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2010

 

Debbie Travis and Ami McKay on Canada Reads launch day

With the holidays upon us and a New Year on the horizon, this week at Canada Reads has been dedicated to revisiting video highlights of our...

Ali Velshi and Terry Fallis at the Canada Reads launch

This is the time of year when it's customary to review the highlights of the past 12 months and trot out "best of" and "worst of"...

Lorne Cardinal and Anne Giardini on Canada Reads launch day

This holiday week, kick back and relive the highlights of our live launch, which took place on November 24. Jian Ghomeshi hosted the event,...

Georges Laraque and Angie Abdou on Canada Reads launch day

Lots of great Canada Reads material is still to come in the New Year. But this holiday week, we're taking a look back at some...

Sara Quin and Jeff Lemire on Canada Reads launch day

We'll be rolling out lots of exciting Canada Reads material in the weeks to come. But this holiday week, as the end of the year...

Terry Fallis's gift guide

We asked our Canada Reads authors to share what they'll be giving their friends and family this holiday season. Here's hoping it will inspire a...

Jeff Lemire's holiday gift guide

We asked our Canada Reads authors to share what they'll be giving their friends and family this holiday season. Here's hoping it will inspire a...

Taking the Canada Reads challenge

Since I haven't read any of this year's Canada Reads titles before, I've been questioning what I would have assumed about each book if I...

Ami McKay's holiday gift guide

We asked our Canada Reads authors to share what they'll be giving their friends and family this holiday season. Here's hoping it will inspire a...

Angie Abdou's holiday gift guide

We asked our Canada Reads authors to share what they'll be giving their friends and family this holiday season. Here's hoping it will inspire a...

The weekly contest goes Canadian

Last week we asked you to name your dream book and panelist combo and we got some great responses! Don Cherry, Stephen Harper and Sarah...

Which book is the 'most Canadian'? The Canada Reads team weighs in

Whenever the Canada Reads debates roll around, the topic of which book is the "most Canadian" always comes up. And why not? Canada Reads is...

Carol Shields' daughter Anne Giardini talks about Unless

Canada was Carol Shields' adopted country, but she rose to become one of our most beloved literary figures. Shields was born in Oak Park, Illinois....

Meet Carol Shields' Unless

Listen: In the clip below, Carol Shields' daughter Anne Giardini reads from Chapter 5 of Unless. In this scene Reta recalls the history of...

Holiday shopping with a little help from Canada Reads

The other night, I decided to get in a little Christmas shopping and headed to my local Chapters. The store was packed with a line-up...

Jeff Lemire talks about Essex County

Jeff Lemire's Essex County consists of three interconnected graphic novels (a Canada Reads first!) — Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories and The Country Nurse....

Meet Jeff Lemire's Essex County

Listen: In the clip below, author Jeff Lemire reads from a bonus story from Essex County. The Essex County Boxing Club explores the history of one of...

Introducing the Canada Reads weekly contest

We've got plenty of prize packs to give away and we're ready to do just that, starting right now! Every week, we'll pose a question....

Ami McKay talks about The Birth House

The Birth House is set in rural Nova Scotia nearly a hundred years ago, but this remarkable story didn't find its way onto the page until an...

Meet Ami McKay's The Birth House

Listen: In the clip below, author Ami McKay reads from Chapter 26 of The Birth House. On December 6, 1917, Halifax was devastated by an explosion (you...

Where fiction and fact meet, and the Canada Reads books

"How much of your book is true?" This is a question that most writers will face at some point in their careers. I think it...

Terry Fallis talks about The Best Laid Plans

If there is a Cinderella story in this year's Canada Reads line-up, it would have to be Terry Fallis. His book, The Best Laid Plans,...

Meet Terry Fallis's The Best Laid Plans

Listen: In the clip below, author Terry Fallis reads from Chapter 2 of The Best Laid Plans. In this scene, former political speechwriter Daniel...

First impressions: The Canada Reads team on their contenders

Last week, we meet those from the Canada Reads team tough enough to stand up for their favourite contenders. This week, we asked them to...

