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Contest and poll update, week ending December 20

Howdy amigos!

Looking for that last-minute, sure-to-please gift? If you buy all five Canada Reads 2010 books from the CBC Shop they'll throw in a free official Canada Reads tote bag.

Or, you could try your hand a winning one, like Uwe Naeher of Yellowknife, NT. To enter this week's contest, you'll need to tell us which city in la belle province author Nicolas Dickner calls home.

And there are only 10 more days to enter the Make Your Pitch contest for a Sony Reader Digital Book. But you have to make a strong case for the book you'd nominate for Canada Reads.

Here's one of the latest entries, from Holly Robertshaw of Hamilton, Ontario:

"One of the first pieces of Canadian fiction I read that got me hooked was Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. The book felt good in my hands with the glossy cover and the ragged cut pages. The narrative drew me in from there. It was so poetically written in a style that blended artful pose with a scientific backdrop. The story follows Jakob through his life, as he escapes the Nazis and comes to stay with a Greek geologist, Roussos, and then as they move to Toronto.

"The second half of the book is written from Ben's perspective, who is a university professor in Canada and a fan of Jakob's poetry. Ben explores Jakob's past through his notebooks. I love how the author integrated poetry, geology, languages and memories into the story and the characters to make it come to life. I read this book over 10 years ago and have been hooked on exploring Canadian fiction ever since."

What's your book pick? Make your pitch at bookclubcontest@cbc.ca

In last week's poll, we asked which of the Canada Reads books you were going to read first. Marina Endicott's Good to a Fault topped the list with 31 per cent of the vote, followed by Wayson Choy's The Jade Peony (26 per cent) and Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall on Your Knees (20 per cent). Nicolas Dickner's Nikolski garnered the interest of 14 per cent, while only 10 per cent chose Douglas Coupland's Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. (It was a bestseller when it first came out, so perhaps a lot of you have already read it.)

Happy reading,

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