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December 2011

Marina Nemat reads from Prisoner of Tehran

Marina Nemat spent two years, two months and 12 days in Evin prison in Iran. While imprisoned, Marina was tortured and subjected to unspeakable horrors, which she brings to public attention in Prisoner of Tehran. Marina was one of the...... Read More »

Dave Bidini reads from On a Cold Road

The Rheostatics are considered one of the best Canadian bands of all time. But even the greatest bands have humble beginnings. In On a Cold Road, a memoir published in 1998, band member Dave Bidini chronicles their 1996 cross-Canada......

Carmen Aguirre reads from Something Fierce

Growing up in a family of revolutionaries, Carmen Aguirre often felt torn between her desire to live a "normal" life, filled with music, shopping, friends and boys, and the life of a resistance fighter, proudly dedicated to bringing down......

John Vaillant reads from The Tiger

John Vaillant is a journalist fascinated by the relationship between human civilization and the natural world. This fascination has driven much of his research and writing, including his two books, The Golden Spruce and The Tiger. The Tiger is......

Ken Dryden reads from The Game

As a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s, Ken Dryden won the Stanley Cup five times, the Vezina Trophy (for best netminder) five times, and made the NHL all-star team five times. He's considered one of the......

Meet Canada Reads author John Vaillant

John Vaillant has long had a taste for adventure, and it shows in his writing. The award-winning journalist's latest book, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, tells the story of a vengeful, man-eating tiger in a remote...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads author Carmen Aguirre

Carmen Aguirre's youth was filled with sharing secrets with her sister, visiting her grandparents and thinking about boys. Oh, and fighting a political dictatorship. Carmen was born in Chile during the Pinochet regime, and her parents were active revolutionaries in...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads author Marina Nemat

Marina Nemat went from prisoner to public speaker. After being arrested at the age of 16 and thrown into Evin, Iran's notorious political prison, Marina thought her life was over. Instead, a series of events led to her freedom —...... Read More »

Terry Fallis shares his Canada Reads gift-giving plan

'Tis the season. I give a lot of books as gifts this time of year. It's partly selfish. Giving books means shopping for books, one of my favourite pastimes. I love to spend time in bookstores. Of course, for me,...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads author Dave Bidini

Dave Bidini wears many hats. In addition to his trademark fedora, he's a musician and a writer. In 1994, Dave Bidini was a member of the Rheostatics and they were opening for one of Canada's greatest bands: The Tragically Hip....... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads author Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden has lived many lives: he's been a professional hockey player, a politician and an author. Two of these worlds collided in 1983, when Ken wrote The Game a memoir about his 1979 season with the Montreal Canadiens. Ken...... Read More »

The Canada Reads team on why their book is the best journey

Congratulations to dirksy, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep reading......

Terry Fallis wonders: Should it be Canada e-Reads?

When I arrived at the CBC Broadcast Centre this past November 23 for the launch of Canada Reads 2012: True Stories, I was given a very funky Canada Reads book bag filled with copies of the final five books....... Read More »

Canada Reads panelists get into the game

During the Canada Reads launch on November 23, we asked this year's panelists a few questions. They got into the spirit of the competition and are gamely preparing for the final debates in February. The panelists are all smiles before...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads panelist Stacey McKenzie

Supermodel Stacey McKenzie had to claw her way to the top of the fashion industry. She's no stranger to hard work and perseverance and plans to use what she learned from walking the runways when she defends her book during...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads panelist Alan Thicke

Actor Alan Thicke is a huge hockey fan, and he plans to use this passion to turn his book — The Game by Ken Dryden — into a Canada Reads champion. Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi with author Ken Dryden...... Read More »

The Canada Reads team explains why their book will appeal to Canadians

Congratulations to jelena_33, the second winner of a great Canada Reads prize pack. She scored signed copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep......

Meet Canada Reads panelist Anne-France Goldwater

Quebec litigator Anne-France Goldwater may not be familiar to many Canada Reads fans outside la belle province. But that doesn't mean you should count her out. Known for her tell-it-like-it-is ways, this family law lawyer is known as "Quebec's Judge Judy."...... Read More »

Terry Fallis tackles the 'Canada' in Canada Reads

In recent weeks, including on CBC Radio's Q with our fearless Canada Reads leader, Jian Ghomeshi, the debate about what exactly constitutes the "Can" in CanLit has once again returned to centre stage. I'm not sure it's ever been off...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads panelist Shad

Shad is known as "the thinking man's rapper." So be prepared to see him use both his school- and street-smarts when he enters the Canada Reads ring in February. We watched him beat out rap music phenom Drake for rap...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads panelist Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson will be a force to be reckoned with during this year's Canada Reads debates. After spending five seasons in the CBC's Dragons' Den, fending off her fellow entrepreneurs to score the best blockbuster business deals, she knows how...... Read More »

The Canada Reads team makes a case for their book as the best story

Congratulations to KLReads, the winner of the first Canada Reads prize pack. She scored signed copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep reading......

Get a taste of the Canada Reads contenders

Not quite sure which of the final five to pick up first? We have a treat for you! We have excerpts from all five titles, so whether you want to hitch a ride on Dave Bidini's tour bus, lace up......
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