Dave Bidini's picks for novels that could change Canada


Dave Bidini knows Canada Reads better than most: he was a panelist in 2008, when he championed King Leary by Paul Quarrington, and he was one of the contending authors in 2012, when Stacey McKenzie chose to defend his book On a Cold Road. We asked the musician and writer which novels he thought could change the nation. Here's what he chose:

Galore by Michael Crummey: "It would change Canada by getting us to understand the essence of our waterways."

Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella: "It would change Canada by returning us to a belief in hope."

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon: "It would change Canada by reminding us of our understanding of the greater world."

The Last Season by Roy MacGregor: "It would change Canada by helping to change hockey."

Stunt by Claudia Dey: "It would change Canada by reminding us of our deep mysticism and sense of magic."

You heard what Dave had to say, now it's up to you, Canada! Which one of these novels would you like to see on Canada Reads this year? Cast your vote in the poll below -- your votes will help these books make it to the Top 40. The poll closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 20!

What is the one novel that could change our nation?

Once you voted, don't forget to submit your own recommendations here and enter our inspiring reads contest here!

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