Ron MacLean's five novels that could change our nation


Canada Reads is looking for the one novel that could change Canada. And who could be more appropriate -- or Canadian -- to ask than Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean? MacLean is no stranger to the Canada Reads experience: he defended The Age of Hope by David Bergen on the 2013 edition of the show.

When asked for his choices for five novels that could inspire change in Canada, here's what MacLean selected:

  • Stole This From a Hockey Card: A Philosophy of Hockey, Doug Harvey, Identity and Booze by Chris Robinson
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  • King Leary by Paul Quarrington
  • The Good Body by Bill Gaston
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier

We have no doubt that any one of these books could change our nation, but we still have to put them to the Canada Reads test. Stole This From a Hockey Card is out because it's creative non-fiction. Indian Horse and King Leary were both on Canada Reads before: Indian Horse was championed by Carol Huynh in 2013 and King Leary was championed by Dave Bidini in 2008. This leaves MacLean with two titles eligible for Canada Reads 2014. But there can only be one. So which will it be, Canada? Cast your vote for The Good Body or The Hockey Sweater in the poll below by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 20, to have your say!

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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