Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist has been released and the jury is deciding which five books should advance to the shortlist.

CBC Books wants to know from you which books would be on your shortlist. Send your top five picks to the CBC and you could win some fantastic prizes!

How to participate:

Check out this year's longlist and tell the CBC which five books should be included in the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist and your reasons why.

If you post your complete answer in the comments section (link below) by Sept. 30, you'll have a chance to win great prizes. The CBC is presenting:

•A weekly draw for a Kobo eReader, courtesy of Kobo, along with a $50 gift card to Chapters Indigo, courtesy of Scotiabank

•A weekly draw for a set of the longlisted books

•A grand prize draw for a $1,000 gift certificate to Chapters Indigo so you can build your dream home library courtesy of Scotiabank!

So Select Your Shortlist for a chance to win!

The 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist

The Antagonist by Lynn Coady
The Beggar's Garden by Michael Christie
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
Extensions by Myrna Dey*
The Free World by David Bezmozgis
A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaeghe
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Into the Heart of the Country by Pauline Holdstock
The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott
The Meagre Tarmac by Clark Blaise
Monoceros by Suzette Mayr
The Return by Dany Laferrière
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
Solitaria by Genni Gunn
Touch by Alexi Zentner
A World Elsewhere by Wayne Johnston

For the Select Your Shortlist rules and regulations

For additional info:

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Learn English with the CBC

The ESL lessons in this website are aimed at different levels of learners.

The lessons include a written transcript - info before the listening and after the listening section.

Arctic Winter Games: Olympics of the North
Canadian Doctor in China: Dr. Norman Bethune
Maple Syrup: A taste of Canada
D-Day Beaches: Canada and the end of the war
Making Laws in Canada: The capital punishment debate
Environment vs. Jobs: Inside the debate
Brushes with Royalty: Canada's Queen
Louis Riel and his Role in Canadian History
Terry Fox: A Marathon of Hope
Women in the Workforce: The influence of the Second World War

Link to the lessons:

Partners who assisted the lesson development: CBC Radio, CBC Archives, Ottawa Catholic and Carleton District School Board, OCISO, Carlton University,