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December 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 launch event on November 24, when host Jian Ghomeshi introduced the panelists and the authors to a......

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" lists in various categories. This week at Canada Reads, we've put together our own look back: we're posting video......

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, which featured all the players at the CBC Broadcast Centre in downtown Toronto. This year's......

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 video highlights of the campaign. We hope you enjoy this encore viewing! On November 24,......

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 approaches, we're taking the opportunity to revisit some highlights. On November 24, this year's Canada......

The Canada Reads dinner party contest

Last week we asked you to tell us which Canada Reads book was most "Canadian." It's a topic that comes up time and time again in Canadian literature, so it's always interesting to see how readers define what makes a read......

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 few last-minute buys — or Boxing Week splurges — for you and your loved ones!......

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 few last-minute buys for you and your loved ones! Today's gift guide was compiled by......

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 came across it in a bookstore. In other words, outside of the Canada Reads context.......

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 few last-minute buys for you and your loved ones! Today's gift guide is from Ami......

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 few last-minute buys for you and your loved ones! First up: The to-give items on......

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 MacLachlan all made appearances on the list as panelists and the book picks ranged from......

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 a Canadian show asking Canadians to read a book by a Canadian selected by a......

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. She moved to Canada at the age of 22, where she spent most of her......

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 the house where she raised her family and speculates about the mother who lived there......

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 that snaked around the corner, which, as a shopper, frustrated me. But, as a writer,......

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. Centred on the lives of three characters who are loosely connected — a boy being......

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 Essex County's most beloved pastimes: boxing. The fighting farmers turn into a local legend when their little......

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. If you answer it, you'll be entered in a draw to win a set of......

The Canada Reads team debates the 'essentialness' of their chosen books

The theme of this year's Canada Reads campaign was finding the "Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade." Given the theme, the final five were very surprising. Only one is a major award-winner (The Best Laid Plans won the Stephen Leacock Medal......

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 aspiring American writer, Ami McKay, relocated from Chicago to Scots Bay, Nova Scotia, to be with......

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 can learn more about this real-life event on the CBC's commemorative page). Dora and her......

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 goes without saying that if someone reads a book and likes it -- or loves......

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, had a rocky start — it was ignored by literary agents and Terry had to......

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 Addison has decided the answer to his get-out-of-politics prayers is his new landlord, engineering professor......

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 share their first impressions of their chosen novel and what, if anything, surprised them, delighted......

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 has one more match to win before he can qualify for the 2000 Games in......

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 to get her perspective on her Canada Reads experience and also her thoughts about this......
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