Reads

Stream the debates live online, listen on CBC Radio, watch on CBC-TV: here are all the ways you can catch this year's battle of the books.... Read More »

5 books to read if you loved Bone and Bread

If you loved the Saleema Nawaz's debut novel, in the running for Canada Reads, here are five more books to check out.... Read More »

Elena Ferrante, Orhan Pamuk on the 2016 Man Booker International Prize longlist

The Man Booker International Prize released its first ever longlist, with 13 titles.... Read More »

Canada Reads 2016 authors discuss reading, writing and touring Canada

Get to know the five authors of Canada Reads 2016, as they join social media panellist Azita Ardakani for a chat on Google Hangouts.... Read More »

5 books to read if you loved Birdie

If you loved the Canada Reads contender Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, we have five great suggestions for you.... Read More »

Todd Babiak on haunting visions, hummus and other neuroses

The author of Come Barbarians and the new Son of France answers 8 questions from 8 Canadian authors.... Read More »

10 things you might not know about The Lesser Blessed

Richard Van Camp's novel The Lesser Blessed turns 20 this year. Here are 10 things you may not know about this classic coming-of-age story.... Read More »

Anakana Schofield, Susin Nielsen and Susan Juby shortlisted for BC Book Prizes

The shortlists for the 2016 BC Book Prizes were announced on Wednesday.... Read More »

5 books to read if you loved The Illegal

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill will be defended in Canada Reads 2016 by Olympian Clara Hughes.... Read More »

Katherine Govier on why good writing means caramelizing some onions

The author of The Three Sisters Bar & Hotel fields questions from other Canadian writers in our Magic 8 Q&A.... Read More »

11 Canadian books nominated for Lambda Literary Awards

11 Canadian titles are nominated for Lambda Literary Awards, which honours the best in LGBT literature.... Read More »

Mike Myers to publish book about Canada

Party time, excellent: The Canadian comic legend is writing a tribute to his home and native land.... Read More »

Margaret Atwood wins Kitschies Red Tentacle Award

Margaret Atwood won the prize for speculative fiction for The Heart Goes Last. ... Read More »

Anita Rau Badami: How I wrote The Hero's Walk

Anita Rau Badami explains how she wrote The Hero's Walk, a Canada Reads 2016 finalist.... Read More »

International Women's Day: 12 novels by Canadian women you need to read

March 8 is International Women's Day. To celebrate, why not read something new by a great Canadian woman writer?... Read More »

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction announces longlist

The UK prize, with a £30,000 purse, honours the best in English-language fiction by women around the world.... Read More »

André Alexis, Austin Clarke nominated for Caribbean Literature prize

Three Canadian books are on the longlist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.... Read More »

Stalin's Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan wins 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction

Rosemary Sullivan beat out Camilla Gibb, Wab Kinew, David Halton and Ian Brown for the $25,000 prize.... Read More »

J.K. Rowling releasing new series, Magic in North America

J.K. Rowling has penned an original new series about the magical world.... Read More »

10 BookTubers outside Canada you need to check out

Prepare to be obsessed with these YouTubers who are all about books!... Read More »

7 books that inspire Tracey Lindberg

Tracey Lindberg shares her life in books, as her debut novel Birdie enters the 2016 Canada Reads ring.... Read More »

Peter Behrens: How I channeled my family's wartime ghosts in Carry Me

The GG-winning author on how he put his family's painful wartime history into his latest novel, Carry Me.... Read More »

Joseph Boyden, Miriam Toews and Richard Wagamese books getting the movie treatment

Bell Media has announced new funding for 30 film projects, including several book-to-movie adaptations.... Read More »

Wayne Gretzky writing hockey book for NHL's 99th anniversary

Hockey great Wayne Gretzky says he'll write about things only his friends and family know about his time in the NHL.... Read More »

Adoption memoir wins $25,000 Kobzar Award for Ukrainian Canadian literature

Winnipeg writer Maurice Mierau has won the $20,000 Kobzar award for Ukrainian Canadian literature.... Read More »

Canada Reads host Gill Deacon's 8 favourite books

Gill Deacon shares eight books that have shaped her life.... Read More »

Robert J. Sawyer on why his characters probably hate him

In our trademark Magic 8 Q&A, thwe Quantum Night author answers eight questions from eight Canadian authors.... Read More »

