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Meet the Canada Reads 2018 contenders

Who will win the latest edition of CBC's battle of the books? The debates will take place March 26-29, 2018.

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The debates take place March 26-29, 2018. Are you ready?
Canada Reads 2018

Craig Davidson's best writing advice? Find a routine and stick to it

The Canada Reads-shortlisted author of the memoir Precious Cargo shares his best writing tip.
The Next Chapter

How Mark Sakamoto's grandparents' stories of survival shaped him

Forgiveness is being defended by Jeanne Beker on Canada Reads 2018.
Canada Reads 2018

Omar El Akkad's best writing advice? Do nothing

The Canada Reads-shortlisted author of American War shares some writing advice.
Canada Reads 2018

How Canada Reads panellist Mozhdah Jamalzadah is preparing for the debates

The singer and TV host is defending The Boat People by Sharon Bala on CBC's battle of the books.
Canada Reads 2018

Cherie Dimaline's best writing advice? Don't throw anything out

The Canada Reads shortlisted author of The Marrow Thieves gives tips for tackling revisions.
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Jeanne Beker explains why she's championing Mark Sakamoto's book Forgiveness for Canada Reads

Canada Reads panellist Jeanne Beker shares the personal reason why she chose to defend the book Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto.
Canada Reads 2018

How Canada Reads panellist Greg Johnson is preparing for the debates

The adventure seeker and photographer is defending Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson on CBC's battle of the books.
Canada Reads 2018

How Canada Reads panellist Tahmoh Penikett is preparing for the debates

The television actor is defending American War by Omar El Akkad on CBC's battle of the books.
The Next Chapter

How a news headline inspired Sharon Bala's debut novel, The Boat People

The Boat People is being defended by Mozhdah Jamalzadah on Canada Reads 2018.
Canada Reads 2018

Why Jeanne Beker thinks Forgiveness should win Canada Reads

The media personality and fashion icon explains why she thinks Mark Sakamoto's memoir should win Canada Reads.
Canada Reads 2018

Why Greg Johnson thinks Precious Cargo should win Canada Reads

The storm chaser makes his case for why Craig Davidson's memoir should win CBC's battle of the books.
Canada Reads 2018

Why Jully Black thinks The Marrow Thieves should win Canada Reads

The singer explains why she thinks Cherie Dimaline's young adult novel should win CBC's battle of the books.
Canada Reads 2018

Why Tahmoh Penikett thinks American War should win Canada Reads

Actor Tahmoh Penikett explains why he thinks American War by Omar El Akkad should win Canada Reads.
Canada Reads 2018

Why Mozhdah Jamalzadah thinks The Boat People should win Canada Reads

The media personality and singer is defending Sharon Bala's debut novel on CBC's battle of the books.
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Canada Reads 2018 panellists on their choices for the 'one book to open your eyes'

This year's Canada Reads panellists talk about which five books are going head to head and why their book choice is the book to open Canadians' eyes.
How I Wrote It

How Canada Reads longlisted author Mark Sakamoto's grandparents taught him the true meaning of forgiveness

The author of Forgiveness discusses how he wrote his moving memoir with CBC Radio's All in a Day.
How I Wrote It

The message YA novelist Cherie Dimaline has for young Indigenous readers

The Georgian Bay Métis author talks dreams, appropriation and what she wants readers to take away from her YA novel The Marrow Thieves.
How I Wrote It

How a bad day at work was the push journalist Omar El Akkad needed to turn to fiction

The former Globe and Mail journalist discusses the creative process behind his buzzy debut novel, American War.
How I Wrote It

Why Sharon Bala wrote about a refugee trying to make Canada their home

The Canada Reads finalist reflects on the true events that inspired her debut novel, The Boat People.
How I Wrote It

Craig Davidson: My year driving a special-needs school bus

The acclaimed author talks about how a job taken in dire straits helped resurrect his writing career.

How Ali Hassan is getting ready to host Canada Reads 2018

Comedian Ali Hassan reveals how he plans to take on the challenge of hosting CBC's battle of the books for a second year.
How I Wrote It

How Canada Reads longlisted author Mark Sakamoto's grandparents taught him the true meaning of forgiveness

The author of Forgiveness discusses how he wrote his moving memoir with CBC Radio's All in a Day.
How I Wrote It

Why Sharon Bala wrote about a refugee trying to make Canada their home

The Canada Reads finalist reflects on the true events that inspired her debut novel, The Boat People.