Friday, February 15, 2013 |
The battle of the books is over for another year. Lisa Moore's February, a novel exploring a widow's grief following the 1982 Ocean Ranger oil rig disaster off the coast of Newfoundland, was crowned Canada Reads 2013 champion on the fourth day of debates. Moore, and her book's defender Trent McClellan, chatted with Q and Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi about what this victory means for them and for all books in Canada.
It was another eventful and stirring year for Canada Reads, as we watched and listened to stellar performances by all the panelists. In his opening essay on Friday's broadcast, Jian Ghomeshi reflected back on his role as Canada Reads host and how the show has evolved over the years. What started as a reality show about books, which includes jokes and sound effects, "can also turn into more than that."
"... This week, the discussion also become about our identity -- who we are, who we were, who we want to be, what it means to be Canadian. And the debate played out in passionate, but heartful and genial ways. It was eloquent and combative, but always ultimately deferential and respectful ... Dare we say, Canadian?"
Jian took part in a special online Q&A following yesterday's finale and offered more of his insights on the Canada Reads experience. You can replay the chat here.