Canada Reads 2013: Recommend your read here

The Canada Reads recommendation period is now closed. The Top 10 lists from each region will be revealed on Q and the Canada Reads website on Wednesday, October 24. Tune in!

Canada Reads is back for its twelfth season. And this time around, we're doing things differently. Canada Reads 2013 is going back to fiction, but that's not all. This year's battle of the books will be divided along geographical lines. After all, we're one great nation but we also have our local pride.

So we decided to tap into that loyalty to regional roots in order to build this year's Canada Reads book list.

How will it work?

We divided Canada into the following five regions. (We wish we could have had more, but only five books can vie for the Canada Reads crown.) Each region will be represented by one book in the debates.

  • British Columbia and Yukon
  • Prairies and North
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic Provinces

In order to arrive at a Top 10 list for each region, we are inviting public nominations. You can nominate only one title in each region -- but you needn't be from that region to submit a nomination. You can nominate a book in each of the five regions if you wish.

We will also be mining regional book awards and tapping into avid readers from CBC's team from coast to coast for their recommendations. These lists will be put to a vote and the votes each book will receive will count toward their overall total.

In each region, the 10 books with the most votes will move on to round two. So there will be five Top 10 lists in total. These will be revealed on Wednesday, October 24, on Q and on the Canada Reads website.

The public will be invited to vote on those five lists, and each will be narrowed down to a Top 5. The Canada Reads panelists will then choose the book they will defend in the debates from the Top 5 list that corresponds to the region they represent.

What books qualify?

Books must be novels, available in Canada and published by a traditional publisher (self-published books and e-book originals are not eligible) and must be readily available.

The author must be originally from the region or have spent a substantial amount of time in that region that their novel is nominated to represent.

Books previously on Canada Reads are not eligible.

The book does not need to be set in the region that it represents. Books set in India can be nominated in Ontario, books set in England can be nominated in B.C., as long as the author calls, or has called, that region home. We're looking for the best of literature emerging from Canada. Keep that in mind when nominating a book!

How do I recommend a book?

Canadians are allowed to nominate one book per region during the Reader Recommendation process.

The five regional Top 10 lists will be revealed on Wednesday, October 24, at 10 a.m. ET on Q and on the Canada Reads website.


You can submit your recommendation here.

You can also submit a recommendation via Twitter. You can use the hashtag affiliated with your region:

  • British Columbia and Yukon: #canadareadsBCY
  • Prairies and North: #canadareadsPraN
  • Ontario: #canadareadsON
  • Quebec: #canadareadsQC
  • Atlantic Provinces: #canadareadsATL
Or use the general #canadareads hashtag to contribute to the conversation.

Each tweet will count as one recommendation! Please use one method of recommendation only.


Recommendations will be accepted until Monday, October 22, at 11:59 p.m. ET. By submitting a recommendation, you'll automatically be entered in our weekly draw to win a Kobo Touch eReader. Only Canadian residents are eligible to win.

The complete rules and regulations are here. Good luck!

We will share some of the best recommendations on the Canada Reads website.

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