Canada Reads 2017

Meet the Canada Reads 2017 contenders

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From left: Tamara Taylor, Jody Mitic, Candy Palmater, Humble The Poet and Chantal Kreviazuk.

Five Canadians - an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer and a veteran - will battle it out to become the next Canada Reads champion beginning March 27, 2017.

Over four days, the five defenders will bring their diverse perspectives to answer the question: What is the one book Canadians need now?

The contenders and their chosen books are:

The Canada Reads debates, which take place from March 27 to 30, 2017, will be hosted by Ali Hassan from CBC's Laugh Out Loud.

Find out how you can reserve tickets to watch Canada Reads live in Toronto by visiting Eventbrite. You can also order posters for your school, bookstore or library here.

Canada Reads 2017 will be broadcast on CBC-TV and CBC Radio One, and will be live streamed on CBCbooks.ca.

Chantal Kreviazuk defends The Right to Be Cold by
Sheila Watt-Cloutier
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Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. In 2016, she released Hard Sail, her first album in seven years.

The Right to Be Cold tells the personal story of acclaimed Inuk activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier. The book explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier is one of the world's most recognized environmental, cultural and human rights activists. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and has served as both Canadian president and international chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council.

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Humble The Poet defends Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
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Humble The Poet is a rapper, author and spoken word artist based in Los Angeles.

Fifteen Dogs follows a group of dogs who are given human consciousness by the gods Hermes and Apollo.

André Alexis is a Toronto-based writer who won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2015 for his novel Fifteen Dogs.

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Tamara Taylor defends Company Town by Madeline Ashby
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Tamara Taylor is an actor known for her role as Dr. Camille Saroyan on the TV crime drama Bones.

In Company Town, a woman working as an elite bodyguard on a city-sized oil rig is drawn into a mystery surrounding the powerful family that owns the rig.

Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and futurist. Company Town is her most recent novel.

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Candy Palmater defends The Break by Katherena Vermette
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Candy Palmater is a comedian and broadcaster. She hosts The Candy Show on APTN, and her daily interview series The Candy Palmater Show aired on CBC Radio One in 2016.

In a series of shifting narratives, The Break explores the aftermath of a violent crime on a community in Winnipeg's North End.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer who won the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry in 2013. The Break is her debut novel.

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Jody Mitic defends Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji
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Canadian Armed Forces veteran Jody Mitic lost both of his legs below the knee when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan. He has since competed on The Amazing Race Canada, and is currently an Ottawa city councillor.

Set in the indeterminate future in an unnamed city, M.G. Vassanji's Nostalgia examines the psychological fallout of a society where physical obstacles to immortality have been overcome.

M.G. Vassanji is the award-winning author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, a memoir of East Africa and a biography of Mordecai Richler.

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Company Town by Madeline Ashby
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Nostalgia by MG Vassanji
The Break by Katherena Vermette
The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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