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." And with a rep like that, the other Canada Reads panelists better watch out.


Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi with panelist Anne-France Goldwater and a photo of her author, John Vaillant (Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC)

Anne-France Goldwater is defending The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by B.C.-based writer John Vaillant. When a tiger is shot by a local hunter in rural Russia, the fearsome beast methodologically seeks revenge and an epic battle of man versus nature begins. This story of justice and survival should be right in Anne-France's wheelhouse, and she's confident that Canada Reads is another battle this tiger can win.

As a lawyer, Anne-France knows how to prepare for debates, and Canada Reads is no exception. When she enters the ring in February, she'll come armed with the one weapon that's fail-safe: knowledge. She plans to "mark all the passages that are brilliant and not-so-brilliant" so she's ready to battle.

In fact, Anne-France is so ready she's disappointed that Canada Reads isn't more like its French counterpart. The literal translation of Combat des livres is "Battle of the Books." "That's what it is!" she says. "A battle! In a battefield! With blood!"

Do you think Anne-France's no-holds-barred style will fare well with the other panelists? Watch her video below and decide for yourself!

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Want to get started on The Tiger? Check out an excerpt here!

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