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Meet design maven Debbie Travis

Greeting the new year is doubly exciting for the Canada Reads team, because it means we're edging closer to the debates. We can't wait to get our panelists in the ring and see what happens!

In the meantime, there's plenty of great content still to come on the site. In the run-up to the debates on February 7, 8 and 9, each book will be spotlighted for an entire week. We've got videos and podcasts with the panelists, Q&As with book designers and live chats with the authors! As always, if you want to get in on the conversation, be sure to check out our discussion pages for each of the five contenders.

First up: The Birth House by Ami McKay, which is being defended by design guru Debbie Travis.

Debbie Travis was born in England. After attending art school, she worked as a model before becoming a TV producer for a major British network. At the age of 30, she relocated to Montreal, where she started her own painting and design business and quickly made a name for herself. 

In 1995, she produced her first TV series, Debbie Travis' Painted House. An instant hit with audiences, it ran for 13 seasons. Two more series — Debbie Travis Facelift and From the Ground Up — followed. In her newest TV series, CBC's All For One, the designer fuses her design skills with her philanthropic bent. The show brings an entire community together to construct a new home for a local hero. 

When Debbie came to the Canada Reads 2011 launch, we asked her about her reading habits, why she chose The Birth House and more! Get to know Debbie a bit better by watching the video below!

You can win a copy of The Birth House, signed by both Debbie Travis and Ami McKay.

To enter the contest, just watch the video and find out the answer to the following question:

Where is Debbie's favourite place to read?

Send your answer to canadareads@cbc.ca for a chance to win! The contest closes at midnight ET on Friday, January 7. The winner will be drawn randomly from all the correct entries.

The contest rules and regulations can be found here.

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