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Podcast: Lorne Cardinal defends Unless

Lorne CardinalOur preview chats with panelists started on the East Coast. We've crossed the country to end with a panelist who makes his home on the West Coast, actor Lorne Cardinal.

He's best known for his role as police officer Davis Quinton on the hit television series Corner Gas. Now he wants to move from making people laugh to making them think with his Canada Reads choice, Unless by Carol Shields.

Unless is Carol Shields's final novel before her death in 2003. It's about Reta Winters, a mother and writer who struggles to understand why her eldest daughter drops out of university to panhandle on the streets of Toronto.

For Reta, coming to terms with that mystery means examining other losses in her life and her own unhappiness.

Lorne Cardinal joined us in the CBC studios in Toronto to talk about why Canadians should pick up Unless. Listen to his conversation 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).

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