Saleema Nawaz: How Bone and Bread had the most Montreal of origins

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David Mulroney, John Stackhouse, Kirstine Stewart on National Business Book Award longlist

Six books have been longlisted for the National Business Book Award, which comes with a prize of $30,000.... Read More »

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalists include books on Harper, fracking, climate change

The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced the 5 finalists for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.... Read More »

David Suzuki on The Next Chapter

Listen to David Suzuki's 2015 interview with Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter.... Read More »

Hnatyshyn Foundation launches Indigenous Art Awards: 150 prizes worth $10K each

Award-winning novelist Joseph Boyden has been chosen as an honorary patron of the award.... Read More »

New York Times reporter Scott Shane wins 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize

Objective Troy, about Barack Obama's anti-terrorism efforts and the rise of the drone, won the $15,000 prize.... Read More »

Essential David Suzuki: 10 Suzuki books to help you get your environmentalist on

Here is the "Essential" collection - 10 David Suzuki books for the environmentalist in all of us.... Read More »

Toni Morrison receives $25K PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction

Morrison is the author of the American classic novels Beloved and Song of Solomon.... Read More »

David Suzuki shares 10 of his favourite books

10 books that have moved and motivated the legendary environmentalist.... Read More »

Canada Reads: Book recommendations

The Canada Reads authors, panellists and host share their favourite books - and we have some suggestions based on this year's contenders.... Read More »

Canada Reads: Author Q&As

The Canada Reads authors answer questions from other Canadian authors - including each other....... Read More »

Canada Reads: How I Wrote It

The Canada Reads authors share the stories behind their novels....... Read More »

Can high school English change lives? David Denby says yes

David Denby spent a year with a tenth grade English class in Manhattan, exploring classic literature through the eyes of 15-year-old students.... Read More »

5 new releases we can't wait to read in March

Here are five new Canadian titles hitting shelves this month that we can't wait to crack open.... Read More »

Canada Reads from coast to coast: Events and programming in your city!

Canada Reads is taking place all across Canada and on CBC Radio One! Check out all the great programming and events.... Read More »

Louise Rennison, author of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, has died

Louise Rennison, an international bestselling author of young adult books, has died.... Read More »

12 Canadian books that could change the world

Imagine if more people read these amazing books. The world could be a better place.... Read More »

Brie Larson wins Academy Award for her role in Room

Brie Larson won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Joy "Ma" Newsome in Room, a film based on the 2010 novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue.... Read More »

Bruce Poon Tip shares 7 life-changing books

Canada Reads panellist Bruce Poon Tip, defender of Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, walks us through seven titles that shaped his life.... Read More »

10 black trailblazers every Canadian should know

10 black Canadians who left their marks on the struggle against slavery, racism and discrimination.... Read More »

James Patterson will co-write a book with winner of new contest

The James Patterson Co-Author Writing Competition is open to students of Patterson's MasterClass, available online.... Read More »

10 Canadian BookTubers you should be watching

YouTube channels that are all about books? Yes, please!... Read More »

Cover and title revealed for Margaret Atwood's modern retelling of The Tempest

Margaret Atwood is one of many novelists who have been commissioned to rewrite Shakespeare's plays, in honour of the 400th anniversary of his death.... Read More »

Oscars 2016: Emma Donoghue shares her favourite books

From Emily Dickinson to Margaret Atwood, here are the books that shaped the life of Emma Donoghue.... Read More »

Canada Reads authors answer questions from the competition

Lawrence Hill, Tracey Lindberg, Michael Winter, Saleema Nawaz and Anita Rau Badami answer each other's questions.... Read More »

Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett win American Indian Library Association Award for best picture book

Two Canadian children's books received American Indian Library Association honours this year.... Read More »

Got questions about writing or publishing? Ask a writer!

We'll pose your questions to Canadian writers - and publish their answers here on CBC Books.... Read More »

Ava DuVernay directing adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay is the director of the Academy Award-nominated film Selma.... Read More »

Michael Winter: How I wrote Minister Without Portfolio

Michael Winter explains how he wrote Minister Without Portfolio, a Canada Reads 2016 finalist.... Read More »

How well do you know Infinite Jest?

