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Canada Reads 2014: Highlight Reel

Canada Reads is CBC's annual battle of the books program. This year's champion, Wab Kinew, successfully defended Joseph Boyden's The Orenda. Watch highlights from the intense week of debates and to learn more about the other finalists....

The finalists: Inspiring quotes

See why these books were chosen for CBC's annual literary debate show with these beautifully written words. ...

Canada Reads champion Wab Kinew signs book deal

Wab Kinew has signed a two-book deal with Penguin Canada. A memoir about "family reconciliation and spiritual rebirth" will hit bookstore shelves in 2015. ...

The post-Canada Reads reading list

Like the Canada Reads books and don't know what to read next? Here are 5 great lists to check out -- one inspired by each 2014 contender....

Wab Kinew, Joseph Boyden celebrate Canada Reads victory on Q

Joseph Boyden and Wab Kinew joined Q and Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi on Friday to elaborate further on the insights one can draw from Canada Reads 2014-winning book The Orenda....

"We're on the verge of change:" Joseph Boyden and Wab Kinew on reconciliation

Is Canada ready for reconciliation? Wab Kinew and Joseph Boyden say yes. ...

Canada Reads 2014: The final

What a spectacular end to a week of incredible debates. You can now watch the on-demand video replay. ...

Samantha Bee: "For them there is no Wab Kinew to speak..."

In her final address to the panelists before the vote, Bee summed up her feelings about Cockroach in an emotional moment, while also paying tribute to the remarkable performance of her competitor Wab....

How The Orenda could change Canada

Many Canada Reads fans felt Wab Kinew did a masterful job of highlighting the book's strengths and addressing it's perceived weaknesses. ...

Canada Reads 2014: Some of the greatest moments

Who knew a reality show about books could lead to such emotional, intense, and insightful moments? Watch our highlight reel....

Samantha Bee: Immigrants should be allowed to express themselves

Samantha Bee, defending Rawi Hage's Cockroach, responds to criticisms about the book's pessimistic tone. Bee argued that immigrant experiences are diverse and some of them are "ugly." That doesn't make them less worthy of sharing....

Stephen Lewis: What other country rallies around books?

Stephen Lewis knows a thing or two about the world. So we trust him when he says, with pride, that Canada is a country that rallies around books and that Canada Reads is a unique experience. A popular reality show about literature -- only in Canada, eh?...

VOTE: Which book do you want to see eliminated on Day Four?

It's come down to the final two books. Vote for which book you think should be eliminated by the panelists....

Canada Reads 2014: Predictions

The final two books will contend for the Canada Reads crown on Thursday morning, and it's been quite a wild ride. In fact, this infographic indicates how wild it's been....

Sarah Gadon passionately defends Annabel

Sarah Gadon and the other panelists get into a heated debate over gender and identity in the book....

Sarah Gadon on youth and optimism

Day Two of the debates saw more passionate debate from the panelists. In this one moment, actress Sarah Gadon, who is defending Kathleen Winter's Annabel, addressed critiques that there was too much redemption in the ending of the book....

Wab Kinew's stellar spoken word opening

One of the most memorable highlights of the first day of debates was Wab Kinew, who is defending Joseph Boyden's The Orenda, launching into an epic spoken word introduction that touched upon the other finalist books while outlining his argument......

The Canada Reads People's Choice winner!

Canada, it's now time to have your say. Which one of the five Canada Reads contenders should have won the 2014 battle of the books? Cast your vote now!...

Are you ready? Canada Reads is here!

Tune in March 3-6 on CBC Radio, CBC TV, Sirius XM, the documentary channel or right here at CBC Books to catch all the action!...

VOTE: Which book do you want to see eliminated from Canada Reads first?

Why let the panelists have all the fun? Have your say by casting your vote for the novel you want to see eliminated!...

Margaret Atwood takes the Canada Reads questionnaire

Should the Canada Reads winner receive a trophy or a belt? ...

WATCH: Donovan Bailey on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Canada Reads panelist Donovan Bailey talks to George Stroumboulopoulis about the book he's defending, Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues...

Trent McClellan on the pressure panelists will face next week

What's in store for our panel next week? Our special correspondent gives us the inside scoop....

Get to know Donovan Bailey

What song describes this Canada Reads panelist? Find out by reading our Q&A....

Get to know Kathleen Winter

Should the Canada Reads winner receive a trophy or a belt? See what the Annabel author has to say by reading our Q&A....

Get to know Joseph Boyden

What fictional character would The Orenda author like to be? Read his Q&A to find out!...

Correspondent Trent McClellan reviews Annabel

What does last year's winner think of Sarah Gadon's choice for the novel that could change Canada? Read his review to find out....

