'A Complicated Kindness' wins a complicated contest
Since its debut in 2002, CBC Radio's Canada Reads has quickly become a popular and influential show, attracting huge audiences and driving up book sales. Each year, CBC convenes a panel of prominent Canadians to each pick a work of Canadian fiction and argue why their choice should be the book that all of Canada reads. The CBC Digital Archives brings you a collection of the animated and entertaining final debates, winner "reveals" and interviews with the winning authors of Canada Reads.
• McTeer was a flexible and determined champion of Deafening; she defended the French translation, Une coquille de silence, in Le combat des livres 2006, the French-language edition of Canada Reads. The full list of books and their advocates for Canada Reads 2006 was:
• A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, championed by John K. Samson.
• Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1962-1996 by Al Purdy, defended by Susan Musgrave.
• Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, defended by Nelofer Pazira.
• Deafening by Frances Itani, defended by Maureen McTeer.
• Cocksure by Mordecai Richler, defended by Scott Thompson.
Program: Canada Reads
Broadcast Date: April 21, 2006
Guest(s): Maureen McTeer, Susan Musgrave, Nelofer Pazira, John K. Samson, Scott Thompson
Announcer: Judy Maddren
Host: Bill Richardson
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.
Photo: (L-R) Susan Musgrave, John K. Samson, Maureen McTeer, Bill Richardson, Nelofer Pazira and Scott Thompson. Photo from CBC Still Photo Collection.
Last updated: February 9, 2012
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