Ideas The Ideas of Toni Morrison

In a rare personal interview, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison talks candidly about her life as an African-American writer with Ideas producer Marilyn Powell.
  • 2002
  • 00:53:49
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/03/2014

Exhibitionists Exhibitionists, Season 1, Episode 6

With the theme of language, this episode of Exhibitionists takes a look at artists who are inventing their own vocabulary as they translate, define and create.
  • 2015
  • 00:21:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/25/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen reads the first page from her debut YA novel, Super, and talks about the importance of not only finding a great hook, but building on the intrigue of the hook. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Jennifer's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2018
  • 00:04:39
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/19/2018

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Performance of 2017 winner (Grades 7 to 9) – That Something Wicked by Ali Nelson

Actress Bahareh Yaraghi performs the winning entry from the 2017 Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge, Grades 7 to 9 category. "That Something Wicked" was written by Ali Nelson, who attends Abbey Park High School in Oakville, Ont. She wrote about the Syrian Civil War from the perspective of Macbeth's First Weird Sister.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2018

The National Trump, #MeToo and Times Up movements change romance

The romance novel genre is a billion-dollar industry in the U.S. and there's a big shift happening, as writers empower the female characters in their stories.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/03/2018

Wandering Wenda P: The Pickle Plundering Pirates of Pineapple Island

Our heroes are on Pineapple Island to protect the princess from pickle-plundering pirates.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Wandering Wenda X: The Extreme Excursion to Planet X

Wenda, Wes and Wu are sent into space and get stuck on Planet X.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/05/2017

Wandering Wenda Y: The Yarn of the Yukon Yeti

The heroes help a Yukon yeti whose yellow fur Yolanda Yuckihosen wants to turn into yarn.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/21/2017

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: David Chariandy on getting into your character's head

Novelist David Chariandy (Brother) delves into his writing process, how he gets into a character's head and the importance of the question "what if."
  • 2019
  • 00:02:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/26/2019

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Current affairs in fiction with Sharon Bala​​

Novelist Sharon Bala shares what sparked her to write about the recent experiences of Tamil refugees. For students working on their entries for CBC Books' Shakespeare Selfie youth writing challenge, Sharon's advice will inspire them to search for real-life details when depicting current events through fiction.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2018

CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: Reading of 2018 winner (Grades 7 to 9) – The Universe's Greatest Love Story by Cynthia Gan

Cynthia Gan, 14, won the Grades 7 to 9 category of the 2018 Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge. Her poem on the total solar eclipse of 2017 was inspired by the star cross'd lovers and written from the perspective of Friar Laurence from Romeo & Juliet. Gan attends Richmond Christian Secondary School in Richmond, B.C. The text of her poem can ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/26/2019

CBC Books The First Page: Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline, this year's judge for the CBC Books First Page Student Writing Challenge, reads the opening page from The Marrow Thieves and talks about how she sets the stage in her dystopian novel. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Cherie's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Erin Bow

Erin Bow, author of the young adult novel The Scorpion Rules, reads the first page on which the main character in her novel appears and talks about what she believes is important for a first page. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Erin Bow's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:50
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Vikki VanSickle

Vikki VanSickle, author of the young adult novel The Winnowing, reads the first page in her novel and talks about the importance of hooking readers as early as you can in a story. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Vikki's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:38
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

News in Review - November 2000 Margaret Atwood: A Canadian Novelist

Margaret Atwood's latest novel, The Blind Assassin, which won the internationally prestigious Booker Prize and at the time of this writing was nominated for the Governor General's Award for literature, is the point of departure for reviewing the career of one of Canada's leading novelists. As a strong model of Canadian literature and a major player on the literary scene ...
  • 2000
  • 00:13:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/15/2000

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CBC Books Shakespeare Selfie: An introduction to Shakespeare with Kenneth Oppel and Philippa Sheppard

Why does the work of Shakespeare continue to be relevant? Kenneth Oppel, author and judge for CBC Books' Shakespeare Selfie 2018 student writing challenge, and Philippa Sheppard, English professor at the University of Toronto, discuss the Bard's continuing popularity in the 21st century, his craft in writing the soliloquy, his ease with both humour and tougher topics like political power ...
  • 2018
  • 00:06:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/20/2018

Wandering Wenda B: The Bewildering Balloon Bandit Burglary

Our brave heroes are at a bakery in Bavaria for Wu’s big birthday bash when a bandit breaks in and steals all the balloons!
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Wandering Wenda N: The Nacho and Noodle Nabbing Ninjas of Niagara Falls

Our nifty heroes are in Niagara Falls where a nasty ninja fight spills nacho cheese and noodles into the Niagara River!
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Wandering Wenda Q: The Queen's Quest for a Quality Quilt

Our quick-witted heroes are in Quebec on a quest for a quality quilt for the quarrelsome Queen of Quinter, Kansas.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Wandering Wenda U: Uncle Ulmer's Unruly Unicorn

Our unusual heroes are at the University of Uxbridge, visiting Wenda’s Uncle Ulmer and his missing, unruly unicorn.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/05/2017

Wandering Wenda H: A Haunted Holiday at the Howling Hog Hotel

Our holidaying heroes are at a hotel that is haunted by the ghost of a hide-and-seeking hog searching for her master, Howard.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 08/02/2017

Cross Country Checkup Art and reconciliation

The Secret Path is a powerful film about an Indigenous boy who dies escaping a residential school. Does art — films, books and music — offer the best path to heal historical wrongs? Guests include Joseph Boyden, award-winning author of Three Day Road, The Orenda and most recently the novella Wenjack; Susan Aglukark, Inuk singer and songwriter; Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for ...
  • 2016
  • 01:53:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/10/2016

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Cherie Dimaline on The Marrow Thieves

Métis writer Cherie Dimaline won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature. Watch the author discuss her Young Adult novel The Marrow Thieves, a futuristic, dystopian narrative rooted in Canadian history.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:52
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018

Wandering Wenda I: The Intrepid Ice Explorers of Iqaluit

Our intrepid heroes battle an ice storm in Iqaluit as they try to import ice cream to their Inuit friend, Ila, for her birthday.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:42
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

Wandering Wenda K: The Karate-Kicking Karaoke Kangaroo of Killiecrankie

Our kayaking heroes help the famous karate-kicking kangaroos of Killiecrankie find their missing karaoke machine.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:40
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/04/2017