Tom Allen's choices for Canada Reads 2014

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Tom Allen, host of CBC Music's Shift, is a long-time supporter of Canada Reads. We asked him: "What is the one novel that could change Canada?" 

He gave us not one, but five great picks. Here they are, with his explanations:

"Change requires understanding, so I have chosen five books that will bring change by showing us a different aspect of Canadian selves:

We must know our own mythology: Fifth Business by Robertson Davies.

We must acknowledge what we carry with us from our collective past: Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels.

We must understand our relationship with the land and each other: Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden.

We must be brave enough to see our darkest shadows: Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald.

We must acknowledge our individual strength: Life of Pi by Yann Martel.


We put Tom's picks through the Canada Reads machineFall on Your Knees was a finalist in 2009 and Life of Pi was a finalist during the show's very first year. That leaves Tom with three novels to choose from. 

So, Canadians, we turn to you: out of Tom's remaining picks, what is the one novel to change our nation? Your votes will help propel these books into the Top 40 and maybe even into the final five. The poll closes on Thursday, October 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET.



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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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