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CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Francesca Ekwuyasi's debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread, is a literary feast for the mind, the soul and the senses. Butter Honey Pig Bread is a novel about twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. Kambirinachi believes she was a spirit who was supposed to die as a small child. By staying alive, she is cursing her family ...
  • 2021
  • 00:14:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/03/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Natalie Zina Walschots is a writer and journalist from Toronto. She is also the author of the poetry collections DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains and Thumbscrews. Hench is her first novel. Hench is a novel about Anna, a woman who pays the bills by doing administrative work for villains. But when an incident involving the world's most popular superhero leaves ...
  • 2021
  • 00:13:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Set in a fantasy land named Chasland that feels like the Regency era in England, The Midnight Bargain is a fantasy about a woman named Beatrice Clayborn who makes her debut at "bargaining season" — an annual event where wealthy young men and women gather from all over the world to make advantageous marriages. But Beatrice dreams of becoming a ...
  • 2021
  • 00:13:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead's debut novel, is the first book by an Indigenous author to win Canada Reads. The novel centres on the life of a two-spirit Indigiqueer young man who leaves the reserve and becomes a cybersex worker in the big city to make ends meet. But he must reckon with his past when he returns home to attend ...
  • 2021
  • 00:15:45
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/02/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

Scott Helman is championing Two Trees Make a Forest by writer and environmental historian Jessica J. Lee on Canada Reads 2021. In her memoir, Lee returns to her mother's homeland of Taiwan to understand the landscape that shaped her family — and in turn, shapes her. The book intertwines her grandparents' histories, the political history of Taiwan and the island's ...
  • 2021
  • 00:14:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/23/2021

Library and Archives Canada Gratien Gélinas: One of Our Own

Gratien Gélinas is considered one of the founders of modern Canadian theatre and film. He was a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker and administrator of cultural organizations. His personifications of the common man paved the way for many of Quebec’s leading scriptwriters, and he gave a voice, at home and abroad, to French Canada’s culture and society. This episode features Anne-Marie ...
  • 2018
  • 00:50:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/20/2021

Library and Archives Canada In Flanders Fields: A Century of Poppies

The poem In Flanders Fields — which is over 100 years old — is considered to be the most popular poem from the First World War. This episode features archivist Emily Monks-Leeson from Library and Archives Canada who will guide us through the life of John McCrae, the Canadian soldier who penned the poem. She will help us understand the conditions from ...
  • 2015
  • 00:35:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

CBC Books The First Page: Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow, best known for science fiction writing, talks about the importance of cutting the sentences you don't need when writing a story and how sci-fi writers drop clues for their readers about the kind of world they're living in. He reads the first page from Radicalized, his collection of four novellas that explore ethical questions surrounding how technology is abused ...
  • 2020
  • 00:03:35
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/06/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: White Pine Award

The Forest of Reading's White Pine Award offers teens of all ages the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young adult fiction titles. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and familiarizes teenagers with great Canadian books.The 2020 nominees include:- Sadie (winner)- All Our Broken Pieces - Baggage - Beauty of the Moment - Comics Will Break Your Heart - Crown of Feathers - Field ...
  • 2020
  • 00:16:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Red Maple Award

The Forest of Reading's Red Maple Award offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8, aims to get readers engaging in conversation around fiction books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.The 2020 nominees include:- No Fixed Address (winner)- Call of the Wraith - Crush - A Grain of Rice - In the Key of ...
  • 2020
  • 00:17:35
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Yellow Cedar Award

For the 2020 program year, the Forest of Reading consolidated its two school-aged non-fiction programs, the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award and the Red Maple Non-Fiction Award, into one award – the Yellow Cedar Award for Grades 5-8.The 2020 nominees include:- Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family (winner)- Be Prepared! The Frankie MacDonald ...
  • 2020
  • 00:21:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Silver Birch Express Award

