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5 May releases we can't wait to read

April showers bring May flowers and May brings new books. Here are 5 books hitting shelves this month we are excited to check out....

Art Spiegelman's Maus being removed from Russian bookstores: AFP

Spiegelman's Maus, which was inspired by conversations with his Holocaust survivor father and re-imagines people as animals, features an altered version of the Nazi symbol on the cover....

Celebrating Harper Lee's legacy

Legendary American novelist Harper Lee celebrates her birthday on April 28....

You oughta know these songs by Alanis, Shania, Céline and Sarah

CBC Books presents the ultimate primer in their music: the We Oughta Know playlist - 3 songs from each of these artists every music lover needs to know....

How well do you know Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea?

To mark Montgomery's passing, we've collected some of the features about Anne of Green Gables we've posted over the years. Hope you enjoy it!...

5 things you didn't know about walking from Born to Walk by Dan Rubinstein

Walking can change our mental and physical health, politics, economics and more. Here are 5 fascinating things we learned from Born to Walk....

Tribute to Al Purdy

To mark his passing, CBC Books has highlighted archival video and audio that explores his work, life and legacy....

Welcome Shad to CBC with your #CBCRhymes

As the creative genius behind many fine rhymes, we want to give Shad a Poetry Month-approved welcome!...

Curtis Stone on good food, culinary inspiration, and how to seduce your partner with food

The Australian-born celebrity chef is back with his sixth cookbook, Good Food, Good Life....

10 classic poetry collections every Canadian should read

If you're looking for a Canadian poetry primer, look no further. Here are 10 classic Canadian poetry collections you should know about!...

Bob McDonald finalist for Science in Society General Book Award

The Quirks & Quarks host is in the running for the best general science book in Canada....

The 10 most challenged books in the U.S. last year

Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was the book most targeted for censorship in schools and libraries last year, according to the American Library Association (ALA)....

Who Said It: Poet or Pop Star?

Can you tell the difference between classic poetry and contemporary pop lyrics? Take our quiz to find out....

What if Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, Winnie-the-Pooh, and other favourite literary characters were in Game of Thrones?

Just for fun, we've come up with house sigils for some of the most popular literary/comic characters!...

10 Canadian modern poetry classics you should read

If you're looking for a great poetry collection to check out, CBC Books recommends one of these 10 collections....

Mad Men's Don Draper reviews children's books

We wanted to imagine what it would be like if the brooding advertising maverick gave us his trademark insight - on some classic children's books....

2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour shortlist revealed

Past Canada Reads-winning author Terry Fallis and Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz are among the contenders for this year's Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour....

5 April releases we can't wait to read

Here are 5 releases hitting bookshelves in April we can't wait to read....

Lawrence Hill's new novel to hit bookstores in September

His fourth novel, The Illegal, was inspired by the survival stories of undocumented refugees around the world....

Cover of upcoming illustrated Harry Potter revealed

Jim Kay has been tapped to illustrate all seven of the Potter books, with each new edition being published annually....

Cover of new Harper Lee book revealed!

Earlier this year, the reclusive American author made international headlines after it was announced that her rediscovered novel - which features Scout as an adult woman and was actually completed before To Kill a Mockingbird - would be published in July....

Q: Kim Thúy, Cameron Bailey on Ru and its hopeful message

"We're capable of opening up our arms," the author says....

Canada Reads: Watch The Finale!

What a fantastic finish! The on-demand video replay is now available....

Canada Reads 2015: Day Three

Which book got eliminated today?...

Canada has a "shocking racism problem": Craig Kielburger

In his opening statement today about Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian, panellist Craig Kielburger cites numerous statistics that suggest Canada may not be the multicultural mosaic many Canadians believe it to be....

Canada Reads: Day One Replay

What is the one book to break barriers? Watch the first day of the debates....

Watch the Canada Reads book trailers

Learn more about the 5 titles contending for CBC's battle of the books....

5 inspirational quotes about travelling from Jack Kerouac

American novelist, poet, and leading figure of the Beat Generation Jack Kerouac was born March 12, 1922. ...

Lessons from the Canada Reads books in one sentence

The authors describe what they want readers to learn from their book in one sentence....

Martha Wainwright: My life in books

The 2015 Canada Reads panellist reveals the modern classic that inspired one of her own songs....

David Usher's Let the Elephants Run: 5 totally random facts

The Moist frontman has written a book on unleashing our creativity. We break it down....

Kristin Kreuk: My life in books

The 2015 Canada Reads panellist picks five books that have shaped her life....

5 books to read if you loved And the Birds Rained Down

Reading recommendations inspired by the Canada Reads 2015 contenders....

5 March releases we can't wait to read

A new month means more new books! Here are 5 releases hitting bookshelves in March we can't wait to read....

5 books to read if you loved When Everything Feels like the Movies

Reading recommendations inspired by the Canada Reads 2015 contenders....

5 books to read if you loved Intolerable

Reading recommendations inspired by the Canada Reads 2015 contenders....

Raziel Reid's life in books

The Canada Reads finalist discusses the books that have inspired him over the years, as well as the one most likely to be recommended by his main character....

CBC Bookie Awards 2015: The winners

Thanks to the thousands of people who voted in this year's Bookie Awards! Find out which books merit the coveted Golden Beaver....

5 books to read if you loved The Inconvenient Indian

Reading recommendations inspired by the Canada Reads 2015 contenders....

Peter Nowak's Humans 3.0: 5 totally random facts

Peter Nowak takes a close look at where our species has ended up after the first few hundred thousand years, and how technology has shaped -- and will continue to shape -- our evolution....

10 reads hotter than Fifty Shades of Grey

Books that are sure to turn up the heat this Valentine's Day....

Hot or not: A sexy, confusing journey through erotica book covers

After looking at several hundred erotica book covers, we're highlighting some of the most entertaining, provocative and straight-up confusing covers we've come across....

How to manage a-holes

Philosopher professor Aaron James offers tips on how to deal with the jerks who cut lines and talk too loudly on their phones....

10 books to read during Black History Month

February is Black History Month and CBC Books recommends these 10 great books by great Canadian writers....

Five February 2015 releases to check out

A new month means new books. Here are five books hitting store and library shelves this month that you should check out....

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

If you'd rather read a good book than watch the big game, then check out these fantastic football reads....

Mr. Men and Little Miss books coming to big screen

Hargreaves first introduced the world to his colourful characters in 1971 with his first book, Mr. Tickle....

Harry Potter magic hits Riverview, New Brunswick

For one week, Riverview Middle School is being transformed into the magical castle where Harry Potter and his friends learned the wizarding arts....

15 poetry collections to watch for in 2015

A new year means new books - lots of 'em. Here are 15 Canadian poetry collections to get excited about in 2015....

Canada Reads 2015 reveals finalists, panellists

This year's panellists are tasked with identifying "the one book to break barriers."...

15 works of nonfiction to watch for in 2015

A new year means new books - lots of 'em. Here are 15 works of Canadian nonfiction to get excited about in 2015....

