Erin Balser

Erin Balser is the senior producer of CBC Books.

Latest from Erin Balser

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline sells 100,000 copies in Canada, enters 20th print run

The YA novel was first published in 2017 and went on to be defended on Canada Reads 2018, win the Governor General's Literary Award and the U.S. Kirkus Prize.

Ben Philippe wins William C. Morris Award for debut YA novel The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The American Library Association announced several award winners, including the 2020 Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal recipients.

Ta-Nehisi Coates's debut novel The Water Dancer among finalists for U.S. Carnegie Medal

The $5,000 U.S. prize is presented by the American Library Association and annually recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction published in the U.S.

Anne Michaels among winners for $10K Vine Awards for Jewish Canadian literature

The Vine Awards honour the best Canadian literature by Jewish writers or on Jewish subjects. There are five categories and each comes with a grand prize of $10,000.

B.C. poet Susan Alexander wins $20K Mitchell Prize for poetry that explores religious faith

Alexander's poem Virgil was selected from 250 submissions. Her work has been featured on the bus in Vancouver’s Poetry in Transit.

Charlie Foran named executive director of Writers' Trust of Canada

Foran has written 11 books and is a member of the Order of Canada. He will start in January 2020.

Finalists announced for 2020 Forest of Reading award program

Forest of Reading is the largest reading award program in Canada. More than 270,000 students vote for their favourite books across 10 categories.

Poland's Olga Tokarczuk and Austria's Peter Handke win Nobel Prize for literature

The 8 million Swedish kronor (about $1.2 million CAD) prize, which has been given out since 1901, recognizes authors who have "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction." 

Writers' Trust of Canada announces new mentorship program for emerging Canadian writers

The five-month program involves being paired with an established Canadian writer to work on a manuscript. Michael Christie, Liz Howard and Ayelet Tsabari are the participating mentors.

New Hunger Games novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, to be published in May 2020

The fourth title in the bestselling series is a prequel, set 64 years before the original trilogy. Scholastic Canada revealed the title and cover on Oct. 4, 2019.

Canada Reads winner By Chance Alone to be published in the U.S.

Max Eisen's memoir about surviving the Holocaust and coming to Canada will be available in the States in January 2020.

Dionne Brand wins $10K Toronto Book Award for novel Theory

The prize annually recognizes the book that best evokes the city of Toronto.

6 books shortlisted for $100K Scotiabank Giller Prize

David Bezmozgis, Alix Ohlin, Ian Williams, Steven Price, Megan Gail Coles and Michael Crummey are the finalists for Canada's biggest literary prize. The winner will be revealed on Nov. 18, 2019.

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments breaks Canadian book sales records

The sequel to the 1985 classic The Handmaid's Tale has sold more than 80,000 copies in Canada.

Stuart Ross to receive $10K Harbourfront Festival Prize for contributions to Canadian literature

The annual award, which is administered by the Toronto International Festival of Authors, recognizes an author's contribution to Canadian literature.