Excerpts from the Canada Reads 2020 Books
Canada Reads content will still be featured March 16-20, in a series of one hour programs.
The Impossible Climb by Mark Synnott
This description of Alex Honnold’s ascent without a safety rope is as gripping as a thriller.
Remembering Max von Sydow
The veteran actor, was the star of The Seventh Seal and The Exorcist.
'My Dark Vanessa'
Years after starting it, Kate Elizabeth Russell has delivered a nuanced novel about abuse.
Workers Protest Woody Allen Book
Publisher’s announcement that it will publish the filmmaker’s memoir has drawn criticism.
Our House Is on Fire by Greta Thunberg
A family account of her diagnosis becomes a must-read ecological message of hope.
Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 Longlist
Celebrating excellence, originality, and accessibility in writing by women.
The Astrology Book Club March 2020
What to read this month, based on your sign presented by Lit Hub.
‘Facebook: The Inside Story’
Author Steven Levy on how the company compares to Apple and Google.
Remembering Katherine Johnson
She was one of the mathematicians at NASA who were celebrated in “Hidden Figures.”
Having the Right to Be 'Too Much'
How Ramona Quimby taught a generation of girls to embrace brashness.
Why France’s ‘rock star economist’ still wants to squeeze the rich.
Remembering Larry Tesler
Computer scientist who created the seminal computer concepts cut, copy, and paste.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James will release his first children's book, on Aug. 11
Recipe for a Perfect Wife
Karma Brown’s latest book follows the lives of two women living 50 years apart.
Even before Parasite, Bong Joon Ho blended art and entertainment beautifully.
Best Animated Short Film receives a lot of love at the Oscars.
In Honour of Black History Month 2020
CBC Books is highlighting six Canadian writers of black heritage who are making their mark.
ALA John Newbery Medal
'New Kid' by Jerry Craft is the first graphic novel to receive the prize.
Remembering Kobe Bryant
He was relentless, curious and infinitely complicated.
Canada Reads 2020 Contenders
Over four days in March, the five defenders will bring their diverse perspectives.
Hunger Games Prequel Announced
Suzanne Collins’s prequel gives dictator Coriolanus Snow a starring role.
Sally Rooney's 'Normal People' on TV
Easily one of the most anticipated small screen literary adaptations of the year.
'World Travel: An Irreverent Guide'
A posthumous Anthony Bourdain travel guide is coming later this year.
2020 Oscars Nominations
'Joker' first comic book movie to lead in nominations.
CBC Books Canada Reads 2020 Long List
From deeply personal memoirs to poetry and speculative fiction.
The 100 books that influenced David Bowie's life are now listed in a book.
'Smile' creator has been named Comics Industry Person of the Decade by The BEAT.
Trends That Changed How We Read
Including the explosion of audiobooks, a wave of TV adaptations and political children’s books
CBC : The Best Books of 2019
2019 was a great year for books! Here are CBC Books's favourite books of the year.
Talking to Strangers
In his latest book, Malcolm Gladwell examines why people are so easily misled and lied to.
2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
Margaret Atwood, Antoni Porowski and Faith Erin Hicks topped different categories.
A year ago, Shoshana Zuboff dropped an intellectual bomb on the technology industry.
Paul McCartney's Book Is Becoming a Movie
High in the Clouds will feature new music he's been working on since 2013.
2020 Golden Globe Nominations
Netflix dominates the field; women completely shut out for best director.
Taylor Prize 2020 Longlist Revealed
The Taylor Prize honours the best writing in English-language Canadian non-fiction.
Louise Erdrich, The Game of Silence
The Game of Silence continues the story of Omakayas and her family on Lake Superior.
One review called it the most exciting novel about trees you will ever read.
Jimmy Kimmel Writes A Picture Book
He wants parents to know one thing about his debut book: It takes just five minutes to read.
How to Have Conversations That Matter
Holiday civility tips from Celeste Headlee, author of 'We Need To Talk.'
Anne With an E
News of the cancellation has sparked a massive outcry from fans. #SaveAnneWithAnE
The Missing Millionaire
Book investigates century-old mystery of Toronto millionaire's disappearance.
National Book Awards 2019
Susan Choi wins fiction prize for her powerful fifth novel Trust Exercise.