WATCH: Canada Reads book trailers

Watch these stunning mini-movies to learn more about the five titles in contention for the battle of the books....

Get to know Stephen Lewis

What is Stephen Lewis's favourite city in the world? Find out by reading our Q&A with the Canada Reads contender....

Get to know Samantha Bee

Would Samantha Bee rather wrestle a grizzly bear or a squirrel? Find out by reading our Q&A with this Canada Reads contender....

Get to know Wab Kinew

What does CBC really stand for? This Canada Reads contender has an an idea. Find out what it is by reading this Q&A....

LISTEN: Donovan Bailey discusses Half-Blood Blues in special Montreal event

Today at 3 p.m. ET Donovan Bailey will delve into the themes in the book on Montreal's afternoon show Homerun. There will be live Jazz too! Be sure to tune in! ...

Get to know Sarah Gadon

Should the Canada Reads winner receive a belt or a trophy? Find out what this contender thinks by checking out this Q&A....

Read from the Canada Reads books

Try before you buy (or borrow)! Get a sneak peek of the five novels in contention for this year's battle of the books. ...

Canada Reads special correspondent Trent McClellan on The Orenda

"We must know our history to get a sense of our future." Do you agree? Read Trent's take on Joseph Boyden's novel and decide your yourself. ...

The Canada Reads prediction winners

Think you can guess how this year's battle of the books will go down? Get it right and you could win a brand new library of 52 books....

#CanadaReads2014 chat replay: Annabel

Read the @cbcbooks Twitter chat about Sarah Gadon's choice for Canada Reads....

Listen to the Canada Reads soundtrack

Check out the tunes chosen by the authors in contention for the competition to find the one novel that could change the nation....

Trent McClellan on Half-Blood Blues

Our resident blogger reviews Donovan Bailey's book pick, Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan....

What should be the theme for next year's Canada Reads?

Have a suggestion for a future Canada Reads theme? Share it and you could win a set of this year's contenders! ...

6 things you need to know about The Year of the Flood

Your cheat sheet on everything you need to know if you haven't read Margaret Atwood'sThe Year of the Flood....

Rawi Hage on being a cockroach and a contemporary writer

The Cockroach author talks to Shelagh Rogers about immigration, creativity and what it's like to be invisible. ...

Trent McClellan cracks open Cockroach

Our Canada Reads special correspondent reviews his second contender. Does he think it will win?...

What should the Canada Reads theme song be?

My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors? Paperback Writer? If you could pick any song to represent Canada Reads, what would it be? Let us know and you could win!...

#CanadaReads2014 chat replay: The Orenda

Replay our conversation about The Orenda by Joseph Boyden....

5 books to read if you liked The Orenda

Joseph Boyden is part of a talented and influential group of First Nation writers. Here are some books by authors that are part of this community....

5 book to read if you liked Half-Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues is a fictional exploration of a rich time in western history. Here's a list of non-fiction and fiction choices that will enrich Half-Blood Blues....

5 books to read if you liked Cockroach

Rawi Hage brings an experience to surface that is typically kept hidden. Take a look at some other great books that showcase the immigrant experience. ...

5 books to read if you liked The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood is one of a kind, but her fascination with the near future can be found in other books. Here's a list of books that bring a similar look to the future with the same critical and sharp eye that Atwood has. ...

5 books to read if you liked Annabel

In Annabel, Kathleen Winter brings readers a compelling and thoughtful coming of age story. Here is a selection of books that tackle similar themes....

6 Things you need to know about The Orenda

Haven't read The Orenda? We've got that covered. Here's your cheat sheet. ...

Why Annabel will win Canada Reads

Sarah Gadon believes in Kathleen Winter's novel. Here's why it could change Canada -- and come out on top in this year's battle of the books....

Joseph Boyden bares all...for the radio

Shelagh Rogers gets intimate (in an interview!) with The Orenda author Joseph Boyden....

Win a set of the 2014 Canada Reads contenders!

Can you come up with a better tagline than "battle of the books"? Share your suggestions and you could win!...

6 things you need to know about Cockroach

Here's your cheat sheet for everything you need to know about the book Cockroach by Rawi Hage....

Trent McClellan dives into The Year of the Flood

Our Canada Reads correspondent tackles his first Canada Reads book: Margaret Atwood's story of environmental destruction....

Why Half-Blood Blues will win Canada Reads

Can Esi Edugyan's novel change Canada? Donovan Bailey says yes. Yes, it can....

Margaret Atwood on reading and writing an apocalypse

Margaret Atwood discusses The Year of the Flood on The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers....

