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Marina Nemat reads from Prisoner of Tehran

Marina Nemat spent two years, two months and 12 days in Evin prison in Iran. While imprisoned, Marina was tortured and subjected to unspeakable horrors,...

Dave Bidini reads from On a Cold Road

The Rheostatics are considered one of the best Canadian bands of all time. But even the greatest bands have humble beginnings. In On a...

Carmen Aguirre reads from Something Fierce

Growing up in a family of revolutionaries, Carmen Aguirre often felt torn between her desire to live a "normal" life, filled with music, shopping,...

John Vaillant reads from The Tiger

John Vaillant is a journalist fascinated by the relationship between human civilization and the natural world. This fascination has driven much of his research...

Ken Dryden reads from The Game

As a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s, Ken Dryden won the Stanley Cup five times, the Vezina Trophy (for best netminder)...

Meet Canada Reads author John Vaillant

John Vaillant has long had a taste for adventure, and it shows in his writing. The award-winning journalist's latest book, The Tiger: A True Story...

Meet Canada Reads author Carmen Aguirre

Carmen Aguirre's youth was filled with sharing secrets with her sister, visiting her grandparents and thinking about boys. Oh, and fighting a political dictatorship. Carmen...

Meet Canada Reads author Marina Nemat

Marina Nemat went from prisoner to public speaker. After being arrested at the age of 16 and thrown into Evin, Iran's notorious political prison, Marina...

Terry Fallis shares his Canada Reads gift-giving plan

'Tis the season. I give a lot of books as gifts this time of year. It's partly selfish. Giving books means shopping for books, one...

Meet Canada Reads author Dave Bidini

Dave Bidini wears many hats. In addition to his trademark fedora, he's a musician and a writer. In 1994, Dave Bidini was a member of...

Meet Canada Reads author Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden has lived many lives: he's been a professional hockey player, a politician and an author. Two of these worlds collided in 1983, when...

The Canada Reads team on why their book is the best journey

Congratulations to dirksy, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and...

Terry Fallis wonders: Should it be Canada e-Reads?

When I arrived at the CBC Broadcast Centre this past November 23 for the launch of Canada Reads 2012: True Stories, I was given...

Canada Reads panelists get into the game

During the Canada Reads launch on November 23, we asked this year's panelists a few questions. They got into the spirit of the competition and...

Meet Canada Reads panelist Stacey McKenzie

Supermodel Stacey McKenzie had to claw her way to the top of the fashion industry. She's no stranger to hard work and perseverance and plans...

Meet Canada Reads panelist Alan Thicke

Actor Alan Thicke is a huge hockey fan, and he plans to use this passion to turn his book — The Game by Ken Dryden...

The Canada Reads team explains why their book will appeal to Canadians

Congratulations to jelena_33, the second winner of a great Canada Reads prize pack. She scored signed copies of all five books and an always fashionable...

Meet Canada Reads panelist Anne-France Goldwater

Quebec litigator Anne-France Goldwater may not be familiar to many Canada Reads fans outside la belle province. But that doesn't mean you should count her out....

Terry Fallis tackles the 'Canada' in Canada Reads

In recent weeks, including on CBC Radio's Q with our fearless Canada Reads leader, Jian Ghomeshi, the debate about what exactly constitutes the "Can" in...

Meet Canada Reads panelist Shad

Shad is known as "the thinking man's rapper." So be prepared to see him use both his school- and street-smarts when he enters the Canada...

Meet Canada Reads panelist Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson will be a force to be reckoned with during this year's Canada Reads debates. After spending five seasons in the CBC's Dragons' Den,...

The Canada Reads team makes a case for their book as the best story

Congratulations to KLReads, the winner of the first Canada Reads prize pack. She scored signed copies of all five books and an always fashionable and...

Get a taste of the Canada Reads contenders

Not quite sure which of the final five to pick up first? We have a treat for you! We have excerpts from all five titles,...

Terry Fallis muses on how non-fiction changes the Canada Reads 'ball game'

The big news in Canada Reads 2012 is that the spotlight shines on non-fiction books this year. This is a Canada Reads first, so no...

Jian Ghomeshi talks Canada Reads: True Stories on CBC News Network

After revealing the Canada Reads 2012 contenders on Q and then again at a live event at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto, host Jian...

