How Leslie A. Davidson turned her most painful memories into a prize-winning story

The winner of the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize explains how she transformed pain into peace. The 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize is open for submissions until Feb. 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

'The book is about truth in reconciliation:' Joseph Kakwinokanasum on his novel My Indian Summer

The member of James Smith Cree Nation shares in his own words how he wrote his debut novel My Indian Summer.
CBC Literary Prizes

How Sandra Murdock wrote the story that won the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize

The winner of the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize discusses the creative process behind Easy Family Dinners. The 2023 prize is open for submissions until Feb. 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET

What makes a family? Kern Carter explores this question in YA novel Boys and Girls Screaming

The Toronto author spoke with CBC Books about writing a coming-of-age YA novel that explores the nature of family.

Eternity Martis reflects on the challenges of being a Black university student in her first book

Eternity Martis is the author of They Said This Would Be Fun. The journalist is a juror for the 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize.
My Life in Books

5 books that inspired Elamin Abdelmahmoud, host of CBC Radio's new daily arts & culture show Commotion

The host of CBC Radio's new arts and culture show spoke with CBC Books about the nonfiction works that left a lasting impression on him.

How environmental destruction and family trees inspired Michael Christie's novel Greenwood

Greenwood is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.

Jamie Chai Yun Liew's debut novel Dandelion is a moving portrait of motherhood and migration

The debut author tells the story of a young woman on the brink of motherhood who embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her own mother. Dandelion is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.
How I Wrote It

How Becky Blake wrote the story that won the CBC Nonfiction Prize

The winner of the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize reveals how she wrote Trust Exercise.
My Life in Books

8 books that inspired Son of a Critch star Mark Critch

The comedian and star of the new CBC comedy series Son of a Critch, based on his 2018 memoir of the same name, shared the books he loved reading.
How I Wrote It

Cottage country's winter magic is the star of Robin Lefler's romantic comedy Reasonable Adults

The Kitchener, Ont. author spoke to CBC Books about writing her debut novel during the pandemic.
How I Wrote It

Suzette Mayr's novel The Sleeping Car Porter uses magic realism to highlight Black Canadian history

The Calgary poet and author's sixth novel won the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
How I Wrote It

Pop stars Tegan and Sara take centre stage in Melody Lau's book Modern Heartthrobs

Canadian music writer Melody Lau's debut nonfiction book examines the long and evolving career of the popular twin-sister folk-pop duo.

Cary Fagan's novel The Animals is a realist novel with a primal premise

The Ontario author spoke with CBC Books about writing his latest book, a fable-like narrative that explores what happens when wild animals cohabit with the residents of a small village.

Darcy Tamayose uses magic realism to explore the immigrant experience

The Alberta author spoke with CBC Books about writing a short story collection based on magical realism and Japanese folklore. Ezra's Ghosts is a finalist for the 2022 Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
How I Wrote It

Why writing is political for essayist Sarah de Leeuw

The winner of the 2008 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize discusses the creative process behind her new essay collection, Where It Hurts.
How I Wrote It

Chelene Knight reimagines Vancouver's historic Black neighbourhood Hogan's Alley in debut novel

Junie is the coming-of-age story of a creative young woman growing up with her difficult jazz-singer mother in Vancouver's historic Hogan's Alley neighbourhood.
How I Wrote It

Fawn Parker wrestles with the complexity of memory and trauma in the novel What We Both Know

The Canadian novelist, poet and musician's third novel, set in the wake of the #MeToo movement, takes on issues of abuse and the nature of truth.
How I Wrote It

Emma Hooper reimagines the stories of Roman Empire-era female saints in We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky

The Canadian-born, U.K. based author of such beloved novels as Etta and Otto and Russell and James is back with a new historical novel inspired by the virgin martyr and saint Quiteria.

Kim Fu's Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century peers into the magical, transportive power of short stories

The Seattle-based Canadian author and CBC Short Story Prize juror on writing a story collection that's on the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist.
How I Wrote It

Anna Fitzpatrick's debut novel Good Girl is an honest and witty portrait of ambivalence in young adulthood

The Toronto-based writer spoke to CBC Books about writing her comic-erotic novel Good Girl.
How I Wrote It

Katie Welch's debut novel Mad Honey weaves magical realism through a mystery inspired by the natural world

Ontario-raised, B.C.-based author Katie Welch's first novel was a decade in the making — and turned out to be more of a mystery than she herself initially intended.
How I Wrote It

Méira Cook's The Full Catastrophe is a frank and funny coming-of-age story about finding your own path

The award-winning Winnipeg author's fourth novel is a story about identity, community and the journeys that secrets can set in motion.
How I Wrote It

Johnnie Christmas's graphic novel Swim Team is buoyed by themes of community, perseverance and overcoming fear

The Vancouver-based bestselling author and illustrator spoke with CBC Books about creating his new middle-grade book.
How I Wrote It

Toronto novelist Lily Chu's The Stand-In puts representation at the heart of her debut rom-com

The Canadian author scored a big win when Hamilton actor Philippa Soo signed on to voice the audiobook version of The Stand-In, her debut novel about a Toronto woman who poses as the double of a famous Chinese movie star.