David Foster Wallace's American classic turns 20 this year.... Read More »

Mohamed Fahmy wins Freedom to Read Award

Journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was imprisoned in Egypt for his work, has won the 2016 Freedom to Read Award.... Read More »

Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature re-launch with 5 prizes worth $10K

Canadian writers take note - The Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards has resurfaced with a new name and a much larger prize amount. ... Read More »

Join the CBC Literary Prizes for live storytelling events in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal

CBC Literary Prizes join forces with local storytelling collectives in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal for a series of live events in March.... Read More »

Assassin's Creed video game to become a YA book series

Scholastic and Ubisoft have announced a series of YA historical adventure novels based on the popular video game franchise.... Read More »

Freedom to Read Week: Read these 12 Canadian books that have been challenged

February 21-27 is Freedom to Read Week. Which is totally why you should read exactly what we tell you to - these 12 Canadian books that have been challenged over the years for their content.... Read More »

Italian author Umberto Eco dead at 84

The author of The Name of the Rose died on Friday.... Read More »

Celebrating Harper Lee's legacy

Legendary American novelist Harper Lee has died at the age of 89.... Read More »

Read an excerpt from Emma Donoghue's forthcoming novel

The Oscar-nominated writer's new book is called The Wonder. ... Read More »

Saleema Nawaz on homemade cards, vampire killers and crowded cafés

The author of Bone and Bread, a Canada Reads 2016 finalist, answers nosey questions from eight of her fellow Canadian authors.... Read More »

Creative Nonfiction Prize - Facebook Q&A Recap

Your burning CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize questions answered in a Facebook Q&A!... Read More »

Judy Batalion: How I wrote about my mother's hoarding

The author of White Walls on the difficult but rewarding process of delving into the mess of childhood.... Read More »

Henry David Thoreau's Walden getting 21st century revamp

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to make Thoreau's 1854 memoir more accessible to 21st century readers.... Read More »

Vinay Virmani on 5 books he couldn't live without

A lifetime of reading has prepared Canada Reads panellist Vinay Virmani for this year's battle of the books.... Read More »

Charlaine Harris novel to become an interactive story game

An independent games studio in Barrie, Ont., is working with the True Blood author to turn one of her books into an interactive game. ... Read More »

Got writer's block? Check out the CanLit Premise Generator

The CanLit Premise generator combines familiar themes in Canadian literature - with hilarious results.... Read More »

Shatner + Nimoy: a match made in Vulcan

William Shatner pays tribute to his friend and Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy in his new book.... Read More »

Tracey Lindberg on her dream moose meat dinner party

Gearing up for CBC's annual battle of the books, Tracey Lindberg takes questions from some of Canada's best authors.... Read More »

Canadians Jon Klassen, Sydney Smith and Susin Nielsen longlisted for Carnegie, Kate Greenaway Medals

Author Susin Nielsen and illustrators Jon Klassen and Sydney Smith have made the longlist for the U.K.'s most prestigious children's literary prizes.... Read More »

Lynn Coady on the power of Grease and good snacks

We subjected Coady to the curiosity of eight fellow Canadian writers in our Magic 8 Q&A.... Read More »

5 books that inspired Michael Winter to become a writer

The author of Minister Without Portfolio, a Canada Reads 2016 book, shares the books that inspired him to become a writer.... Read More »

25 great Canadian #BlackGirlBooks

25 Canadian kids' books that feature black girls as the main character.... Read More »

Have questions about entering the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize? Join us for a Q&A!

You've got questions about the CBC Literary Prizes? We've got answers!... Read More »

Gill Deacon to host Canada Reads 2016

The bestselling author and host of CBC Toronto's Here and Now will host CBC's battle of the books.... Read More »

5 all-star basketball reads

NBA All-Star weekend is taking place in Canada for the first time, and we've got 5 books to get you up to speed.... Read More »

50 shades of grey...cats

"'This is mine,' he whispers aggressively. 'All mine. Do you understand?'" - Cat or Christian Grey?... Read More »

Tracey Lindberg: How I wrote Birdie

"The triggering of it was so intense that I still can't read certain portions of the book now." ... Read More »

15 past winners on why you should enter the CBC Literary Prizes

Bravery. Confidence. Discipline. Focus. Here are 15 reasons why submitting to the CBC Literary Prizes is worth it. ... Read More »

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi issues poetry challenge to Canada's mayors