CBC Live at the Canada Reads 2012 launch event

CBC Live came down to to Canada Reads launch event on Wednesday and spoke to this year's panelists about their plans for the debates. The panelists came...

The Canada Reads team battles for their favourite 2012 books

Our celebrity panelists will be standing up for their favourite read in the February debates, but the Canada Reads team is ready to start right...

Terry Fallis welcomes the Canada Reads: True Stories final five

Well, the news is finally out. The five finalists for Canada Reads 2012: True Stories have stepped into the ring and now the competition gets...

Watch the Canada Reads reveal on Q

Yesterday, Jian Ghomeshi revealed the panelists and their book choices for the 2012 Canada Reads debates. The panelists also revealed their debating prowess publicly for...

The Canada Reads 2012 panelists and books revealed!

Watch CBC's Jian Ghomeshi interview this year's nominees and panelists at a special launch event in Toronto. Download Flash Player to view this content. var...

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories big reveal!

The Canada Reads: True Stories books and celebrity panelists will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on...

Round-up: Meet the Top 10 authors

Over the past two weeks, we introduced readers to the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 authors, through a series of Q&As or by dipping...

10 for the Top 10: Marina Nemat

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

Meet Top 10 author Ian Brown

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

Terry Fallis on how Canada Reads changed his life

Well, a week from now the five finalists for Canada Reads 2012: True Stories, will be unveiled thus kicking off the annual literary cage match...

10 for the Top 10: Ryan Knighton

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

Meet Top 10 author John Vaillant

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

Our second Perfect Pairings winner!

While the panelists decide which title to defend in this year's battle of the books, we are giving away a complete set of the...

Meet Top 10 author Roméo Daillaire

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

10 for the Top 10: Dave Bidini

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

Terry Fallis on reading, writing...and tweeting

Last year, for the first time in its history, Canada Reads gave book lovers a say in which titles would be considered for the...

10 for the Top 10: Carmen Aguirre

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

10 for the Top 10: Chester Brown

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who...

Our first Perfect Pairings winner

While the panelists decide which title to defend in this year's battle of the books, we are giving away a complete set of the Canada...

Our first Perfect Pairings winner

While the panelists decide which title to defend in this year's battle of the books, we are giving away a complete set of the Canada...

10 for the Top 10: Ken Dryden

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

10 for the Top 10: Margaret MacMillan

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they...

Introducing the Canada Reads 2012 resident blogger: Terry Fallis

I'd be grateful if someone could tell me where the last nine months have gone. It seems like just yesterday I was curled in the...

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 revealed!

We held a public campaign to find out which memoirs, biographies and literary non-fiction titles Canadians want to see on Canada Reads: True Stories. Throughout the...

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books...

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books...

Last call to cast your vote for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

UPDATE: The poll is now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted! The The Canada Reads: Top 10 will be revealed on Q and right here...

Get to know the Top 40: Battle scars

War: what is it good for? If nothing else, a great read.  Today we examine the books on the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40...

Get to know the Top 40: Trauma

Today we look at the books on our Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list that contain stories of some of life's worst moments,...

Get to know the Top 40: History

Some of Canada's most thrilling and defining stories can be found in our history books.  Today, a look at the books on the Canada...

Get to know the Top 40: Medical memoirs

Sometimes true stories are difficult stories of pain, illness and loss. Today we look at the books on the Canada Reads Top 40 list whose...

Get to know the Top 40: Journeys

Just as travel can infuse excitement into one's regular life, stories about exploring far-off places are an important sub-genre on our Canada Reads: True Stories...

Get to know the Top 40: Science and Nature

True Stories frequently heed the call of the wild, so our Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list just wouldn't be complete without a...

Get to know the Top 40: Family memoirs

Families: love 'em or hate 'em, they're undeniable fodder for a juicy memoir. Today we look at the books on our list about parents and...

Get to know the Top 40: Cultural Biographies

Were you completely overwhelmed by yesterday's Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list? Fear not. For the next week, we'll be posting primers about each...

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 revealed!

For the past three weeks, Canadians from coast to coast to coast have been nominating their favourite memoirs, biographies and literary non-fiction reads for Canada...

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books...

Cast Your Vote: Carol Off's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories...

