CBC Canada Reads and Nalo Hopkinson


CBC Radio One - Canada Reads 2008Canada Reads is relatively new tradition in Canada. An annual ‘battle of the books’ competition, it is organized and broadcast by CBC Radio One. During the week of February 25-29, 2008, for the first time, CBC’ll be podcasting the shows and you’ll be able to subscribe here. In the 2008 batch there’s one Science Fiction title. Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson.

Listen to Canada Reads producer Ann Jansen talking to Nalo Hopkinson about it |WMV|.

Listen to Nalo reading a two minute excerpt from her novel |WMV|.

Keep track of the battle on the official site.

Also, I wrote a review of the audiobook back in 2004. Check it out HERE.

Posted by Jesse Willis

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Newcomer ElectricStory.com (through Fictionwise.com) has a Hugo and Nebula award winning story for just $0.99…

Science Fiction Audiobook - Bears Discover Fire by Terry BissonBears Discover Fire
By Terry Bisson; Read by Alec Rowell
1 MP3 Download – 27 Minutes 35 Seconds [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Fictionwise.com / ElectricStory.com
Published: February 2007
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The title pretty much says it. Whether because of climate change or some even more mysterious cause, bears have discovered fire. This affords the Southern-gentleman narrator new opportunities to teach his nephew about life, death, and how, more than ever, “it’s best not to alarm bears.” This audiobook comes bundled with an afterword read by Bisson himself at RustyCon 2007.

Fantasy Audiobook - The New Moon's Arms by Nalo HopkinsonThe New Moon’s Arms
By Nalo Hopkinson; Read by Gin Hammond
8 CDs – 10 Hours 15 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America
Published: February 2007
ISBN: 0792747356
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What’s in a name? A lot, according to Caribbean-born Chastity, who has adopted the more fitting moniker Calamity. Now in her fifties, true to her name, Calamity is confronting two big life transitions: Her beloved father has just died, and she is starting menopause, a physical shift that has rekindled her special gift for finding lost things. Suddenly she is getting hot flashes that seem to forge objects out of thin air. Only this time, the lost item that has washed up on the shore is not her old toy truck or her hairbrush, but a 4-year-old boy.

CBC Radio airs Science Fiction documentary

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Joe Mahoney, CBC Radio producer and friend to SFFaudio readers around the world, has just announced a new half-hour documentary on Science Fiction (where it’s been, where it’s at, and where it may or may not be going). It will air this coming Tuesday, November 22, on CBC Radio’s The Arts Tonight. The documentary features extensive commentary from award winning authors like Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Charles Wilson, Nalo Hopkinson and Jean-Louis Trudel.

The Arts Tonight is a daily magazine show about the arts in Canada, covering theatre, dance, books, music and the visual arts. It airs weeknights at 10 p.m. (10:30 in Newfoundland) on CBC Radio One. The show is streamed online; you can find more info at www.cbc.ca