#CanadaReads2014 chat replay: The Year of the Flood

On Thursday, January 23. @cbcbooks hosted a Twitter chat about Canada Reads contender The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Stephen Lewis will be defending The Year of the Flood during the Canada Reads debates March 3-6. If you......

Want to win the Canada Reads books? Here's your chance!

If you were a Canada Reads panelist, what book would you choose to defend? Let us know and you could win!...

6 things you need to know about Annabel

Don't have time to read Annabel -- or need a refresh? Here are six things you need to know about the book. ...

Kathleen Winter on hidden spaces and hidden selves

Shelagh Rogers talks to the Annabel author about Newfoundland, fiction and more....

Trent's back from Mexico and recaps his sort-of-relaxing reading experience

Reading on vacation is easy, right? Wrong. Our Canada Reads correspondent recaps his trip to Mexico in all its Speedo-filled glory....

#canadareads2014 chat replay: Cockroach

Check out the lively conversation about Cockroach by Rawi Hage @cbcbooks hosted on Twitter....

Win the Canada Reads books!

It's time for our Question of the Week number 2! Which prominent Canadian(s) would you like to see on a future Canada Reads panel? Answer the question, enter to win the contest. It's easy!...

6 things you need to know about Half-Blood Blues

Haven't read the book chosen by Donovan Bailey yet? Here is the Canada Reads primer!...

Can music change the world? Esi Edugyan thinks it might

All five of the Canada Reads authors will be on The Next Chapter during the next few weeks. First up, Half-Blood Blues scribe Esi Edugyan....

Win the Canada Reads books!

Answer our weekly question for a chance to win a set of the 2014 contenders! This week: Which Canada Reads title is your all-time favourite?...

Joseph Boyden on The National

The author of The Orenda sits down with Peter Mansbridge to talk about his latest book and why it's the novel "he was meant to write." ...

Samantha Bee on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

The Canada Reads panelist and Daily Show correspondent sat in the red chair to talk the battle of the books and more. ...

Annabel: an excerpt

Home from the trapline, recovered from all loneliness, Treadway loved his wife because he had promised he would. But the centre of the wilderness called him, and he loved that centre more than any promise. That wild centre was......

Cockroach: an excerpt

II am in love with Shohreh. But I don't trust my emotions anymore. I've neither lived with a woman nor properly courted one. And I've often wondered about my need to seduce and possess every female of the species that......

The Orenda: an excerpt

HUNTED I awake. A few minutes, maybe, of troubled sleep. My teeth chatter so violently I can taste I've bitten my swollen tongue. Spitting red into the snow, I try to rise but my body's seized. The oldest Huron, their......

The Year of the Flood: an excerpt

Year Twenty-Five, The Year of the Flood In the early morning Toby climbs up to the rooftop to watch the sunrise. She uses a mop handle for balance: the elevator stopped working some time ago and the back stairs are......

Half-Blood Blues: an excerpt

Chip told us not to go out. Said, don't you boys tempt the devil. But it been one brawl of a night, I tell you, all of us still reeling from the rot--rot was cheap, see, the drink of......

The Orenda: The soundtrack

Joseph Boyden shares the music that reminds him of his Canada Reads-contending novel. ...

The Year of the Flood: The soundtrack

From Metallica to the McGarrigles, Margaret Atwood's music taste is eclectic. Check out her soundtrack for The Year of the Flood to see for yourself. ...

Half-Blood Blues: The soundtrack

You read about the music, now listen to the real music that inspired it! Esi Edugyan shares the songs she listened to when writing Half-Blood Blues....

Annabel: The soundtrack

What songs did Kathleen Winter felt were evocative of her novel, Annabel? See for yourself right here. ...

Cockroach: The soundtrack

Rawi Hage shares the music he relates to his Canada Reads-contending novel. Have a listen!...

Canada Reads from coast to coast

CBC is putting together great events and programming about Canada Reads across the country! Check out what is happening in your locale right now!...

Why Cockroach will win Canada Reads

Samantha Bee believes Rawi Hage's novel will change Canada. Here's why. ...

When is Canada Reads: One Novel to Change Our Nation?

Canada Reads 2014 will air on the radio, on television and online March 3-6, 2014. Here are all the ways you can tune in!...

Canada Reads Question of the Week contest

We're giving away a set of the Canada Reads 2014 contenders each week! ...

Why The Year of the Flood will win Canada Reads

Stephen Lewis explains why this novel by Margaret Atwood is the one that has what it takes to change Canada. ...

