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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 Christmas? Then enter our weekly contest, and like Scott Labelle of Hanmer, Ontario, you may just win all five books, plus a handy-dandy, zippered, pocketed, ultra-cool tote bag to put them all into. And this book bag comes highly recommended by author Ann-Marie MacDonald who told me, "I get a lot of book bags in my line of work, but this one is really useful."

During the holidays we polled you about what type of book you most look forward to reading during these dark winter days, and an overwhelming majority of you chose to read a long novel. Tell us which book you most loved reading and you may join the ranks of our first two Make Your Pitch winners:

Tobi Gepraegs of Calgary, who championed Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden.

Lisa Browne of Clarenville, Newfoundland, who blogged on House of Hate by Percy Jane. (I haven't been able to find much information online about this book, so if you know much about it, please tell us!)

There are two more Sony Reader Digital Books up for grabs at the end of January, but you have to get creative as the competition is pretty stiff.

One of our most recent entries is from Edward Kanerva who sent in a pitch for Christian Bok's highly lauded book of experimental poetry, Eunoia. Edward tells us "I did it as a poster [pictured above left] and I let Christian's own words (from an interview by Stephen Voyce in the online journal Postmodern Culture) do the talking."

How will you Make Your Pitch at bookclubcontest@cbc.ca ?

Happy reading,

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