The Canada Reads 2017 longlist

What is the one book Canadians need now? That's the question at the heart of Canada Reads 2017, which will take place from March 27 to 30, 2017. Ali Hassan, from CBC's Laugh Out Loud, will host the show for the first time.

"I'm thrilled to be the host of Canada Reads for 2017," said Hassan. "In my eyes, it's the most important literary endeavour in the country, bringing together people to celebrate these diverse Canadian authors. My father, an English professor of 40 years, will also posthumously be pleased."

The five panellists will take stock of where the nation stands today, explore its diverse perspectives and reflect on where we are heading. Their books will be chosen from the longlist of 15 titles.

The Canada Reads 2017 longlist consists of:

The panellists and the final five books will be announced on Jan. 31, 2017.

The 2016 Canada Reads champion was The Illegal by Lawrence Hill, defended by Olympian Clara Hughes.

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The Break

by Katherena Vermette

Company Town

by Madeline Ashby

The Elephants in
My Backyard

by Rajiv Surendra

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even this page is white

by Vivek Shraya

Fifteen Dogs

by André Alexis

I Am Woman

by Lee Maracle

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The Just City

by Jo Walton


by Matt Lennox


by M.G. Vassanji

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One Hour in Paris

by Karyn L. Freedman

Quantum Night

by Robert J. Sawyer

The Right to Be Cold

by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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Sleeping Giants

by Sylvain Neuvel

Waiting for First Light

by Roméo Dallaire
with Jessica Dee Humphreys

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