The 2015 Academy Awards reading list

Several of the films that received Oscar nominations were inspired by books. So get reading - you have until the awards gala airs on Feb. 22....

RBC Taylor Prize 2015: The shortlist

Acclaimed writers M.G. Vassanji and Kathleen Winter are among the five contenders for the $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction....

15 works of fiction to watch for in 2015

A new year means new books - lots of 'em. Here are 15 works of Canadian fiction to get excited about in 2015....

Writers & Company: Daniel Kehlmann

Eleanor Wachtel talks to German wunderkind author Daniel Kehlmann, whose latest novel is F, a dazzling tragi-comedy....

Joan Didion and our stylish author all-stars

We got to thinking about literary legends known for having unique style. Here are some of our favourites!...

The Book of Negroes comes to CBC-TV

One of the most highly anticipated Canadian television events of the year begins Wed., Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT), when CBC-TV debuts the mini-series adaptation of Lawrence Hill's acclaimed novel....

Writers & Company: Lore Segal

Born in Vienna to a Jewish family in 1928, she came of age during the Nazi rise to power, and fled to England on one of the first kindertransport rescue missions....

The Canada Reads 2015 longlist

Explore the 15 books still in the running for Canada Reads: One book to break barriers....

Fireside Al's Christmas Eve readings

For many Canadians and CBC Radio fans, the holiday season wouldn't feel complete without listening to Fireside Al read us stories on Christmas Eve. ...

Amazon's top 20 bestselling books of 2014

Amazon has revealed its bestselling book of 2014 - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd....

CBC to adapt Ian Hamilton's Ava Lee mystery series

The series will follow Ava Lee, a forensic accountant who works with her "Uncle" to make sure debts are repaid - by any means necessary....

The ultimate Jane Austen literary quiz

To celebrate Austen's achievements, we present this literary quiz that draws from her most popular novels!...

Eleanor Wachtel's most memorable interviews from 2014

Eleanor Wachtel interviews some of the most famous and most interesting authors from around the world. CBC Books asked Eleanor to choose five interviews from the past year that stood out to her in some way. ...

Darrell Dennis on the truth about lies about Indians

Darrell Dennis tackles both the contemporary stereotypes and historical events that surround First Nations people in North America today in his new book, Peace Pipe Dreams....

Vinyl Cafe's Stuart McLean on writing Dave and Morley after 20 years

McLean recently spoke to Daybreak about this year's Christmas tour, but also answered an immensely interesting question for the author: What is it like to still be writing about Dave and Morley after all these years?...

The Art of Dr. Seuss

A new art exhibit highlights the career and creative process of this legendary children's book author and illustrator....

Bruce Cockburn on his memoir Rumours of Glory

The acclaimed singer-songwriter talks about his career, his memoir and his faith with Shelagh Rogers. Listen!...

The books of Bond ... James Bond

We're highlighting some of our features about Bond and his creator Ian Fleming, who lived a life as colourful and intriguing as his most famous character....

YouTube star Zoella sets new debut novelist sales record

Zoe Sugg has set new records for fastest selling debut novel. We take a look at how far she has to go match the success of some other famous debut titles....

5 of literature's most fascinating serial killers

Serial killers are part of pop-culture lore. We highlight some of literature's more famous serial killers....

Libraries helping the homeless

In addition to books, many libraries across Canada are offering social services to the homeless, CBC News reports....

Mystery writer P.D. James dead at 94

According to P.D. James' publisher, Faber & Faber, the British mystery writer has died. She passed away in her home in Oxford, England, on Thursday, November 27. ...

Anna Todd: From fan fiction to six-figure book deal

Anna Todd's One Direction fan fiction is the buzziest thing in publishing right now. Find out why. ...

Wab Kinew: My life in books

The new Canada Reads host shares six books he thinks you should read. Check 'em out! ...

Canada Reads 2015: One book to break barriers

Introducing Canada Reads: One book to break barriers. Submit your suggestion now!...

Atwood and Strombo highlight reel

To mark Atwood's 75th birthday this week, CBC is highlighting her very first interview with Strombo, as well as a highlight reel of their more interesting chats....

The 2014 Governor General's Literary Award winners

King won the English language fiction prize for his novel The Back of the Turtle, the Canada Council for the Arts announced Tuesday morning....

75 surprising facts about Margaret Atwood

Happy birthday to Margaret Atwood! In honour of her 75th birthday, we dug up 75 weird and wonderful facts about Canada's literary giant (who is - bonus fact! - actually quite petite).... Read More »

Alligator Pie's new look

Sandy Nichols talks about updating the illustrations for the beloved children's classic....

Why you should read Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

Canadian singer/songwriter Slow Leaves just finished reading Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar. Find out why you should read it too. ...

Sean Michaels wins the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Sean Michaels has won the most lucrative literary prize in Canada - the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize - for his debut novel Us Conductors....

Writers & Company: Julia Franck

This week, Eleanor Wachtel talks to Julia Franck, one of Germany's top novelists. ...

The Man with the Violin wins TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

Kathy Stinson and illustrator Dušan Petričić were revealed as the winners at the 2014 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards gala on Thursday evening, emceed by The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers....

Miriam Toews, Ken Babstock winners at Writers' Trust Awards

Celebrated Canadian writers Miriam Toews and Ken Babstock are among the winners of this year's Writers' Trust Awards....

Writing tips from the 2014 Scotiabank Giller finalists

The six 2014 finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize -- David Bezmozgis, Frances Itani, Sean Michaels, Heather O'Neill, Miriam Toews and Padma Viswanathan -- share their wisdom on how to write a brilliant book....

The tao of Amy Poehler: 5 quotes from Yes Please

Some nuggets of wisdom from an acclaimed performer, writer, mother, and formerly one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world....

Andrew Pyper's 5 favourite scary books

Looking for a spooky read for Halloween? The Canadian horror author shares his five all-time favourites....

Halloween: Who is literature's most terrifying monster?

There's just something about dark - sometimes supernatural - literature that really revs up our imaginations....

Rick Mercer to host the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala

Top political satirist Rick Mercer will host the gala awarding the $100,000 prize for Canadian fiction....

An inside look at Amazon: A Sunday Edition series

The Sunday Edition is embarking on a tour of Amazon, the online bookseller which is now one of the largest and most influential e-commerce businesses in the world....

Neil Young on his new memoir, Special Deluxe

The iconic Canadian singer/songwriter talked to Jian Ghomeshi about his latest book. Have a listen! ...

10 powerful quotes about freedom of expression

The IFOA kicks off Oct. 23 with a fundraiser for PEN Canada. To mark this event, we're highlighting inspiring words about the importance of freedom of expression....

The Hobbit in 72 seconds - and in Lego

Animator Kevin Ulrich has condensed the English writer's 95,000 word beloved fantasy adventure into a hilariously irreverent 72 second blast through Middle-earth. ...

What should be in the Charter of Readers' Rights and Freedoms? Have your say!

What is critical to your enjoyment of a book? Share your suggestions!...

Writers & Company: Elizabeth Jane Howard

Listen to Eleanor Wachtel's conversation with a writer she says is "accomplished, and candid." ...

