Topic: books

Why you should be happy you're alive right now

In his new book, Steven Pinker argues that our culture's focus on negativity blinds us from humanity's achievements. The facts support optimism, he says, and should embolden us to solve whatever problems our society faces.

Indigenous writer calls out CanLit for lack of diversity

CanLit's lack of diversity isn't news to Alicia Elliott, a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Elliott wrote a column titled, "CanLit is a Raging Dumpster Fire." Months later, she saw a listing for a literary panel at gritLIT, a literary festival in Hamilton, Ontario, that referenced her and her piece, but said she was not invited to appear as a panelist.

Indigenous authors recommend books all Canadians should read

What do you do when you have a bunch of writers on the show? You ask them for book picks of course! This week we asked all our guests to answer the question: "If you could recommend a book by an Indigenous author that everyone in Canada should read, what would it be?"

How Indigenous authors are claiming space in the CanLit scene

Pushing past the margins, Indigenous authors are making space for their voices and stories. This week on Unreserved, what is Indigenous literature, and is it part of the larger CanLit scene?

U.S. 'ignored tips about Russian plot to undermine elections'

The U.S. has been aware of a Russian plot for several years, claim journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn in a new book, but options to fight back have been limited.

How Fox News stood between novelist Marilynne Robinson and her mother

American writer Marilynne Robinson's latest collection of essays, called 'What are We Doing Here?, takes on a country divided inspired, in part, by her mother's recent conversion to Fox News.
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Coming out to her strict Catholic dad, Tina Alexis Allen discovers a life-changing secret

At 18-years-old, actress Tina Alexis Allen revealed a secret to her very religious father: she was gay. In return, her dad shares his secret that reveals a web of family lies.
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Canada can't settle for bronze in business, says WIND Mobile founder

WIND Mobile founder Anthony Lacavera says Canada's entrepreneurs are "setting their sights far too low." He says we need to up our game in business or be left behind.

Adam and Eve story still resonates in its simplicity, says professor

"You hear this story as a little child and you never forget it… It explains everything, or professes to explain everything."
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These authors dedicated a year to self-improvement. Here's what they learned

Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement authors Carl Cederstrom and Andre Spicer share first-hand experience on their never-ending quest to be your best self.
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ENCORE | These authors dedicated a year to self-improvement. Here's what they learned

Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement authors Carl Cederstrom and Andre Spicer share first-hand experience on their never-ending quest to be your best self.

How reporter James Hickey broke the Halifax Explosion story, 30 minutes after blast

Canadian Press reporter James Hickey was the first to file a report on the Halifax Explosion, sending out a 100-word flash bulletin to the Associated Press.
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Meet the author on a mission to rescue 'lost' words

"It's always a bit of a tragedy when a word falls out of use."
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Trump-Russia 'scandal bigger than Watergate,' says author and reporter Luke Harding

"This is one group of Americans, basically, allegedly kind of seeking the help of a traditional enemy of the United States to try to discredit and chop the legs of political opponents. This is new territory."
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Expect more massive wildfires ahead for Canada, warns environment author

"There's one estimate that we are going to have 50 per cent more lightning in the boreal forest of Canada by mid-century than we do now."