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Cast Your Vote: Elizabeth May's picks


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There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall the non-fiction classics? Unearth the much-loved but overlooked small press memoir? It's a difficult task. Which is why we aren't going to leave you to do it alone. We asked people from all across the publishing spectrum — booksellers, bloggers, publishers and more — to build their dream Canada Reads: True Stories list. We will roll these lists out through the Top 40 campaign. They can be a source of inspiration and a fantastic reading list, and they give these books an extra bump to make it to the next round in this year's debates. But you also get to have your say.

One of the non-fiction mavens we turned to was Green Party of Canada leader and author Elizabeth May.

Elizabeth May is the pithy and well-read leader of the Green Party of Canada. The author of seven non-fiction reads, her most recent book, Losing Confidence: Power, Politics And the Crisis In Canadian Democracy, was published by McClleland & Stewart in 2009.

When we asked Elizabeth for her dream Canada Reads: True Stories choices, these are the books she chose and her reasons why:

Born Naked by Farley Mowat


"Impossible to pick just one . All his body of work is non-fiction. Born Naked is fabulous and very revealing of how he grew up to be who he is. But The Dog Who Wouldn't Be? Owls in the Family. The Boat Who Wouldn't Float? All classics. Must reads!"

Seasick by Alanna Mitchell


"Alana Mitchell woke the world up to the threat of ocean acidification due to excess carbon dioxide in Seasick. But it is also very personal (lowered in a submersible and needing the loo...and other perils of the scientific journalist."

Thermageddon: Countdown to 2030 by Robert Hunter


"Bob Hunter died way too soon, but he left us this call to arms for the protection of our future. Personal reflections interwoven with science. Every Canadian should read it. (Especially the Harper Cabinet.)"

Trauma Farm by Brian Brett


"Brilliant memoir and critique of modern industrial agriculture. One part Stephen Leacock, one part Wendell Berry. I loved it (laughing out loud) and I learned from it. A great combination."

A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright


"Ronald Wright's Massey lectures, now a classic. Movie based on book premiered at TIFF. Lessons we must learn and very entertainingly told."


Which one of Elizabeth May's picks was your favourite? Vote for the book you'd most like to see on the Canada Reads: True Stories list in each poll. The poll closes on Monday, October 10, at midnight ET.

Each vote counts as one point, and the 40 books with the most support will be named the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40.

Want to submit a recommendation of your own? You can do so here! 

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