Jack the Ripper Victims' Biography
Hallie Rubenhold's The Five took this year's Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.
2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Ian Williams has won Canada's richest literary award for fiction, for his novel Reproduction.
Writers' Trust Fellowship
Acclaimed Montreal author Heather O'Neill wins $50K Writers' Trust Fellowship.
'No Friend but the Mountains'
Behrouz Boochani, Manus Island and the book written one text at a time.
Tackling Today’s Trickiest Global Challenges
Solutions for economic inequality from 2019 Nobel Prize winners.
Anonymous Author's New Book 'A Warning'
The book is an unsparing character study of Trump, from morality to intellectual depth.
Flea’s ‘Acid for the Children’
New memoir by the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist is a coming-of-age bromance.
Writers' Trust Literary Prize
André Alexis and Jenny Heijun Wills took home the two biggest awards of the night.
'The Body: A Guide for Occupants'
In new book, Bill Bryson explores our 'warm wobble of flesh.'
Will by Will Self
A self-lacerating memoir of ‘darkly angelic prose’ recalls Self’s addiction in the 1980s.
The Past is Prologue in Steph Cha's Novel
Racial unrest of early '90s Los Angeles resurfaces in 'Your House Will Pay'.
Governor General's Literary Awards Winners
The Canada Council for the Arts is celebrating the best in Canadian literature.
For Small Creatures Such as We
Sasha Sagan dives into science, space and spirituality in new book.
'Truth is the Best Story'
Gene Weingarten's extraordinary new book chronicles the incredible events of one day.
John Grisham Has Done It Again
The Guardians makes clear, there’s plenty of work left for an innocence lawyer to do.
Disrupting the Cult of the Billionaire
Anand Giridharadas is rebuking the idea that philanthropic billionaires are society’s heroes.
Ali Wong On Her New Book, 'Dear Girls'
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with comedian Ali Wong about her new book.
Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow on his bombshell new book: "Sometimes, the conspiracy theory is real."
TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards
Heather Smith won the top prize for her free-verse middle-grade novel, Ebb & Flow.
Booker Prize Plot Twist:
Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share award after jury breaks rules.
Nobel Prizes in Literature for 2018 and 2019
Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke win, after scandal postponed last year’s award.
Diary of a Small Town Sensation
How the Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney built his dream bookshop.
Governor General's Literary Awards 2019
Finalists announced in seven categories, in both official languages, for readers of all ages.
Scotiabank Giller Prize 2019 Shortlist
The richest Canadian literary award annually recognizes the country's best fiction.
Orca Activist Publishes Children’s Book
Mark Leiren-Young’s new book is an ‘introduction to the orca-verse’.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The writer’s meticulous eighth novel is a twisting family drama spanning five decades.
Grateful Dead’s Own Poet Laureate
Robert Hunter was behind many of the Dead’s best-loved and most enduring songs.
Chanel Miller reclaims her identity
“Know My Name” is account of her time as “Emily Doe” in a sexual assault case.
Naomi Klein on climate strikes
Author of On Fire says mass mobilization will be key in fighting climate change.
'History is a process, not a locked box'
Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel looks back on the ‘long walk’ she has taken with Cromwell.
AJ Dungo on Creativity and Grief
new understanding of creativity as a way of processing fear, memory and emotion.
US sues for Snowden's income from book
Snowden: "Permanent Record is so truthful that it was literally against the law to write."
“We Are the Weather”
Author Johnathan Safran Foer: Saving the planet means changing how we eat.
Noma Bar on designing The Testaments
The master of the double entendre speaks about bringing Atwood’s fictional world to life.
Stephen King on his new book
His latest, The Institute, revolves around a totalitarian boot camp for telekinetic children.
Toronto International Film Festival
16 literary adaptations to watch for at the festival this year.
A book that changed my life?
Malcolm Gladwell: ‘Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’.
Paul McCartney on being a 'Grandude'
McCartney worked with the Canadian illustrator Kathryn Durst to create the book.
Giller Prize Presents its 2019 Longlist
Andre Alexis, Margaret Atwood, among 12 authors up for $100,000 book prize.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Photographer Murdo MacLeod captures the stars of this year’s event.
Another way of thinking about aging
Why Carl Honoré wants us to celebrate that aging is inevitable.
