The Canada Reads 2012 panelists and books revealed!

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These are the celebrity panelists who will battle it out for the Canada Reads crown in the February debates:


Alan Thicke defends: The Game by Ken Dryden

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The panelist: Alan Thicke is a Canadian icon whose career as an actor and television personality spans more than 40 years. The Emmy-winning actor has appeared on How I Met Your Mother, jPod and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and earned the title "North America's favourite dad" for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the classic ABC sitcom Growing Pains.


The book: The Game is still widely regarded as the best book about hockey ever written, even almost 30 years after its original publication in 1983. In it, legendary goalie Ken Dryden chronicles his 1979 season with the Montreal Canadiens.


Stacey McKenzie defends: On a Cold Road by Dave Bidini

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The panelist: Stacey McKenzie is a Canadian supermodel who has appeared in the runway shows of top designers and the pages of numerous fashion magazines. She has also strutted her stuff as a modeling coach and judge on Canada's Next Top Model.


The book: On a Cold Road, the book that marked Rheostatics guitarist Dave Bidini's transition from rock star to writer, is a chronicle of the band's 1996 cross-Canada tour with The Tragically Hip.


Arlene Dickinson defends: Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat

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The panelist: Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada's most recognized entrepreneurs. She's the CEO of a top-notch marketing firm and one of the panelists on CBC-TV's Gemini Award-winning program Dragons' Den.


The book: Prisoner of Tehran is Marina Nemat's harrowing account of her imprisonment, at the age of 16, in Iran's most notorious prison for political dissidents.


Shad defends: Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre

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The panelist: Shad is a Juno Award-winning emcee with three critically acclaimed albums to his credit. He started his music career thanks to a radio station's song-writing contest and quickly worked his way up to the top ranks of Canada's rap elite.


The book: Something Fierce is playwright and actor Carmen Aguirre's memoir of coming of age in the Chilean resistance movement.


Anne-France Goldwater defends: The Tiger by John Vaillant

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The panelist: Anne-France Goldwater is one of Quebec's more colourful and well-known litigators. She's been called "Quebec's Judge Judy" thanks to her starring role in the reality-TV courtroom series L'Arbitre.


The book: John Vaillant's The Tiger is the shocking true story of the citizens of a remote Russian village and the ferocious, endangered Siberian tiger who is out for revenge against the poachers who survive by destroying his kind.





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