Len­noxville Li­brary crowd picks Birdie

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Sher­brooke

The CBC has been host­ing the an­nual Canada Reads com­pe­ti­tion, a four day con­test duringa which five fa­mous Cana­di­ans de­fend five Cana­dian nov­els, all vy­ing for top po­si­tion, since 2002. The Len­noxville Li­brary, for just as long, has been hold­ing a ‘sis­ter’ com­pe­ti­tion called the CANADA READS Fore­shadow Event, get­ting to­gether a hand­ful of its reg­u­lar pa­trons to de­fend the same nov­els in front of an au­di­ence at the li­brary who ask ques­tions and then vote for a win­ner.

This year’s event took place the week be­fore Canada Reads aired on ra­dio and tele­vi­sion from March 21st to the 24th. Al­though the Len­noxville Li­brary crowd usu­ally ends up pick­ing the same book as the ra­dio show, this year it was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Af­ter the books were pre­sented and their de­fend­ers ex­plained how they re­lated to this year’s theme of “Start­ing Over”, the au­di­ence voted for Birdie, writ­ten by Tracy Lind­berg and cham­pi­oned at the li­brary by Muriel Fitzsimmons. The Il­le­gal, writ­ten by Lawrence Hill and cham­pi­oned by Clara Hughes, was the win­ner of the CBC’s Canada Reads con­test.

The other books in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, which all came highly rec­om­mended by all of the con­tes­tants, were: Bone & Bread, by Saleema Nawaz; Min­is­ter With­out Port­fo­lio, by Michael Win­ter; and The Hero’s Walk, by Anita Rau Badami.

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