Five books battle for Canada Reads 2017
Award-winning “Fifteen Dogs” is among the five books shortlisted for this year’s Canada Reads competition, which strives to answer the question, “What is the one book Canadians need now?”
Humble the Poet will defend the acclaimed Andre Alexis novel published by Coach House Books in the annual CBC battle of the books.
Singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk will campaign for “The Right to Be Cold” by Sheila Watt-Cloutier” (Penguin Canada) while Ottawa city councillor, author and military veteran Jody Mitic will speak in support of “Nostalgia” by M.G. Vassanji (Doubleday Canada.)
Comedian and broadcaster Candy Palmater will back “The Break” by Katherena Vermette (House of Anansi) and actress Tamara Taylor will voice her support for “Company Town” by Madeline Ashby (Tor Books.) The panellists will be exploring stories about Canada’s past, present and future as the country marks its 150th anniversary.
The books will be discussed during four hour-long live debates in front of audiences in Toronto from March 27 to 30, to be hosted by comedian and CBC Radio “Laugh Out Loud” host Ali Hassan. Canada Reads 2017 will be broadcast on CBC-TV and CBC Radio One, and live streamed on CBCbooks.ca.