Esi Edugyan and Donovan Bailey talk Canada Reads

The team behind Half-Blood Blues discuss Donovan's winning ways, his Canada Reads strategy and more. ...

Need a holiday read? The Canada Reads contenders share their faves

Discover your next read read (other than the Canada Reads books, of course!) courtesy this year's authors and panelists....

Kathleen Winter and Sarah Gadon talk Canada Reads

The team behind Annabel discuss their strategy for the March debates and more. ...

Author + panelist = ?: Trent McClellan and Lisa Moore talk Canada Reads

Trent McClellan spoke to Lisa Moore about the very special relationship between panelist and author during Canada Reads....

VIDEO: The Canada Reads authors speak

What do they think of their panelists? What does it means to have their work chosen for Canada Reads? Who they think will actually take home the crown in March? Find out!...

Wab Kinew and Joseph Boyden talk Canada Reads

The team behind The Orenda talk about CBC's battle of the books, how novels can change the nation and more....

Samantha Bee and Rawi Hage talk Canada Reads

The Canada Reads contenders discuss their strategy and more with Airplay's Dave White....

Stephen Lewis talks The Year of the Flood

The Canada Reads 2014 contender talks strategy and more with Here and Now. ...

Trent McClellan's advice for this year's contenders

Our Canada Reads correspondent shares this Top 10 Tips to preparing the Canada Reads debates. ...

The #canadareads2014 Twitter chat schedule

Join @cbcbooks on Twitter to discuss the books, panelists and more in January and February....

DNTO talks stories of change

This past Saturday DNTO took a page from Canada Reads. The show was all about YOUR stories of change. Don't forget to share your story with us for a chance to win a trip to Canada Reads!...

Trent's take on the Canada Reads contenders

Last year's champ weighs in on the 2014 contenders....

Guess the first lines of the Canada Reads contenders

First lines can make or break a book. The right first line sets the tone for the rest of the story. A wrong first line might rub a reader the wrong way. So how do the contenders for Canada......

Canada Reads correspondent: Trent McClellan

Trent McClellan won Canada Reads 2013 with an eloquent and passionate defense of February by Lisa Moore. This year, he's back! But not to defend. Instead, he's acting as our special correspondent, letting everyone in on the inside scoop......

Canada Reads 2014: The contenders

Who are this year's panelists? Which books will they be arguing for? Find out now!...

Canada Reads on The National

CBC's Deana Sumanac reports on the homegrown phenomenon that is Canada Reads. ...

Canada Reads 2014 launch: Your photos

Hundreds of Canada Reads fans piled into the CBC building in Toronto to see firsthand the 2014 panelist and author reveal. The writers and celebrities did a Q&A with Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi and then stuck around to meet......

Q: The Canada Reads 2014 panel reveal

What is the one book that could change Canada? That's the question being posed to the Canada Reads 2014 panelists, and although we don't have the answer yet (that will be determined during show week in March 2014), we received......

VIDEO: Canada Reads 2014 launch

On Wednesday, November 27, we revealed the 2014 Canada Reads books and panelists. Check out the on-demand video above and scroll through the photo gallery down bellow to see the all-star panelists and authors in action. Meet the 2014......

Introducing our Canada Reads correspondent: Trent McClellan

Last year's champ returns! Trent McClellan will be our guide to the Canada Reads experience. Follow along as he blogs, tweets and more about the 2014 edition of CBC's battle of the books....

Canada Reads 2014: Meet the Top 10

What is the one novel that could change Canada? We're down to 10 titles for the 2014 panelists to choose from. Check them out now! ...

The book that changed Esi Edugyan's life

What book changed the Giller-winning author's life? Find out!...

The stories that changed Margaret Atwood's life

We're asking Canadians to share how a novel or story changed their life. Here's what Canada's most iconic author had to say....

Who are the Canada Reads 2014 finalists? Find out TODAY!

Five books. Five authors. Five defenders. One memorable battle. Find out on Wednesday, November 27 on Q, online or in person!...

The book that changed Cory Doctorow's life

Find out how Alice in Wonderland changed the Canada Reads Top 10 author's life!...

How well do you know Canada Reads?

You think you know CBC's battle of the books? Take our quiz to find out!... Read More »

Come out to the Canada Reads 2014 reveal!

Who are the 2014 panelists? What books will they choose? Find out on Wednesday, November 27 on Q and at a LIVE event in Toronto!...

Get to know the Top 40: 6 Books that will change your perspective on Canada

Each one of the books on this list will change your perspective on some aspect of the world, and all week, we'll be exploring which is which....

Which books will make the Top 10?

The Top 10 will be revealed on Tuesday, November 12 on Q and right here on the Canada Reads website! Stay tuned......

