Lennoxville Library crowd picks Birdie
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.