Friday, January 14, 2011 |
As this year's Canada Reads debates draw closer — have you circled February 7, 8 and 9 on your calendar? — we're gearing up by putting the spotlight on each of the panelists. Last week, we caught up with Debbie Travis. She's defending The Birth House by Ami McKay.
This week we talk to our second panelist, who's known for his gift of gab and his ability to translate economic jargon into everyday language for viewers across North America. CNN broadcaster Ali Velshi is primed to battle for his pick, The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis.
In The Best Laid Plans, a reluctant engineering professor is elected and thrust into power after a scandal rocks the nation. The result isn't politics as usual. Instead, it's a laugh-out-loud look at Parliament Hill, and the hilarious tale of what happens when someone who doesn't want to be there decides to get things done.
Ali thought this political satire would appeal to readers across the country. Listen to his conversation about The Best Laid Plans with Canada Reads associate producer Debbie Pacheco below!
The debates will air on February 7, 8 and 9 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET on CBC Radio One (2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland).
Next week, we talk to former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque. He's defending The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou.