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Podcast: Sara Quin defends Essex County

Thumbnail image for Sara QuinThere are only two weeks left until the Canada Reads contenders duke it our for the coveted title. Until then, we've got you covered, offering you a first look at this year's panelists, and how they plan to take down the competition.

A rural Nova Scotian community, a national election and Olympic dreams all got the Canada Reads treatment so far.

This week, our latest panelist shines the spotlight on Essex County by Jeff Lemire.

Essex County is a sensitive trilogy that captures the broken promises and abandoned dreams of a small farming community.

Sara Quin, indie music darling and one half of the internationally known duo Tegan & Sara, is defending Essex County. It's the first graphic novel to become a Canada Reads contender. Sara Quin joined us from the CBC studios in Vancouver to discuss her strategy for defending a grapbic novel and how she's prepping for the debates.

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'll finish off our final five by discussing Unless by Carol Shields with its backer, actor Lorne Cardinal.

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