Why you should read Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

Catherine McCandless from the band Young Galaxy is currently reading Us Conductors, a finalist for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize, by Sean Michaels. Find out why you should read it too. ...

Happy birthday, Oscar Wilde

Irish writer Oscar Wilde was one of the most popular and controversial personalities of his time, and his influence on popular culture remains strong to this day....

5 things to know about 2014 Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan

Flanagan, who was born in Tasmania, was revealed as the winner of the £50,000 award (nearly $88,000 CAD) on Tuesday evening at a ceremony in London's Guildhall. Here are five things to know about the author....

5 things you learn from Boundless by Kathleen Winter

Find out what we learned from Winter's memoir about her voyage to the North, which is a finalist for this year's Hilary Weston Prize....

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

"I was ten when the Taliban came to our valley. Moniba and I had been reading the Twilight books and longed to be vampires. It seemed to us that the Taliban arrived in the night just like vampires...These were strange-looking men with long straggly hair and beards and camouflage vests over their shalwar kamiz, which they wore with the trousers well above the ankle. They had jogging shoes or cheap plastic sandals on their feet, and sometimes stockings over their heads with holes for their eyes, and they blew their noses dirtily into the ends of their turbans..."


From I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai ©2012. Published by Little, Brown and Company ....

5 things we learned about David Sedaris from his Reddit AMA this week

Sedaris showed off his trademark dry wit in his AMA. Here are some of the highlights. ...

The Governor General's Literary Awards 2014: The finalists

Canadian literary stars Thomas King, Michael Crummey and the Tamaki cousins are among this year's finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards....

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2014: The shortlist

Six writers are one step closer to winning the most lucrative fiction prize in Canada history - the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize....

Writers & Company: Ali Smith on How to be both

Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Man Booker Prize finalist Ali Smith. ...

See designs for Calgary's incredibly beautiful new library

Calgarians can expect to have one of the world's most ambitious, modern and beautifully designed downtown libraries in the near future....

Banned Books: Inspiring quotes about literary freedom

We're highlighting some inspirational quotes about the importance of reading, literacy, and the freedom of expression....

The 2014 Massey Lectures reading list

To get ready for the 2014 CBC Massey lectures, Adrienne Clarkson suggests you check out these five books!...

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2014 longlist revealed

Twelve Canadian writers are contending for what has undoubtedly become the richest fiction prize in Canada - the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize....

Will You Read It: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell getting a lot of buzz. But does that mean you're going to read it? Let us know....

Man Booker 2014 shortlist announced

Two American authors make the shortlist for the first time in the prize's history, while previous two-time finalist Ali Smith hopes the third time's the charm....

Future Library: Margaret Atwood story to be published in 2114

The bestselling author has been revealed as the first contributor to the Future Library project....

Canada Reads 2014 finalist Cockroach inspires TIFF short film

Canadian actress and filmmaker Michelle Latimer has turned Rawi Hage's acclaimed novel into a 13-minute film. ...

The CBC Books 2014 fall reading list

Discover 10 great reads that are perfect for the fall season. ...

Louise Penny sends Armand Gamache on The Long Way Home

Armand Gamache leaves retirement and his quiet life behind when a new case beckons in Louise Penny's latest novel. ...

If you like John Grisham, you'll love...

If you loved A Time to Kill, then you should read Trial of Passion by William Deverell. Find out why. ...

Literary landmarks: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

We've rounded up the best literary hotspots to check out in P.E.I.'s capital, Charlottetown....

Grumpy Cat reads some of the best opening lines in literature

While we're excited for the new book and for future Grumpy Cat projects, we wondered what Grumpy Cat would look like reading the opening lines of some of literature's best known works....

Art project plants 1,000 trees for books 100 years from now

The incredibly creative (and time consuming) endeavour will see a writer contribute a manuscript to the anthology each year until 2114, when the book will be assembled....

Lionel Shriver: The fall-out when you write your family into your fiction

When the author of We Need to Talk About Kevin fictionalized her family for a book, they really, really didn't appreciate it. Shriver discusses the fall-out with CBC Radio....

Literary landmarks: Fredericton, New Brunswick

Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick, but it's also known as the poetry capital of Canada, thanks to its rich literary history and famous poetic residents! So what should you see if you love literature and find yourself in Freddy? Why not start with these literary landmarks!...

Sandra Tsing Loh on why it's time to rethink menopause

Menopause isn't a popular topic of conversation - and when it does come up, the discussion rarely moves beyond horror stories about hot flashes. Sandra Tsing Loh wants to change that. And she's starting with a new book....

Reading Harry Potter influences people to be less prejudiced: researchers

"Harry has meaningful contact with characters belonging to stigmatised groups," the researchers stated in an article published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology this week....

New Canadian self-publishing award to debut at INSPIRE! book fair

The Association for Art and Social Change is launching a new inaugural award for self-published Canadian authors....

If you like Philip Roth, you'll love...

The Next Chapter columnist Treasa Levasseur says if you like The Human Stain by Philip Roth, you'll love the Canadian novel Joshua Then and Now by Mordecai Richler. Find out why....

Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds: Who should play Katie?

O'Malley's latest graphic novel, Seconds, has just hit bookstore shelves and we're wondering who would be a great Katie in the event of an adaptation, to match Michael Cera's kick-ass Scott Pilgrim. ...

Hunter S. Thompson: True or False Quiz

To mark Thompson's birthday, we present a true or false quiz that looks at the exploits of this renegade writer....

Are we witnessing the death of difficult fiction?

What does the future of fiction look like? Those are the questions Jian Ghomeshi posed on a recent episode of Q....

Is grammar overrated?

A new book makes a case for bad grammar - or at least forgiving people who use bad grammar. ...

Happy birthday, Alice Munro!

Nobel Prize-winning author and Canadian icon Alice Munro turns 83 today. CBC Books celebrates by rounding up our coverage of her accomplishments from the past few years....

How to think like Sherlock Holmes

Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, teaches Michael Enright how to think more like the famed detective....

Who Said It: American literature edition

To mark America's 238th birthday, we'd like to highlight the words of some of the most celebrated American writers in history. Can you identify the author and book in our quiz?...

London's incredible book benches

Do you remember how those really cool painted book benches inspired by British literature took over the streets of London this past summer?...

Sarah Polley adapting John Green novel Looking for Alaska

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

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

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

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

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

How to think like a freak

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

5 authors from Brazil you need to read

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

5 lessons for the modern life from the great philosopher Plato

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

Chinese American authors remember the anniversary of Tiananmen square

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

The ultimate summer 2014 reading list

Looking for something great to read this summer? CBC Books has you covered with these 12 books sure to please, from non-fiction thrillers to heart-warming tales. ...

What happens when we die?

Patricia Pearson used her journalistic chops to explore what happens, spiritually, when we die. She shares her findings in a new book. ...

The CBC Books guide to Mother's Day shopping

We present the CBC Books 2014 Mother's Day gift guide. She'll like it. We promise....

