Measha Brueggergosman replaces Tamara Taylor on Canada Reads

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With regret, actress Tamara Taylor has to bow out of this year's Canada Reads. Her role in the upcoming Netflix series Altered Carbon has her working and she is unable to take time away from the demands of filming.

Replacing Taylor will be Measha Brueggergosman. She will be defending the book Taylor originally chose to champion, Company Town by Madeline Ashby.

"I fell in love with Madeline Ashby's book and was looking forward to championing it for the win," Tamara Taylor said in a statement. "Company Town is a powerful novel that takes on the issues of women's rights, the environment and social inequality in a sharp, exciting and prophetically imaginative way. Since I can't be there, I'm delighted Measha Brueggergosman is picking up the torch."

Brueggergosman is an award-winning international opera singer and is widely hailed as one of the great sopranos of the 21st century. She has performed for Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan and Queen Elizabeth II. More than three billion people watched her performance at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010. Her most recent project, Songs of Freedom, is a film, television series, interactive website and musical album that tells Brueggergosman's journey through discovering her family's history.

This will be her second time as a Canada Reads panellist; she defended The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro in 2004.

[Company Town] is a book that all Canadians should read, a wild ride of a story into a future of haves and have-nots, starring a tough-as-nails woman who's out to right all the wrongs," said Brueggergosman. "I'm in it for the win."

The other contenders for Canada Reads are:

Ali Hassan will host this year's battle of the books, which takes place from March 27-30.

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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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