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Contest and poll update, week ending December 6

Hello fellow readers,

It's been a week since Canada Reads 2010 launched and you haven't wasted any time signing up to play along with our weekly contest. It seems most of you knew that Jian Ghomeshi has been the host of Canada Reads for three years now, but the lucky name that was drawn to win a set of our five books plus a stylish tote bag was Charlotte Ashley's of Toronto.

We'll be giving away one such prize pack each week during the Canada Reads campaign. You could also win a Sony Digital Reader Book just by telling us which book you'd champion for Canada Reads if you were a panelist. Check the Book Club's Contests page< for details on how you can make a case for your pick.

Here's a sample entry from Katie Guiney of Petty Harbour, Nfld.:

"My recommendation is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I think Margaret Atwood is one of the greatest Canadian writers of all time, and although I've enjoyed everything I've read by her, I particularly loved The Handmaid's Tale. It is a dystopian novel, and has been often labelled science fiction, although Atwood prefers the term "speculative fiction." I have to say I agree with her, because as I read the novel, I really felt like the totalitarian society depicted in the novel could potentially happen. I don't want to give anything away for people who have never read it before, but I really think most Canadians will enjoy this book. The story of Offred is witty, suspenseful and thought-provoking. I found myself thinking, speculating, and even dreaming about the novel long after I finished it."

In last week's poll, we asked which panelist you think has the best shot at winning Canada Reads, and the results were intriguing...everyone received around the same number of votes! The outspoken broadcaster, Simi Sara, grabbed first place by a mere percentage point (22 per cent) over the fire-breathing author, Michel Vézina (21 per cent). Then came the dedicated humanitarian, Samantha Nutt (20 per cent), followed closely by Perdita Felicien and Roland Pemberton (a.k.a. Cadence Weapon), who each claimed 19 per cent of the vote.

So it looks like Canada Reads 2010 is anyone's game. I wonder what this does to the betting odds...

Happy reading,

Rosie

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