Get to know the Top 40: 5 Books that will change your perspective on art and culture

Get to know the Top 40 better with our handy lists! and don't forget to cast your vote for your favourite books....

Get to know the Top 40: 5 Books that will change your perspective on war

There are 40 books on the Canada Reads longlist. Where should you begin? How should you cast your precious votes? Don't worry: we're here to help. Each one of the books on this list will change your perspective on......

Get to know the Top 40: 5 Books that will change your perspective on family

Get to know the Top 40 contenders better! And don't forget to vote!...

Get to know the Top 40: 5 books that will change your perspective on the future

There are 40 books on the Canada Reads longlist. Where should you begin? How should you cast your precious votes? Don't worry: we're here to help....

Get to know the Top 40: 5 books that will change your perspective on the past

There are 40 books on the Canada Reads longlist. Where should you begin? How should you cast your precious votes? Don't worry: we're here to help. Each one of the books on this list will change your perspective on......

Canada Reads Top 40: Explore the books

What is the one novel that could change Canada? How about 40?! Meet the Canada Reads Top 40, as chosen by you!...

Canada Reads Top 40: Vote for the Top 10

Your work isn't over, Canada! Vote now to help turn the Canada Reads 2014 Top 40 list into a Top 10 list! ...

Terry Fallis shares his Canada Reads book choices

The Best Laid Plans author and former Canada Reads blogger shares his choices for novels that could change Canada. ...

Angie Abdou shares her Canada Reads book choices

The former Canada Reads author shares her picks for this year. Vote for your favourite to help them move on to the Top 40!...

Editors make their Canada Reads choices

Editors. They probably know more about the Canadian literary landscape than anyone else. So we asked them to recommend titles for this year's battle of the books....

Katherine Duncan shares her Canada Reads choices

The In Tune and Key of A host shares her choices for which novels could change Canada. Which one is your favourite?...

Kelley Jo Burke shares her Canada Reads picks

The SoundXchange host shares her picks for this year's battle of the books. Have your day and cast your vote!...

Ron MacLean's five novels that could change our nation

The Hockey Night in Canada host and former panelist shares his picks for this year's battle of the books....

Ian Mosby's choices for novels that could change Canada

The food historian shares his Canada Reads picks. Which one is your favourite? ... Read More »

More book bloggers share their choices for Canada Reads 2014

We have five more picks from five more fabulous blogger. Which title should be a finalist in this year's battle of the books?...

Jann Arden's choice for one novel that could change Canada

The iconic singer-songwriter shares her choice for this year's battle of the books....

Dave Bidini's picks for novels that could change Canada

The former Canada Reads panelist and author shares his picks for this year's battle of the books!...

Timothy Winegard's choices for novels that could change Canada

The historian, professor and former Canadian Forces officer shares his top choices for Canada Reads 2014!...

CBC Books' Writers to Watch share their picks for novels that could change Canada

Our 2013 writers to watch share their picks for Canada Reads! Vote for your favourite to help them move on to the Top 40!...

Gail Asper recommends one novel that could change Canada

The national campaign chair for The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights shares her suggestion for one novel that could change Canada. ...

Stephanie Nolen's five novels that could change Canada

The Globe and Mail correspondent selects the five novels she'd like to see on Canada Reads. Which one is your favourite? ...

Adrienne Clarkson's choice for the novel that could change Canada

What book does the former Governor General of Canada think has what it takes to change the nation? Find out!...

Marc Kielburger suggests two novels that could change Canada

The Free the Children co-founder shares his picks for novels that could change Canada....

Book bloggers make their Canada Reads 2014 choices

We asked five vibrant #CanLit voices to share their choices for the one novel that could change the nation. Cast your vote for your favourite!...

Annie Game's Canada Reads 2014 choices

The executive director of IFEX shares her choices for novels that could change Canada. vote for your favourite to help them make the Top 40!...

Stephen Cornish's choices for Canada Reads 2014

The executive director of Doctors Without Borders shares his choices for novels that could change Canada. Vote for your favourite! ...

Tom Allen's choices for Canada Reads 2014

We asked the host of Shift, "What is the one novel that could change Canada?" Tom gave us five choices, now help us narrow them down to one! ...

The Top 40 is coming...

Tune into Q on October 24 to hear Jian Ghomeshi reveal the Canada Reads 2014 Top 40. ...

What is the one novel that could change Canada?

That's the question we are putting to Canadians for the 2014 edition of CBC's battle of the books. Submit your recommendation now!...

Share your inspiring read and win great CBC Books swag!

