2012

 

Read from the 2013 contenders

Want to get a feel for the five Canada Reads 2013 contenders? We have excerpts from all the books for you to read. Check them...

Check out the Canada Reads: Turf Wars reveal

On November 29, 2012, CBC Books held two big events to kick off the Canada Reads 2013 season: the panelists joined host Jian Ghomeshi...

Listen to Lisa Moore read from February

Each day this week, CBC Books will present a reading from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. For our final audio excerpt, Lisa Moore reads...

Listen to Douglas Gibson read from Two Solitudes

Each day this week, CBC Books will present a reading from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. Today, Douglas Gibson reads from Hugh MacLennan's Two...

Listen to Jane Urquhart read from Away

Each day this week, CBC Books will present a reading from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. Today's clip is from Jane Urquhart, reading from...

Listen to David Bergen read from The Age of Hope

Each day this week, CBC Books will present a reading from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. Today's clip is from David Bergen, reading from...

Listen to Richard Wagamese read from Indian Horse

Each day this week, CBC Books will present a reading from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. For our first audio excerpt, Richard Wagamese reads...

EXCERPT: February by Lisa Moore

Each day this week, CBC Books has been presenting an excerpt from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. Our final excerpt is from the book representing...

EXCERPT: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

Each day this week, CBC Books will present an excerpt from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. For Thursday, we bring you the first chapter...

EXCERPT: Away by Jane Urquhart

Each day this week, CBC Books will present an excerpt from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. Today's passage is from the book representing...

EXCERPT: The Age of Hope by David Bergen

Each day this week, CBC Books will present an excerpt from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. Today, read from the book representing Prairies...

EXCERPT: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Each day this week, CBC Books will present an excerpt from one of the Canada Reads 2013 contenders. First up: the book representing British Columbia...

VIDEO: Trent McClellan and Lisa Moore

Last, but certainly not least, in our Canada Reads launch showcase is the east! Comedian Trent McClellan is the panelist representing the Atlantic Provinces. ...

VIDEO: Jay Baruchel and Douglas Gibson

Today in the Canada Reads launch party cross-country tour, we stop in Quebec. The panelist representing the region, actor Jay Baruchel, will be bringing...

AUDIO: The Atlantic contenders on WAM

  The weekend after Jian Ghomeshi revealed this year's Canada Reads players, WAM spoke to the author and the panelist from the Atlantic region: Lisa Moore...

VIDEO: Charlotte Gray and Jane Urquhart

We're making our way across the country this week, sharing the videos from the Canada Reads 2013 live launch, which took place on November 29 at...

Join the Canada Reads Twitter book club!

This year, CBC Books will be hosting a weekly Twitter book club to discuss the Canada Reads 2013 books and panelists. If you are...

VIDEO: Ron MacLean and David Bergen

Second in our Canada Reads launch video series is the Prairies and North panelist, Ron MacLean, and his book choice, The Age of Hope...

VIDEO: Carol Huynh reveals her choice

At a live event in the CBC building in Toronto, the 2013 panelists revealed the books they chose to defend during the debates in February....

VIDEO: Jian Ghomeshi on CBC News Network

Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi stopped by CBC News Network to give the inside scoop on this year's crop of books and panelists. Watch what...

VIDEO: CBC Live talks to the contenders

After the big reveal of the Canada Reads 2013 panelists and their chosen books, CBC Live sat down with all five contenders to find out...

Twitter book club: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

This year, CBC Books will be hosting a weekly Twitter book club to discuss the Canada Reads 2013 books and panelists. If you are...

VIDEO: The panelists/authors revealed on Q

Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi announced the contending books and the celebrity panelists defending them on Q Thursday morning! You can watch them discuss...

Meet the Canada Reads 2013 contenders

When we announced Canada Reads: Turf Wars, Canadians across the country answered our call. What book best represented the literature from the region you call...

Get to know your region's Top 5: Atlantic Provinces

The list from the Atlantic region is a mix of old and new, and as varied as the four provinces themselves. Here's a capsule guide...

Get to know your region's Top 5: Quebec

Quebec's list draws heavily from CanLit classics, but there's room too for a contemporary murder mystery and a poetic novel of the immigrant experience. Today,...

Canada Reads 2013: The Top 5s

Canada Reads: Turf Wars is heating up. First, there was a free-for-all: Canadians could recommend any novel they wanted to see on Canada Reads 2013....

Get to know your region's Top 5: Ontario

The Ontario Top 5 list is bursting with literary heavyweights. Is it something in the water of the Great Lakes? More likely, it's the population....

Get to know your region's Top 5: Prairies and North

Hope or Trade? Late Nights or Diviners? Today, we guide you through your Prairie and North picks. The Age of Hope by David Bergen What's...

Get to know the Top 5 for your region: B.C. and Yukon

The country has voted and a Top 5 list of Canada Reads 2013 contenders has emerged for each of our five regions...but put all together,...

Canada Reads: The Top 10s

From October 10 to October 22, Canada Reads asked for help in choosing the best 10 novels from five regions from across the country:...

