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China and the West

The twenty-fourth semi-annual Munk Debate tackles the threat of China to the liberal international order.

Colonel Parkinson in Charge

A writer’s witty and surprisingly optimistic account of learning to live with Parkinson’s disease.

Compassion and Solidarity

In his 1987 CBC Massey Lectures, Gregory Baum considers the Faith and Justice movement in the churches together with the considerable opposition to it.


This short e-book delves further into the most compelling crime story of the year: the hunt for Lord Cyric, the elusive cyber criminal.


A fascinating, hard-hitting, and revealing look at cyber crime, cyber warfare, and cyber industrial espionage.

Death Interrupted

ICU doctor Blair Bigham shares his first-hand experiences of how medicine has complicated the way we die and offers a road map for dying in the modern era.

Democracy on Trial

In her 1993 CBC Massey Lectures, political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain delves into complex issues to evaluate democracy's chances for survival.

Designing Freedom

In his 1973 CBC Massey Lectures, distinguished cyberneticist Stafford Beer ponders the possibilities of liberty in a cybernetic world.

Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead?

The seventeenth semi-annual Munk Debates tackles whether humankind’s best days lie ahead.

Does State Spying Make Us Safer?

The thirteenth Munk Debate tackles whether state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedom — the democratic issue of the moment.

Does the 21st Century Belong to China?

A Munk Debate on the key geopolitical issue of the century: the rise of China.

Eleven Canadian Novelists Interviewed by Graeme Gibson

A collection of candid and wide-ranging interviews with Canadian writers, including Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Margaret Laurence, and more.