Reader recommendation round-up: October 15

Plenty of Canadians across the country got their book recommendations in before our polls closed at midnight last night for Canada Reads: True Stories. Here are...

Great True Stories: Books in translation

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 14

Recommendations have been rolling in from across the country all week for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out some more of the highlights: Cari from...

Past Canada Reads players give us their picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! We called on former Canada Reads panelists and authors to...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 13

The recommendations for Canada Reads: True Stories just don't stop! Check out today's highlights: Georgina from London, Ontario recommended: What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim...

Cast Your Vote: Ronald Wright's picks

UPDATE: This poll are is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 12

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Margaret from Halifax recommended: Paper...

Cast Your Vote: Publishing Insiders' Picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 11

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Jane from Vancouver recommended: What...

Cast Your Vote: John Doyle's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true...

Cast Your Vote: Witold Rybczynski's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 9

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Liza from Halifax recommended:...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 8

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Richard from London, Ontario,...

Stephen Lewis's Canada Reads: True Stories pick

There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall the...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 7

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: David from Vancouver recommended:...

Great True Stories: The Charles Taylor Prize finalists

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! The Charles Taylor Prize, inaugurated in 2000, honours...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 6

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: Ann from Powell River,...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 5

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out more of the highlights: Paulina from Waterloo, Ontario,...

Cast Your Vote: Bookstores' True Stories picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 4

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out more of the highlights: Matthew from Toronto recommended:...

Cast Your Vote: Elizabeth May's picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 3

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out these highlights: Barry from Ottawa recommended: Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray The story of...

Cast Your Vote: Dr. Brian Goldman's picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories...

Reader Recommendation Round-Up: October 2

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories. Thanks to everyone who has submitted a title so far. Check out these highlights: Elizabeth from...

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 1

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories. Thanks to everyone who has submitted a title so far.Check out these highlights: Liz in...

Cast Your Vote: The B.C. National Award finalists

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! In 2005, the British Columbia Achievement Foundation launched...

Reader Recommendation round-up: September 30

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out these highlights: Peter from Toronto, Ontario recommended: Bandit by Wayne Tefs This life of...

Cast Your Vote: Heather Mallick's picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories...

Reader Recommendation round-up: September 29

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories from coast to coast to coast. Check out these highlights: Leanne from Victoria recommended: The Golden...

Cast Your Vote: Book bloggers' True Stories picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true...

Reader Recommendation round-up: September 28

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories from coast to coast to coast. Check out these highlights from day one of the public...

Cast Your Vote: Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! The Writers' Trust of Canada launched its literary awards...

Introducing Canada Reads: True Stories

Fall is like Christmas for literary lovers. It's when big books are published and big awards are given out. It's also the time for the...

Discover your next great read from the Canada Reads 2011 Top 40

For Canada Reads 2011, we asked the public to nominate books for the title of "the essential Canadian novel of the decade." The 40 books...

forage by Rita Wong wins Canada Reads Poetry

CBC Books and the National Post celebrated National Poetry month by co-hosting Canada Reads Poetry, an online initiative inspired by Canada Reads and its spin-offs,...

Canada Reads Poetry: Vote for the winner!

The Canada Reads Poetry online debate took place at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 20! The books and panelists are: Forage by Rita Wong, defended by...

Canada Reads Poetry: Recommendation Round-Up

In yesterday's Canada Reads Poetry online roundtable, our panelists (and some commenters too!) got into the spirit of recommending great poetry reads. Below is a...

Vote for the Canada Reads Poetry title you think should win

The books were chosen. The arguments were made. Now it's up to you, the public, to decide the winner. Cast your vote for which title...

Erin Mouré discusses Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada Reads...

Canada Reads Poetry: Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person by Erin Mouré

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada...

From the archives: Anne Carson's Lannan Foundation conversation with Brigdhe Mullins

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada...

Canada Reads Poetry: Nox by Anne Carson

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada Reads...

From the CBC archives: Dionne Brand speaks to Eleanor Wachtel

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada Reads...

Canada Reads Poetry: Inventory by Dionne Brand

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada...

Patrick Lane discusses Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada Reads...

Canada Reads Poetry: Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada Reads...

Rita Wong discusses forage and Canada Reads Poetry

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada...

