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Canada Reads 2012

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. ...

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 »

Listen to Something Fierce on CBC Books

Listen to the audio book of Canada Reads 2012 winner, Something Fierce, read by the author!...

Relive Canada Reads 2012

Watch all the 2012 action online or download the podcasts to listen on the go! ...

True Stories Top 40

Find your next great read with the Canada Reads 2012 Top 40 list, as chosen by you....

Listen to Something Fierce on CBC Books & relive the Canada Reads debates

While we wait until Canada Reads 2013, there's plenty of ways to keep busy!You can listen to the audio reading of the Canada Reads 2012 winner, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, read by the author Carmen Aguirre. There......

Listen to Something Fierce on CBC Books

From Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 20 CBC Radio One aired an abridged version of Canada Reads 2012 winner, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, read by author Carmen Aguirre, as part of The Soundbox summer series....... Read More »

Canada Reads 2012: Relive the debates

Congratulations to Carmen Aguirre! Her book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was crowned the Canada Reads 2012 champion. Something Fierce was defended by musician Shad. You can watch, listen and go behind the scenes of all four......

Terry Fallis looks back at an intense four days of debates

My heart rate did not return to normal until late Thursday afternoon. I was exhausted. Watching Canada Reads 2012 brought back wonderful memories of last year's competition, and kept many Canadians glued to their computers, television sets or radios. Day...... Read More »

Carmen Aguirre shares her defining moment with Strombo

Canada Reads-winning author Carmen Aguirre sat down in the red chair to chat with George Stroumboulopoulos recently. While her complete interview will air later in the spring, the team at Strombo wanted to share Carmen's defining moment. Carmen wanted to...... Read More »

Shad and Carmen Aguirre on Q

Less than 24 hours after his dramatic Canada Reads victory, award-winning rapper Shad stopped by the Q studios to discuss the past four days of heated debate. Joining him was Carmen Aguirre, author of Canada Reads 2012 champion Something Fierce:...... Read More »

Day Four: Something Fierce survives, named the Canada Reads 2012 champion

Shad took home the Canada Reads crown on February 9, after four days of fierce debates. His chosen title, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, narrowly edged out Alan Thicke's choice, The Game by Ken Dryden, in a 3-2...... Read More »

Day Three: On a Cold Road is out

Welcome to the Canada Reads Day Three: Wednesday, February 8. Catch all the action below in our livechat/video player. Warning: the video contains coarse language. Which book would you like to see eliminated during day three? Have your say in...... Read More »

Day Two: The Tiger says good-bye

Welcome to Canada Reads Day Two: Tuesday, February 7. You can watch the live chat and livestream replay below. Which book would you like to see eliminated during day two? Have your say in the poll below! Polls will remain...... Read More »

Day One: Prisoner of Tehran is the first book to go

In a dramatic tie-breaking vote, Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat was the first book to be knocked out in Canada Reads 2012.If you missed the day one debates, you can replay the video and the live chat below: One book...... Read More »

The countdown to Canada Reads is on!

Tune in February 6-9 to catch all the action during this year's battle of the books. Legendary actor Alan Thicke, supermodel Stacey McKenzie, Dragons' Den star Arlene Dickinson, hip hop luminary Shad and renowned litigator Anne-France Goldwater will lace up......

The Canada Reads team offers advice to the 2012 panel

Congratulations to Joy Walker, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep......

Podcast: Stacey McKenzie discusses On a Cold Road

Canada Reads 2012 begins on Monday! We've heard from four of the panelists during the Canada Reads podcast. Today, we hear from the last (but certainly not least!) defender, supermodel Stacey McKenzie. Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi with panelist......

Carmen Aguirre's playlist for Something Fierce

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired by their books. In turn, we will share this playlist with you! Below, Carmen Aguirre and...... Read More »

Dave Bidini's playlist for On a Cold Road

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired by their books. In turn, we will share this playlist with you! Below, Dave Bidini......

Marina Nemat's playlist for Prisoner of Tehran

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired by their books. In turn, we will share this playlist with you! Below, Marina Nemat and...... Read More »

Dave Bidini Live Chat: Read the replay!

