Erin Balser

Erin Balser is the senior producer of CBC Books.

Latest from Erin Balser

Dennis Bock, Michael Kaan and Suzette Mayr to judge 2019 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

The $50,000 annual prize recognizes the best in Canadian fiction. The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 24, 2019. 

Ivan Coyote, Trevor Herriot and Manjushree Thapa to judge 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize

The $60,000 award recognizes the best in Canadian literary nonfiction. The 2019 shortlist will be announced on Sept. 17, 2019.
How I Wrote It

Mona Awad's Bunny is a twisted novel inspired by teen movies, fairy tales and the horror of academia

The author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl discusses how she wrote Bunny.

Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments, longlisted for 2019 Booker Prize

The Booker Prize annually recognizes the best English-language novel published in the U.K. The Testaments will be published in Canada on Sept. 10.

Victoria writer Eve Joseph wins $65K Griffin Poetry Prize for Quarrels

The $65,000 prize is one of the richest awards in the world for a book of poetry.

Joni Mitchell releasing collection of early lyrics and drawings in Oct. 2019

100 copies of Morning Glory on the Vine were originally published in 1971 for personal friends. A re-release of the book is set for fall 2019.

Richard Wagamese's final book, One Drum, to be published in Oct. 2019

One Drum is a collection of stories and ceremonies inspired by the foundational teachings of Ojibway tradition, known as the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

Patti Smith's next memoir, Year of the Monkey, to be published in Sept. 2019

Year of the Monkey chronicles a single year in Smith's life, one she spent travelling throughout the United States after a series of successful concerts in New York and San Francisco.

John Elizabeth Stintzi wins $10K RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for emerging writers

The prize, which alternates between poetry and short story each year, recognizes writers under 35 years of age who have yet to publish a book.

Sans capote ni kalachnikov by Blaise Ndala wins Combat national des livres, defended by Marie-Maude Denis

Combat national des livres, a five-day book debate show in French that is inspired by Canada Reads, was broadcast live on Radio-Canada from May 6-10, 2019.

Wayson Choy, author of The Jade Peony, dead at 80

His first novel, The Jade Peony, received the Trillium Book Award in 1995 and was a finalist in Canada Reads 2010, when it was defended by Samantha Nutt.

Cherie Dimaline's next novel, Empire of Wild, coming out in Sept. 2019

Empire of Wild follows Joan, a woman whose husband disappeared a year ago — only to return with a new name, no memory of his past and a mission to bring people to Jesus.

Anna Burns, Tommy Orange among finalists for £30,000 Rathbones Folio Prize

The annual prize awards the best work for literture of the year, in any form.

Dionne Brand named recipient of 2019 Blue Metropolis Violet Literary Prize

The annual prize recognizes an LGBTQ Canadian writer for their body of work.

Kate Harris wins $30K RBC Taylor Prize for travel memoir Lands of Lost Borders

Lands of Lost Borders recounts a 10,000 kilometre cycling trip along the Silk Road, crossing into 10 countries, while exploring the political, cultural and environmental history of the places and people along the way.