Remembering Farley Mowat

The renowned environmentalist and author died at the age of 92. CBC Books shares some of his best words and interviews....

Twitter chat with Lullabies for Little Criminals author Heather O'Neill

Thanks for joining our chat with Heather O'Neill, the author of Lullabies for Little Criminals and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. You can watch the replay in the widget below....

The 10 picture books every Canadian home should have

These 10 classic picture books are must reads. How many does your family own?...

A reimagining of James Joyce's Dubliners

Writers are paying homage to James Joyce by reimagining his famous short story collection Dubliners for the book's 100th anniversary. ...

10 offensive slang terms you might hear in a hospital

Many doctors and healthcare workers use a mysterious vocabulary all their own, and it's not always gentle or flattering. Dr. Brian Goldman puts the spotlight on this secret slang in a new book. ...

Anne Shirley is Canada's most iconic character

A few weeks ago, we posed a question: which popular Canadian character was the most iconic of all. The people have spoken. Long live Anne Shirley, the pride of P.E.I....

5 memorable quotes from The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck's novel turns 75 today! CBC Books celebrates by sharing our five favourite quotes from this classic novel. ...

A reading list for Mad Men 7

We highlight seven books that made a big splash in the era of the show's final season, and are still read today....

Michael Lewis chronicles a Wall Street revolt

In his controversial new book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, best-selling author Michael Lewis tells the story of a Canadian trader who questioned the morality of high-frequency trading and decided to fight it....

Jimmy Carter on what he thinks is the world's greatest human rights crisis

Sexual assaults, honour killings, prostitution, physical abuse: no matter where you look in our world, you will find women and girls being abused. Jimmy Carter addresses it in a new book....

#prequelthisbook: Share your prequel suggestions

The indelible character Mammy, Scarlett O'Hara's maid, from Margaret Mitchell's classic novel Gone With the Wind, will star in a prequel book that follows her arrival in Georgia. Wouldn't it be great if all great pieces of literature had secret prequels in the works?...

7 interesting facts about Jane Austen

Austen, who is consistently recognized as one of the most important English-language literary voices in history, came of age in England's Georgian era, a time of immense social and artistic change. Here are seven interesting facts you may not know about Austen's life....

A life in Middlemarch: A Writers & Company conversation

Is Middlemarch the greatest English novel ever written? Eleanor Wachtel explores this question with a panel of writers and George Eliot fans. ...

Where are the writers of colour?

Are mainstream media, publishers and reviewers are failing writers of colour? Author Aimee Phan says yes -- and stopped by Q to explain what we can do about it. ...

10 pearls of wisdom from Irish writers

Happy St. Patrick's Day! On a day when "everyone's a little Irish," we'd like to pay homage to the great writers (and there are so many) of this island. ...

Mark Twain's book recommendations for boys and girls

We here at CBC Books love reading lists, but especially when they're from legendary author Mark Twain offering his personal selection of books for young people....

Do you think Amazon.com should ban anonymous commenting/reviewing?

Author Anne Rice is one of nearly 3,000 people who have signed an online petition calling on Amazon to do more to prevent bullying in comments....

The Next Chapter's March Mysteries Reading List

CBC's The Next Chapter is highlighting some of Canada's greatest mystery writers in March and their newest books. Here is a look at some of the novels that should jump to the top of your to-read list....

INFOGRAPHIC: 30 books you may be surprised to learn were challenged by censors

Each year, Freedom to Read Week highlights the importance of free speech, free expression, and how censorship affects us all. Here's a list of 30 books you may be surprised to learn have battled attempts at censorship in Canada. ...

Mystery author faces internet wrath after calling for J.K. Rowling to quit adult fiction

A literary mystery author is facing online backlash and negative Amazon book reviews after she implored Harry Potter-creator J.K. Rowling to stop writing adult fiction......

Publisher looking to print 1,000 edition Wikipedia book set

A custom book publisher has launched an online fundraising campaign to create 1,000 books out of Wikipedia articles. ...

Literary Life: Where Characters Click!

Have you ever imagined what life would be like for classic literary characters like Elizabeth Bennet if they had to use dating websites like modern folk today? Welcome to Literary Life.com, the website "Where Characters Click!" ...

Crazy Town casting call

Who would play Rob Ford in the movie adaptation of Robyn Doolittle's book? We share our top 5 picks!...

Who Said It Quiz: House of Cards' Francis Underwood or Machiavelli?

Times may have changed since the 16th-century Italian politician and philosopher Machiavelli published his political treatise The Prince in 1532. But he and Frank Underwood share some similarities when it comes to their attitude to playing politics. See if you can tell their words apart!...

Who Said It Quiz: Lorde or Lord of the Rings character?

Despite the fact that Lorde sings of contemporary teen life, she has more in common with Middle-earth royalty than one might initially think....

Top African writer comes out, challenges anti-gay laws

Award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina celebrated his 43rd birthday by coming out in an online essay. ...

10 cool facts about Robbie Burns

As we approach the poet's birthday (and the traditional haggis-centric Burns Suppers it inspires) let's raise a glass to the man, the myth, and the legend....

5 movie adaptations with different endings than the books

"You maniacs! You changed the ending..." We take a look at five films that surprised us with different outcomes than the books they were based on, including the classic sci-fi adventure Planet of the Apes....

Beowulf in 100 Tweets

During the last few weeks, Stanford English professor Elaine Treharn condensed the epic story of Beowulf into 100 Tweets. And it totally rocks! ...

Justified to pay tribute to Elmore Leonard

The popular TV crime drama Justified, based on Elmore Leonard's stories about U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, will pay tribute to the late author in the show's season 5 premiere Tuesday night. ...

The Best Laid Plans Quiz Contest!

To mark the premiere of the TV mini-series adaptation, we're giving away book sets! Test your knowledge of each episode for a chance to win. ...

Behind the scenes of The Best Laid Plans TV adaptation

Fans of Terry Fallis's Canada Reads-winning satirical political comedy hit The Best Laid Plans are anticipating the premiere of the new TV mini-series on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV. ...

British Library uploads a million archival images for free use

In an inspired gesture to encourage digital crowdsourcing, the British Library has uploaded one million scans from 17th- to 19th-century books to Flickr for public domain use. ...

Jane Austen portrait sells for more than $230,000 CAD

Auction house Sotheby's has sold a watercolour portrait of the iconic British novelist for £135,000 (more than $230,000 CAD)....

Can you train your brain for happiness?

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson argues in his new book, Hardwiring Happiness, that we can rewire our brains by focusing on our positive experiences. ...

Harry Potter's new makeover

Publishing house Bloomsbury has announced that J.K. Rowling's iconic Harry Potter series will be given an illustrated makeover featuring the artwork of award-winning illustrator Jim Kay....

New Zealand's Hobbit-themed super pop-up book

In an audacious marketing project by Tourism New Zealand, the country has installed the world's largest pop-up book -- 50 feet in height and taking up the space of two tennis courts -- featuring original pieces from the actual movie set of the upcoming Hobbit sequel in Beverly Hills....

