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CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Cory Doctorow on Radicalized New

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 New

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 New

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 New

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

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

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

CBC Books Canada Reads 2019: Lindsay Wong on The Woo-Woo

In this video Lindsay Wong discusses The Woo-Woo, her dark, witty and touching memoir that gives an honest account of the impact of mental illness on her family. The Vancouver-based writer delivers a raw and emotional look at whispered secrets, dysfunctional relationships — and how her grandmother, mother, aunt and even herself initially blamed the mythical "woo-woo," Chinese spirits that plague ...
  • 2019
  • 00:03:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2019