Canada Reads Poetry: forage by Rita Wong

Canada Reads Poetry is a three-week online initiative presented by CBC Books and the National Post. Inspired by the original Canada Reads format, Canada...

Introducing Canada Reads Poetry

CBC Books and the National Post are pleased to announce Canada Reads Poetry, a three-week online event coinciding with National Poetry Month. Inspired by the...

The Best Laid Plans podcast rewind

For the past few weeks we've been presenting a chapter-by-chapter podcast of the winner of Canada Reads 2011, The Best Laid Plans, read by author...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 19

CBC Books is about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans, chapter...

Canada Reads Poetry Live Chat

Join us for the Canada Reads Poetry online debate at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 20! The books and panelists are: Forage by Rita...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 18

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 17

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 16

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 15

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 14

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 13

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 12

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

The Win a Visit from Terry Fallis contest winner revealed!

Hundreds of entries across the country came in for our Win a Visit from Terry Fallis contest. We learned about book clubs of all shapes...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 11

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 10

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 9

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 8

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 7

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 6

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 5

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 4

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 3

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 2

CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans,...

Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Prologue and Chapter One

CBC Books is about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans, chapter...

Book clubs: Win a visit from Terry Fallis

Canada Reads-winning author Terry Fallis loves visiting book clubs. He even visited one the evening it was announced that his debut novel, The Best Laid...

Terry Fallis on Fresh Air

If you and your book club want to tackle The Best Laid Plans, now is your chance! CBC Books is running a contest for book...

Terry Fallis on The National

If you and your book club want to tackle The Best Laid Plans, now is your chance! CBC Books is running a contest for book...

Brian Francis reflects on the noise of Canada Reads

It's been a scant two years since my book was on the Canada Reads list and I already feel like I'm a generation away from...

Ali Velshi and Terry Fallis on Q

If you and your book club want to tackle The Best Laid Plans, now is your chance! CBC Books is running a contest for book...

Day Three: The Best Laid Plans wins Canada Reads!

We have a winner!The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis has been crowned the winner of Canada Reads 2011! You could win a visit for...

Day Two: The Bone Cage goes down for the count

Welcome to Canada Reads Day Two: Tuesday, February 8. The debate was streamed across the country at 10:06 a.m. ET. Sign up for an email...

Day One: Essex County eliminated from Canada Reads

Welcome to the Canada Reads live stream and live chat for Canada Reads Day One: Monday, February 7. The debate was streamed across the country...

It's showtime for Canada Reads!

Today, Canada Reads 2011 begins. Five panelists will battle for five books. But only one can come out on top. Are you ready to listen?...

Podcast: Lorne Cardinal defends Unless

Our preview chats with panelists started on the East Coast. We've crossed the country to end with a panelist who makes his home on the...

The Great Northwest explores the Canada Reads books

CBC's morning show in Thunder Bay, Ontario, The Great Northwest, decided to take the celebrity out of Canada Reads. They asked five ordinary people...

Designer C.S. Richardson sheds light on the cover of Unless

Editor's note: We asked C.S Richardson, the man responsible for the cover design of Unless, to shed some light on why he chose such a...

Listen to resident blogger Brian Francis on Here and Now

Author Brian Francis has been sharing his thoughts on the Canada Reads contenders all season long. Who better to give CBC listeners the inside track...

Brian Francis ponders Unless

At the Canada Reads launch, Carol Shields's daughter, Anne Giardini (who is also a writer), said that she had an interesting story about Unless and...

Listen to the Canada Reads authors' Airplay interviews

Throughout the Canada Reads campaign, authors Jeff Lemire, Angie Abdou, Ami McKay, Terry Fallis and Anne Giardini (on behalf of her mother, Carol Shields)...

Anne Giardini reflects on Unless

Unless was published in 2002 when my mother, Carol Shields, was in the final stages of breast cancer. As the story of a daughter lost...

Homerun celebrates Jeff Lemire and the graphic novel

Can graphic novels be considered another form of literature? Or are they a unique genre that shouldn't be lumped in with the traditional novel?...

Meet actor Lorne Cardinal

Last week, we visited Essex County by Jeff Lemire. This week, we move from the country to the suburbs as we explore Carol Shields's Unless, which...