It's time to stop the war on germs

In his book The Germ Code: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Microbes, microbiologist and science writer Jason Tetro argues that we need to change our relationship with germs....

Red Green's love tips are in

Last week Canadian-comic-turned-relationship-guru Red Green offered his new-found expertise to those in need of advice. Many across the country submitted their questions to Red and he's chosen a selection to answer. ...

Google wins legal victory in quest to digitize world's books

A U.S. federal judge in New York tossed out a lawsuit against the internet giant that claimed it was violating copyright laws by scanning books without the permission of the writers. ...

2014 Massey Lectures: Adrienne Clarkson

The former Governor General of Canada, journalist and author will be the 2014 Massey Lecturer. Learn more about her life and perspectives through these interviews and archival videos....

Who Said It Quiz: Stephen King or Justin Bieber?

One of them pens tales of terror. One of them croons to shrieking girls. But they have more in common than you might think. So in honour of Stephen King's newest book, Doctor Sleep, a long-awaited follow-up to the terrifying 1977 novel The Shining, we give you our latest Who Said It Quiz: King or Bieber? ...

Who Said It Quiz: Alice Munro or JAY Z?

Can you tell the difference between quotations from our new Nobel Prize winner's fiction and the work of hip-hop legend JAY Z?...

Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro: All the CBC coverage

The critically acclaimed writer has become the first Canadian woman to win the award since it was founded in 1901. Check out these interviews, reading lists, and features about her work and accomplishments....

Who Said it Quiz: Fifty Shades of Grey or Picture of Dorian Gray?

Our latest Who Said It Quiz features the reigning queen of S&M-themed erotica and the iconic novel by witty Irish writer Oscar Wilde. ...

David Gilmour responds to criticism over remarks about only teaching books by men

Award-winning author and University of Toronto instructor David Gilmour explains to CBC News his controversial comments about not being interested in "teaching books by women."...

Craig Davidson on Cataract City

"A lot of the book is a love letter to my own childhood and the things that I like," Davidson said of his Scotiabank Giller Prize-longlisted book....

Who Said It Quiz: Don Draper or Sylvia Plath?

Can you tell the wise words of fictional Mad Man Don Draper apart from the poetry of Sylvia Plath? Take our quiz to find out. ...

Julianne Moore joins Hunger Games film cast

The Hunger Games film series has just added some major star power....

Top 10 books people claim to have read, but haven't

Have you ever fibbed about reading a classic book that you didn't finish or have never even picked up? Well if you have, you're not alone. ...

Who Said It Quiz: J.D. Salinger or Kanye West?

Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger is back in the news. But can you distinguish his words from those of hip-hop star Kanye West? Take our latest Who Said It Quiz!...

Fifty Shades movie reveals its stars

The movie studio producing the adaptation announced that Charlie Hunnam will play bondage-loving billionaire Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson will take on the role of sexually innocent (at least initially) college student Anastasia Steele....

Songs that could inspire children's books

Ringo Starr may not be remembered for being the most prolific songwriter in The Beatles, but he can now lay claim to inspiring a children's book. ...

Catcher in the Rye sequel? Posthumous J.D. Salinger works to be published: AP

Plans are afoot to release a series of previously unpublished books by J.D. Salinger after 2015, according to the authors of a new biography about The Catcher in the Rye writer. ...

Is The Mortal Instruments the next blockbuster film franchise?

We're about to find out as the film adaptation of the first book, City of Bones, in Cassandra Clare's bestselling series hit theatres this week. ...

Quiz: The work of Elmore Leonard

Leonard, one of America's most prolific and influential crime writers, died at the age of 87 this week. For all his fans out there, we're highlighting some of his work and history with this quiz. ...

Anchorman's Ron Burgundy to release 'tell-all' memoir

The fictional San Diego-based news anchor, played by Will Ferrell, is legendary for his broadcasting chops, his insatiable lust for single malt scotch and suits, and will share stories of his journey and, uh, wisdom. ...

Mysterious donor gives £100,000 to buy Jane Austen ring back from Kelly Clarkson

An anonymous donor has given £100,000 (about $160,000 Cdn) to Jane Austen's House Museum to help buy a gold and turquoise ring of the author's back from American singer Kelly Clarkson....

Who Said It? Breaking Bad's Walter White or a Shakespearean villain?

School teacher-turned-drug-kingpin Walter White has often been compared to a Shakespearean villain. Could you tell the difference? Take our quiz! ...

Quiz: How well do you know your pen names?

Some of the most revered and popular authors have used pen names. Test your knowledge of literary identities with this quiz!...

Chuck Palahniuk returns to Fight Club

The bestselling author has revealed that he's working on a graphic novel sequel to his critically acclaimed 1996 novel. ...

Quiz: How well do you know Hemingway?

We've put together a quiz that features some strange, but true, facts about this mythologized writer. ...

How much is the late fee for an overdue library book after 40 years?

Employees in Ohio's Champaign County Library received a surprise return this week when a book checked out 41 years ago finally arrived back...

Tribute to Carol Shields on the 10th anniversary of her death

When Shields began writing in the 1970s, she wanted to give voice to the stories she felt were overlooked in contemporary literature. Her legacy lives on. Here's what some Canadian authors had to say about her....

J.K. Rowling's pseudonym success

The Harry Potter creator has confirmed she's 'Robert Galbraith,' the pseudonym credited with writing the critically acclaimed detective novel The Cuckoo's Calling. We look at other popular writers who have written books under pseudonyms. ...

The golden age of hijacking

Hijackings are a rarity today, but were much more common in the 1960s-70s when airline security was much more lax and serious political unrest was widespread. Author Brendan I. Koerner explains the history of hijacking on The Current. ...

To debate or not to debate: Challenge over Shakespeare's identity

Writer and literary critic Alexander Waugh has issued a challenge to scholars of Shakespeare to appear on TV and debate who really wrote Hamlet and Macbeth. ...

Is our water safe to drink?

Chris Wood, co-author of Down the Drain, argues that our tap water is making us sick. The Current has more. ...

Think (and read) about it: A reading list for your brain

Want to win a set of Brainiac Book Club books? We're giving away three great prize packs!...

Feist: Road reads

The award-winning singer-songwriter shares some of her favourite books to take on tour. ...

Attack! Jellyfish are taking over the underwater world

In a new book, Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, leading jellyfish expert Dr. Lisa-Ann Gershwin warns that the creatures are becoming the "middleman of destruction" of ecosystems....

This summer's must-read mysteries

If you like a good thriller or whodunit to read while basking in the sun, then this roundup of books is for you! ...

Michael Pollan: 'We watch people cook on TV more than we cook ourselves'

Food writer Michael Pollan chronicles his pilgrimages to people who are keeping culinary traditions alive in his new book Cooked. ...

Put your love of Anne of Green Gables to the test

Today marks 105 years of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. How well do you know everyone's favourite fictional redhead? Take our quiz to find out!...

Poorism tourism: A highly unethical new trend in travel?

The book Slum Tourism: Poverty, Power & Ethics details the booming trend of travel that takes them to the poorest parts of the world. ...