Nenshi says Canadian cities can use council chambers "as a platform to encourage, uplift and promote the art of poetry."... Read More »

Beloved Gordon Korman book hitting the small screen in April

The second book in Gordon Korman's beloved Macdonald Hall series is heading to YTV.... Read More »

Aaron Sorkin bringing To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will adapt Harper Lee's 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird for the Broadway stage.... Read More »

New Harry Potter book to be published this summer

Hold onto your wands. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will hit shelves at 12:01 a.m. on July 31.... Read More »

15 #CanLit valentines to give your sweetheart

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Anita Rau Badami on talking to Oscar Wilde... and her houseplants

Canada Reads author Anita Rau Badami answers 8 questions from 8 Canadian authors.... Read More »

Canadian historian Susan Pedersen shortlisted for Lionel Gelber Prize

Susan Pedersen's Cundill Prize-winning book has is now a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize.... Read More »

Lawrence Hill: 11 books that shaped my life

As Lawrence Hill makes his second run for the Canada Reads crown, he shares 11 of the books that have impacted his life and writing.... Read More »

12 Canadian novels to give your lover this Valentine's Day

Love is in the air - and in the pages of these great Canadian novels.... Read More »

This One Summer removed from 3 Florida high schools

The award-winning graphic novel has been pulled from the shelves of three high schools and three elementary schools in Florida.... Read More »

British writer Margaret Forster dies at 77

The award-winning author had been struggling with cancer. In 1997, she spoke to Eleanor Wachtel for Writers & Company.... Read More »

20 future Canadian classics

20 Canadian books so good, we hope they'll be taught, read and loved 30, 50, even 100 years from now.... Read More »

Rosemary Sullivan wins BC National Book Award for Stalin's Daughter

Rosemary Sullivan, Hilary Weston Prize winner, has won the BC National Book Prize for Canadian Nonfiction for her biography of Svetlana Alliluyeva.... Read More »

10 globe-trotting books that influenced Anita Rau Badami

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Yann Martel on why Life of Pi didn't make him a better writer

Guess what - a whack of money doesn't make things that much easier. At least, if you're Yann Martel.... Read More »

Living with germs: 5 tips to keep your microscopic friends close, and enemies at bay

Tips from microbiologist Jason Tetro's new book, The Germ Files.... Read More »

Lawrence Hill: How I wrote The Illegal

Lawrence Hill explains how he wrote The Illegal, a Canada Reads 2016 finalist.... Read More »

The Super Bowl reading list: 5 football books to check out

It's Super Bowl 50. Time to read some books, we say.... Read More »

The 20 most romantic cities in Canada, according to

Victoria, B.C. has been named Canada's Most Romantic City for the fourth year in a row.... Read More »

Rosemary Sullivan's Stalin's Daughter shortlisted for PEN Literary Award

The 2015 Hilary Weston winner is up for yet another literary prize: the PEN Literary Award.... Read More »

Leonardo DiCaprio to produce film adaptation of YA novel The Sandcastle Empire

Paramount has acquired rights to an as-yet-unpublished YA novel, with DiCaprio named as producer.... Read More »

Adam "Edge" Copeland on 9 books that totally reek of awesomeness

The Canada Reads panellist shares nine of the biggest books in his life.... Read More »

Michael Winter on swanky sunglasses and underground semicolons

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Lawrence Hill on editing his sister's novel, Café Babanussa, after her death

Lawrence Hill speaks candidly about publishing his sister's posthumous novel.... Read More »

Black History Month: Lawrence Hill, George Elliott Clarke pick young black authors to watch

Six Canadian authors round up the most promising young black voices in the literature world.... Read More »

Andrew Kaufman wins ReLit Award for The Tiny Wife

Andrew Kaufman, Sina Queyras and Megan Gail Coles have won 2015 ReLit Awards.... Read More »

Order Canada Reads posters!

