Follow the discussions. Read. Listen. Enjoy a Canadian literary tradition this winter.
Canada Reads celebrates five Canadian books for three months
online, at public
events and on air. It all leads up to a week-long
show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.
In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their
favourite work of Canadian fiction. One by one, books are voted off the
list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this
Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
In one moment, a middle-aged Saskatoon woman’s life is turned topsy-turvy in Marina Endicott’s compassionate and humorous novel. Read more about Good to a Fault.
Defended by Simi Sara.
Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
translated by Lazer Lederhendler
Coincidence and chance are major players in Nicholas Dickner’s enchanting novel about three young Montrealers on unique but overlapping quests: a used-bookstore clerk, a fish-gutter who dreams of becoming a pirate and an archeology student who parses urban garbage. Read more about Nikolski Dickner.
Defended by Michel Vézina.
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland
St. Martin’s Press/H.B. Fenn and Company Ltd.
This tale of three young people searching for meaning in the California desert captured the mood of an era and became an international bestseller. With its wry mix of real-life and made-up stories, Douglas Coupland’s groundbreaking novel continues to appeal to new generations. Read more about Generation X.
Defended by Roland Pemberton.
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
Wayson Choy combines vivid historical detail and poignant personal stories in this lyrical, note-perfect tale of three children growing up in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the Depression and the Second World War.Read more about The Jade Peony.
Defended by Samantha Nutt.
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Ann-Marie MacDonald’s enthralling debut novel explores the tangled relationships of the Piper sisters and their powerful father. Moving from Cape Breton to the killing fields of Europe and on to New York in the Jazz Age, this international bestseller is a dark, dramatically compelling story of a family with secrets.
Read more about Fall on Your Knees.
Defended by Perdita Felicien.