Books
How the evolution of the English language went bigly
Kristen Roupenian, author of viral ‘Cat Person’ story, gets seven-figure book deal
Letters to the Editor, Dec. 7
For book lovers, Christmas comes early thanks to the Short Story Advent Calendar
Michael Redhill wins $100K Giller Prize for ’Bellevue Square’
Ontario post-secondary school launches Mohawk language learning app
Why biographies can be as stimulating as great literature
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 ...
For Tina Brown, all’s fair in love, war and magazine publishing
2017-12-04 21:04:26 The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992. By Tina Brown. Henry Holt and Co. “I am here in NYC at last, brimming with fear and insecurity. Getting in late last night on British Airways, I suddenly felt the enormousness of New York City, the noise of it, the speed of it, the lonely obliviousness of so many people trying to get ahead.” So begins the first entry of Tina Brown’s diaries about her time as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair   Read More ...
How a children’s book – and a puppy – helped Ontario woman cope with multiple sclerosis
2017-12-03 18:32:07 When Tammy “Mimi” Duchesne went camping with her husband JP on a long weekend in the summer of 2005, she noticed that her left eye was seeing double. A few weeks later, while out on a bike ride, her eyesight became blurry.Being a nurse, Mimi knew she had to see a doctor about her symptoms. And while she had a feeling something was awry, she wasn’t prepared for the diagnosis she received a year later: multiple sclerosis (MS)   Read More ...
CBC Books' winter reading list: 17 books you should read this season
2017-11-30 23:13:44 CBC Books' winter reading list: 17 books you should read this season Looking for a new read to keep you warm as the temperatures get cold? Here are 17 must-read books. Looking for a new read to keep you warm as the temperatures get cold? Here are 17 must-read books. What it's about: plays with literary tropes — specifically within the genres of psychological thriller, science fiction and historical narrative — to tell the story of Jean Mason, a woman who finds out that she may have a doppelgänger in the bohemian Toronto neighbourhood known as Kensington Market   Read More ...
Kevin Tierney: Michel Tremblay is Quebec's most popular writer. So why isn't his work on TV?
2017-11-24 14:37:42 Michel Tremblay is the most popular author in Quebec. He is 75 years old. In the course of the past 50 years, he has published 16 novels, 26 plays, three musical comedies, three books of short stories and seven film scripts, including translations. His latest work, Le peintre d’aquarelles (The Watercolor Painter), has just been published by Lémeac, the Montreal-based publishing house with whom Tremblay has been associated for his entire career   Read More ...
Lawsuit over erotic fiction about New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski tossed
2017-11-23 02:04:08 CINCINNATI – A federal appeals court has spiked an Ohio couple’s case against companies that distributed an erotic fiction book about a woman’s desire for New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski.The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the case against Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Inc. and Smashwords filed by a couple referred to as John and Jane Roe   Read More ...
Montrealer explores Quebec’s north/south divide in Yasmeen Hadda Loves Joanasi Maqaittik
2017-11-22 23:04:48 “I was young, I came from the suburbs, I was looking for a bit of adventure. And I was just in awe of the place.” Carolyn Marie Souaid is talking about a youthful decision that led via a long path to her new novel, the first extended work of fiction for a writer with seven poetry collections to her credit. The place that filled her with such awe was northern Quebec   Read More ...
Suit over erotic fiction about NFL player Gronkowski tossed
2017-11-22 23:03:58 CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court has spiked an Ohio couple's case against companies that distributed an erotic fiction book about a woman's desire for New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday upheld a lower court's dismissal of the case against Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Inc. and Smashwords filed by a couple referred to as John and Jane Roe   Read More ...
For book lovers, Christmas comes early thanks to the Short Story Advent Calendar
2017-11-22 21:17:06 He's a writer and the co-founder of a publishing company. So yes, Edmonton's Michael Hingston gets plenty of books for Christmas. "I have books my parents gave me 10 years ago." (He says he loves them, by the way. Totally grateful.) "But I still haven't quite gotten to it yet, you know?" There's always something else to read. This is the book lover's dilemma   Read More ...
Author Michael Redhill wins 2017 Giller Prize for thriller Bellevue Square
2017-11-21 06:04:26 Michael Redhill has won the 24th annual Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Bellevue Square, beating out Rachel Cusk’s Transit, Ed O’Loughlin’s Minds of Winter, Eden Robinson’s Son of a Trickster and Michelle Winters’s I Am a Truck. Redhill was previously a finalists in 2001 for his novel Martin Sloane. The ceremony, hosted by entertainer Mary Walsh at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, was bittersweet due to the passing of prize founder Jack Rabinovitch this past August   Read More ...
Michael Redhill wins $100K Giller Prize for ’Bellevue Square’
2017-11-21 04:09:57 Toronto author Michael Redhill has won the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel “Bellevue Square.” The thriller, about a woman on the hunt for her doppelganger, was praised by jury members for its “complex literary wonders.” He beat out titles by Eden Robinson, Rachel Cusk, Ed O’Loughlin and Michelle Winters. The Giller Prize was established in 1994 by businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller   Read More ...
