Canada Reads 2016

Welcome to CBC's battle of the books.

Congratulations to author Lawrence Hill and his defender Clara Hughes! After four days of debate, The Illegal is the Canada Reads 2016 champion.

Watch replays of the debates, listen to podcasts and find out more about each of the books using the links below.



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Anita Rau Badami

Author of The Hero's Walk

Canada Reads
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MLIB
Canada Reads

Michael Winter

Author of Minister Without Portfolio

Canada Reads
CanadaWrites
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MLIB
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List
Recommendation
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Recommendation
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Recommendation
AskaWriter
Canada Reads
CanadaWrites
CRMAGIC8

Tracey Lindberg

Author of Birdie

Canada Reads
CRMLIB
MLIB

A Complicated Kindness

Miriam Toews

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2006
CRWinner
Fiction
GG2004
GGQuiz
GGQuiz2015

Adam Copeland

Defending Minister Without Portfolio

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016panellist

Adam "Edge" Copeland

Defending Minister Without Portfolio

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CRMLIB
MLIB

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

Books100
Book summary
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CR2002
GillerQuiz
pastwinners

All My Puny Sorrows

Miriam Toews

BestBooks2014
Bookies2015
BookiesFiction
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist
Fiction
longlist
Novel
shortlist

All the Broken Things

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

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Canada Reads
CR2016longlist
TNCSeason7

And the Birds Rained Down

Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015
CR2015longlist
CR2015shortlist
Women2015

Anita Rau Badami

Author of The Hero's Walk

Book summary
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CR2016author
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CRHIWI
CRMAGIC8
HIWI

Anita Rau Badami

Author of The Hero's Walk

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CRMAGIC8
MAGIC8

Annabel

Kathleen Winter

Books100
Book summary
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CR2014

Arrival City

Doug Saunders

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist
CurrentArraifs
nonfiction
Non-fiction
TrueStories100
AskaWriter
Canada Reads
CanadaWrites
AskaWriter
Canada Reads
CanadaWrites
AskaWriter
Canada Reads
CanadaWrites
CRMAGIC8
AskaWriter
Canada Reads
CanadaWrites
AskaWriter
Canada Reads
CanadaWrites
AskaWriter
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CanadaWrites

Away

Jane Urquhart

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2013
Historical

Azita Ardakani

Book summary
Canada Reads

Barney's Version

Mordecai Richler

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2004
GillerQuiz
pastwinners

Beautiful Losers

Leonard Cohen

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2005
Erotic2015
Fiction

Birdie

Tracey Lindberg

Aboriginal2015
Best2015
BestCF2015
Book summary
Canada Reads
Covers2015
CR2016longlist
CR2016shortlist

Bone and Bread

Saleema Nawaz

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist
CR2016longlist
CR2016shortlist

Brown Girl in the Ring

Nalo Hopkinson

BlackHistory2015
Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
Canada Reads 2008
CR2008
Fantasy - Science fiction & fantasy
Women2015

Bruce Poon Tip

Defending Birdie

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016panellist
Canada Reads

Bruce Poon Tip

Defending Birdie

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CRMLIB
MLIB
Canada Reads
CR2016panellist
CR2016shortlist

Buying on Time

Antanas Sileika

Book summary
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CR2016longlist
Canada Reads
CRMAGIC8
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CR2016shortlist
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CRMAGIC8
MAGIC8
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CRMAGIC8
List
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CRMAGIC8
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CR2016shortlist
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CR2016shortlist
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CR2016shortlist
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Gill Deacon

Host

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CRMLIB
MLIB
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CR2016shortlist
Canada Reads

Celia's Song

Lee Maracle

Aboriginal2015
Book summary
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CR2015longlist
fiction
IFOA35
IFOAAboriginal

Children of My Heart

Gabrielle Roy, translated by Alan Brown

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2007
Fiction

Clara Hughes

Defending The Illegal

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016panellist

Clara Hughes

Defending The Illegal

Canada Reads
CRMLIB
MLIB

Cockroach

Rawi Hage

Book summary
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CR2014
Fiction

Cocksure

Mordecai Richler

Book summary
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CR2006
Fiction

Deafening

Frances Itani

Book summary
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CR2006
Fiction

Essex County

Jeff Lemire

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
Comics - Comics & graphic novels
CR2011
Freedom2016

