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Canada, we want YOU...again!

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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...

We want YOU to choose the Canada Reads Top 10 list. That's right, instead of the previously announced panelist-chosen Top 10, the list will be yours to decide. Canadians across the country (and around the world) can have their say in what novels belong in the Top 10 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. The panelists will pick from that very list.

We'll post a poll of the Top 40 books on Thursday, and you can cast your one and only vote any time before midnight on Sunday, November 7. You can vote early, but you can't vote often. With only one vote per person, you may want to think long and hard about what book you want to see on Canada Reads 2011. Every vote counts!

To help you decide, we'll be rolling out content on the Top 40 books over the next two weeks (after the Top 40 is revealed, of course!). Be sure to tune in to the Canada Reads blog every day to become the most informed voter ever!

The Top 10 will be revealed on Tuesday, November 9.

We also have an exciting Top 10 contest for you! Predict the books that will make the list right here, using this form. Contest entries will be open until midnight ET on Sunday, November 7. The two people who are right on the money, or closest to the actual Top 10, will each win a set of the books on the Top 40! (All ties will be broken by a random draw. You can find the complete contest details here.)

The panelists will choose the final five from this Top 10 based on the original criteria we set out: public opinion, critical success, personal opinion and Canada Reads potential. We'll reveal the five panelists and their picks to the world on Wednesday, November 24.

What do you think of these changes? Are you excited to have your say in making the Top 10? Share your thoughts or start or join in a campaign right now on Facebook or Twitter. Comment away and try to sway other voters. It's your call.

Erin Balser is an associate producer with Canada Reads.

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