Podcast: Arlene Dickinson discusses Prisoner of Tehran

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There are only weeks left until our favourite battle of the books. But sit tight, we've got the first look at this year's panelists and their plans for coming out on top.

So far, we've caught up with The Game defender Alan Thicke and Something Fierce defender Shad. This week, our latest panelist puts the spotlight on a harrowing story of struggle and survival.


Image of Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi (left) with author Marina Nemat (centre) and Arlene Dickinson (right) by Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC

Hard work doesn't scare Arlene Dickinson. Neither does competition. After going toe to toe with a room full of dragons on CBC's Dragons Den, she is ready to debate. That's why she chose Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat.

At 16, Marina was arrested and sent to Evin, Iran's notorious political prison. She thought she was going to die there. But a series of events led to her freedom and to a new life in Canada.

Prisoner of Tehran was an international bestseller and was translated into 25 different languages. Arlene is confident that these millions of readers around the world got something right and that Canadians will connect with Marina's story of survival. In the audio player above, listen to her conversation with Canada Reads associate producer Debbie Pacheco about why Prisoner of Tehran will come out on top.

The debates will air at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. in Nfld.) on CBC Radio One and will be livestreamed on CBC Books at 10 a.m. ET on February 6,7, 8 and 9.

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