Reading a book that could change Canada? Let us know on Instagram, Twitter or via email for a chance to win CBC Books swag. We are giving away a prize pack every Monday!...

Canada Reads audio quiz

UPDATE: This contest is now closed and the winners have been contacted. Thanks to all who entered!We decided to put together a little quiz that relates to our theme this year: one novel to change the nation.Match the novel to......

Trent McClellan's choice for Canada Reads 2014

Trent McClellan knows all about the Canada Reads experience: he's the reigning Canada Reads champion. In 2013, his chosen title, February by Lisa Moore, was crowned the winner. We thought Trent would be the perfect reader to kick off......

Canada Reads 2014 is coming...

What will the thirteenth season of CBC's battle of the books look like? Tune in to Q TODAY to find out! Then check back here at 10:30 ET to get all the details....

Find your next great read in the Turf Wars Top 10s

Need a new book to read? We have 50 of them! Check out the Top 10 from each Turf Wars region for literary inspiration....

Canada Reads Dream Winner

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to send in their Canada Reads Dream suggestions and vote on their favourite entries. Congratulations to SusannahSparrow, who took first place with her idea of having Canada Reads focus on books great for families! ...

Two Solitudes kicks off Hockey Night in Canada

Jay Baruchel read passages from Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan to open this weekend's Hockey Night in Canada. Check it out! ...

The Canada Reads People's Choice Poll

Congratulations to Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese!...

Watch/Chat live: Finale

The final debate gets underway at 10 a.m. ET! Join our live chat and watch online live. We also have tips for optimal livestreaming....

The Canada Reads Public Vote

We want to give you a chance to sway the panelists! Each day, you can vote to protect your favourite book while it's still in the running. Warning: This poll is updated after each live show....

Day Two: Recap

You can find out which book was voted off in Tuesday's debate! Watch the on-demand video replay, photos, and scroll through the live chat....

Canada Reads Dream: Stay tuned for the big winner

Check out the Top 10 entries as we tally the votes. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 11th. ...

Canada Reads: The battle of the books

The annual battle of the books is back! Watch the live shows Feb. 11 to Feb. 14....

Listen to Day One of Canada Reads 2013

Canada Reads 2013: Turf Wars kicked off this morning with five celebrity panelists hoping to bring glory to a book from the region they call home. Q host Jian Ghomeshi hosted the annual literary debate in front of a live......

Day One: Recap

Watch the video and live chat replays of the first day of the debates....

Fredericton discusses Canada Reads books

Information Morning Fredericton explored New Brunswick readers' connections to this year's Canada Reads books. Listen to their conversations online now. ...

Lisa Moore's music playlist

Check out the February author's Canada Reads music picks. ...

#canada reads book club

Replay the @cbcbooks chat where we talked about our favourite reads and made predictions about what will happen next week....

Douglas Gibson's music playlist

Check out Hugh MacLennan's editor and friend's music picks for Two Solitudes....

Canada Reads Dream Contest

We want to keep the Canada Reads fun going! Tell us what your dream version of Canada Reads would look like (panelists, books, theme) for a chance to win great prizes. Share your most creative and clever ideas!...

Richard Wagamese on the changing story of Indian Horse

Richard Wagamese reflects on how Indian Horse changed in the process of rewriting to become "a more Canadian story."...

Jane Urquhart's music playlist

The Away author shares her Canada Reads music picks!...

David Bergen's music playlist

The Age of Hope author shares his music picks with Shift's Tom Allen....

Two Solitudes took over Montreal's airwaves

CBC's Homerun broadcasted live from Indigo bookstore in Montreal with special guest co-host Jay Baruchel. Listen to highlights from the show now!... Read More »

Check out the Canada Reads book trailers

Get a better sense of the 2013 contenders by checking out the book trailers!...

Richard Wagamese's music playlist

Check out the songs that remind Richard Wagamese of his novel Indian Horse....

A look at the residential school system

Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse depicts the reality of residential schools through fiction. This powerful documentary about a real residential school was part of CBC's 8th Fire series last year. Have a listen for a factual perspective....

In conversation with Trent McClellan

The Atlantic panelist explains his personal connection to the novel, why he's defending a book about grief, and whether he'll use humour to battle the other contenders....

Jane Urquhart and Richard Wagamese in Thunder Bay

Check out the exciting discussion of roots, writing and place from January 24 at the Thunder Bay Public Library. We have it all on video for you to enjoy. ...

Lisa Moore on taking February from page to stage

Lisa Moore recently turned her novel into a theatre production. She writes about what it was like to see her words come to life. ...

The #canadareads book club

Replay the discussion about February by Lisa Moore. ...