Ontario post-secondary school launches Mohawk language learning app
2017-11-20 23:33:01 A southwestern Ontario post-secondary school has launched an app to help people learn the endangered language of Mohawk. Six Nations Polytechnic says the app, available for Apple and Android devices, is a new way to try to revitalize the language. "The whole goal is to have our languages back in the homes where people are speaking to one another in their families, and having an app helps do that a little bit because you can take the language into the homes," said Thomas Deer, the language program director at the school   Read More ...
Michelle Winters: Cubicle worker by day, Giller-nominated novelist by night
2017-11-19 09:15:04 Michelle Winters, a New Brunswick writer who lives in Toronto, is on the shortlist for the Giller Prize for her debut novel I am a Truck. She has a 9-to-5 job as a translator, and writes on weekends and at night.   Read More ...
How Indigenous and black artists are using science fiction to imagine a better future
2017-11-17 17:13:24 stories from this episode Alien invasions are a common trope in science-fiction writing, and according to author Drew Hayden Taylor, they're also an apt metaphor for Indigenous life in Canada. "I don't know of another culture in North America that can really relate [to] the experience of strangers suddenly showing up and taking over everything and imposing their will on the people," Taylor tells The Current's host Anna Maria Tremonti   Read More ...
A Chinese Novelist Is Found in Translation
2017-11-17 04:39:09 Photo MONTREAL — Xue Yiwei, who has been hailed as China’s “most charismatic literary stylist,” is virtually unknown among English-language readers. With the recent English translation in Canada of his 2010 novel “Dr. Bethune’s Children,” which is written in the form of letters to Norman Bethune, a Canadian doctor who died on the front lines of the Communist resistance to the Japanese occupation in 1939, that is about to change   Read More ...
David Chariandy wins 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
2017-11-15 21:35:46 On Wednesday, the Writers’ Trust presented its annual literary awards across a variety of categories in an event emceed by Nick Mount, author of Arrival: The Story of CanLit (House of Anansi Press), at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The winners included (McClelland & Stewart) for the $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, James Maskalyk’s Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine (Doubleday Canada) for the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction ($60,000), Sharon Bala’s short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (The New Quarterly) for the $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize   Read More ...
Before the gold rush: excavating the lost early years of Canadian rock
2017-11-15 18:39:16 One summer day in the mid-1980s, Randy Ray and fellow freelance journalist/writer Mark Kearney, co-authors of a series of successful Canadian trivia books, were sitting around the latter’s Ontario cottage. Inspired by a where-are-they-now column in Rolling Stone, they decided to do something similar for Canada’s neglected early rockers. The result was an interview feature series, encompassing nearly 150 artists, that ran regularly for four years in seven newspapers across Canada   Read More ...
Getting the word out about children's literature in Montreal
2017-11-10 20:37:07 At a time when digital devices take precedence over print in most homes and offices, Amazon has a stranglehold on the sale of books worldwide, and independent booksellers hang in there purely because of their love of reading, it’s something of a miracle to hear about a bookstore opening instead of yet another store shutting its doors. Especially when that bookstore is focused on children’s literature   Read More ...
Eden Robinson named 2017 recipient of Writers’ Trust Fellowship
2017-11-09 19:33:43 Eden Robinson was named the recipient of the $50,000 Writers’ Trust Fellowship on November 7 at its annual fundraising gala in Toronto, hosted by comedian Steve Patterson. “I am very aware that I am standing on the shoulders of giants, and I’d like to thank every single writer in this room,” Robinson said to the more than 50 guest authors in attendance at the Ritz-Carlton   Read More ...
William Weintraub, Montreal writer, filmmaker, historian
2017-11-07 21:37:40 Montreal has lost another yet another original: writer, filmmaker, historian and — in spite of his geniality — occasional provocateur: William Weintraub passed away Monday night at the age of 91. Ironically, news of his death came around the same time the city was fêting another of its famed cultural sons, Leonard Cohen, in a tribute concert at the Bell Centre marking the one-year anniversary of his passing   Read More ...
Why biographies can be as stimulating as great literature
2017-11-06 19:36:18 James Atlas, the author of two much-noted biographies, has thrown a fresh light on the writing of lives in his thoughtful book, The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale (Pantheon). In the 1970s, Atlas was working on a biography of the talented poet Delmore Schwartz, a star of the New York intelligentsia until alcoholism and mental illness led to his decline and death at age 52   Read More ...
6 books coming in November we can't wait to read | CBC Books
2017-11-04 15:09:07 A new month means new books. Here are six exciting releases with Canadian connections hitting shelves in November. What it's about: The latest graphic novel by French writer Julie Maroh is about love in all its shapes and forms. Translated by David Homel, is a series of vignettes set in Montreal exploring every stage of a relationship, from meeting up to breaking up   Read More ...
Elizabeth Banks attached to direct The Paper Bag Princess movie | CBC Books
2017-11-02 18:53:06 Elizabeth Banks attached to direct The Paper Bag Princess movie Robert Munsch's classic children's book, with illustrations by Michael Martchenko, has sold over 10 million copies since it was published in 1980. Related Stories Popular now in books 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)   Read More ...