Game of Thrones trivia-mania

The hugely popular (and anxiety inducing) TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy novels concludes its third season this weekend. As we head towards the finale, review the first two seasons with these quizzes!...

12-year-old cancer survivor's memoir

Claudia Martino shares her story about overcoming the illness and the bullying she experienced in her young life in the new book My Magic Box. ...

David Sedaris on why having a mean dad might just be the key to success

FIrst aired on Q (21/05/13) David Sedaris is more than a celebrated American writer, essayist and humourist. His autobiographical tales act as a window......

Juvenile inmates benefiting from Russian literature

A juvenile correctional facility in Virginia has seen the behavioural benefits of encouraging their inmates to read the works of classic Russian writers like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. ...

The politics of hockey

In his new book Breakaway, hockey writer Tal Pinchevsky chronicles the fascinating history of Eastern Bloc players who, behind the Iron Curtain, fiercely loved the game, but risked imprisonment to defect to North America....

Sookie Stackhouse author receiving death threats

Charlaine Harris is ending the best-selling series that inspired the hit HBO show True Blood... and some fans are really unhappy about it. ...

Poop, placenta and boogers: Blog takes on parents' social media

Blogger Blair Koenig on her book STFU Parents, which outlines all the social media sins committed by parents online....

Baz Luhrmann on adapting The Great Gatsby

What was adapting this iconic piece of literature like? What's Leonardo DiCaprio really like? Where did Baz Luhrmann meet the Bee Gees? He reveals all this and more in a recent chat with George Stroumboulopoulos....

Hyperlocal: put your story on the map

Send in your story about what's new and changing in your neighbourhood. You could win an interactive adaptation of the winning story by the National Film Board of Canada and a laptop!...

Arthur Ellis Awards: The shortlisted authors

Each year the Arthur Ellis Awards, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada, celebrate the best in Canadian crime writing. Find out who the finalists are....

Carolyn Abraham's genetic memoir

The Globe and Mail science columnist charts her quest to find out more about her lineage in her new book, The Juggler's Children: A Journey Into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us. The Current has more....

Kelly Oxford: From Twitter sensation to best-selling author

The stay-at-home mom turned successful Hollywood screenwriter discusses her new book new book, Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar, a collection of essays about embarrassing moments, crazy misadventures, and moments from her life with a husband and three children....

Georges St-Pierre on Q

The mixed martial arts superstar talks to Jian Ghomeshi about his new memoir The Way of the Fight, which chronicles his journey from a bullied youngster to UFC champion. ...

Frank O'Connor longlisted authors

Several acclaimed and award-winning Canadian writers, including Emma Donoghue and Tamas Dobozy, have made this year's longlist. ...

CBC Bookie Awards 2013: Make your picks!

Vote for your favourite books of the past year!...

Timothy Olyphant on playing Raylan Givens

The California-raised actor talks to Q host Jian Ghomeshi about what it's like bringing one of crime author Elmore Leonard's most popular characters to life. ...

Jon Stewart to direct movie based on Maziar Bahari memoir

The Daily Show host's first feature film is based on Bahari's bestselling memoir Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. You can listen to a Q interview with Bahari about his experiences of being jailed in Iran.... Read More »

Charles Taylor Prize 2013: Interview with winner Andrew Preston

The author of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy reacts to his win and discusses his work....

Letting kids worry for themselves

Psychologist and author Alex Russell makes the case that both parents -- and their kids -- will benefit if they stop worrying so much about their kids' safety, success and failures. ...

The future of the book

Journalists Sean Prpick and Dave Redel explore the rise of e-books, social reading, and whether they'll fundamentally change the way we consume and share stories....

Josey Vogels on Better Sex for Busy Couples

It's hard to maintain the romance when work and life gets in the way. Sex and relationship columnist Josey Vogel's new book Better Sex in No Time aims to help people who feel too busy to get busy....

Black History Month: YA Novels and the Invisible Teen

Donna Bailey Nurse blogs about the importance of literature that speaks to young black people....

Canada Reads 2013

The annual battle of the books is back! The debates are February 11-14. See them LIVE in person, listen on the radio or watch on TV or online.... Read More »

Leonardo and The Last Supper: Interview with Ross King and excerpt

As part of our Charles Taylor Prize 2013 coverage, we're featuring an interview with Ross King about why he finds Leonardo da Vinci's life so compelling. You can also read an excerpt from his shortlisted book....

Pride and Prejudice 200 years later

Why does the classic romantic comedy of manners continue to inspire and captivate two centuries later?...

Inspired by On the Road

Adaptation director Walter Salles and star Garrett Hedlund talks to CBC's Jian Ghomeshi about when they first read Jack Kerouac's iconic novel....

Haiti, three years later

Why has there been such little progress in rebuilding the country? Author Jonathan Katz offers some explanations....

Day 6 future panel

What does the digital future hold for us? Authors Jennifer Egan, Jaron Lanier, and Michio Kaku reveal their predictions. ...

Marcello Di Cintio on his book Walls

The Calgary author talks to Q about why he sees security barriers "not as a solution to tensions but a surrender to them." ...

More shades of sexy in 2013

The resurgence of interest in erotic literature this past year, thanks mostly to E.L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy, is only the tip of the iceberg, as 2013 will see a big wave of new hyped-up sexy adult stories hit the market....

CBC hosts take the Literary Lightning Round challenge

Fiction or non-fiction? Atwood or Ondaatje? See what CBC hosts chose and share your own answers in our fun challenge!... Read More »

Apocalypse averted: How NASA's Don Yeomans watches the sky for Near-Earth Objects

NASA's Don Yeomans talks about finding asteroids and comets before they find us....

Fan fiction and The Jane Austen Marriage Manual

How has social media helped popularize fan fiction? The Next Chapter columnist Jen Sookfong Lee has an answer....

Writers aging like fine wines

Philip Roth has announced he's stepping back from writing novels at age 79. But which octogenarian (and even older) authors are still going strong?...

Annabel Lyon on her novel The Sweet Girl

The novelist stops by NXNW's Studio One Book Club to discuss writing about Aristotle's daughter and the ancient world....

Rare book and memorabilia collector to sell collection for ailing daughter

Florida man Ken Kallin has more than 120,000 rare books, signed photos, trading cards and collectible documents estimated to be worth millions of dollars. And he's selling it all....

Life after Harry Potter

In a Canadian exclusive, J. K. Rowling discusses her new novel for adults with Q's Jian Ghomeshi....

Memoirs of a Terminator: Arnold Schwarzenegger on Q

Action hero and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger talks to Jian Ghomeshi about his life and career. ...

Rick Mercer gets his rant on

Comedian and CBC television host Rick Mercer has compiled some of his best trademark rants from the show's recent seasons in a new book, A Nation Worth Ranting About....

America's first Muslim superhero

The newest Green Lantern is Simon Baz, a Muslim-American. Will this superhero help combat stereotypes? Media critic and author Jack Shaheen weighs in....

