Stephen Cornish's choices for Canada Reads 2014

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Since Canada Reads is about finding novels to inspire change, we thought we'd turn to people actually making positive change in the world to share their book recommendations with us! 

Today, we turn to Stephen Cornish, the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, is one of the world's leading independent international medical relief organizations.

Here's what Stephen had to say when asked to choose a novel that could change our nation:


"What these novels have in common is that they demonstrate the incredible strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity -- be it political oppression, violence or even genocide."

  • The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

  • A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche

  • The Disappeared by Kim Echlin

  • The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam

  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


After checking Stephen's choices against the Canada Reads 2014 criteria, we had to eliminate A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry because it was a finalist in 2002 when Megan Follows chose to defend it during the first-ever battle of the books. That leaves us with four great choices. Canada, it's up to you: which one of Stephen's picks could be the one novel that could change our nation? Cast your vote by Friday, October 11, at 11:59 p.m. ET! Your votes will help shape the Top 40!



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






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