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8 must-read Canadian nonfiction works for Black History Month | CBC Books
How the world became obsessed with time and efficiency
S.E. Hinton doesn’t care if you didn’t like The Outsiders’ tragic ending
‘Fire and Fury’ is the hottest book of 2018 — too bad it’s a bore
Canadian author's own Fire and Fury book surges in sales
Kristen Roupenian, author of viral ‘Cat Person’ story, gets seven-figure book deal
The year in review: When Trump and tech dystopia nonfiction took over
New DC Comics imprint DC Black Label pairs Frank Miller with Superman
2018-03-08 20:12:54 DC Comics is taking an old school approach in a new imprint. DC Black Label will be tasked with producing new tales about classic heroes from some of the comic book industry’s top writing and artistic talent. The idea, announced Thursday by DC, is that some of DC’s most iconic stories ever, “Watchmen,” “The New Frontier,” “Batman: The Killing Joke,” were created outside of DC’s standard comic book continuity   Read More ...
Dimitri Nasrallah explores balance of power in latest novel, The Bleeds
2018-03-07 23:04:33 How do you follow a hit? All writers would like to have Dimitri Nasrallah’s problem. The Lebanon-born Montrealer’s second novel, 2007’s Niko, won multiple awards and an international readership with its story of an orphan’s long and perilous journey from the Middle East to Canada. It also drew the kind of emotional response that might have made a sequel very tempting   Read More ...
The books and writers that inspire Call Me By Your Name novelist André Aciman | CBC Books
2018-03-03 23:28:41 The coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name scored four Academy Award nominations nominations. The film, which is based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman, is nominated for best picture, actor in a leading role, adapted screenplay and original song. CBC Books spoke to André Aciman about the books and writers who inspired his life and work. The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton "It was the first time that I read a book cover to cover and I was very proud of myself for doing that   Read More ...
New York Times files suit to unseal novelist Harper Lee’s will, finds it strikingly opaque
2018-02-28 17:04:56 When novelist Harper Lee died in her sleep two years ago, at 89, she left a trail of lingering questions about her life and work. Why had she decided, in her final years, to publish a second novel, 55 years after her breakout success, “To Kill a Mockingbird”? Were there other unknown works? Who would inherit her literary papers, sought by many universities, as well as her estate, estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars? On Tuesday, an Alabama court unsealed Lee’s will, but the mystery surrounding one of American literature’s most cherished authors only deepened   Read More ...
Read the full text of the 2018 federal budget and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s speech
2018-02-27 23:03:49 Text of the budget speech delivered Tuesday by Finance Minister Bill Morneau: Mr. Speaker, last week I spent some time with a couple of grade five and six classes from Rose Avenue Junior Public School in downtown Toronto. It’s an extraordinary school. More than 85 per cent of the students have English as their second language. They’re bright, curious, and hard-working   Read More ...
Mitch Albom writing sequel to ’Five People You Meet in Heaven’
2018-02-22 05:06:49 NEW YORK — Mitch Albom is giving heaven a sequel. Publisher Harper tells The Associated Press that Albom’s “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” is coming out Oct. 16. The novel is a follow-up to Albom’s bestselling “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” which came out in 2003. The new book continues the stories of Eddie the maintenance man and of Annie, the young girl whose life he saves while losing his own   Read More ...
Craig Davidson's best writing advice? Find a routine and stick to it | CBC Books
2018-02-21 23:11:39 The debates, hosted by Ali Hassan, take place March 26-29, 2018. Since the CBC Nonfiction Prize is open until Feb. 28, 2018, CBC Books asked Davidson for his best writing tip. "Establish a routine. The idea out there is that writing is somewhat of a whimsical activity and you'll pursue creativity when the muse beckons you. I worked at a newspaper and I worked to deadlines   Read More ...
In Wisdom is Nonsense, Heather O’Neill turns her father’s terrible advice into great writing
2018-02-21 23:03:52 Wisdom in Nonsense: Invaluable Lessons from my Father By Heather O’Neill University of Alberta Press Based on a lecture O’Neill gave at the University of Alberta, this collection, like all of her work, is filled with humour, moments of joy, sudden bursts of deep emotion and heartbreaking sincerity. The advice itself ranges from not-great to completely misguided. Learn to play the tuba, her father insists; there’s a shortage of tuba players in the world so work is guaranteed   Read More ...