Meet Angie Abdou's The Bone Cage

Listen: In the clip below, author Angie Abdou reads from Chapter 9 of The Bone Cage. In this scene, aspiring Olympic wrestler Digger Stapleton...

Behind the scenes with a former Canada Reads panelist

Jen Sookfong Lee was my book's defender on Canada Reads 2009. She was smart, articulate, funny and passionate. In short, my dream defender. I wanted...

BookNet Canada explains the 'Canada Reads effect'

Everyone says that being named a Canada Reads books affects sales. National recognition, instant acclaim, skyrocketing sales, Canada Reads is up there with the Scotiabank...

Videos: Meet the Canada Reads 2011 authors

The Canada Reads 2011 authors share their writing inspiration and advice for their panelists....

Photos from 2014

Hundreds of Canada Reads fans piled into the CBC building in Toronto to see firsthand the 2014 panelist and author reveal. The writers and celebrities...

Listen to the Canada Reads authors read from their novels

Listen to the five Canada Reads authors read moving passages from their novels!...

Members of the Canada Reads team go to bat for their fave contender

Here at the Canada Reads office, we get into the competitive aspect of the debates. Really get into it. Bets are made, hands are shaken,...

What a week at Canada Reads!

Wow, what a whirlwind it's been. The secret is out and now the world knows who the panelists are and what books they chose to...

Watch the Canada Reads 2011 Live Launch

Jian Ghomeshi hosted a Canada Reads live launch event at the CBC Studios in Toronto, Ontario on November 24, 2010. Watch the panelists reveal their books...

An open letter to the Canada Reads 2011 authors

(With the announcement of this week's Canada Reads finalists, I thought I'd use this week's space to write a letter to the five authors....

Watch the Canada Reads 2011 Reveal on Q

The Canada Reads 2011 panelists -- Debbie Travis, Lorne Cardinal, Ali Velshi, Georges Laraque and Sara Quin -- announce their book selections and prepare to...

Meet the Canada Reads 2011 contenders

Ali Velshi defends: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis The book: The peccadilloes of Parliament Hill's political animals are the subject of The...

Lorne Cardinal defends: Unless by Carol Shields

The book: Most people want to be happy. But how many have what it takes to be good? Can self-realization and morality share the same...

Sara Quin defends: Essex County by Jeff Lemire

The book: Jeff Lemire's Essex County (Top Shelf Productions) is composed of three interconnected graphic novels: Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories and The Country...

Preparing to launch: The Canada Reads 2011 panelists and books are on deck!

First there were 40. Then 10. Soon it will be down to the final five. On Wednesday, November 24, we'll reveal the five books chosen...

Top 10 author Joseph Boyden and his novel Three Day Road

Top 10 author Joseph Boyden is travelling and wasn't able to answer the Canada Reads Questionnaire in time, so instead we're presenting a clip...

10 for the Top 10: Yann Martel answers the Canada Reads Questionnaire

Life of Pi brings to life the unforgettable journey of Pi, a 16-year-old boy whose family is taking their zoo from India to Canada. Disaster...

Georges Laraque defends: The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

The book: Angie Abdou's remarkable debut novel The Bone Cage takes readers deep into the gruelling, often solitary world of amateur athletics. Neither a...

Debbie Travis defends: The Birth House by Ami McKay

The book: The miracle of birth and the struggle to live a good life; the miracle of a good life and the struggle to...

10 for the Top 10: Ami McKay answers the Canada Reads Questionnaire

Ami McKay is now an author synonymous with Atlantic Canadian fiction, but this former music teacher grew up in Indiana and spent many years in...

Ali Velshi defends: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The book: The peccadilloes of Parliament Hill's political animals are the subject of The Best Laid Plans, Terry Fallis's hilarious first novel, which won...

Canada Reads looks back at Eleanor Wachtel's conversation with Carol Shields

We've been getting to know the authors of the Top 10 by posting their responses to the Canada Reads Questionnaire. Sadly, Carol Shields, author...

10 for the Top 10: Jeff Lemire answers the Canada Reads Questionnaire

Essex County (the book) introduces people to Essex County (the place) across three generations and explores how the place and its people, and the relationship...