Richard Wagamese on The Next Chapter

The Indian Horse author discusses his family's struggles and why he thinks Canada needs to face its own demons in this revealing conversation with Shelagh Rogers.... Read More »

Trent McClellan's East Coast comedy

Get to know the panelist defending February by Lisa Moore by checking out his comedic chops....

Get to know Carol Huynh

Carol talks about post-Olympic fever, her parent's influence on her, and old-school toughness in this 2012 interview with Jian Ghomeshi.... Read More »

In conversation with Jay Baruchel

The actor and Canada Reads panelist talks about why he feels a personal connection to the 1945 book, his upbringing in Montreal, and his days on the school debate team. ...

Jane Urquhart on writing Away

Jane Urquhart wrote Away over 20 years ago. She writes about the book's early stages and what it's like to revisit the book again after so many years....

The #canadareads book club replay: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

Replay the @cbcbooks discussion about Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan....

Jane Urqhart on The Next Chapter

Listen to the Away novelist's 1993 interview with Shelagh Rogers as they talk about Urquhart's family's connection to Ireland, the role of myth and why being grounded is just as important as being able to go "away."... Read More »

The 1950s housewife and The Age of Hope

Understand the world Hope Koop lived in better by listening to this 2011 Age of Persuasion documentary about how advertising influenced the concept of the everyday housewife....

Jay Baruchel on Strombo

Jay Baruchel talks about his career and Montreal home in this 2011 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos. ...

In conversation with Charlotte Gray

In our latest podcast, the Ontario panelist explains how the book changed her perception of Ontario, why new immigrants will appreciate it, and which contender she sees as her biggest threat. ... Read More »

David Bergen on the origins of The Age of Hope

The author reveals the "criminal" history of Hope Koop and how his mother-in-law inspired him to write his latest book....

1972 Interview with Hugh MacLennan

Check out this interview from the CBC Archives. Hugh MacLennan discussed his life and work on the show Distinguished Canadians in 1972.... Read More »

#canadareads book club replay: Away by Jane Urquhart

Read the transcript of our online discussion of Charlotte Gray's chosen Canada Reads book!...

A day in the life of hockey's Ron MacLean

Get a glimpse into how Ron MacLean gets ready for Hockey Night in Canada on game nights from this 2001 clip from the CBC Archives.... Read More »

Lisa Moore on The Next Chapter

The February author talks about where she was when the Ocean Ranger sank and shares her personal story of loss with Shelagh Rogers in this compelling interview.... Read More »

A look at the Irish potato famine

Learn the truth behind the Irish potato famine depicted in Jane Urquhart's Away by watching this fascinating documentary from the CBC Archives.... Read More »

In conversation with Ron MacLean

In our weekly podcast, Hockey Night in Canada's co-host opens up about his Canada Reads pick, The Age of Hope by David Bergen, and how his experience on Coach's Corner will help him in the debates.... Read More »

Douglas Gibson on Hugh MacLennan

The esteemed editor and friend writes about the Two Solitudes author in his book, Stories About Storytellers. Read this wonderful excerpt to learn more about Hugh MacLennan....

David Bergen on The Next Chapter

The Age of Hope author talks with Shelagh Rogers about Hope Koop, morality and why he writes.... Read More »

#canadareads book club replay: The Age of Hope by David Bergen

@cbcbooks discussed The Age of Hope by David Bergen. Check out the transcript of this lively Twitter chat....

A walk-through of the Ocean Ranger disaster

One week after the disaster, CBC's Sunday Morning examined what happened on February 14, 1982, and tried to figure out what went wrong. ...

In conversation with Carol Huynh

The Olympian and Canada Reads panelist talks up her pick, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, and shares what she thinks of her competition. ... Read More »

Get to know Ontario panelist Charlotte Gray

From the CBC Archives, we bring you this interview from 2000. Charlotte Gray talks about one of her best-known books, Sisters in the Wilderness, in this conversation with Evan Solomon....

Douglas Gibson on The Next Chapter

Hugh MacLennan's editor and friend discusses the enduring legacy of Two Solitudes with Shelagh Rogers.... Read More »

#canadareads book club replay: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Did you miss our first Twitter book club chat? Not to worry, we have the replay right here!...

Canada Reads events in your region

Canada Reads is coming and CBC got in on the action from coast to coast to coast, with author interviews, great local programming and more. Below, you can relive some of the great Canada Reads events that took place. Thunder Bay......

Read from the 2013 contenders

Want to get a feel for the five Canada Reads 2013 contenders? We have excerpts from all the books for you to read....