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5 new February books we're dying to read

From new Yann Martel to a highly anticipated Star Trek tribute, here are five books we can't wait to read this month.... Read More »

From page to stage: 7 performances inspired by CanLit

From a Munro opera to a Richler radio play, some of our favourite performances based on CanLit.... Read More »

Saleema Nawaz shares nine of her top-shelf reads

The author of Bone and Bread, a Canada Reads 2016 book, picks some gems from her overcrowded bookshelves.... Read More »

What you need to know about Ukkusiksalik National Park

Five fascinating facts about the national park, and stories from the community that lived there.... Read More »

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan launches 2016 All-Star Reading Challenge for kids

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan announces the 10 children's titles chosen for this year's All-Star Reading Challenge.... Read More »

Children's novel The Lie Tree named Costa Book of the Year

For the second time in the prize's history, a children's novel has won the Costa prize's top title.... Read More »

30 books your family can read together

It's Family Literacy Day! Celebrate by reading one of these great Canadian books with the little one(s) in your life.... Read More »

Nine books Farah Mohamed thinks you should read

Canada Reads panellist Farah Mohamed shares the nine books she's loaned out most often.... Read More »

Happy birthday Mordecai Richler: Two plus Two quotes from Jacob Two-Two

In honour of Mordecai Richler's 85th birthday, we picked two-plus-two of our favourite quotes from his Jacob Two-Two books.... Read More »

New Beatrix Potter story to be published after 100 years

"The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots" will be published in September and features Peter Rabbit.... Read More »

Lawrence Hill on book burnings and getting lost in the woods

Celebrated author and former Canada Reads champion Lawrence Hill gears up for his second battle of the books by taking our Magic 8 Q&A.... Read More »

3 principles that prove there's no such thing as "average"

Turns out "average" isn't really a thing. We lay out 3 principles from Todd Rose's new book The End of Average.... Read More »

Beverly Cleary turns 100 in style, with new editions featuring celebrity forewords

New editions of three popular Beverly Cleary books feature forewords from the likes of Amy Poehler and Judy Blume.... Read More »

10 books that turn 50 in 2016

From Truman Capote's masterpiece In Cold Blood to Leonard Cohen's controversial second novel Beautiful Losers, here are a list of books that turn 50-years-old this year.... Read More »

Clara Hughes on the books that made her a champion

Find out what seven books shaped the life of the athlete whose won medals in both the summer and winter Olympics.... Read More »

The Canada Reads panellists make their opening arguments

Why should their chosen book win Canada Reads? Find out!... Read More »

Chris Oliveros: How I wrote The Envelope Manufacturer

Drawn & Quarterly founder Chris Oliveros talks about his graphic novel debut.... Read More »

New CBC documentary brings alcoholic therapist's memoir to life

In his memoir Wasted, Mike Pond describes in devastating detail how he went from a social drinker to a full-blown, destructive alcoholic. ... Read More »

Barbara Reid shares her favourite books for Family Literacy Day

Celebrated children's author and illustrator Barbara Reid shares the books that shaped her life, in preparation for Family Literacy Day.... Read More »

Meet the Canada Reads 2016 contenders

The debates will take place on March 21-24. Which of these panellists will win CBC's annual battle of the books?... Read More »

Lawrence Hill, Kathleen Winter on 5-person 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury

Joining them are Jeet Heer, Samantha Harvey and Alan Warner. The longlist for the $100,000 prize will be announced on Sept. 6.... Read More »

Spring 2016 preview: International nonfiction

We can't wait to read these 10 nonfiction books from around the world.... Read More »

Oscar-nominated Room author Emma Donoghue adapting another novel for film

London, Ontario-based author Emma Donoghue is adapting her eighth novel, Frog Music, into a film.... Read More »

Anuradha Roy wins 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Judges declared Sleeping on Jupiter the winner for its "elegance, flair and readability."... Read More »

15 Canadian memoirs you need to read

If you love nonfiction, this list is for you: 15 amazing true stories by great Canadian authors.... Read More »

Spring 2016 preview: Kids' books

If you have young readers in your life, you're going to want to share these 10 picture books with them this year.... Read More »

Spring 2016 preview: Graphica

If you love comics, then you should keep your eyes peeled for these 5 books coming out in 2016.... Read More »

If you liked Clara Callan, try The Piano Maker

We've noticed some uncanny parallels between Richard B. Wright's 2001 award winner and Kurt Palka's latest novel.... Read More »

12 books to read before Oscar night

If you're the type who likes to read the book before you see the movie, you're in luck: we've put together a list of 12 books that inspired some of the nominated films this year.... Read More »

Spring 2016 preview: International fiction

We are positively giddy about these 10 novels from around the world coming out this spring.... Read More »

Harry Potter fans say goodbye to actor Alan Rickman

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