Guy Vanderhaeghe on 'The Last Crossing'
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.
• The Last Crossing was the winning selection for Canada Reads 2004. Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy defended the book.
• Guy Vanderhaeghe has the distinction of wining a Governor General's Literary Award for his first book, the 1982 collection of short stories entitled Man Descending. He won a second in 1996 for The Englishman's Boy. Eighty-eight authors have won two or more Governor General's Awards since the prize was first awarded in 1936.
• Other Canada Reads authors with two or more Governor General's Awards are Margaret Atwood, Al Purdy, David Adams Richards, Timothy Findley, Alice Munro and Mordecai Richler. Michael Ondaatje -- whose book In the Skin of a Lion won Canada Reads 2002 -- has won a remarkable five Governor General's Awards, tying him with Hugh MacLennan for most wins overall.
Program: The Sunday Edition
Broadcast Date: Nov. 3, 2002
Guest(s): Guy Vanderhaeghe
Host: Michael Enright
Last updated: February 9, 2012
Page consulted on August 21, 2012
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