10 for the Top 10: Lawrence Hill answers the Canada Reads Questionnaire

I think it's safe to say that The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill has been the biggest Canadian book of the decade: winner of...

'Getting it' with Canada Reads

Image by Caitlinator. Licensed via Creative Commons "I didn't get it." "Did you get that?" "I totally got that." "What was I supposed to...

10 for the Top 10: Terry Fallis answers the Canada Reads Questionnaire

When Terry Fallis, a communications strategist, set out to become a published author, he shopped his manuscript to plenty of publishing houses — but they...

Discussion 2011

The Best Laid Plans>>By Terry FallisDefended by Ali VelshiThe peccadilloes of Parliament Hill's political animals are the subject of The Best Laid Plans, Terry...

10 for the Top 10: Zoe Whittall answers the Canada Reads Questionnaire

"The cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler" (as described by the Globe and Mail)...

10 for the Top 10: William Gibson answers the Canada Reads Questionnaire

In 1984 William Gibson published his groundbreaking first novel, Neuromancer, and revolutionalized the world of science fiction. Widely considered "the archetypal cyberpunk work," it brought...

10 for the Top 10: Angie Abdou answers the Canada Reads Questionnaire

We've got a few days before the panelists make their picks and we reveal who they are and what they chose! (November 24 on Q,...

Losing control with the Canada Reads Top 10

Fiction writers, for the most part, spend the better part of their working lives in controlled environments. By that I mean their primary job is...

Meet your Canada Reads Top 10

Our Top 40 is now a Top 10. We asked you to vote for the books you most wanted to see on Canada Reads —...

Fun on the Canada Reads Top 10 campaign trail

The Canada Reads Top 10 vote inspired some silly and serious online chatter. We had tons of fun following the conversations and creativity online and...

Time is running out: Get your Canada Reads Top 10 vote in!

This is your last chance to have your say, Canada! The voting for the Canada Reads Top 10 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade closes...

Exploring the Canada Reads Top 40: The big(ger) players

Looking to vote on the Canada Reads Top 40? You can do that if you click here! Well, here we are. We've come to the...

Exploring the Canada Reads Top 40: The independents have their day

Looking to vote on the Canada Reads Top 40? You can do that if you click here! Today, we're going to look at the Top...

Exploring the Canada Reads Top 40: Historical fiction for here and now

Looking to vote on the Canada Reads Top 40? You can do that if you click here! Canadian literature and historical fiction often go hand...

The (Canada Reads) life of Brian: Reflections on the Canada Reads Top 40

For a number of years, I worked in the marketing department of a magazine. One of the magazine's most popular issues (with readers and advertisers...

Exploring the Canada Reads Top 40: Through eastern eyes

Looking to vote on the Canada Reads Top 40? You can do that if you click here! Our Top 40 is all over the map...

Exploring the Top 40: The Canada Reads contenders

Looking to vote on the Canada Reads Top 40? You can do that if you click here! Over the next few days, we're going to...

The verdict is in: The Top 40 revealed and your chance to choose the Canada Reads Top 10

Canada has spoken! We asked you for your nominations for the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade and did you ever answer. Canadians...

The Canada Reads Top 40 list is just around the corner

Jian Ghomeshi will be making an exciting announcement today — he'll introduce the Top 40 list of essential novels of the past decade as chosen...

The (Canada Reads) life of Brian: Getting on the radar

Brian Francis is the Canada Reads 2011 resident blogger. His thoughts on Canada Reads will appear every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates. Say hello...

Canada, we want YOU...again!

Yesterday, we gushed about your overwhelming response to the call for nominations for the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. And we're going...

Top 40 deadline day: Vote before midnight and stay tuned for results

We sent out a call for nominations and, wow (!!), did Canada respond! Over the course of our three-week public campaign for the Top 40...

