Terry Fallis shares his Canada Reads book choices

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Terry Fallis has been a friend of Canada Reads ever since 2011, when his book The Best Laid Plans won the competition thanks to the fierce defense of Ali Velshi. Terry was our Canada Reads resident blogger in 2012, and commented on the competition on the radio across the country every day of Canada Reads last winter. So he knows a little something about Canada Reads. Here are five books he thinks should be in the running this year:

  • A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
  • The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
  • Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler
  • Happiness Economics by Shari Lapena
  • The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies

Here's what Terry had to say about his picks:

"Each of these books, in their own way, sheds a different light on Canada. For the most part, they make us feel good about being Canadian, if only indirectly. Will readers be moved to action after reading these novels? Hard to say. But even those who aren't will be changed in some way whether they realize it or not. These stories have that kind of power."

So let's put these books through the Canada Reads test: A Complicated Kindness won the Canada Reads competition in 2006, and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams was in the running in 2003, so those are both out. And unfortunately, it looks like The Cunning Man is out of print in Canada right now. But the other two pass. So now we leave it to you: which of Terry's book picks do you think could be the book to change Canada? Cast your vote 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?

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