Listen to Lisa Moore read from February

Listen to a powerful clip in which Helen O'Mara imagines what dying on the Ocean Ranger must have been like.... Read More »

Listen to Douglas Gibson read from Two Solitudes

Marius Tallard is fresh from a meeting where he made a passionate speech about the protection of French-Canadian culture when he's accosted by a belligerent English-speaking soldier, and a fight ensues.... Read More »

Listen to Jane Urquhart read from Away

Esther O'Malley Robertson is the last of a line of women with a reputation for extremes and a destiny tied to water. In this passage, she looks back at the story of her great-grandmother, with whom the family's mythology began. ... Read More »

Listen to David Bergen read from The Age of Hope

This passage depicts Hope's life as a stay-at-home mother of three, doing her best to raise her children and be a good housewife. ... Read More »

Listen to Richard Wagamese read from Indian Horse

Saul Indian Horse becomes the official rink cleaner at St. Jerome's Residential School, and thanks to this chore, manages to find time to work on his hockey skills. ...

EXCERPT: February by Lisa Moore

Helen O'Mara has just lost her husband, Cal, in the sinking of the Ocean Ranger. ...

EXCERPT: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

Read the opening pages that set the scene of this CanLit classic....

EXCERPT: Away by Jane Urquhart

Read about the shipwreck that started it all in this passage from Jane Urquhart's bestselling novel. ...

EXCERPT: The Age of Hope by David Bergen

In this passage, Hope Koop realizes she's falling in love with the man who would become her husband. ...

EXCERPT: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Get to know Saul Indian Horse in this powerful excerpt from the book representing British Columbia and Yukon....

VIDEO: Trent McClellan and Lisa Moore

The comedian explains why he's going to defend Lisa Moore's February during the February Canada Reads debates. ... Read More »

VIDEO: Jay Baruchel and Douglas Gibson

The actor reveals why he's backing a Canadian classic in this year's battle of the books.... Read More »

AUDIO: The Atlantic contenders on WAM

Trent McClellan and Lisa moore spoke with Chris O'Neill-Yates about being part of Canada Reads: Turf Wars!... Read More »

VIDEO: Charlotte Gray and Jane Urquhart

The renowned biographer and historian reveals why she chose Away to represent the Ontario region for Canada Reads: Turf Wars.... Read More »

Join the Canada Reads Twitter book club!

On Twitter? Want to chat about the Canada Reads contenders with other book lovers? Here's your chance! Join any or all of our six planned chats coming up in the new year....

VIDEO: Ron MacLean and David Bergen

The Hockey Night in Canada host discusses why he chose David Bergen's The Age of Hope. ...

VIDEO: Jian Ghomeshi on CBC News Network

The Canada Reads host discusses this year's books and panelists. Will 2013 be the best year yet? ...

Meet the Canada Reads 2013 contenders

Which books were chosen for Canada Reads Turf Wars? Which famous faces are going to bat for them? Find out!...

Canada Reads 2013: The Top 5s

Which books did Canadians choose as the Top 5 novels from each of Canada's five regions? Find out!...

Canada Reads: The Top 10s

The polls are closed, thanks for voting! To find out which novels move on to the Top 5, tune into Q or come back on Wednesday, November 14! ...

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Amanda Leduc

The novelist shares her thoughts on the Canada Reads Top 10 lists....

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Steph VanderMeulen

The book blogger and editor picks her favourites from the Turf Wars Top 10s. ...

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Terry Fallis

The author of Canada Reads 2011 winner The Best Laid Plans chooses his favourite books on each region's list....

CBC hosts make their Canada Reads picks

CBC hosts are big readers. And who knows the local literary landscape better than the people who report on it every day? We asked five hosts of local CBC shows -- one from each region -- to choose the books they'd most......

Reader recommendation round-up: October 18

Check out today's round-up of suggestions from readers across the country....

Canada Reads 2013: Recommend your read here

Five panelists. Five books. Five regions. Which novel will represent the place you call home? Have your say in this year's "battle of the books."...

Exploring Canada's book awards

Local awards are an important part of the Canadian literary landscape. Cast your vote for your favourite winners to help them make it to their regional Top 10 list!...

Reader recommendation round-up: October 17

Here are some more great recommendations from Canadian readers. Haven't submitted a recommendation of your own yet? You can do so here. British Columbia and Yukon: Paula recommends: Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson "Monkey Beach is a richly and......

Reader recommendation round-up: October 16

Check out today's recommendations from Canadian readers!...

Reader recommendation round-up: October 15

Check out some of the great recommendations submitted by readers from coast to coast to coast!...

Reader recommendation round-up: October 11

Check out some of the great recommendations, submitted by readers from coast to coast!...
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