My Canada Reads includes Quebec fiction

Most of the fiction from Quebec that I've read in the past nine years has been connected to Canada Reads, whether I was being introduced...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 25

Today is it. Get your recommendation in by midnight tonight to have your say! Our online form, Facebook, Twitter and the comments section below are...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 24

There's only one week until Halloween. Do you have your costume picked out yet? Maybe one of the reader recommendations below can provide you with...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 23

Happy Saturday! Let's get right to the reader recommendations, shall we? William Dechman recommends: Blackstrap Hawco by Kenneth J. Harvey An epic work. A wonderful...

The Lam (Vincent Lam, that is) picks a lion

Canada Reads is still looking for that fabulous read you can't put down! The one you're dying to finish but don't want to end. We...

Canadian publishers make their recommendations for our Top 40

We asked a number of publishers from across the country to weigh in with their choices for our Top 40 essential Canadian novels of...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 22

TGIF! It's been a busy week here at Canada Reads HQ, but an exciting one. Don't forget: the deadline for the top 40 has been...

Top 40 contenders redux: The Governor General's Award finalists, 2001-2010

We've already looked at the Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees of the decade, now it's time to turn to the awards that are, arguably, the...

Michael Winter shines light on Newfoundland titles

What does Canada Reads have in common with Sherlock Holmes? We're taking on the role of super-sleuth, deciphering the clues you send us to find...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 21

Another day, another daily round-up! Check out today's fab 20 below! Lisa Dalrymple recommends: Amphibian by Carla Gunn Both Carla Gunn and her narrator,...

Librarians get their Canada Reads say!

Earlier this month, we featured fantastic videos by four librarians from the Edmonton Public Library pitching their Canada Reads picks. We loved them so much...

Mariko Tamaki's 'essential' reads are graphic novels

To be or not to be, that is the question. Well, not for Canada Reads. We're too busy for existential angst. We're searching for the...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 20

Have you been noticing any trends in the daily round-ups? Any surprises? Share your top 40 predictions in the comments below! And don't forget to...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 19

Can you believe there are only seven days left until we reveal the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade? if you haven't had...

Author Jane Urquhart on the essential Canadian novel of the decade

Is it on your bookshelf? Standing by on your bedside table? Canada Reads continues its search for the essential Canadian novel of the last 10...

More chart-toppers: The decade in bestsellers, part two: 2001-2005

Earlier this month, we looked at the bestseller lists from the past five years.Sure, being a bestseller doesn't necessarily make a book an "essential"...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 18

Another week, another 40-book library to give away! Congratulations to Michael Dawson! He'll receive 40 books courtesy of six great publishers: Cormorant Books, Fitzhenry...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 17

Is there a better way to spend a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee in hand reading some Canada Reads recommendations? I think not!...

Bookstores share their Canada Reads recommendations

October 16 is Independents' Day, a day where book lovers come together and celebrate their favourite independent book store. We wanted to celebrate by getting...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 16

You're not here to read my ramblings, you're here for the reader recommendations. Behold below! Alexis Everitt recommends: Moody Food by Ray Robertson Voted one...

Book bloggers offer their picks for the essential novel of the decade

At Canada Reads HQ, we've been busy taking in your nominations and looking across the country for recommendations from authors, publishers, and other industry professionals....

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 15

We're entering the home stretch for the Canada Reads open nominations. There are only 10 days left to get your recommendation in. Do so using...

Edmonton Public Library wants you to watch, then read!

I have a huge crush on libraries. I always have. When I was in school, I spent loads of time at the various university...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 14

Things are heating up in the race to the top 40! Several authors aren't taking any chances and have started campaigns of their own: Corey...

Canadian authors weigh in...

In our continued quest to find the essential Canadian novel of the last 10 years, we sallied forth and quizzed several authors at a recent...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 13

Let's get right to it, shall we? Here's today's round-up of recommendations sent in by you! Cathy Ashley recommends: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 12

Thanks to everyone who sent in a reader recommendation last week. The response was fantastic and we received more than 1,000 responses! With week one...

Giller: An 'essential' name for Canada Reads?

