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Humble The Poet, championing Fifteen Dogs, wins Canada Reads 2017

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis is the first book to win both Canada Reads and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
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Canada Reads 2017 Finale: Watch the replay

In the end, one book was eliminated and the other is now a Canada Reads winner. Watch the replay on-demand.

Canada Reads 2017: ALL the highlights

From powerful opening statements to emotional revelations, re-live the memorable moments from this year's show.

Humble The Poet on forgiving ourselves

Humble The Poet, who had been defending Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis all week, shared some fresh insights as to what the meditative novel could show us about the human condition.

Measha Brueggergosman: Don't sleep on sci-fi

One of Brueggergosman's challenges on Canada Reads was defending a work of genre fiction — in the case of Company Town, an action-packed, imaginative sci-fi thriller.
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REPLAY: Canada Reads, Day Three

For the third day in a row, the final vote was tight, coming down to one deciding vote. Find out which two books made it to the finals.
Magic 8 Q&A

Andre Alexis on the greasiest job he ever had and why he hates writing sex scenes

The Canada Reads winner answers eight questions submitted by eight other authors.

Measha Brueggergosman on the characters in Company Town

Brueggergosman eloquently responded to a Facebook user who agreed Company Town was inclusive, but felt most of the characters weren’t three-dimensional.

Chantal Kreviazuk on Canada's part to play in the world

One of her arguments as to why the book should win Canada Reads this year has been that she believes The Right to be Cold explores a critical global issue from a distinctly Canadian perspective.

How to tune in to Canada Reads

Watch, listen, download or stream — here's how to connect with Canada's title fight, your way.
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Canada Reads 2017: Watch the Day Two replay

And then there were three. The battle of the books continues at 11 a.m. ET on March 29, 2017.

The panellists get some motivational messages

Watch our champions get some words of encouragement from their close friends, including Lilly IISuperwomanII Singh and former panellist Samantha Nutt.
The Next Chapter

Sheila Watt-Cloutier on raising awareness about climate change in the Arctic

Shelagh Rogers talks with the Canada Reads 2017 author about her memoir The Right to Be Cold, which puts a human face on the climate change issue.

Jody Mitic on why he chose Nostalgia

For the veteran, the book's themes of reinvention and escaping the past stuck with him deeply.

Humble is ready to rumble

On Day Two, Humble The Poet went on the offensive, explaining why he thought Fifteen Dogs had more dimension and depth than perhaps people were giving it credit for.
Magic 8 Q&A

Sheila Watt-Cloutier on the lifelong fight to maintain her Indigenous voice

The Canada Reads finalist answers eight questions submitted by eight other authors.

Watch Canada Reads live in Toronto: March 27 to 30, 2017

Reserve your tickets to see the Canada Reads debates live in Toronto.
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Canada Reads 2017: Watch the Day One replay

Canada's battle of the books kicked off with some passionate discussion. Watch the first round of debates.

Candy Palmater passionately defends The Break

There were many emotional moments during first day of the Canada Reads 2017 debates, but one of the more personal moments took place shortly before the vote.
How I Wrote It

M.G. Vassanji on how an idle thought grew into several big ideas

The author reveals the creative process behind his speculative novel Nostalgia, which was a Canada Reads 2017 finalist.

Jody Mitic and Chantal Kreviazuk spar over The Right to Be Cold

When asked whether the book inspired him about climate change, Mitic said he respected the author’s journey and accomplishments, but described the work as a “tough read” that was bogged down by personal narrative that had “no relationship to climate change.”
My Life In Books

8 books that influenced Canada Reads author M.G. Vassanji

The Canada Reads finalist shares some of the books that have shaped his life and work.
Magic 8 Q&A

Katherena Vermette on why quiet stories speak the loudest

The author of The Break answers eight questions submitted by eight other authors.

Meet the contenders for CBC's battle of the books

Five panellists, five books — only one can win! Which book does Canada need now?

Get to know Canada Reads panellist Jody Mitic

M.G. Vassanji poses a series of questions to the defender of his novel.