The problem with metrics is us, and other takeaways from The Tyranny of Metrics
2018-02-16 20:07:47 You might remember when Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill made better baseball through math. They were, of course, portraying the Oakland Athletics’ Billy Beane and John DePodesta in Moneyball, the film based on Michael Lewis’s bestselling book. The rise of sabermetrics in baseball has corresponded to the exaltation of metrics across many other fields (e.g. Nate Silver’s Five-Thirty-Eight in politics; or the “numbers” person in your mathematically challenged office who just got promoted way past you)   Read More ...
Canadian author Heather O’Neill among judges for this year’s Giller Prize
2018-02-13 04:06:17 Former Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Heather O’Neill is among the jury members for this year’s award. O’Neill, who made Giller short lists for her novel “The Girl Who Was Saturday Night” and the short story collection “Daydreams of Angels,” will help choose the winner for the $100,000 prize, which goes to a work of Canadian fiction. The other judges include Canadian writer and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee and Maxine Bailey, who is a playwright and a vice president with the Toronto International Film Festival   Read More ...
5 tips for running a successful writing group | CBC Books
2018-02-09 21:12:50 A writing circle can be a writer's best friend, but the wrong group can do more harm than good. After years of participating in different writing circles, fiction writer Sharon Overend has learned a thing or two about the keys to a successful critique group. CBC Books asked Overend, whose short story Step Away was nominated for the Journey Prize in 2014, for her top tips about running a successful writing group   Read More ...
8 must-read Canadian nonfiction works for Black History Month | CBC Books
2018-02-09 00:13:57 These eight works of nonfiction provide historical, social and political context on the Black Canadian experience. is a collection of writer and author NourbeSe Philip's previously out-of-print essays and new works. The book explores questions of race, cultural appropriation, America under the Trump administration and how we define multiculturalism in Canada. documents the overt racism and discrimination that author, activist and entrepreneur B   Read More ...
'Annihilation' and 7 other books coming to the big screen
2018-02-08 02:06:26 Is your New Year’s resolution to read more books already losing steam? Here’s some inspiration: Check out one of the novels being adapted into a movie this year. Star power and special effects will bring these stories of love, laughter and terror to the screen. But is that a good thing? If you start now, you’ll be able to tell your friends which is better: the book or the movie   Read More ...
How the world became obsessed with time and efficiency
2018-02-07 17:34:26 Simon Garfield has spent what I would imagine to be many, many hours writing books, and so it’s somewhat fitting that his 18 work of non-fiction be about keeping, clocking, and allotting time itself. Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time is neither ode nor criticism of our modern obsession with efficiency; instead, it’s Garfield’s often-personal musings on moments themselves – what they mean, how they’re made, and why we care at all   Read More ...
Illustrator Jacques Goldstyn, a.k.a. Boris, is drawn to a challenge
2018-02-03 13:02:45 Last year, at the age of 59, renowned Quebec illustrator Jacques Goldstyn — known as Boris to Montreal Gazette readers — was tasked with following in the footsteps of a local legend. Goldstyn, best known in the francophone community for his illustrations in the science magazine Les Débrouillards, was invited to replace Terry Mosher, a.k.a. Aislin, as the Gazette’s chief editorial cartoonist   Read More ...
Calling all writers: The 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open | CBC Books
2018-02-01 01:09:33 Have what it takes to be Canada's next great writer? The 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions. You have until Feb. 28, 2018 to submit your original, unpublished work of nonfiction. The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their story published on CBC Books   Read More ...
S.E. Hinton doesn’t care if you didn’t like The Outsiders’ tragic ending
2018-01-25 19:33:45 There are a few classics that just about everyone reads in high school: The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Nineteen Eighty-Four and then, of course, there is the iconic S.E. Hinton novel, The Outsiders. The 1967 novel, which follows two rival gangs – dubbed the Greasers and the Socs – in an American high school, had its 50th anniversary just last year   Read More ...
Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed science fiction writer, dead at 88
2018-01-24 03:04:11 Prolific science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin has died, CBC Books confirmed through Canadian distributor, Raincoast. She was 88. Le Guin was considered an icon of science fiction and fantasy writing. She published more than 20 novels, a dozen poetry collections, seven essay collections and 13 children's books. Her first novel, Rocannon's World , was released in 1966   Read More ...
