CBC Live at the Canada Reads 2012 launch event

CBC Live came down to to Canada Reads launch event on Wednesday and spoke to this year's panelists about their plans for the debates. The panelists came ready to play. Host Jian Ghomeshi says this year's panel is a "feisty" one, and if the launch was any indication, everyone better watch out. Could the 2012 debates be the hottest yet?


Each panelist has a different plan for preparing for February. Alan Thicke plans to focus more on the humanity of his book choice, The Game, and less on the hockey aspect of the book. Arlene Dickinson, defending Prisoner of Tehran, plans on using her experience on Dragon's Den, which has taught her a lot about "making sure my opinion is heard." Anne-France Goldwater is ready to fight dirty to protect The Tiger if she has to, saying she'll do what she can "to destabilize the competition." Shad, who is defending Something Fierce, is planning to sit back and let his fellow panelists tear each other down and debate his chosen book "on its own merits." Finally, On a Cold Road defender Stacey McKenzie wants to break down modelling stereotypes and win it all. "I always get what I want," she said.

You can watch the CBC Live video below the jump!

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