Betting odds for the Nobel Prize in literature

Which authors have the best odds of taking home the prestigious award, according to British sports betting company Ladbrokes?...

Tracking the U.S. election through book sales

As the U.S. election campaign ramps up, online retailer Amazon has been using "heat map" to graph conservative-themed "Red" and left-leaning "Blue" political book sales throughout the country in the past month....

Paul Ryan and the resurgence of Ayn Rand

The U.S. Republican vice-presidential hopeful has backed off over his past declarations of support for the ideas of intensely pro-capitalist novelist Ayn Rand. But how much is Ryan actually influenced by the controversial writer? ...

The life of a prison librarian

Quebec-born Jean Charbonneau has a unique job working as a prison librarian in Maryland. He discusses what it's like to choose books for inmates and lead literary discussions....

'Don't just do something, stand there': Frank Partnoy on the benefits of procrastination

Putting off work may actually help you perform better later, if you do it right. In his new book Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, Partnoy makes the case for productive procrastination. Check out his interview on Q. Sometime today. ... Read More »

The 'scary' reality of retirement

A new CIBC poll suggests that more than half of retired Canadians still carry debt, a statistic that personal finance expert Gordon Pape calls "pretty scary."...

CBC Books presents the Summer Sports Showdown

What are your favourite summer sports reads? Cast your vote in 10 different events for a chance to win great prizes....

Andrew Pyper on creating fear

How do horror writers tap into the darkness necessary to scare readers? Christy Conlin, host of the CBC Radio summer show Fear Itself, sat down with novelist Andrew Pyper to find out....

The Sunday Edition: True heroes

The Sunday Edition, as part of its continuing Beach Reads series, highlighted a book that focuses on the extraordinary life of Gino Bartali, the Italian cyclist who defied fascist authorities during the Second World War to help Jewish people....

50 years of The Rolling Stones through books

To mark the iconic band's half-century of rock n' roll, we've highlighted five satisfying books that truly capture the music and the madness....

Hunting your own dinner

For most of her life, journalist Lily Raff McCaulou was against hunting. But when she moved to rural Oregon she immersed herself in her new community, and that involved killing animals for food....

The self-plagiarism scandal

Can a writer plagiarize his own words? That's the question raised by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and bestselling author Jonah Lehrer, both suffering through revelations that they recycled material. Day 6 looks into what happened and why it matters. ...

The story of the Canadian Women's Press Club

Author Linda Kay tells the story of the influential group in her new book, The Sweet Sixteen. ...

Jodi Picoult and her daughter's YA fairy tale with a twist

The bestselling novelist teamed up with her daughter Samantha to pen a young adult story. Find out more about this combo's collaboration....

Brazilian prisoners to trim sentences through reading

Authorities in Brazil are pursuing a novel way to help rehabilitate criminals: shorter sentences for reading books. Find out more....

Sunday Edition Beach Reads contest

Is there a book that beautifully describes what life is like in your part of the country? Or have you read a story about the Canadian spirit at its best? Let us know for a chance to win a great Canada Day-themed prize pack....

Books about language from Babel

Babel is CBC's new radio program about the evolution of English in Canada. The team asked guests to recommend books about language. Check out their reading suggestions!...

Reading Rainbow: Take a look, it's on an iPad

LeVar Burton launched the digital app version of the beloved long-running children's show Reading Rainbow this week. What will be the digital experience be like?...

The 1980 Olympic boycott revisited

A new book explores what led to a boycott of the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, and the devastating effect on the athletes involved. Calgary Eyeopener has more....

This month's cookbook club keeps it simple

Or tried to, at least. The In Town and Out cookbook club tackled The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, only to discover that the book wasn't so simple at all....

Visiting the world's most polluted places

Writer Andrew Blackwell had some rather unconventional holidays recently. He's toured Chernobyl, the most polluted city in India, and the oil sands in Alberta, to find out more about what it's like to live in these places....

Would you watch an Anne of Green Gables update?

On Monday, June 11, it was announced that an update the writer's classic Anne of Green Gables story was in the works. Would you watch a modern-day adaptation of the L.M. Montgomery classic?...

Mark Anderson on the day the world discovered the sun

Later today, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, an astronomical event called the Transit of Venus. In 1769, this event helped create new navigational methods and allowed us to determine, for the first time, how far Earth was from the sun. Quirks & Quarks has more. ...

Q Debates: Is this the end of libraries as we know them?

The New York Public Library has planned a $300 million renovation that will see more public space and fewer books inside their doors. But are changes like this helping or hurting libraries?...

Peter Hobbs on The Sunday Edition

First aired on The Sunday Edition (27/05/12)British writer Peter Hobbs is neither a criminal nor an expert on crime, but in a way, he has......

Talking about war

The public conversation around war has always been complex and thorny. How does Canada's military approach differ from that of other countries? Are we a society of peacekeepers or warriors? These are some of the questions that Noah Richler explores in his new book What We Talk About When We Talk About War....

The problem with modern motherhood

French writer Elisabeth Badinter has written a controversial new book about modern motherhood. It in she argues that parenting methods like attachment parenting undermine women. She explains why to Day 6....

Why commencement speeches should be realistic, not idealistic

The author and former speechwriter thinks today's graduation speeches need to change. They need to get ugly. He explains why to Jian Ghomeshi....

The psychology of superheroes

Robin Rosenberg has written and edited several books about superheroes and psychology. She stopped by Day 6 to talk about what we can learn from The Avengers about human psychology....

Linden MacIntyre recommends

The CBC journalist and award-winning author shares some books that first inspired him to write and publish....

The top five regrets of the dying

In the face of death, many people report having moments of clarity, a sudden realization of what really matters in life. Bronnie Ware saw this in action working as a nurse and turned it into a book that inspired thousands of people around the world. The Morning Edition has more....

The amazing Stan Lee casts his web in Calgary

The iconic former president of Marvel Comics, and co-creator of a little superhero known as Spider-man, most recently made an appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and spoke to Chris dela Torre on the Calgary Eyeopener about his long career, and why he never tires of meeting new fans....

Rolling up the rim on new publishing models

Would you buy a book before it's even written? East Coast author Leo McKay hopes so. He's abandoned the traditional publishing model and is funding his latest book through a public campaign. He explains why to Information Morning....

A history of peace

It's been said that history is written by the winners and also the warriors. But about the voices of peace? John Gittings examines the 'narrative of peace' in a new book....

Tracie McMillan on why conversations about food aren't just for foodies

Foodie culture is in the spotlight right now, but what about the huge number of people who can't afford to eat organic or farm-raised meat and produce? A new book explores the diet of the working poor.... Read More »

Kevin Chong on 'the sport of kings'

Vancouver author Kevin Chong was once a racehorse owner, and he chronicles this experience in his latest book, My Year of the Racehorse.... Read More »

Reading Sarajevo with Carol Off

CBC's Carol Off has covered many international conflicts in her life, but few stories have drawn her in like the Bosnian War. To mark its 20th anniversary, she joined CBC Books to talk about some of the best books to understand what happened and why....