21 works of Canadian nonfiction to watch for in the first half of 2018 | CBC Books
2018-01-20 19:09:19 Spring Book Preview 21 works of Canadian nonfiction to watch for in the first half of 2018 Mark your calendars! These fine works of nonfiction are coming soon to a bookshelf near you. Mark your calendars! These fine works of nonfiction are coming soon to a bookshelf near you. What it's about: In , Kelli María Korducki explores the history and politics of the contemporary romantic relationship and the how and why of how the ending of such relationships has changed throughout time   Read More ...
Canada Reads longlisted author Mark Sakamoto on how writing requires digging | CBC Books
2018-01-20 00:15:40 The true story of the author's grandparents, follows Mark Sakamoto's maternal grandfather through capture and imprisonment as a prisoner of war in Japan during the Second World War — all while his paternal grandmother and her Japanese-Canadian family are interned by their own government in Alberta. The memoir won the 2015 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and is currently on the Canada Reads 2018 longlist   Read More ...
Peter Mayle, author of 'A Year in Provence,' is dead at 78
2018-01-19 13:33:43 NEW YORK -- Peter Mayle, the British author whose midlife relocation to France inspired his bestselling "A Year in Provence" and other works set in his adopted country, died Thursday at age 78. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that Mayle died after a brief illness in a hospital near his home in the south of France. A Brighton native, Mayle was in his late 40s and had worked in advertising and in educational publishing when he moved to France in 1987, planning to write a novel   Read More ...
'Beautiful writer' Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital
2018-01-19 07:40:35 VANCOUVER — Award-winning novelist Nancy Richler has died in Vancouver at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer. HarperCollins Canada said in a news release that Richler died Thursday in hospital. The Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in British Columbia, where she wrote short fiction and novels. Iris Tupholme, senior vice-president and executive publisher at HarperCollins, said Richler was an elegant writer whose work resonated with readers in Canada and abroad   Read More ...
Why Canada Reads longlisted novelist Sharon Bala abhors corporate speak | CBC Books
2018-01-14 18:09:44 Why Canada Reads longlisted novelist Sharon Bala abhors corporate speak The award-winning author of The Boat People explains why she cherishes courageous language in her answers to eight questions by fellow writers. Related Stories To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted   Read More ...
‘Fire and Fury’ is the hottest book of 2018 — too bad it’s a bore
2018-01-11 16:12:48 The excerpts from Michael Wolff’s“Fire and Fury” that began to run in early January read like a strychnine cocktail. President Donald Trump excoriated his former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who had talked extensively and intemperately for the book, and became notably hysterical, even for him, on Twitter. Readers dissected the available tidbits so passionately that Wolff’s publishers pushed up the date the tell-all would arrive in stores   Read More ...
Canadian author's own Fire and Fury book surges in sales
2018-01-10 14:05:39 A Canadian university professor's book is back on the best-seller list after a decade, thanks to tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. The similar titles means both books pop up in an online search and it appears buyers may have purchased Hansen's book by mistake, landing it in the top 100 in three of Amazon's sales categories, CBC   Read More ...
From Nichols & May to Fey & Poehler, how improv became ‘a great American art’
2018-01-08 21:34:22 If you take author Sam Wasson’s word for it, improvisational comedy can teach you everything you need to know about the world. For starters, “there is no better drama (or comedy) in the world than the comedy (or drama) of actual life.” Second, all the fun is in getting lost – in fact, the more lost you are, the more fun there is, “and therefore, for the best results, get lost as often as you can   Read More ...
8 startling revelations from new book about Donald Trump’s White House
2018-01-05 18:32:38 A startling new book will hit bookstores next week which has already caused U.S. President Donald Trump to go on the offensive against his former adviser, Steve Bannon. Wolff said in an author’s note that the book was based on more than 200 interviews, including multiple conversations with the president and senior staff.Several media outlets published excerpts from the book on Wednesday, which prompted responses from Trump and the White House   Read More ...
Trump threatens former ally Steve Bannon and book publisher with legal action
2018-01-05 00:07:43 U.S. president's lawyer says he'll try to stop publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Related Stories U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer said on Thursday he would try to stop publication of a book that portrays an inept president in a fumbling White House and threatened legal action against former top aide Steve Bannon over "defamatory" comments in the book   Read More ...
How the evolution of the English language went bigly
2018-01-02 21:03:52 Browsing online, I keep reading the word “woke,” as an adjective. I’m used to reading it as a verb –”I woke in the middle of the night.” But now these words appear on my screen: “I’m woke” or “He’s woke.” The context typically suggests someone is knowledgeable, well-informed. At first this looked to me like a mistake, but the Oxford English Dictionary has set me straight   Read More ...
