Ashly July

Ashly July is an associate producer with CBC Books.

Latest from Ashly July

Eva Crocker wrote a coming-of-age story for uncertain times — now it's longlisted for the Giller Prize

The Newfoundland writer talks about writing her debut novel All I Ask.

FOLD Kids Book Fest goes virtual for 2020

The FOLD Kids Book Fest runs from Oct. 3-4, 2020 and features children's authors, illustrators and performers from across Canada.

Children's storytelling festival Telling Tales reimagined as 13-episode digital series for 2020

Beginning on Sept. 20, 2020 and continuing through to Dec. 3, 2020, Telling Tales will feature 13 episodes of themed programming for children of all ages.

Can you write a novel in 3 days? The 3-Day Novel Contest is a chance to find out

The annual 3-Day Novel Contest challenges authors to write a novel in 72 hours.

The Toronto International Festival of Authors will be virtual for 2020

The Toronto International Festival of Authors will feature online activities accessible from all over the world.
How I Wrote It

How Tyler LeBlanc looked into his Nova Scotia roots and uncovered a connection to Acadian history

The Nova Scotia writer and storyteller discusses how he wrote his debut nonfiction book Acadian Driftwood.

Raptors 905 and Penguin Random House team up for a children's reading program focused on empathy and inclusion

The Raptors 905 Summer Reading Challenge was developed to give kids access to books that represent Black and other diverse communities.

Margaret Atwood shares original poem to encourage kids to engage in summer reading

The poem is part of the Canadian Children’s Literary Foundation’s Read On Canada! initiative, which encourages children to read and provides access to books through food banks.

FOLD 'How They Did It' series aims to help Black children's book authors get published

The four-episode series was shared by the Festival of Literary Diversity on Instagram.

How Jesse Thistle survived addiction, homelessness and incarceration — and became a Canada Reads finalist

The Métis-Cree author shares his story of surviving on the streets in his memoir From the Ashes.

Why Hassan Ghedi Santur wrote a novel about the radicalization of a young Muslim man

The Somali Canadian author discusses how he wrote his second novel, The Youth of God.

Reading retreats offer a chance for book lovers to unplug

Reading retreats are a way for book lovers to slow down and share a collective reading journey with other like-minded people.

Edmonton junior high students get a crash course in radio production and share their own stories

Canada Reads 2019 author Winnie Yeung brought a few of her students to CBC for a crash course in storytelling and radio production.

Silent book clubs allow book lovers to read alone, but together

Vicki Ziegler is a member and organizer of a Toronto silent book club and she shares what silent book clubs are and how they work.

Chris Clearfield & András Tilcsik win $30K prize for book exploring meltdowns in complex systems

The National Business Book Award is a yearly prize recognizing the country's best nonfiction business books.