The Forest of Reading's Silver Birch Express Award is comprised of fiction and non-fiction titles, is geared to reluctant readers and is typically suited for Grades 3 and 4. The 2020 nominees include: - Megabat (winner)- Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 - Dragons in a Bag  - Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photograph That Changed the World - Go Show the World: ...
  • 2020
  • 00:18:35
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Silver Birch Fiction Award

The Forest of Reading's Silver Birch Award is meant for readers aged 8 to 12 (Grades 3-6). The 2020 nominees include: - The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (winner)- Cross Ups 02: Anyone’s Game - Inkling - My Life As a Diamond - Oculum - Orange for the Sunsets - A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying - Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster - Wings of Olympus - ...
  • 2020
  • 00:17:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Blue Spruce Award

The Forest of Reading's Blue Spruce Award brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children between the ages of 4 and 7 (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2). For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books. This award promotes reading for enjoyment and begins to develop a child’s skill in evaluating a picture book based ...
  • 2020
  • 00:20:36
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Cory Doctorow on Radicalized

Radicalized by Cory Doctorow collects four science fiction novellas, all of which explore ethical questions surrounding how technology is abused on both personal and corporate levels. Cory Doctorow is a Toronto-born science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger.
  • 2020
  • 00:06:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Samra Habib on We Have Always Been Here

Samra Habib's first book spans continents — from Pakistan to Canada — as Habib describes her long journey through religious persecution, racism and embracing her identity as a queer Muslim woman. Samra Habib is a journalist, photographer and activist based in Toronto.
  • 2020
  • 00:04:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Eden Robinson on Son of a Trickster

In Son of a Trickster, celebrated Haisla and Heiltsuk author Eden Robinson tells the story of a 16-year-old named Jared who is known in his community for making the best weed cookies and for having a scary mom. Jared takes care of his struggling family the best he can and shrugs off the fact that the ravens are talking to ...
  • 2020
  • 00:07:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/28/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Jesse Thistle on From the Ashes

Métis-Cree writer Jesse Thistle talks about how our own story can emerge from getting the "small fragments of our experience" down on the page. In his memoir, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, Thistle describes how he transformed his life — from being homeless and struggling with addiction to winning awards in academia. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:05:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2020

CBC Docs POV Margaret Atwood: Encounters

Margaret Atwood’s work has arguably never been more relevant than it is today. Readers are turning to it as they face the rise of authoritarian politics, rapidly evolving technologies and the slow-motion disaster of climate change. Nearly two million people follow Atwood’s early-morning tweets. The success of the television adaptation of her novel The Handmaid’s Tale has made Atwood even more of ...
  • 2019
  • 00:44:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/26/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Megan Gail Coles on Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club

Megan Gail Coles talks about her novel Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club and explains why she warns the reader, “This might hurt a little. Be brave.” Her novel revolves around a cast of flawed characters connected to a St. John's restaurant called The Hazel. They are implicated in each other's hopes, dreams and pains as they ...
  • 2020
  • 00:07:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/26/2020

CBC Books The First Page: Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay reads from the opening of his novel Escape, a sequel to his book Chase. He believes that what makes a good first page is something that grabs you right away: “You’ve got that first page, maybe two, to really grab the reader’s attention.” Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Barclay's novel, key concepts to writing a ...
  • 2019
  • 00:05:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/12/2019

CBC Books The First Page: Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee reads from the first page of Exo, her young adult sci-fi novel. She remarks that, when she starts a novel – particularly because she writes science fiction and fantasy – she thinks about presenting something familiar and presenting something strange; the idea being to make the reader feel comfortable while also giving them something to be curious about. She ...
  • 2019
  • 00:06:28
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/12/2019

Breakaway Uncovering the history of slavery in Canada

Uncovering some hard truths about Canada's history of slavery. George Tombs is the translator of Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage, originally written by Marcel Trudel in 1960. It was one of the first history books to map out who used slaves, and painted a picture of who those slaves were. Tombs joins host Saroja Coelho to explain how ...
  • 2018
  • 00:13:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/03/2019

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: 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