Five books bat­tle for Canada Reads 2017

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS TORONTO —

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.

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