Topic: In conversation

In Conversation

Kaie Kellough's Dominoes at the Crossroads is a short story collection that explores race, words and sound

The Montreal author and poet talks about how his books are connected. Dominoes at the Crossroads is on the Canada Reads 2022 longlist. The panellists and shortlist will be revealed on Jan. 26, 2022.
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CBC Short Story Prize juror David Bergen reflects on his writing career

The Winnipeg author spoke to CBC Books about his short story collection, Here the Dark.
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Elise Gravel is committed to creating books that help children change the world

The celebrated Montreal author and illustrator spoke with CBC Books about her work.
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Writer, musician and artist Vivek Shraya has done it all — and isn't afraid to fail

The creator from Alberta spoke with CBC Books about her writing life and career.
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Bones author Kathy Reichs talks about how Montreal shaped her approach to writing bestselling crime fiction

The American author and forensic anthropologist talks about her bestselling series, her hit TV show Bones and how crime fiction has evolved over the years.
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Why Trickster author Eden Robinson became a writer — and how she keeps getting better

The Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations writer completed her Trickster trilogy in 2021.
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How Jesse Thistle went from being homeless to a bestselling author

From the Ashes describes how he transformed his life — from being homeless and struggling with addiction to winning awards in academia. 
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Julie Flett is reclaiming Indigenous themes of community and language through her children's books

The award-winning Cree Métis illustrator and author talks about her latest book Birdsong and her approach to creating picture books.
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Lee Maracle is an oral storyteller first and foremost — that's been key to her storied writing career

The celebrated Indigenous poet and Sto:lo author of Bobbi Lee, My Conversations with Canadians and Celia's Song talks about her approach to writing and the legacy of her body of work.
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Thomas King is hopeful that his writing has changed the world — but he's still not sure

The Canadian American author of Truth & Bright Water, The Inconvenient Indian and Indian on Vacation spoke with CBC Books about his writing life and career.
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How David A. Robertson manages to write as much as he does

The Indigenous author spoke to CBC Books about writing his latest books including memoir Black Water, the graphic novel Breakdown and the middle-grade novel The Barren Grounds.
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Billy-Ray Belcourt writes with passion and an urgent call to action

The writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation discusses the events that shaped his poetry collection NDN Coping Mechanisms.
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Will Ferguson tries to write the perfect book, over and over again

The Giller Prize-winning author and travel writer talks about latest novel The Finder and his overall writing career.
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The key to Steven Heighton's success as a Canadian poet and author is staying humble and true to the art

The award-winning Canadian poet, novelist and short story writer talked to CBC Books about his life and career.
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Jon Klassen of I Want My Hat Back fame talks about the art of the picture book

The award-winning Canadian children's illustrator and author spoke with CBC Books about his writing life and how his unique art style came to be.
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Zetta Elliott writes stories that centre Black characters and confront systemic racism

The Canadian author and educator spoke to CBC Books about her writing career and her children's books such as Dragons in a Bag and the Caldecott Award-winning A Place for Me.
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William Gibson's sci-fi novels shaped how we think about the future — and he's not done writing yet

In conversation with CBC Books, the legendary sci-fi writer spoke about his latest bestselling book and his writing career.
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How writing a memoir helped celebrated poet Lorna Crozier cope with the loss of a beloved partner

The celebrated poet's memoir Through the Garden, about late partner Patrick Lane, is a finalist for the 2020 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
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Seth bids farewell to his 20-year comic epic Clyde Fans

Clyde Fans, a five-part series about two brothers and their faltering sales business, has been two decades in the making for Guelph, Ont.-based cartoonist Seth.
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Why Louise Penny had to step outside her comfort zone to write the latest Armand Gamache mystery

The prolific mystery writer spoke to CBC Books about her career in light of her latest book in bestselling Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries, All the Devils Are Here.
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Why Giller Prize-longlisted author Emma Donoghue has a knack for writing novels that suit the times we live in

The Irish-Canadian novelist talks about the hit success of Room and her approach to writing LGBTQ fiction. Her latest, The Pull of the Stars, is on the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.
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Megan Gail Coles wrote a novel to have a frank conversation on what ails the nation

YouTube star Alayna Fender defended Coles's debut novel Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club on Canada Reads 2020.
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How being her authentic self helped Samra Habib write a memoir that became a Canada Reads winner

Actor Amanda Brugel won Canada Reads 2020 defending We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib.

Cory Doctorow on Radicalized, the problem with superheroes and writing speculative fiction in a jaded world

The Canadian sci-fi author, blogger and activist on how our present influences how we write about the future.
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S.K. Ali on telling YA stories informed by love, xenophobia and remembering what it was like to be a teen

The Toronto-based teacher and author of Saints and Misfits and Love from A to Z on how the current social and political climate shapes her storytelling.

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