Black History Month Live

Celebrating Black Canadian Literature

Many of Canada's talented and innovative writers have roots in Africa, the Caribbean, and communities of
historic significance to black Canadians

The month of February is dedicated to remembering the legacy of black Canadian citizens. This CBC Books blog will highlight the work and achievements of black Canadian literary talents. Follow the links below to watch/listen to interviews, discover great reads, take quizzes, and much more.

We'll continue to add content here through February, so check back regularly for more.

Reading Guide: Writer/critic Donna Bailey Nurse shares her list of black Canadian literature you should read
by CBC Books
Quiz: Some of Canada's most celebrated Black Canadian writers include Austin Clarke, Afua Cooper, and Dany Laferrière. How well do you know their works? Take our quiz!
by CBC Books

Author Spotlight: Esi Edugyan discusses her literary career leading up to her award-winning novel Half-Blood Blues.
by CBCtv via YouTube
Documentary: In the 1960s, the U.S. was in a state of upheaval over civil rights. A young Austin Clarke, long before he became one of Canada's most prominent novelists, was commissioned by CBC Radio to travel to Harlem to produce a documentary on what was happening. He managed to interview legendary activist Malcolm X. You can listen to the documentary on CBC's Rewind
by CBC Books

Author Spotlight: The Next Chapter's Shelagh Rogers interviews Nalo Hopkinson about her novel Sister Mine. Listen here.
Author Spotlight: Lawrence Hill talks to CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos about the inspiration behind his critically acclaimed novel Book of Negroes.
by CBCtv via YouTube

History: Broadcaster and author Kim Brunhuber tells a story about the possible Canadian origins of the phrase "The Real McCoy."
by Strombo via YouTube


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