Dave Bidini was the rhythm guitarist for the Rheostatics, who are still widely considered one of Canada's most influential and unconventional rock bands of the 1980s and '90s. In 1998, Bidini published his first book, On a Cold Road,...... Read More »

Ken Dryden's playlist for The Game

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired by their books. In turn, we will share this playlist with you! Below, Ken Dryden...... Read More »

Terry Fallis discusses On a Cold Road on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to discuss the final five books. This week, Terry talked about On a Cold Road by...... Read More »

Terry Fallis cracks open On a Cold Road

Like Dave Bidini, in the early 1980s I played guitar and sang in a rock band. Unlike Dave Bidini, my band never really had a future. I thought we were pretty good. But thankfully, none of us thought we were...... Read More »

Toronto reads the Canada Reads contenders

Last week, CBC Toronto's Here and Now talked to people who feel a special connection to the Canada Reads 2012 contenders. On Monday, January 23, Here and Now host Laura Di Battista spoke with Magdalena Diaz, an Oakville woman whose......

Daybreak Alberta reviews the Canada Reads contenders

Daybreak Alberta, the weekend morning show in Alberta, turned to their esteemed books columnist, Laurie Greenwood, for her take on all five of the Canada Reads contenders. Laurie is a former book seller and current book maven and her......

Dave Bidini on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to have their book up for national debate. We will share all the interviews on the Canada Reads......

Is The Game the greatest hockey book ever written?

Island Morning, the CBC morning show in Prince Edward Island, is on a quest to find out. In honour of Canada Reads and Hockey Day in Canada, they asked five book lovers from across the province to make a case......

The Canada Reads team discusses their book's most important message

Congratulations to HNIC1000, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep reading......

John Vaillant's playlist for The Tiger

Tom Allen, host of CBC Radio 2's Shift, invited all the Canada Reads 2012 authors to come on his show and share a playlist inspired by their books. In turn, we will share this playlist with you! First up: John......

Podcast: Anne-France Goldwater discusses The Tiger

The countdown to Canada Reads is on. The debates are in February, but you can get in the game now. Each week, we are talking to a different panelist about their prep and plans as they ready themselves for......

John Vaillant's influences: Conflict tigers and deadly bears

John Vaillant was inspired to write The Tiger after seeing the film Conflict Tiger by documentary filmmaker Sasha Snow. Shot over five weeks on location in the far east of Russia, Conflict Tiger is about tiger hunting. But, like John...... Read More »

John Vaillant Live Chat: Watch the replay

John Vaillant has long had a taste for adventure, and in 1998 turned his passion into a career as a journalist travelling to remote areas of the world. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National...... Read More »

Terry Fallis discusses The Tiger on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to discuss the final five books. This week, Terry talked about The Tiger by John Vaillant......

Terry Fallis takes a bite out of The Tiger

The suspense John Vaillant so brilliantly weaves into The Tiger had my heart pounding as I turned the pages of this remarkable story. Set in the forest near a remote village in the far east of Russia back in 1997,...... Read More »

John Vaillant on how The Tiger came to be

Every week leading up to the debates in February, Canada Reads is putting the spotlight on one of the five books in contention. From January 23 to January 29, we are exploring The Tiger by John Vaillant. The Tiger is......

John Vaillant on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to have their book up for national debate. We will share all the interviews on the......

The Canada Reads team discusses their book's biggest weakness

Congratulations to LolaJane, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep reading......

Podcast: Arlene Dickinson discusses Prisoner of Tehran

There are only weeks left until our favourite battle of the books. But sit tight, we've got the first look at this year's panelists and their plans for coming out on top. So far, we've caught up with The...... Read More »

Maja Ardal discusses taking Prisoner of Tehran from page to stage

Maja Ardal has more than 40 years of theatre experience to her name. She's worked as an actor, director, playwright and drama instructor, and is the former artistic director of Young People's Theatre. She currently teaches playwriting at Humber College and acting...... Read More »

Marina Nemat Live Chat: Watch the replay

Marina Nemat was only 16 years old when she was arrested and thrown into Evin, Iran's notorious political prison. During her incarceration, she was tortured and narrowly escaped being executed -- her life was spared only because one of the...... Read More »

Terry Fallis discusses Prisoner of Tehran on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to discuss the final five books. This week, Terry talked about Prisoner of Tehran by Marina......

