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October 2010

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 around the world sent in their suggestions through our recommendation form, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.......

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 by YOU. Catch that Canada Reads' breaking news on Q (CBC Radio One: 10-11:30 a.m.......

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 to Brian Francis, the Canada Reads 2011 resident blogger! A recent post on the Canada......

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 to gush again. We love you so much we want to play more with you.........

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 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade, we received thousands of nominations for hundreds of books.......

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 to Nikolski or revisiting an already-loved book such as The Fat Woman Next Door Is......

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 all great options for expressing your opinion. But before you go, check out today's reader......

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 some creative costume inspiration! Barbara Carter recommends: The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb......

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 mix of myth and historical fiction. Each chapter could stand alone as a short story.......

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 want you to help us find it — the essential Canadian novel of the last......

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 the past decade. You can also find more in the upcoming weeks at the Canada......

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 extended to midnight on Monday, October 25, and the top 40 reveal will take place......

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 most Canadian of them all: the Governor General's Literary Awards. Given out annually since 1936,......

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 the essential Canadian novel of the last decade. Ok, so your suggestions don't need much......

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, 9 yr old Phineas Walsh, are fresh unique voices in Canadian fiction. Funny, serious, and......

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 that we rounded up more recommendations from librarians across the country! Jane Pyper from the......

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 must-read Canadian book of the last 10 years. Our key question is: what's your essential......

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 have your day by nominating your novel of choice using our online form or via......

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 your say yet, you'd better hurry up: use our online form or get in touch......

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 years, and we want to hear from you. What's your must-read book of the decade?......

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" read, but isn't it possible that a lot of "essential" reads became bestsellers? We think......

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 & Whiteside, Goose Lane Editions, HarperCollins Canada, Invisible Publishing, Penguin Canada, Random House of Canada......

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! Cynthia Andrew recommends: The Birth House by Ami McKay In The Birth House, Ami McKay......

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 some bookstores in the on the Canada Reads recommendation action. Their choices are eclectic, exciting......

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 of CBC's top 10 Rock & Roll novels, Moody Food was a hilarious, rollicking novel......

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. Today, we bring you picks from the people who live, breath, and possibly eat books:...... Read More »

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 our online form, or via Twitter or on Facebook. But first, be sure to read......

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 libraries on campus (Killam, Law and King's all got great use) and at the Halifax......

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 Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey, has a Facebook page dedicated to getting his novel on......

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 event in Toronto. We figured they've read a few books here and there. Their responses......

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 It captures a keen sense of Canadian place — growing up in a small community......

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 over, we have a 40-book library to give away and the lucky winner is...Nicole Dardarian.......

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 "essential" read, including public reception, personal opinion, critical acclaim and the Canada Reads "X" factor.......

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 more to roll out in the coming days, including the lovely list below! Amy Wilson......

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 you to check out: Lorie Mills recommends: The Birth House by Ami McKay A great......

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 recommendations we've received in the last week. Louise Woods recommends: Bottle Rocket Hearts by......

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 yet? You can do so here!  Christie Dennison recommends: Elle by Douglas Glover This is......

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 so in terms of fruit — maybe my subconscious was crunching along with Brian Francis's......

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 of critical success or cultural importance, but it's a pretty important one. It's one of......

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 the comments below! Anna Camara recommends: Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden Three Day Road......

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 your recommendations with everyone else. Every afternoon, we'll be highlighting random reader recommendations on the......

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 Canadian novels of the past decade. But what makes a novel essential? Is it the......

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 Envirothon team (don't ask) and was channelling my gangly limbs and sharp elbows into Nova......
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