Ah, "essential." We here at Canada Reads HQ think a variety of factors should be considered when deciding whether or not a novel is an...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 11

Is everyone stuffed with turkey (or, as in my case, tofurkey) yet? What about reader recommendations? You better not be, because we've got loads...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 10

Happy holiday weekend, everyone! Just because it's a Sunday doesn't mean we'll stop with the daily reader recommendations! Here we go, another fabulous 15 for...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 9

It's a holiday weekend, but never fear! Reader recommendations aren't going anywhere. That's how dedicated I am to the Canada Reads cause! Below are 15...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 8

Another day, another round-up of reader recommendations! Remember, each recommendation is worth one point to the book of your choice! Haven't sent in a recommendation...

A novel approach to Canada Reads this year

Last year I had a dream in which I was describing the five Canada Reads books to someone who hadn't read them, and doing...

Sell, sell, sell! The decade in bestsellers, part one: 2006-2010

We can't think about the essential novels of the decade without thinking about the best-selling novels of the decade. Sales certainly aren't the only indicator...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 7

Another day, another set of fabulous reader recommendations. What do you think? As always, share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter or in...

Reader Recommendation Daily: October 6

Wow! We've been blown away by the submissions everyone has sent in. Canada is filled with passionate and informed readers and we want to share...

Get out and vote: Defining 'essential' and adding past Canada Reads contenders to the mix

As you may know by now (and if you don't, you can catch up by reading yesterday's post), Canada Reads is looking for the essential...

Let the games begin! Canada Reads' 10th anniversary will explore the past decade in Canadian fiction

Can you believe Canada Reads has been around for 10 entire years? Ten years ago, I was an awkward high school student who captained my...

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The big 10... Canada Reads is set to celebrate

They grow up so fast these days. It seems like only yesterday (OK, a couple of years ago) that CBC folk started talking about doing...

Canada Reads Top 40 Contest: Rules and Regulations

We're looking for regular readers to submit recommendations to us to create the list of the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. If...

Canada Reads Top 40 Contest: Reader Recommendation Form

The period for Canada Reads "The Essential Top 40 Novels of the Decade" is now closed. Stay tuned to this space for other great Canada...

And the winner is... Flannery takes us inside the thrilling final debate

Hello, readers. OK. This time I really mean it. If you haven't seen or heard today's show, then you must do so here. I don't...

Blogger Flannery says adieu to Canada Reads...and bonjour to Hannah Sung, host of the CBC Book Club

Hello, readers. What a week it was. Just seven days ago, I was anxiously anticipating the outcome of Canada Reads 2010. I surveyed the field...

Day Five: Discussion

  Congratulations to Nicolas Dickner and Michel Vézina! Nikolski is the winner of Canada Reads 2010. After Good to a Fault was voted off early...

Flannery dishes on Day Four: Another one bites the dust

Hello, readers. Spoilers ahead. So if you haven't heard or seen today's show, please do so. On this, the fourth day of Canada Reads, the...

Day Four: Discussion

  The heavyweight book of Canada Reads 2010, Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall on Your Knees, was the second book voted off. It seems like its defender...

Day Three: Discussion

  Goodbye Generation X! It's always a bit sad to see the first book voted off. It's usually at this point that the panelists remember...

The first book falls: Flannery dishes on Day Three of the debates

Hello, readers and debate followers. Day three of Canada Reads 2010 debates has come and gone and — spoiler alert! — so has one of...

Day Two: Discussion

  In yesterday's chat with Hannah and Jian, participants overwhelmingly thought that Michel Vézina had the best argument after the first day of debates....

Another day, another debate: Flannery recaps the second Canada Reads broadcast

What a morning. Day Two of Canada Reads 2010 was a real treat. Perched on my stool in the control room, I was privy...

Fall on Your Knees: Too dark or full of hope?

  In Day One of Canada Reads, FOYK was criticized by Roland Pemberton for being too dark. In Monday's live chat, Natalie, who defended FOYK...

Day One: Discussion

  At 3 p.m. ET, join CBC Book Club host Hannah Sung and special guest Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi as they discuss the...

And they're off! Flannery handicaps Day One of the debates

The first shots have been fired in the Canada Reads 2010 debates! Our five panelists were quick on the draw and didn't waste much time...