Terry Fallis explores Prisoner of Tehran

Marina Nemat's personal story of courage, resilience and rebirth held me in its grip from start to finish. Prisoner of Tehran reminds us all of the human capacity to endure and eventually overcome torture, terror, tragedy and injustice. It hardly...... Read More »

Marina Nemat on speaking out

Every week leading up to the debates in February, Canada Reads will put the spotlight on one of the five books in contention. From January 16 to January 22, we are exploring Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat. Prisoner of......

Marina Nemat on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to have their book up for national debate. We will share all the interviews on the......

The Canada Reads team discusses the challenges within their contenders

Congratulations to GabeFritzen, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep reading......

Podcast: Shad discusses Something Fierce

We know you're biting your nails, anxiously waiting for this year's debates in February. Until then, we've got you covered. Last week, we caught up with The Game defender, Alan Thicke.  This week, we talk to Shad, a witty......

Carmen Aguirre's favourite Canadian plays

Carmen Aguirre told Shelagh Rogers that she's read more than 100 memoirs in the past few years. But as a theatre artist, she's also passionate about plays. So when we asked Carmen to share a list of her favourite reads, she chose......

Carmen Aguirre Live Chat: Watch the replay

Image: Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC Born in Chile, Carmen Aguirre came to Canada as a young child in the wake of the 1973 coup, led by General Augusto Pinochet, which overthrew the democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende. Her family...... Read More »

Terry Fallis discusses Something Fierce on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to discuss the final five books. This week, Terry talked about Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre...... Read More »

Terry Fallis checks out Something Fierce

This week, the spotlight shines on Carmen Aguirre's tense and taut memoir, Something Fierce. The book is aptly named. At first glance, Carmen seems young to have written a memoir. But that shallow thought is banished after reading Something Fierce....... Read More »

Carmen Aguirre on deciding to share her story with the world

Every week leading up to the debates in February, Canada Reads will put the spotlight on one of the five books in contention. From January 9 to January 15, we are exploring Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by...... Read More »

Carmen Aguirre on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to have their book up for national debate. We will share all the interviews on the......

The Canada Reads team explores identity in their chosen titles

Congratulations to Lana Shupe, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week.......

Podcast: Alan Thicke discusses The Game

For the next five weeks, we'll be offering you a sneak peek at this year's panel and how they are prepping for the upcoming battle of the books. We're starting things off with a Canadian icon known for his......

Contest: What question would you ask in the Canada Reads debates?

Which book is the most "Canadian"? Which book has the strongest sense of place? How does each book deal with loss?Which book got the strongest emotional reaction from you? These are some of the questions that were asked in past......

Ken Dryden in the CBC Archives

As a legendary hockey player and respected politician, Ken Dryden has often been in the media spotlight. His relationship with the CBC dates back to 1972, when he first made headlines as the new star goalie for the Montreal Canadiens. Over the years, The Game...... Read More »

Ken Dryden Live Chat: Watch the replay

Image: Tanja-Tiziana Burdi/CBC Ken Dryden was a legendary goalie for the Montreal Canadiens. He has written five books and served as a Liberal MP for seven years.  As a goalie for the Canadiens in the 1970s, Ken Dryden won...... Read More »

Terry Fallis discusses The Game on Here and Now

Our resident blogger is now a radio star! Every Wednesday until the Canada Reads debates, Terry Fallis is stopping by Here and Now Toronto to discuss the final five books. This week, Terry talked about The Game by Ken Dryden......

Terry Fallis gets into The Game

As we head into the home stretch of Canada Reads 2012, my final five posts will be all about the books themselves. Each week I'll take a closer look at one of the five finalists. First up is Ken Dryden's...... Read More »

Ken Dryden on The Next Chapter

Every year, the Canada Reads authors sit down with The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers to discuss their life, writing and what it's like to have their book up for national debate. We will share all the interviews on the......

Ken Dryden on how he writes

Each week leading up to the debates in February, Canada Reads will look at each book in contention more closely. From January 2 to January 8, we will explore The Game by Ken Dryden. The Game will be defended by...... Read More »

Marina Nemat reads from Prisoner of Tehran

Marina Nemat spent two years, two months and 12 days in Evin prison in Iran. While imprisoned, Marina was tortured and subjected to unspeakable horrors, which she brings to public attention in Prisoner of Tehran. Marina was one of the...... Read More »

Dave Bidini reads from On a Cold Road

The Rheostatics are considered one of the best Canadian bands of all time. But even the greatest bands have humble beginnings. In On a Cold Road, a memoir published in 1998, band member Dave Bidini chronicles their 1996 cross-Canada......

