For those of you who don't know, Canada Reads is an annual "battle of the books" held in Canada. Started in 2001, five Canadian's chose a book they though Canadians should read. They defended their choice through a series of debates, and eventually one winner was chosen. This year they shook things up, and the books were split into geographic regions; Atlantic, British Columbia, Ontario, Prairies & North, and Quebec, with Canadians recommending which novels they thought should be represented. I think the regions are interesting, but I'm not rooting for Quebec, just because I'm from Quebec. I'm more interested in reading and comparing the five books for myself. Every year I want to read the books, but this year I'm actually comitting myself to reading all five books. I will review each indiviually and then finally choose which one I think should win. The debates will be in February.
Here are the Five books that have been selected, including their panelists:
British Columbia and Yukon:
Carol Huynh defends Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Prairies and North:
Ron MacLean defends The Age of Hope by David Bergen
Charlotte Gray defends Away by Jane Urquhart