The 'secret weapon' behind Stephen Harper's success

Macleans' Paul Wells has been covering Parliamentary politics for nearly two decades. His new e-book, The Harper Decade, explores the Prime Minister's political ascent and how he did it....

The Game of Thrones quiz

To mark the return of HBO's highly anticipated TV adaptation this weekend, we've come up with a quiz based on the first season (and first book) of the medieval fantasy series. Test thy knowledge for a chance to win a CBC Books prize pack! ...

The rise of the singleton society

Why are more adults choosing to live alone than ever before? The Sunday Edition talks to sociology professor Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone....

How to survive retirement

Some people save money all their lives to retire in comfort, but are they emotionally prepared to deal with this transition? Type A speaks to an author who thinks many people aren't....

Gail Simmons on her life in food

The food expert and Top Chef judge chronicles her unexpected career in a new memoir, Talking with My Mouth Full....

Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin

Winter may be drawing to an end for us in North America, but not for fans of HBO's hit medieval fantasy series....

Todd Hirsch on Canada's economic decline

A new book argues that Canada's economy is in trouble. The author, Todd Hirsch, explains why to Type A -- and shares his ideas for what the country can do about it....

The CanLit Hunger Games

To mark the launch of the highly-anticipated movie, we've identified 24 of the toughest, most cunning characters created by Canadian authors, and placed them in a hypothetical fight for survival -- and we want you to choose who you think would emerge victorious!...

Gordon Pitts on the power of the West

A new book explains why the West is the new economic centre of Canada and makes bold predictions for the future. Type A talks to author Gordon Pitts about why this happened. ...

Andrew Westoll wins Charles Taylor Prize

Journalist Andrew Westoll has won the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for his book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which chronicles his journey volunteering at a refuge for traumatized chimpanzees in Quebec....

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Which is your favourite Seuss book?

To mark the birthday of Dr. Seuss, we're asking you to vote for your favourite of his books in our survey....

Can wisdom be measured?

We know that wisdom is acquired over a long period of time and in part due to challenging, painful experiences. But what characteristics do you need to be wise?...

Charles Taylor Prize: Andrew Westoll on living in a chimp house

From February 27 to March 2, each of the five 2012 nominees are sharing part of their writing experience with CBC Books. We are publishing one essay each day. Today, we hear from Andrew Westoll, author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary....

All the different ways babies are made

A proposed new book project looks to teach kids about birds, bees, and babies in a whole new way....

Will you read J.K. Rowling's first adult novel?

The Harry Potter creator is leaving the world of wizards and Muggles and publishing her first novel for grown-ups....

Charlotte Gill on winning the B.C. National Book Award

The author of Eating Dirt talks to All Points West about what landing the prestigious $40,000 prize means to her....

Donna Bailey Nurse: Caribbean connections

Throughout February and March, literary journalist, teacher and author Donna Bailey Nurse will be blogging for CBC Books about black Canadian writers and their important works. In her second post, she discusses her family history and some of her early literary discoveries....

How to think like a Neandertal

A new book goes inside the mind of the Neandertal, our distant cousin that went extinct 60,000 years ago....

The life and times of Queen Elizabeth

Here and Now's Laura DiBattista speaks with biographer Sally Bedell Smith about her new biography that explores the private life of the long-reigning British monarch....

Prescription for a long, healthy life

Renowned oncologist David Agus talks about his new book, The End of Ilness, on The Current....

Choosing a Valentine's Day gift for the book lover in your life

CBC Books' Erin Balser and her partner, Matt Elliott, on the challenge of giving your sweetheart a book for Valentine's Day....

Exploring black Canadian literature

Throughout February, literary journalist Donna Bailey Nurse will be blogging about black Canadian writers and their important works. In her first post, she explains how she came to love reading and mentions some of the writers who have inspired her most....

Watch: Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

If you missed the CBC-TV adaption of Stephen Leacock's classic comedic story, don't fret! You can watch the entire show online here....

The web celebrates 200 years of Charles Dickens

The revered English novelist turns two centuries-old this week! See the online tributes and leave your birthday message for a chance to win a copy of Charles Dickens: A Life....

Larry Wong's Dim Sum Stories

Dim Sum, the Chinese-style of cuisine featuring many delectable dishes of dumplings and bite-sized morsels, can be literally translated to mean "touch the heart." It's clear that Larry Wong's Chinatown memoir aims to have the same effect....

Jonathan Franzen vs. ebooks

The acclaimed author has sparked a debate about the value of ebooks. Do you agree with Franzen that ebooks aren't for "serious readers," or do you think the growth of ebooks has been positive for readers?...

First Look: Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

CBC TV is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Stephen Leacock's comedic classic with a brand-new adaptation. And we have a preview! ...

8th Fire: Waub Rice on the sad history of residential schools

Our 8th Fire special series on Aboriginal history and culture through a literary perspective continues. ...

Elmore Leonard on the art of writing

The king of cool crime fiction talks to Day 6 about the craft and his new novel Raylan....

Chris Hedges on why he's suing Obama

The veteran journalist and author takes issue with a recent law the U.S. government passed, giving the military unprecedented power to detain citizens suspected of engaging in or supporting terrorist activities....

Should the cigarette industry be abolished?

Robert Proctor, author of Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition, explains why he thinks the tobacco industry should go up in smoke....

A letter of apology to neglected words

We apologize to the words on Wayne State University's annual list of 10 regrettably neglected English words. Which underused words would you like to see make a comeback?...

8th Fire: Playwright Tara Beagan on the need for storytelling

To further explore Aboriginal culture, CBC Books is presenting a series of video interviews with authors, playwrights and storytellers to discuss how their heritage influences and inspires their work. This week, we talk to Tara Beagan, artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts....

Richard Dawkins on 'the magic of reality'

Dawkins is known as many things. Evolutionary biologist. Intellectual provocateur. Staunch atheist. But children's book author?...

Malcolm Gladwell on 2011's tipping points

CBC's Peter Mansbridge spoke to influential writer Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, to find out his opinion on the biggest stories of the past year....

A history of violence

Is it possible to rank human suffering? History buff Matthew White has tried to put the most heinous acts in human history in order....

Biggest book stories of 2011: Survey results and draw winners

Andrew Westoll, Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami are among the top literary newsmakers of the past year, as voted by you. Find out what else you chose as the biggest publishing stories of 2011. ...

Alias Grace: The movie

Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley will be adapting Margaret Atwood's Giller Prize-winning historical novel into a feature film. Is there another Atwood story you'd like to see adapted for stage or screen?...

Herge: The difficult past of Tintin's creator

For decades, the whimsical adventures of orange-haired teenage adventurer Tintin and his dog Snowy have brought joy to millions of children. But it may surprise some to know that series creator Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, had a dark past. Find out more....

From the archives: Josef Skvorecky on Sunday Magazine

The renowned Czech-Canadian writer and publisher passed away Tuesday. We look back at his 1978 interview with CBC's Sunday Magazine. ...

The true story behind Sybil and her multiple personalities

In Sybil Exposed, author Debbie Nathan reveals the fabrications involved in the sensational case....