Flannery gets ready to take us behind the scenes for the first Canada Reads 2010 debate

Hello, readers. It's finally here. In just a few short hours, Jian and our five esteemed panelists are going to kick off the Canada Reads...

Live chats, exclusive content and spoilers ahoy as Canada Reads begins next week

We're ramping up for the Canada Reads 2010 debates next week with lots of great value-added content. All next week, check out our live chats...

Flannery wonders how things will play out on Canada Reads next week

Hello, readers. The ticking of the clock is deafening. After months of speculation, we're now entering the final, most important leg of our literary journey....

Good to a Fault: The elephant in the room

One of the major plot points in Marina Endicott's Good to a Fault deals with cancer. Just like in real life, it unfortunately touches...

CBC Radio's Colleen Kitts reports on her visits to five very different New Brunswick book clubs to discuss the Canada Reads titles

A good novel is a tiny planet unto itself. For the days or weeks it takes to turn the pages, you become immersed in that...

The Jade Peony: my favorite character: the Monkey Man

Welcome to the discussion thread all about Wayson Choy`s The Jade Peony! I'm your moderator, Angela@CBC.Let's talk a bit about characters this week: who is...

Past panelist Jen Sookfong Lee on recommending books she loves not wisely but too well

When I first met my husband almost 13 years ago, he cunningly appealed to my ego and asked me to compile a list of...

Flannery introduces us to yet another offshoot: Civilians Read

It's fair to say that Canada Reads 2010 has both inspired and provoked debate. It has even spurred a few other sites to put...

Nikolski: A comparative discussion with The Jade Peony

  Over at the Nikolski: Six degrees of separation discussion, sdring had an interesting idea I'd like to start a new thread with and that...

Panelist Roland Pemberton dishes on why he's championing Generation X

In a couple of weeks, I will be attending a ransom-note reading party. It's simple: you come dressed as your favourite kidnapper/murderer, read your ransom...

Indecisive blogger Flannery wants to know which book you're rooting for in Canada Reads 2010

We're just two short weeks away from the Canada Reads 2010 debates! Things are starting to heat up around here. The Canada Reads team is...

Generation X: Cast of characters, love 'em or hate 'em?

  August C. Bourré really hates Generation X. Earlier this month, he wrote a blog explaining why he disliked it so much. Though he criticizes...

Blogger Flannery on a fan's pleasant post and Canada Reads as 'a book nerd's fantasy'

Hello again, readers. I can't believe how quickly time is passing. It seems like only yesterday that I was cracking the spine on Good to...

Fall on Your Knees: All in the family

  One of the things I loved about FOYK was Ann-Marie's depiction of the relationship between the Piper sisters. I think she really captures the...

Good To a Fault: The cast

  The cast of characters in Good To A Fault are a handful, to say the least. They have vibrant and distinct personalities that provoke...

Samantha Nutt dishes on why The Jade Peony deserves to win Canada Reads

Reading fiction has always been an addiction of mine. I blame my mother. When I was a child, she made a special event out of...

Blogger Flannery ponders what it might take to win Canada Reads

Hello, readers. I'm sitting pretty over here — got a big, smug smile on my face. It took me a bit longer than I thought...

Flannery reflects on the joys of reading Fall on Your Knees without any spoilers

The experience of reading Fall on Your Knees for the first time really brought home for me the importance of the element of surprise. It's...

Champion athlete Perdita Felicien on becoming a public advocate for Fall on Your Knees

When I was approached about Canada Reads, I was a bit nervous at first. Not because it wouldn't be amazing to be a part of...

Nikolski: Six degrees of separation

  [SPOILER ALERT]: @trudymorgancole on Twitter has posed the question: "Was it brilliant or just frustrating that the characters never discover links between them?" Personally,...

Author Douglas Coupland and a former Canada Reads panelist connect with the 2010 Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics begin in the beautiful city of Vancouver this Friday, and Canada Reads author Douglas Coupland has been asked by the Olympic...

Flannery is immersed in the big read, Fall on Your Knees

Hello, fellow readers. I've got a lot on my mind today. My overstuffed brain has everything to do with the fact that I am...