Biblio-mat: Getting your next read from a vending machine
2018-01-01 00:04:02 Scott Lightfoot explains how an old office storage locker has been converted into the 'Biblio-Mat', a machine that dispenses random books. Subscribe to CTV N   Read More ...
Here are the bestselling books in Canada of 2017 | CBC Books
2017-12-30 00:10:38 Here are the bestselling books in Canada of 2017 Discover the most popular fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's books this year. Related Stories To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses   Read More ...
A year between covers: what Montreal's writers have been reading
2017-12-28 17:50:19 Based on the premise that all good conversations start with some variation on “What have you been reading lately?”, here is an assortment of Montreal literati answering the question, “What was your favourite reading experience of 2017?” As you’ll see, it’s a question that can bring a wide variety of responses. Brian Busby. Given this annus horribilis, it seems right that my most memorable reading experience involved what Donald Trump might describe as “fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen   Read More ...
Kristen Roupenian, author of viral ‘Cat Person’ story, gets seven-figure book deal
2017-12-22 17:04:19 The author of the short story “Cat Person,” which became a viral phenomenon after appearing in The New Yorker this month, has received a seven-figure book deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. A collection from Kristen Roupenian, whose debut story in The New Yorker became the magazine’s second most-read article of 2017 despite being published in the Dec   Read More ...
The New Newborn King: An original Christmas story by author Jane Ozkowski
2017-12-22 15:32:51 “Jesus,” May shouted as the car skidded across a patch of ice. She put one hand on her stomach and used the other to brace herself against the dashboard. “Sorry.” Joey centred the car and glanced at her, his eyebrows raised and biting his lip. May and Joey had been best friends since they were six, but sometimes she still found him so beautiful that it hurt her eyes to look at him straight on   Read More ...
The best Canadian nonfiction of 2017 | CBC Books
2017-12-21 20:10:11 What were the best books published this year? Here are CBC Books ' picks for top 10 Canadian works of nonfiction. by Durga Chew-Bose is the debut collection of personal essays from Montreal-born and Brooklyn-based writer Durga Chew-Bose. The book, inspired by a 1931 Virginia Woolf diary entry, examines issues regarding identity, culture and the intricate process of writing   Read More ...
How Vladimir Nabokov disproved John Dunne’s dream theory
2017-12-20 22:34:49 The fictional poet John Shade, in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Pale Fire, has a dream of a white fountain. Being a student of dreams, he imagines the fountain to be a sign of eternal life. When he reads an article about a woman who had a similar dream, he eagerly searches for her, to compare their experiences. Sadly, he learns that in the article he read, the fountain was nothing but a typo   Read More ...
The year in review: When Trump and tech dystopia nonfiction took over
2017-12-14 17:34:51 Spoiler alert, the biggest trend in books during 2017 was U.S. President Donald Trump. There were books on who and what predicted Trump; books rushed to publication to analyze the rise of Trump and the early days of his presidency; books whose marketing points were modified to address Trump (“Never more relevant!”); old books that took on a new profile (Orwell, Atwood) in the emerging Trump era   Read More ...
Nobel prize winner's book turned down by 19 publishers
2017-12-12 19:04:08 The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans. Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon's 1962 novel, "The Palace," set during the Spanish Civil War, to 19 French publishers. The verdict was damning: Twelve rejected it and seven didn't even bother to reply   Read More ...
Sina Queyras wins risky game of engagement with Sylvia Plath's Ariel
2017-12-08 17:37:19 Never underestimate the attachment a reader can feel with a favourite book. It goes, in many cases, beyond the book’s contents to the physical object itself: a cover design can become personally totemic, carrying a lifetime’s memories and associations. Imagine that you have such a book in your life, and a new book comes along that, in an act somewhere between homage and vandalism, essentially overlays itself on your beloved original   Read More ...
Letters to the Editor, Dec. 7
2017-12-07 14:10:19 TAKING A STAND Re “Old problem” ( Letters the Editor, Dec. 3). I absolutely agree with the letter writer. As a senior, I o have noticed the shortfall in CPP and OAS, and the many seniors like myself who find it difficult survive in day’s economy. Seniors like myself who were born here, who worked hard every day of our lives (and some seniors are still having work) and paid into our tax system that helped build this country and this province along with our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, only in the end to be treated like we were fourth-class citizens   Read More ...