Kelley Jo Burke shares her Canada Reads picks


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 Kelley Jo Burke, a playwright, poet and host of SoundXchange on CBC Radio! Here are Kelley Jo's picks:

Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King: "Something the whole country will love to read, and a wide open door to Aboriginal culture."

Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood: "To remember when we realized she was brilliant and funny."

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt: "Because it's a stunningly written page-turner, and that ain't easy."

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: "Because it's long listed for the Booker, it's soaked in West Coast mist, and it's so beautiful it knocks your socks off."

419 by Will Ferguson: "Because it's awesome."

We put Kelley Jo's picks to the Canada Reads test and four passed with flying colours. We put Green Grass, Running Water back on the bookshelf because it was championed by Glen Murray in 2004. This leaves Kelley Jo with four potential Canada Reads contenders. It's up to you now, Canada. Vote for the book you most want to see on Canada Reads this year. The poll will be open until Sunday, October 20, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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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