Ambitious novel nets grad a Giller

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Sean Michaels, BA’04, wasn’t always a big fan of the theremin, viewing the instrument as “a sci-fi soundtrack cliché.” His change of heart led to a remarkable novel and the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

In the running for the Giller

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Three McGill graduates are among the finalists for the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Find out what they admire the most about their respective books’ protagonists and who their favourite professors were.

Tasty trends: Why some foods sizzle and others fizzle

Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Why are we crazy about cupcakes, but blasé about fondues? In his latest book, author David Sax, BA’02, examines food trends.

Why face-to-face beats Facebook

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

It isn’t enough to reach out to people through your iPad screen, says author Susan Pinker, BA’79. Interacting with others in person offers a host of benefits — a longer life among them.

The Main is her muse

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

Best-selling author Heather O’Neill, BA’94, has a new novel out. Once again, the colourful characters that populated St. Laurent Boulevard in the nineties figure prominently.

Recommended reading and listening – Spring-Summer 2014

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh, BA’93 Are you a fan of dystopian cyberpunk? How about hard-boiled detective fiction? Or maybe bleak political satire is more your thing. Well, with Shovel Ready, the debut novel from New York Times Magazine culture editor Adam Sternbergh, you’re in luck. All of you. Shovel Ready focuses on Spademan, a garbage [...]

Born bad? Exploring the morality of babies

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Author and Yale child psychology expert Paul Bloom, BA’85, explores the surprisingly complex moral universe of babies in his recent book.

The year that broke Expos’ fans’ hearts

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

If you’re a Montreal Expos fan, says author Bill Young, BA’61, thoughts of the magical, but short-lived 1994 baseball season provide plenty of memories – some of them joyful and some of them painful.

Exploring the world of water

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Jennifer Baichwal, BA’90, MA’96, co-directed Watermark, an epic examination of our relationship to water, which recently won the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

Why politics matter

Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

One of the most influential political commentators in the U.S., Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, BA’70, DLitt’93, is one of the few contributors to Fox News who earns grudging respect from those on the political left.