Tuesday, January 20, 2015 |
Let the games begin.
Canada Reads, CBC's annual battle of the books competition, revealed this year's roster of panellists and contending books Tuesday morning on Q:
You can learn more about this year's contenders and panellists on our Canada Reads 2015 page.
Canada Reads 2015 highlights "remarkable diversity"
Kinew has said he's excited to see how the debates unfold, describing this year's contending books as offering "remarkable diversity."
"[It's] going to allow us to explore topics as far flung as sexuality, religion and aging in different ways," he said.
The debates will take place from March 16 to 19 and will air on CBC Radio One, stream online at CBC Books, and be broadcast on CBC-TV and documentary channel.
The annual debate challenge began in 2002. This edition of Canada Reads marks the first time works of fiction and nonfiction will run against each other, as well as the first time a YA novel (When Everything Feels like the Movies) is part of the mix.
Previous winning books include The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (2009), which is currently airing on CBC TV as a mini-series; The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis (2011); and In The Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje (2002). Some of Canada's most prominent artists, public figures and intellectuals have served as panellists over the years, including Justin Trudeau (2003), both Avi Lewis (2009) and his father Stephen Lewis (2014), Kim Campbell (2002), Jay Baruchel (2013) and Samantha Bee (2014).
On each one-hour episode, one book is voted off by the panellists until one remains.