Carmen Aguirre reads from Something Fierce

Growing up in a family of revolutionaries, Carmen Aguirre often felt torn between her desire to live a "normal" life, filled with music, shopping, friends and boys, and the life of a resistance fighter, proudly dedicated to bringing down......

John Vaillant reads from The Tiger

John Vaillant is a journalist fascinated by the relationship between human civilization and the natural world. This fascination has driven much of his research and writing, including his two books, The Golden Spruce and The Tiger. The Tiger is......

Ken Dryden reads from The Game

As a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s, Ken Dryden won the Stanley Cup five times, the Vezina Trophy (for best netminder) five times, and made the NHL all-star team five times. He's considered one of the......

Meet Canada Reads author John Vaillant

John Vaillant has long had a taste for adventure, and it shows in his writing. The award-winning journalist's latest book, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, tells the story of a vengeful, man-eating tiger in a remote...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads author Carmen Aguirre

Carmen Aguirre's youth was filled with sharing secrets with her sister, visiting her grandparents and thinking about boys. Oh, and fighting a political dictatorship. Carmen was born in Chile during the Pinochet regime, and her parents were active revolutionaries in...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads author Marina Nemat

Marina Nemat went from prisoner to public speaker. After being arrested at the age of 16 and thrown into Evin, Iran's notorious political prison, Marina thought her life was over. Instead, a series of events led to her freedom —...... Read More »

Terry Fallis shares his Canada Reads gift-giving plan

'Tis the season. I give a lot of books as gifts this time of year. It's partly selfish. Giving books means shopping for books, one of my favourite pastimes. I love to spend time in bookstores. Of course, for me,...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads author Dave Bidini

Dave Bidini wears many hats. In addition to his trademark fedora, he's a musician and a writer. In 1994, Dave Bidini was a member of the Rheostatics and they were opening for one of Canada's greatest bands: The Tragically Hip....... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads author Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden has lived many lives: he's been a professional hockey player, a politician and an author. Two of these worlds collided in 1983, when Ken wrote The Game a memoir about his 1979 season with the Montreal Canadiens. Ken...... Read More »

The Canada Reads team on why their book is the best journey

Congratulations to dirksy, the latest winner of a Canada Reads prize pack, which consists of copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep reading......

Terry Fallis wonders: Should it be Canada e-Reads?

When I arrived at the CBC Broadcast Centre this past November 23 for the launch of Canada Reads 2012: True Stories, I was given a very funky Canada Reads book bag filled with copies of the final five books....... Read More »

Canada Reads panelists get into the game

During the Canada Reads launch on November 23, we asked this year's panelists a few questions. They got into the spirit of the competition and are gamely preparing for the final debates in February. The panelists are all smiles before...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads panelist Stacey McKenzie

Supermodel Stacey McKenzie had to claw her way to the top of the fashion industry. She's no stranger to hard work and perseverance and plans to use what she learned from walking the runways when she defends her book during...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads panelist Alan Thicke

Actor Alan Thicke is a huge hockey fan, and he plans to use this passion to turn his book — The Game by Ken Dryden — into a Canada Reads champion. Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi with author Ken Dryden...... Read More »

The Canada Reads team explains why their book will appeal to Canadians

Congratulations to jelena_33, the second winner of a great Canada Reads prize pack. She scored signed copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep......

