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November 2010

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 Giller Prize when it comes to shaking up the CanLit landscape. (We're not quite in......

Videos: Meet the Canada Reads 2011 authors

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

Book bloggers weigh in on the Canada Reads final five

  There was a lot of conversation surrounding this year's Canada Reads campaign, both on and off our website. We love when people get into the spirit of Canada Reads and take to Twitter, Facebook and their personal blogs to......

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 did a Q&A with Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi and then stuck around to meet......

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, trash talk ensues — nothing is off limits when bragging rights are on the line.......

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 champion. We're thrilled with the calibre of panelists we have stepping up to bat this......

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 and authors on stage!......

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. Unfortunately, I can only address it to four, as Carol Shields is sadly no longer......

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 battle on Q on November 24, 2010.......

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 Best Laid Plans, Terry Fallis's hilarious first novel, which won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal......

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 space in our lives? Or can we only have one and not the other? These......

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 Nurse. The minimalistic though intensely emotional trilogy gives form to the author's inspired vision of......

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 for the Canada Reads 2011 debates and their five celebrity defenders. Who could it be?......

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 from an interview with him, done shortly after his debut novel Three Day Road was......

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 strikes and Pi does whatever he can to survive. Martel weaves together science and religion,......

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 classic sports novel, nor a simple coming-of-age story, The Bone Cage offers a unique spin......

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 be born -- these are just a few of the themes explored in Ami McKay's......

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 Chicago before she followed love to the Bay of Fundy. There, she penned her phenomenal......

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 the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Read more >> The author: No stranger to......

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 of Unless, died in 2003, so we're taking a different approach to introducing this celebrated,......

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 between the two, change over time. If Essex County makes the final five, it will......

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 the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for overall best book and 2009 champion of Canada Reads;......

'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 get?" The question of "getting it" is unavoidable in life, especially when it comes 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 all turned it down. That didn't stop him, and he started podcasting (for free!) his......

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 Fallis's hilarious first novel, which won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The Birth......

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) is none other than Toronto's Zoe Whittall. This Quebec born-and-raised poet caught critics' eyes when......

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 Gibson mainstream recognition, as well as accolades and awards from his sci fi peers, and......

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, to be exact.) In the meantime, we thought it would be nice for the Top......

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 to create (or re-create) believable worlds. Lawrence Hill transports you into the past in The......

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 — the Essential Top 10 Canadian Novels of the Decade, if you will. What you gave......

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 wanted to share some of the best goodies with you. Goodie # 1: Cake! Top......

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 on Sunday, November 7, at midnight ET. One vote per person. The race is a......

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 end of a week of briefly introducing each novel on the Canada Reads Top 40.......

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 40 titles that fit the category of "independent" — whether they were published by a......

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 in hand. Some of the best Canadian novels look to the past — as do......

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 alike) was its annual Readers' Poll. The issue featured the public-chosen winners in a variety......

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 (literally!), with authors representing nearly every region from coast to coast to coast. However, the......

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 briefly introduce the novels that made the Canada Reads Top 40 — provide a stats......
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