Fall on Your Knees

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2010
Historical

Farah Mohamed

Defending Bone and Bread

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016panellist

February

Lisa Moore

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2013
CRWinner
Canada Reads

For Today I am a Boy

Kim Fu

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist
Women2015
WTW2014

From the Fifteenth District

Mavis Gallant

Book summary
Canada Reads
Canada Reads 2008
CR2008
Fiction

Fruit

Brian Francis

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2009
Humour

Generation X

Douglas Coupland

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2010

Gill Deacon

Book summary
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Canada Reads

Good to a Fault

Marina Endicott

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2010
Fiction

Green Grass, Running Water

Thomas King

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2004

Half-Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan

BlackHistory2015
Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
Cdn Bestseller
CR2014
GillerQuiz
MusicList2015
pastwinners
Canada Reads
CR2016shortlist
Canada Reads

Icefields

Thomas Wharton

Book summary
Canada Reads
Canada Reads 2008
CR2008
Fiction

Indian Horse

Richard Wagamese

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2013

In the Skin of a Lion

Michael Ondaatje

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2002
CRWinner
Historical
LitPrizeBook

Intolerable

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015
CR2015longlist
CR2015shortlist
CurrentAffairs
Family
Memoir
Nonfiction
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

King Leary

Paul Quarrington

Book summary
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Canada Reads 2008
CR2008
CRWinner
Fiction

Landing Gear

Kate Pullinger

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist
IFOA35

Lawrence Hill

Author of The Illegal

Book summary
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CR2016author

Lawrence Hill

Author of The Illegal

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CRMLIB
MLIB
Canada Reads
CRMAGIC8

Lawrence Hill

How he wrote The Illegal

Canada Reads
CRHIWI
CRMAGIC8
HIWI

Lawrence Hill

Author of The Illegal

Canada Reads
CRMAGIC8
MAGIC8
Canada Reads
CR2016shortlist

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2003

Lullabies for Little Criminals

Heather O'Neill

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2007
CRWinner
Awards
Canada Reads
List

Mercy Among the Children

David Adams Richards

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2009
GillerQuiz
pastwinners

Michael Winter

Author of Minister Without Portfolio

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016author

Michael Winter

How he wrote Minister Without Portfolio

Canada Reads
CRHIWI
CRMAGIC8
HIWI

Michael Winter

Author of Minister Without Portfolio

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CRMAGIC8
MAGIC8

Minister Without Portfolio

Michael Winter

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CR2016longlist
CR2016shortlist

Monkey Beach

Eden Robinson

Books100
Book summary
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CR2015longlist
Canada Reads

Natasha and Other Stories

David Bezmozgis

Book summary
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CR2007
Fiction

Next Episode

Hubert Aquin, translated by Sheila Fischman

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2003
CRWinner

Niko

Dimitri Nasrallah

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist

Nikolski

Nicolas Dickner, translated by Lazer Lederhendler

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2010
CRWinner
GG2008
GGQuiz
GGQuiz2015

Farah Mohamed

Defending Bone and Bread

Canada Reads
CRMLIB
MLIB

No Crystal Stair

Mairuth Sarsfield

Book summary
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CR2005
Fiction

Not Wanted on the Voyage

Timothy Findley

Book summary
Canada Reads
Canada Reads 2008
CR2008
Fiction

On a Cold Road

Dave Bidini

ArtsCulture
Book summary
Canada Reads
Canadiana
CR2012
Memoir
MusicList2015
Non-fiction
TrueStories100
Canada Reads

Oryx and Crake

Margaret Atwood

Atwood75
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2005
EssentialAtwood
Fiction
Novel

Prisoner of Tehran

Marina Nemat

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2012
CurrentAffairs
Memoir
Memoir2015
Non-fiction
TrueStories100
Canada Reads
CR2016shortlist
Canada Reads
CR2016shortlist

Rockbound

Frank Parker Day

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2005
CRWinner
Fiction

Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets

Al Purdy

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2006
Poetry

Ru

Kim Thúy, translated by Sheila Fischman

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015
CR2015longlist
CR2015shortlist
CRWinner
Mother2015

Saleema Nawaz

Author of Bone and Bread

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016author

Saleema Nawaz

How she wrote Bone and Bread

Canada Reads
CRHIWI
CRMAGIC8
HIWI

Saleema Nawaz

Author of Bone and Bread

Canada Reads
CRMAGIC8
MAGIC8

Saleema Nawaz

Author of Bone and Bread

Canada Reads
CRMLIB
MLIB

Sarah Binks

Paul Hiebert

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2003
Fiction

Sitting Practice

Caroline Adderson

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist

Something Fierce

Carmen Aguirre

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2012
CRWinner
Family
Memoir
Memoir2015
TrueStories100

Stanley Park

Timothy Taylor

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2007
Fiction

Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

Bookies2015
BookiesSciFi
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist
Fiction