Flannery dishes on the Canada Reads discussion boards

Hello, fellow readers. As you may have noticed, the Canada Reads reader discussion blogs are up and running on the site. These reader-driven vehicles...

Panelist Michel Vézina describes being hooked by Nikolski

I first met Nikolski when it first came out, in French. Was it in 2005? Perhaps, yes. I remember the publisher's rep (Patricia, already...

Blogger Flannery reflects on the family truths in Nikolski

Hello again, fellow readers. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the saying "never judge a book by its cover." I feel even more certain that...

Blogger Flannery crunches the latest Canada Reads numbers and compares 'social' and 'private' readers

Hello, readers. It sure feels great to have a stack of good books by your side at this time of year, doesn't it? Canada...

The Jade Peony: Opening salvo

  Welcome to the discussion thread all about Wayson Choy`s The Jade Peony! I'm your moderator, Angela@CBC, and I'm pretty excited about this book. I...

Good to a Fault: The goods

  Hi, I'm Rosie@CBC and this is the spot to discuss Marina Endicott's novel Good to a Fault. This book is one of the two...

Fall on Your Knees: Let's start talking

  Hi, welcome to the discussion about Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall on Your Knees. I'm Barb@CBC, your moderator, and I hope you'll have lots to say...

Generation X: Talkin' 'bout my Generation (X)

  Welcome to the discussion blog for Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland. My name is Andrea@CBC and I'm the moderator...

Nikolski: Beginning the journey

  Greetings, fellow bookworms! It's your friendly neighbourhood geek girl, Kimberly@CBC (also @AliasGrace), here to moderate the discussion around Nikolski. This is a book that really...

Simi Sara describes why she chose Good to a Fault for Canada Reads 2010

It was so easy for me to love Good to a Fault. I sat down by myself, the family was away, on a Saturday...

Resident blogger Flannery reflects on the complex nature of virtue in Good to a Fault

Hello, readers. I've been immersed in Marina Endicott'sGood to a Fault for the past several days. (I got to talk to Marina, and her Canada...

Blogger Flannery looks at the Canada Reads effect and considers 'zombie do-overs' in fiction

Hello, readers. We're nearly halfway into our reading and so it seems like the perfect time to set our books down for a moment to...

Twenty years on, Douglas Coupland reflects on writing Generation X

I sat down to begin writing Generation X — and it feels like 20 years ago, too — no tempus fugit for me. The book...

Resident blogger Flannery gets swept up in the stories within the story of Generation X

Hello, readers. This week at Canada Reads we're highlighting Douglas Coupland and his novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. I'm more than...

Resident blogger Flannery muses on the trio of siblings in The Jade Peony

Hello, fellow readers. I trust you had a good reading week, and that you're full of thoughts, feelings and ideas about the book in...

Wayson Choy takes us inside the world of The Jade Peony

In The Jade Peony, the little girl known as Only Sister, Jook-Liang, struggles to tell me of her bond with the elderly crippled gentleman...

Contest and poll update, week ending January 10

Howdy readers! Last week, we polled you about New Year's resolutions — which apparently many of you don't like making (40 per cent). The usual...

Blogger Flannery muses on The Jade Peony and its subtle history lessons

Hello, fellow readers. Happy Monday. I hope you managed to grab at least an hour or two in the company of one of our...

Blogger Flannery on the schizophrenic effects of reading all five books at once

Hello again, fellow readers. We're barely into the New Year — not to mention the new decade — and I'm ashamed to admit that...

Contest and poll update, week ending January 3

It's a new year and the Canada Reads debates are just around the corner...have you read this year's selections yet? Didn't get a set for...

Canada Reads executive producer Susan Feldman reflects on the theatrical side of Ann-Marie MacDonald

The phrase "triple threat" could have been invented for Ann-Marie MacDonald. First an actor, then a playwright, finally a novelist. But the lines of this...

Blogger Flannery finds that The Jade Peony strikes a chord

Hello, readers. Welcome to another week of Canada Reads 2010, and the first week of the New Year! I love a fresh start and...