Téa Obreht’s ‘Inland’ review by Ron Charles
'Inland' interweaves two distinct story lines that resonate with each other in curious ways.
On Moby Dick as a Way of Seeing the World
The encyclopedic genius of Herman Melville’s masterpiece.
Edward Snowden memoir, Permanent Record
Out on 17 September, the book will reveal whistleblower’s secrets.
Wickedly funny thriller
How Oyinkan Braithwaite wrote a debut novel now longlisted for the Booker Prize.
‘The future is creativity'
Children’s book author Hervé Tullet nurtures kids’ imaginations at ICA LA.
Colson Whitehead's latest novel
The Nickel Boys is a departure from previous works, just as everything he's done before.
2019 Booker prize longlist
Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid's Tale sequel The Testaments leads the list.
Eisner Awards at San Diego Comic-Con
Chip Zdarsky, Jeff Lemire & Faith Erin Hicks were among Canadian winners.
A space race reading list
Books to pick up to catch up on the story of Apollo 11.
The new Cats movie trailer
There has been widespread criticism of the trailer, but is it too soon to judge?
Chuck Klosterman’s new book
“Raised in Captivity” digs into philosophical questions that shape modern culture.
Jay-Z book by Michael Eric Dyson
"Jay-Z: Made in America" will honor hip-hop legend on his 50th birthday.
From Uber driving to huge book deal
Adrian McKinty's life-changing phone call that would pull him into “some major craziness.”
Is failure the new literary success ?
Writing about our flaws and imperfections has never been so popular.
For the Good of the Game
Candid and sometimes angry, Bud Selig's new book may surprise you.
The Sandman, Catch-22, Cloud Atlas ...
So has TV ended the age of the unfilmable book? Is any book truly limited to the page?
Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert
Describing the brutal truth of nursing a dying loved one.
On Being a Woman Who Loves Math
Catherine Chung finds inspiration in the lives of otherwise forgotten mathematicians.
Student Design Award winners
Unique revamps of iconic books by Haruki Murakami, Owen Jones, and R.J. Palacio.
Elizabeth Acevedo's debut The Poet X wins British literary prize Carnegie Medal.
Hunger Games prequel book
A prequel by Suzanne Collins with a potential movie adaptation on the way.
€100,000 International Dublin Literary Award
Won by 33-year-old US author Emily Ruskovich for her debut novel, Idaho.
"Elderhood" : why older people are happier
Author Dr. Louise Aronson thinks we currently get a lot wrong about what it means to be old.
“Alphabet Squadron” by Alexander Freed
How a self-taught San Francisco author gets to write the latest chapters of Star Wars.
Haruki Murakami interview
Noted Japanese author Haruki Murakami looks back over 40 years of literary endeavors.
“The Rest of the Story”
YA best-selling novelist Sarah Dessen is back with a new book and a Netflix deal.
Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass
Rush frontman dives deep in the world of bass guitars with book, exhibits.
Judith Kerr was both sweetness and steel
And no one could draw a tiger’s smile quite like her, remembers Nancy Banks-Smith.
Man Booker International Prize
Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial Bodies – the first time an Arabic book has won.
George RR Martin teases what’s next
TV adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire might be over, but its author says he’s still working.
Recipes from author Frances Mayes
"Under the Tuscan Sun" author offers some delicious dishes from Italy.
Writers’ Trust of Canada award
Journalist Rachel Giese wins the Political Writing prize for book on masculinity.
Tim Conway never wanted a solo spotlight
Five Carol Burnett Clips That Prove Why Tim Conway Was the Show’s M.V.P.
A new biography of Susan Sontag
Sontag: Her Life says she wrote Freud: The Mind of the Moralist by Philip Rieff.
‘Don’t write—just type’
Advice from Daniel Mendelsohn, writer, critic, translator and editor-at-large.
T.C. Boyle still addicted to writing
The author last month released his 17th novel in a span of four decades.
Harper Lee’s lost true crime book
Nearly 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee came across a sensational case...
Remembering author Wayson Choy
In 2015, Choy received the George Woodcock Award that recognized his outstanding career.
Lost sequel discovered
Sequel to Anthony Burgess' dystopian cult classic "A Clockwork Orange" has been found.
“Jeopardy!” winner prepared at the library
James Holzhauer: "I have a strategy of reading children’s books to gain knowledge."