Swamp Angel

Ethel Wilson

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist

Sweetland

Michael Crummey

BestBooks2014
Bookies2015
Bookies2015Winner
BookiesFiction
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist
Fall2014
Fiction
GG2014
GGF2014
IFOA35
IFOAGG
Novel
TNCSeason7

The Age of Hope

David Bergen

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2013
Fiction

The Amazing Absorbing Boy

Rabindranath Maharaj

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist
Humour

The Best Laid Plans

Terry Fallis

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2011
CRWinner
Humour

The Birth House

Ami McKay

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2011
Historical

The Bone Cage

Angie Abdou

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2011
Fiction

The Book of Negroes

Lawrence Hill

BlackHistory2015
Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2009
CRWinner
Historical
Canada Reads
CR2016shortlist
Awards
Canada Reads

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Wayne Johnston

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2003
Historical

The Door is Open

Bart Campbell

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist

The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

Michel Tremblay, translated by Sheila Fischman

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2009
Fiction

The Game

Ken Dryden

Book summary
Canada Reads
Canadiana
CR2012
History
Memoir
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

Atwood75
Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2002
EssentialAtwood
Fantasy - Science fiction & fantasy
Fiction
Freedom2016
GGQuiz2015
Novel

The Heart Is an Involuntary Muscle

Monique Proulx, translated by David Homel and Fred A. Reed

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2004
Fiction

The Hero's Walk

Anita Rau Badami

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist
CR2016shortlist

The Illegal

Lawrence Hill

Best2015
BestCF2015
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016longlist
CR2016shortlist
Fall2015
Fall2015Fiction
Fiction
Gift2015
GiftBuzz2015
Lawrence Hill
Spring2016

The Inconvenient Indian

Thomas King

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015
CR2015longlist
CR2015shortlist
CTPWinner
History
IFOA35
IFOAAboriginal
Indigenous
Memoir
Non-fiction
TaylorPrize
TrueStories100

The Jade Peony

Wayson Choy

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2010

The Last Crossing

Guy Vanderhaeghe

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2004
CRWinner

The Lost Garden

Helen Humphreys

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2003
Fiction

The Love of a Good Woman

Alice Munro

book summary
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2004
Fiction
GillerQuiz
Munro85
MunroOriginal
pastwinners

The Orenda

Joseph Boyden

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
Cdn Bestseller
CR2014
CRWinner
Historical
IFOA35
IFOAPenguin

The Outlander

Gill Adamson

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2009
Historical
Romance

The Outside Circle

Patti LaBoucane-Benson & Kelly Mellings

Aboriginal2015
Best2015
BestComic2015
Book summary
Canada Reads
Comics - Comics & graphic novels
CR2016longlist
Gift2015
GiftHot2015
Summer2015
TCAF2015

The Song of Kahunsha

Anosh Irani

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2007
Fiction

The Stone Angel

Margaret Laurence

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2002

The Tiger

John Vaillant

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2012
Non-fiction
ScienceNature
TrueStories100

The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood

Atwood75
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2014
Fiction
Novel

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein

BestBooks2014
Bookies2015
BookiesNonfiction
Book summary
CA2014
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist
CTP2015longlist
CurrentAffairs
GiftGuide2014
HWPWinner
IFOA35
Nonfiction
Non-fiction
ScienceNature
TaylorPrize
TIFF2015
TrueStories100
Weston2014
WestonPrize

Three Day Road

Joseph Boyden

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2006
Historical

Tracey Lindberg

Author of Birdie

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016author

Tracey Lindberg

How she wrote Birdie

Canada Reads
CRHIWI
CRMAGIC8
HIWI

Tracey Lindberg

Author of Birdie

Canada Reads
CRMAGIC8
MAGIC8

Two Solitudes

Hugh MacLennan

Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2013
Historical

Unless

Carol Shields

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2011
Fiction

Vinay Virmani

Defending The Hero's Walk

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2016panellist

Vinay Virmani

Defending The Hero's Walk

Canada Reads
CRMLIB
MLIB

Volkswagen Blues

Jacques Poulin, translated by Sheila Fischman

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2005
Fiction
Canada Reads

What We All Long For

Dionne Brand

BlackHistory2015
Books100
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist

When Everything Feels like the Movies

Raziel Reid

Bookies2015
BookiesYA
Books100YA
Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015
CR2015longlist
CR2015shortlist
Fiction
GG2014
GG2014winner
GGCT2014
GGQuiz2015
GiftGuide2014
YA2014

Whylah Falls

George Elliott Clarke

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2002
Poetry
PoetryModern2015
PoetryMonth2015

(You) Set Me on Fire

Mariko Tamaki

Book summary
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist
Fiction
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