The Canada Reads advice contest

Last week, we asked you which Canadian author you would most like to meet. The answers you sent in were as varied and diverse as...

Listen to Fresh Air's Canada Reads panel

On Sunday, January 23, Mary Ito of Fresh Air talked to two of the biggest Canada Reads fans around. Mark Lefebvre is the manager of...

Listen to Island Morning's Battle of the Book Clubs

  Every year, Island Morning, the CBC Radio morning show on Prince Edward Island, hosts the Battle of the Book Clubs. Five book clubs across the...

Podcast: Sara Quin defends Essex County

There are only two weeks left until the Canada Reads contenders duke it our for the coveted title. Until then, we've got you covered, offering...

The Beguiling bookstore gives us the inside scoop on Essex County

Editor's note: The Beguiling, a comic book store in Toronto, is a long-time supporter of Jeff Lemire's career. We touched base with the shop's owner,...

Brian Francis visits Essex County

There's a golden rule when it comes to writing; one that most writers need to be reminded of time and time again, regardless of what...

Jeff Lemire gives us a tour of Essex County

It's been a while since I left Essex County. By that I mean both the fictional version of the place as well as the real...

Meet indie artist Sara Quin

Last week, we dove into The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou. This week, we turn our attention to Essex County by Jeff Lemire. We'll talk to...

The Canada Reads weekly contest: Who's your favourite Canadian author?

One of the favourite topics of conversation in the Canada Reads offices is our favourite bookish places: great places to read, our cherished library nooks,...

Podcast: Georges Laraque makes a splash with The Bone Cage

The countdown to Canada Reads is on. We're less than a month away to the battle of the books. We visited Nova Scotia with Debbie...

Editor Suzette Mayr and designer Ruth Linka on The Bone Cage

Editor's note: We wanted to dive a little deeper into how Angie Abodu's The Bone Cage came together, and its editor, Suzette Mayr, and its...

Brian Francis gets into The Bone Cage

I think Angie Abdou deserves a gold medal for The Bone Cage because she managed to achieve something I never thought possible. She made me...

Angie Abdou on embracing her 'inner dumb jock'

I hear people talk about embracing their inner book geek, but there's nothing inner about my book geek. I've long made a full-time living out...

Meet former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque

Last week, we looked at Terry Fallis's The Best Laid Plans here on the Canada Reads site. This week, we're moving from the political ring...

Podcast: Ali Velshi talks The Best Laid Plans

As this year's Canada Reads debates draw closer — have you circled February 7, 8 and 9 on your calendar? — we're gearing up by...

Terry Fallis spins The Best Laid Plans playlist

Editor's note: We asked Terry to share five songs that he feels are most in tune with The Best Laid Plans. This is his response!...

Brian Francis tackles The Best Laid Plans

I was watching an entertainment show the other night and saw a story most of you may be familiar with by this point. A homeless...

Terry Fallis on how his best laid plans turned out better than planned

My best laid plans for my first novel did not unfold as... umm... planned. The idea had been to write a hilarious yet tender side-splitter...

Meet CNN broadcaster Ali Velshi

Last week, we looked at Ami McKay's The Birth House here on the Canada Reads site. This week, we're going from small-town gossip to big-time...

The Canada Reads favourite character contest

Last week, we wanted to know about your literary resolutions and did you ever come through! Many people resolved to read more, whether it was...

Podcast: Debbie Travis takes us to The Birth House

For the next five weeks, we'll be offering you a sneak peek at this year's panel...how they'll prep for the debates and why they think...

Inside The Birth House: From design concept to cover

Editor's note: Back in 2006, when The Birth House was originally published, Ami McKay interviewed the talented designer behind the beautiful cover of her book,...

Brian Francis moves into The Birth House

"We change, whether we like it or not." Ralph Waldo Emerson   Halifax underwent great change after the Halifax Explosion, an event that figures in...

Kitchen ghosts and a birth house

My house stands at the edge of the earth. Together, the house and I have held strong against the churning tides of Fundy. Two sisters,...

Meet design maven Debbie Travis

Greeting the new year is doubly exciting for the Canada Reads team, because it means we're edging closer to the debates. We can't wait to...

The Canada Reads resolution contest

We were full of the festive spirit last week and wanted to know which Canada Reads panelist you'd like to have over for dinner. These panelists...