Canada Reads Dream: Stay tuned for the big winner

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Tell us what your Canada Reads Dream experience would look like!

What would your theme or twist be?

What books would you want to highlight? 

Which prominent Canadians or celebrities would you have as the panelists? For the sake of the dream, they need not be alive, human, real, or Canadian, really!

We asked this question for two weeks, you can see all the responses below! Canadians were able to "like" their favourites and now we are putting the Top 10 entries with the highest rating to a vote. You can see the final results in this screencap.

(This poll is based on the Top 10 as of 11:59 p.m. ET on February 27, 2013. You can see all the comments on the original contest post.)

The Top 10: 

1. Ginger Snaps:

William Shatner would host the Canada Reads Science Fiction edition on the Starship Enterprise. The line-up would include . . .

Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer (currently eligible for nominations for the Hugo, Nebula, and Aurora Awards), defended by David Suzuki (author, host of the popular CBC television science magazine, "The Nature of Things", Canadian academic, and environmental activist).

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (winner of the Governor General's Award and first Arthur C. Clarke Award), defended by Peter Gzowski (was a Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter, most famous for his work on the CBC radio show "Morningside").

Virtual Light by William Gibson (winner of the Aurora Award), defended by Kevin O'Leary (Canadian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, investor, author, and television personality from Dragon's Den).

The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson (winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award), defended by Russell Peters (Canadian comedian, actor and author).

Courtship Rite by Donald Kingsbury (first winner of the Compton Crook Memorial Award), defended by Jim Carrey (Canadian American comedian, actor and producer).

2. Snapdragon101:

Travel Version of Canada Reads

Lloyd Robertson would host the Canada Reads Travel version behind the backdrop of Niagara Falls with the following dream line-up:

Beyond Belfast authored by Will Ferguson -> Winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, 2010 and AWG Award for Creative Nonfiction, 2010. ADVOCATE: Wendy Mesley, a Canadian television host and reporter.

Touch the Dragon, A Thai Journal authored by Karen Connelly -> National bestseller for two years, winner of the Governor General's Award in 1993, and a New York Times Notable Travel Book of the Year in 2000. -> ADVOCATE: John Candy was a Canadian comedian and actor; best know as a member of Second City.

Stalin's Nose: Across the Face of Europe authored by Rory MacLean -> Canada Council Explorations Award, 1992. -> ADVOCATE: Anne Murray is a multiple award-winning Canadian singer in pop, country and adult contemporary music.

Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America by Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds -> Selected as a Globe 100 best book of 2010. -> ADVOCATE: Terry Fox was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist.

Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance authored by Mark Richardson. -> ADVOCATE: Al Waxman was the star of the 1970's sitcom King of Kensington.

3. HNIC1000:

Canada Reads-the name of the competition says it all, does it not? Greetings Book Fans across Canada! Welcome to the nation's 2013 Canada Reads! Today we are honoured to introduce you to 5 remarkable, unique picks. Throughout the summer, book clubs across Canada were invited to participate in a contest to win the opportunity to have their chosen book presented on the short-list. As a reminder, all that a book club had to do was to enter online the name of their book choice and the author (Canadian) and present a compelling argument as to why this title and author should be considered as a Canada Reads top choice. After our judges, Margaret Atwood and Louise Penny, and their support teams, selected the 10 winning entries, it was up to you, the reader, to come up with the top 5 picks. Here they are, in no particular order:

Up and Down by Terry Fallis, selected by Book Club HyFlyers, celebrity pick, Chris Hadfield

You Went Away by Timothy Findley, selected by Book Club LeftToRight, celebrity pick Avril Lavigne

Inside by Alix Ohlin, selected by Book Club Charades, celebrity pick Howie Mandel

No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay, selected by Book Club Thriller, celebrity pick Peter Mansbridge

Rush Home Road (burst of applause) by Lori Lansens, selected by Book Club GECDSB, celebrity pick Alex Trebek

As an added bonus, the 5 winning book clubs are here to join us. Over 150,000 entries were received, and this result alone is a true testament that indeed Canada Reads!

Lets get started!

4. frankhach:

My Canada Reads Dream experience would be to read my Own Biography written by an unknown Canadian Secret admire in summer at the side of Bridal Veil Falls near Lake Louise. Then towards the middle of the book ... It would start talking about my future. I would soon realize that the person that wrote the book is myself from the future. 

I was able before i died to write my Auto Biography and gave it to someone that kept it for generation in a Secret family place until the year 2235 ... At that point Time machine was created and was on Sale across Canada in all Large Distribution centre. The Goal of one of my family branch member was to bring me my Auto-Biography. So with his brand new Time Machine with the Price tag still on ... He put the year 2013 and somewhat found me and Landed the book on my doorsteps with a Lock and a key and a memo saying ... Don't Open unless you are at the side of Bridal Veil Falls.

Thinking to myself that it would be crazy to travel from New-Brunswick to Alberta just to read an unknown book was crazy ... but then again the fascination of this crazy Spur the moment experience seemed Unbelievable, so Off i went. Once i arrived at the side of the waterfall i was as exited as I've never been before. Little did i knew that what was in the book was written by myself ...