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Amanda Leduc

CBC Books asked a few publishing insiders -- booksellers, authors and editors -- to reflect on and respond to the Canada Reads: Turf Wars...

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Steph VanderMeulen

CBC Books asked a few publishing insiders -- booksellers, authors and editors -- to reflect on and respond to the Canada Reads: Turf Wars...

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Terry Fallis

CBC Books asked a few publishing insiders -- booksellers, authors and editors -- to reflect on and respond to the Canada Reads: Turf Wars...

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Douglas Gibson

CBC Books asked a few publishing insiders -- booksellers, authors and editors -- to reflect on and respond to the Canada Reads: Turf Wars...

CBC hosts make their Canada Reads picks

CBC hosts are big readers. And who knows the local literary landscape better than the people who report on it every day? We asked five hosts...

Reader recommendation round-up: October 18

Here's today's round-up of great recommendations from readers across Canada. British Columbia and Yukon Liza recommends: Y by Marjorie Celona "The best books are...

Canada Reads 2013: Recommend your read here

The Canada Reads recommendation period is now closed. The Top 10 lists from each region will be revealed on Q and the Canada Reads website...

Exploring Canada's book awards

Local, provincial and regional awards are an important part of the Canadian literary landscape and we wanted to highlight prize winners of the past and present....

Reader recommendation round-up: October 17

Here are some more great recommendations from Canadian readers. Haven't submitted a recommendation of your own yet? You can do so here. British Columbia...

Reader recommendation round-up: October 16

Yesterday morning, we held the prize draw for our very first weekly winner. Congratulations to Linda from Quebec! Linda is the new owner of a...

Reader recommendation round-up: October 15

Here's a sampling of the great recommendations that are coming in. British Columbia and Yukon: Tim recommends: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese "Because it's easily...

Reader recommendation round-up: October 11

Here's a sampling of the great recommendations that are coming in. British Columbia and Yukon: Lizette recommends: Obasan by Joy Kogawa "WOW! This was a...

Listen to Something Fierce on CBC Books

From July 9 to July 20, CBC Radio One aired an abridged version of Canada Reads 2012 winner, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter,...

Relive Canada Reads 2012

Congratulations to Carmen Aguirre! Her book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was crowned the Canada Reads 2012 champion. Something Fierce was defended...

True Stories Top 40

During the Canada Reads 2012 public campaign, we asked readers across the country to recommend titles. The 40 with the most recommendations became the...

Listen to Something Fierce on CBC Books & relive the Canada Reads debates

While we wait until Canada Reads 2013, there's plenty of ways to keep busy!You can listen to the audio reading of the Canada Reads...

Listen to Something Fierce on CBC Books

From Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 20 CBC Radio One aired an abridged version of Canada Reads 2012 winner, Something Fierce: Memoirs of...

Canada Reads 2012: Relive the debates

Congratulations to Carmen Aguirre! Her book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was crowned the Canada Reads 2012 champion. Something Fierce was defended...

Terry Fallis looks back at an intense four days of debates

My heart rate did not return to normal until late Thursday afternoon. I was exhausted. Watching Canada Reads 2012 brought back wonderful memories of last...

Carmen Aguirre shares her defining moment with Strombo

Canada Reads-winning author Carmen Aguirre sat down in the red chair to chat with George Stroumboulopoulos recently. While her complete interview will air later in...

Shad and Carmen Aguirre on Q

Less than 24 hours after his dramatic Canada Reads victory, award-winning rapper Shad stopped by the Q studios to discuss the past four days of...

Day Four: Something Fierce survives, named the Canada Reads 2012 champion

Shad took home the Canada Reads crown on February 9, after four days of fierce debates. His chosen title, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary...

Day Three: On a Cold Road is out

Welcome to the Canada Reads Day Three: Wednesday, February 8. Catch all the action below in our livechat/video player. Warning: the video contains coarse language....

Day Two: The Tiger says good-bye

Welcome to Canada Reads Day Two: Tuesday, February 7. You can watch the live chat and livestream replay below. Which book would you like to...

Day One: Prisoner of Tehran is the first book to go

In a dramatic tie-breaking vote, Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat was the first book to be knocked out in Canada Reads 2012.If you missed the...

The countdown to Canada Reads is on!

Tune in February 6-9 to catch all the action during this year's battle of the books. Legendary actor Alan Thicke, supermodel Stacey McKenzie, Dragons' Den...

The Canada Reads team offers advice to the 2012 panel

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

Podcast: Stacey McKenzie discusses On a Cold Road

Canada Reads 2012 begins on Monday! We've heard from four of the panelists during the Canada Reads podcast. Today, we hear from the last...

Carmen Aguirre's playlist for Something Fierce

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired by...

Dave Bidini's playlist for On a Cold Road

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired...

Marina Nemat's playlist for Prisoner of Tehran

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired by...

Dave Bidini Live Chat: Read the replay!

Dave Bidini was the rhythm guitarist for the Rheostatics, who are still widely considered one of Canada's most influential and unconventional rock bands of...