Judith Viorst 'Nearing 90'
Author has many children's books to her name, and she has a new book of poetry out now.
2019 Pulitzer Prizes
The Overstory, by Richard Powers is the Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction.
Canadian children's poetry
Celebrate with the young readers in your life by checking out these Canadian works.
Why Notre Dame matters
What Victor Hugo wrote to save Notre Dame when it was on the brink of destruction.
The genius of Beverly Cleary
How Ramona Quimby helps kids make sense of this unstable world.
Griffin Poetry Prize
Dionne Brand's The Blue Clerk among works shortlisted for 2019.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents
The bestselling parody ranked No. 2 on the list of “challenged” books compiled by the ALA.
Entrancing Poetry Picture Books
Picture books in verse can imagine or reminisce, or elicit deep emotion.
Green Day releasing first book this fall
Band collaborated with cartoonist Frank Caruso for ‘Last of the American Girls’.
Walter Scott book prize shortlist revealed
The final contenders for this year's Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.
Man Booker Prize-winner Ian McEwan
His new novel, "Machines Like Me," is about the future of artificial intelligence.
The penultimate installment builds up to grand finale for 'Expanse' Books.
Project Bookmark Canada
Putting pieces of stories in the exact, physical locations where literary scenes are set.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Celebrates His 100th
On March 24 with the publication of “Little Boy,” his life story told in flashes and arias.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50
How Eric Carle’s colourful story about metamorphosis became a classic.
Wellcome Book Prize
Shortlist celebrates books about masculinity and mental illness.
Teddy Geiger, Shawn Mendes' songwriter
Once a pop star in the early 2000s, Geiger is now penning hits for music's biggest names.
Woo, the Monkey Who Inspired Emily Carr
Iconic artist Emily Carr surrounded herself with animals. Woo, takes centre stage in new book.
No, men aren't better at reading maps:
Cognitive neuroscientist Gina Rippon picks best books exposing gender myths.
Dangerous ideas on the business of life from James Victore.
‘The Wife’ author Meg Wolitzer
Answering reader questions in conversation with Jeffrey Brown.
Books that inspired the 2019 Oscar nominees.
Why I lied:
Authors who fabricated literary personas share how their fantasies became nightmares.
Mapping Oliver Jeffers’s World
In his studio in Brooklyn, he brings together his work as a fine artist and as an illustrator.
Maria Popova: By the Book
The author of 'Figuring' likes how children’s books speak “a language of absolute sincerity".
George Orwell gets apology after 70 years
The British Council has apologised to Orwell after rejecting an essay seven decades ago.
Zucked: The Education of An Unlikely Activist
In his book, Roger McNamee lays out 'Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe'.
Dr Seuss's thank-you letter
The letter stopped the author from burning his first children’s book manuscript.
ALA Youth Media Awards
Meg Medina wins Newbery medal, Sophie Blackall the Caldecott.
Black Panther is heating up the Oscar race
The Academy didn't miss the artistic excellence surrounding the phenomenon.
“No manners meals”
Weird Parenting Wins author Hillary Frank on why parents should trust their instincts.
Have aliens found us?
A Harvard astronomer on the mysterious interstellar object 'Oumuamua'.
Unique new covers for five science classics
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Canada Reads 2019 Long List
From thought-provoking fiction to inspiring memoirs, finding one book to move you.
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo reviewed
Kondo directs to fill hearts with gratitude for items that have outlived their utility.
The odd life of author JD Salinger
January 1 marks the centenary of Catcher in the Rye author.
Remembering Mike Taylor
Burlington's Walk Off the Earth lost their “beloved brother and bandmate”.
Augment Storytime with AR Books
Augmented reality books provide a new way to spend quality family time together.
Handmaid's Tale sequel
Margaret Atwood to write sequel inspired by the state of the modern world.
Esi Edugyan wins 2nd Scotiabank Giller Prize
The novel Washington Black follows the saga of an 11-year-old boy who escapes slavery.
Dan Brown on how to write a bestseller
Brown talks about bad reviews, his habit of hanging upside down in this interview.
Remembering Stan Lee
The creator of Spider-Man, Lee considered the comic book medium an art form.
Remembering Stratford Festival founder Douglas Rain.
Rain was one of the few surviving members of the Festival’s founding company.