5. Papyrus:

Food for Thought . . . Canada Reads

This event would consist only of chefs who wrote cookbooks or where part of a cooking show. Hosted by the late Ken Kostick and sassy Mary Jo Eustace from the fabulous CBC program, "What's for Dinner". The affair would be held on their set and the dream line-up would comprise of:

Spilling the Beans by Julie Van Rosendaal and Sue Duncan, won the Taste Canada award. Defended by Stephan Yan from "Wok with Yan".

The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts by David McMillan, Frédéric Morin, and Meredith Erickson won the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), nominated for a James Beard Book Award, and won the Piglet tournament. Defended by Stefano Faita from "In the Kitchen" with Stefano Faita (Stefano has written two best-selling cookbooks in French).

Flavours of Canada by Anita Stewart, won 2 Cuisine Canada awards and is a culinary activist appointed to the Order of Canada for outstanding achievements in Canadian food and cuisine. Defended by Graham Kerr, famous for the "Galloping Gourmet".

Made in Italy by David Rocco, a bestseller, won a Canadian Gourmand award & Taste Canada award. Defended by Kary Osmond previous host of "Best Recipes Ever".

Open Kitchen: a Chef's Day at The Inn at Bay Fortune by Michael Smith took the bronze medal at Cuisine Canada's Cookbook Award. Defended by James Barber who was a Canadian cookbook author & host of "The Urban Peasant".

6. SusannahSparrow:

Canada Reads... Families Read!!!

This edition of Canada Reads features the five novels that parents should read with, or to, their children. (These are novels, not picture books). After all, children are the next general of Canadian readers!

The panelists would each chose the book they will represent. The panel would include:

1) A parent (or older sibling, aunt, uncle, etc) who read(s) to their children. Prior to Canada Reads, individuals would participate in an online competition to join the panel, explaining why they think they are qualified to defend a particular children's novel. The public would vote on the winner.

2) A 'child'... someone who grew up reading with, or being read to, by an influential figure in their life (parent, older sibling, grandparent etc). Same selection process as for the parent.

3) Meagan Follows: famous Canadian actress who played Anne in the famous Canadian chidlren's novel 'Anne of Green Gables'.

4) A past or present head of Children's Literature at a Canadian Public library

5) A famous Canadian children's author, such as Jean Little or Kit Pearson, who did not have a book selected by one of the other four panelists.

In addition to the usual online poll run during the Canada Reads week, a second poll for those aged 18 and under would be run. This is to allow the voice of the next generation of Canadian readers to be heard regarding the Canadian Children's novel that families should be reading.

7. TMitchSK:

In my dreams...Jian Ghomeshi would host Canada Reads in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where Peter Gzowski started and ended his journalism career. Moose Jaw is also home to the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, one of the few surviving and thriving literary festivals in Canada. It's my dream to have Canada Reads in Moose Jaw, not just because it's my hometown, but because the Festival of Words, along with Canada Reads are two of the best sources I know for discovering great Canadian authors & books.

The champions would be (extra)ordinary people from Moose Jaw, who are just as colourful, lively, interesting & engaging as any celebrity! It would be a down-home, small-town, feel-good Canada Reads week. Here's who would be involved and what they would champion...

Glenda Julian is a physiotherapist and owner of a physiotherapy clinic/fitness facility and member of two book clubs. She would champion her favorite book Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden which I have heard her speak highly of for years!

Marilyn McCrea has worked in Transition Houses for years. She is an enthusiastic grandma, a crafty woman who makes greeting cards and journals and a book-lover. She would defend The Stone Angel by Margaret Lawrence.

Randonn Swan is the smart, fun & quirky mother of four-year-old Atticus, and employee at SaskWater. She is a big fan of science fiction & graphic novels and she would champion Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton.

Martha Tracey is a retired probation officer & political/news junkie. She is also my mom and a former Festival of Words board member. She would defend The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy.

Don Mitchell is a Moose Jaw City Councillor, market gardener, and my farther. He would champion Snow Job by William Deverell which he raved about for weeks after he read it.

8. kwmg40:

I would love to see a young-adult version of Canada Reads, where well-known Canadian teens defend the book of their choice, I love YA books and many of my favourites have been recommended by my teen daughters. We have some excellent YA authors in Canada, such as Susin Nielsen. This would hopefully get the younger generation more involved with Canada Reads, and I'd enjoy hearing their points of view.

9. LoraleeWarren:

My Canada Reads Dream Experience?

Well - first of all it would continue to be hosted by Jian Ghomeshi because he is, let's face it, completely dreamy.

The panelists would be:

Robertson Davies

Alden Nowlan

Margaret Laurence

Mordecai Richler

Timothy Findley

Why these panelists? In addition to the patently obvious I chose them because through their work they became dear friends of mine and I miss them all terribly. And after all - this is my dream right? Naturally they would make their own choices of a book to bring forward and defend. How great would it be to have any one of them say, "Listen - here's a book you really must read!"

10. SDLewis:

Canadian literature, like Canadian music, has come into its own in the past 25 years. The initially small group of bands and writers has grown into a full-blown pantheon. Can we identify the seminal novel/novelist that started it all? It was easy in this year's competition to see the resistance to must-read historical fiction. Instead, my dream contest would look at novels for their craft, character and plot development. I would suggest novels that have been in print for over 25 years: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler; Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, Surfacing by Margaret Atwood; The Nymph and the Lamp by Thomas Raddall, Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan. For panelists, I suggest: David Suzuki, Rick Mercer, Karen Kain, Denys Arcand and Martha Henry.

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