Ken Dryden's playlist for The Game

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired...

Terry Fallis discusses On a Cold Road on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to...

Terry Fallis cracks open On a Cold Road

Like Dave Bidini, in the early 1980s I played guitar and sang in a rock band. Unlike Dave Bidini, my band never really had a...

Toronto reads the Canada Reads contenders

Last week, CBC Toronto's Here and Now talked to people who feel a special connection to the Canada Reads 2012 contenders. On Monday, January 23,...

Daybreak Alberta reviews the Canada Reads contenders

Daybreak Alberta, the weekend morning show in Alberta, turned to their esteemed books columnist, Laurie Greenwood, for her take on all five of the...

Dave Bidini on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to have their...

Is The Game the greatest hockey book ever written?

Island Morning, the CBC morning show in Prince Edward Island, is on a quest to find out. In honour of Canada Reads and Hockey Day...

The Canada Reads team discusses their book's most important message

Congratulations to HNIC1000, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and...

John Vaillant's playlist for The Tiger

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired...

Podcast: Anne-France Goldwater discusses The Tiger

The countdown to Canada Reads is on. The debates are in February, but you can get in the game now. Each week, we are...

John Vaillant's influences: Conflict tigers and deadly bears

John Vaillant was inspired to write The Tiger after seeing the film Conflict Tiger by documentary filmmaker Sasha Snow. Shot over five weeks on location...

John Vaillant Live Chat: Watch the replay

John Vaillant has long had a taste for adventure, and in 1998 turned his passion into a career as a journalist travelling to remote...

Terry Fallis discusses The Tiger on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to...

Terry Fallis takes a bite out of The Tiger

The suspense John Vaillant so brilliantly weaves into The Tiger had my heart pounding as I turned the pages of this remarkable story. Set in...

John Vaillant on how The Tiger came to be

Every week leading up to the debates in February, Canada Reads is putting the spotlight on one of the five books in contention. From January...

John Vaillant on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to...

The Canada Reads team discusses their book's biggest weakness

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

Podcast: Arlene Dickinson discusses Prisoner of Tehran

There are only weeks left until our favourite battle of the books. But sit tight, we've got the first look at this year's panelists...

Maja Ardal discusses taking Prisoner of Tehran from page to stage

Maja Ardal has more than 40 years of theatre experience to her name. She's worked as an actor, director, playwright and drama instructor, and is the former...

Marina Nemat Live Chat: Watch the replay

Marina Nemat was only 16 years old when she was arrested and thrown into Evin, Iran's notorious political prison. During her incarceration, she was tortured...

Terry Fallis discusses Prisoner of Tehran on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to...

Terry Fallis explores Prisoner of Tehran

Marina Nemat's personal story of courage, resilience and rebirth held me in its grip from start to finish. Prisoner of Tehran reminds us all of...

Marina Nemat on speaking out

Every week leading up to the debates in February, Canada Reads will put the spotlight on one of the five books in contention. From January...

Marina Nemat on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to...

The Canada Reads team discusses the challenges within their contenders

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

Podcast: Shad discusses Something Fierce

We know you're biting your nails, anxiously waiting for this year's debates in February. Until then, we've got you covered. Last week, we caught...

Carmen Aguirre's favourite Canadian plays

Carmen Aguirre told Shelagh Rogers that she's read more than 100 memoirs in the past few years. But as a theatre artist, she's also passionate about plays....

Carmen Aguirre Live Chat: Watch the replay

Image: Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC Born in Chile, Carmen Aguirre came to Canada as a young child in the wake of the 1973 coup, led by...

Terry Fallis discusses Something Fierce on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to...

Terry Fallis checks out Something Fierce

This week, the spotlight shines on Carmen Aguirre's tense and taut memoir, Something Fierce. The book is aptly named. At first glance, Carmen seems young...

Carmen Aguirre on deciding to share her story with the world

Every week leading up to the debates in February, Canada Reads will put the spotlight on one of the five books in contention. From January...

Carmen Aguirre on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to...

The Canada Reads team explores identity in their chosen titles

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

Podcast: Alan Thicke discusses The Game

For the next five weeks, we'll be offering you a sneak peek at this year's panel and how they are prepping for the upcoming...

Contest: What question would you ask in the Canada Reads debates?

Which book is the most "Canadian"? Which book has the strongest sense of place? How does each book deal with loss?Which book got the strongest...

Ken Dryden in the CBC Archives

As a legendary hockey player and respected politician, Ken Dryden has often been in the media spotlight. His relationship with the CBC dates back to 1972, when he first...

Ken Dryden Live Chat: Watch the replay

Image: Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC Ken Dryden was a legendary goalie for the Montreal Canadiens. He has written five books and served as a Liberal MP...

Terry Fallis discusses The Game on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to...

Terry Fallis gets into The Game

As we head into the home stretch of Canada Reads 2012, my final five posts will be all about the books themselves. Each week I'll...

Ken Dryden on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to...

Ken Dryden on how he writes

Each week leading up to the debates in February, Canada Reads will look at each book in contention more closely. From January 2 to January...