Katherine Duncan shares her Canada Reads choices


What is the one novel that could change Canada? That's the question Canada Reads is posing to Canadians this year. And to offer a little inspiration to people for their own recommendations, we're turning to musicians, activists, writers and even members of the CBC family to share their suggestions with the nation.

Today, we turn to Katherine Duncan, host of In Tune on CBC Music and Key of A on Radio One. Here are Katherine's picks:

Runaway by Alice Munro: "Alice Munro's Nobel Prize is as good a reason as any to return to this atmospheric collection. Best known for her Ontario settings, Munro captures the feel of the west coast beautifully here; the inclusion of several linked stories offers a welcome continuity for readers who might be reluctant to engage with short stories."

Larry's Party by Carol Shields: "How can you not love a book about a very ordinary guy from Winnipeg who makes a profession of designing garden mazes. A quietly touching novel with a surprising, transcendent ending."

The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre: "Linden MacIntyre has done his research, but as a novelist, he presents a difficult subject with compassion, through a compelling and sympathetic portrait of church scandal 'fixer' Father Duncan, whose own faith and sanity are tested by his increasingly untenable role."

We put Katherine's picks to the Canada Reads test and two passed! Runaway is a short story collection and is not eligible for Canada Reads. That leaves Katherine with two titles to be put to a vote. So which book will it be, Canada? Cast your vote by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 20, to have your say! The more votes a book gets, the more likely it will move on to the Top 40.

What is the one novel that could change our nation?

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

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