25th Trillium Award


Profile of Michael Dennis, poet and blogger

By rob mclennan

CBC Canada Reads 2014 - The Halfway Mark!

Spoilers ahead for CBC Canada Reads!

Three books still standing — after two days of intense discussion, spoken word poetry as debate and surprising votes, two books have been ousted from the 2014 CBC Canada Reads competition.

RBC Taylor Prize Interview Series: Charlotte Gray

The subtitle of acclaimed author Charlotte Gray's latest book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial That Shocked a Country (HarperCollins Canada), does not exaggerate. The Massey Murder, which involved an 18-year old servant shooting a member of one of Canada's wealthiest families, was a scandal unlike anything Toronto — and indeed the country — had ever seen.

CBC Canada Reads Interview Series: Donovan Bailey

We've already reached the halfway mark in CBC Canada Reads, with two books down and three remaining, vying for the crown and the coveted "Canada Reads effect".

We had the chance to chat with the 2014 panellists and today we're pleased to bring you our conversation with Olympian Donovan Bailey, who has been defending Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan's historical novel, Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen) this week.

Freedom to Read Week: What Freedom to Read Means to Me

In celebration of Freedom to Read Week, we asked you what reading freedom means to you. We received some amazing submissions and are excited to share them with you now, as Freedom to Read week ramps up! Don't miss the photo gallery below.

While we in Canada enjoy comparative reading freedom, it is always important to rigorously defend that freedom and to articulate why it is important, while engaging in an international conversation about the importance of intellectual rights and freedoms.

CBC Canada Reads Interview Series: Stephen Lewis

Today we continue our CBC Canada Reads interview series with one of Canada's foremost humanitarians, and former UN ambassador, Stephen Lewis.

Mr. Lewis is defending no less than our first lady of Canadian letters, Margaret Atwood, in the competition — specifically The Year of the Flood (Vintage Canada), the second instalment in her recent dystopian series.

Mr. Lewis speaks to Open Book about Atwood as a Beatnik, the book he almost chose and issues to which all Canadians should be paying attention.

CBC Canada Reads Interview Series: Samantha Bee

As Toronto begins to thaw, the literary scene is heating up too, with the year's hottest book competition, CBC Canada Reads, just around the corner.

An Interview with Joanna Lilley

In August 2013, Joanna Lilley, a poet living in the Yukon, talked about the motivation and influences that inform her poetry with writer and editor Lily Gontard. Joanna’s first poetry collection The Fleece Era was published by Brick Books in February 2014.

Lily Gontard:

A Profile of N.W. Lea

Ottawa poet N.W. Lea (formerly known as Nicholas Lea) was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and grew up, in part, on his grandparent’s farm in northern Stormont County, Ontario, mere miles away from the McLennan family homestead.


Starting Out

With Alan Bradley, Jennifer Dance, P.S. Duffy, Anna Hope, Mary-Rose MacColl, Jennifer Vanderbes, Audrey Thomas and Eric Walters.

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