Meet Canada Reads panelist Anne-France Goldwater

Quebec litigator Anne-France Goldwater may not be familiar to many Canada Reads fans outside la belle province. But that doesn't mean you should count her out. Known for her tell-it-like-it-is ways, this family law lawyer is known as "Quebec's Judge Judy."...... Read More »

Terry Fallis tackles the 'Canada' in Canada Reads

In recent weeks, including on CBC Radio's Q with our fearless Canada Reads leader, Jian Ghomeshi, the debate about what exactly constitutes the "Can" in CanLit has once again returned to centre stage. I'm not sure it's ever been off...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads panelist Shad

Shad is known as "the thinking man's rapper." So be prepared to see him use both his school- and street-smarts when he enters the Canada Reads ring in February. We watched him beat out rap music phenom Drake for rap...... Read More »

Meet Canada Reads panelist Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson will be a force to be reckoned with during this year's Canada Reads debates. After spending five seasons in the CBC's Dragons' Den, fending off her fellow entrepreneurs to score the best blockbuster business deals, she knows how...... Read More »

The Canada Reads team makes a case for their book as the best story

Congratulations to KLReads, the winner of the first Canada Reads prize pack. She scored signed copies of all five books and an always fashionable and extremely practical Canada Reads tote bag. We're giving away another set this week. Keep reading......

Get a taste of the Canada Reads contenders

Not quite sure which of the final five to pick up first? We have a treat for you! We have excerpts from all five titles, so whether you want to hitch a ride on Dave Bidini's tour bus, lace up......

Terry Fallis muses on how non-fiction changes the Canada Reads 'ball game'

The big news in Canada Reads 2012 is that the spotlight shines on non-fiction books this year. This is a Canada Reads first, so no one really knows how it's going to change the dynamic, particularly when the debates begin...... Read More »

Jian Ghomeshi talks Canada Reads: True Stories on CBC News Network

After revealing the Canada Reads 2012 contenders on Q and then again at a live event at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto, host Jian Ghomeshi stopped by CBC News Network to provide the inside scoop on this year's books...... Read More »

CBC Live at the Canada Reads 2012 launch event

CBC Live came down to to Canada Reads launch event on Wednesday and spoke to this year's panelists about their plans for the debates. The panelists came ready to play. Host Jian Ghomeshi says this year's panel is a "feisty" one, and...... Read More »

The Canada Reads team battles for their favourite 2012 books

Our celebrity panelists will be standing up for their favourite read in the February debates, but the Canada Reads team is ready to start right now! Five of our producers have chosen to go to bat for their favourite Canada......

Terry Fallis welcomes the Canada Reads: True Stories final five

Well, the news is finally out. The five finalists for Canada Reads 2012: True Stories have stepped into the ring and now the competition gets underway in earnest. Since the Top 10 list was announced a few weeks ago, the...... Read More »

Watch the Canada Reads reveal on Q

Yesterday, Jian Ghomeshi revealed the panelists and their book choices for the 2012 Canada Reads debates. The panelists also revealed their debating prowess publicly for the first time, when they were given 30 seconds each to tell the country why......

The Canada Reads 2012 panelists and books revealed!

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Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories big reveal!

The Canada Reads: True Stories books and celebrity panelists will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 23. The panelists will meet the......

Round-up: Meet the Top 10 authors

Over the past two weeks, we introduced readers to the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 authors, through a series of Q&As or by dipping into the CBC archives. On Wednesday, November 23, this list of 10 will be reduced to......

10 for the Top 10: Marina Nemat

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

Meet Top 10 author Ian Brown

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

Terry Fallis on how Canada Reads changed his life

Well, a week from now the five finalists for Canada Reads 2012: True Stories, will be unveiled thus kicking off the annual literary cage match (or what I like to call the great Canadian "donnybook"). In this final peaceful interregnum...... Read More »

10 for the Top 10: Ryan Knighton

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

Meet Top 10 author John Vaillant

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

Our second Perfect Pairings winner!

While the panelists decide which title to defend in this year's battle of the books, we are giving away a complete set of the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 every week. To enter, all you have to do......

Meet Top 10 author Roméo Daillaire

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

10 for the Top 10: Dave Bidini

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

Terry Fallis on reading, writing...and tweeting

Last year, for the first time in its history, Canada Reads gave book lovers a say in which titles would be considered for the debates. In light of Canadians' participation in the world of social media, this seemed like...... Read More »

10 for the Top 10: Carmen Aguirre

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

10 for the Top 10: Chester Brown

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's......

Our first Perfect Pairings winner

While the panelists decide which title to defend in this year's battle of the books, we are giving away a complete set of the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 every week. To enter, all you have to do is......

Our first Perfect Pairings winner

While the panelists decide which title to defend in this year's battle of the books, we are giving away a complete set of the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 every week. To enter, all you have to do is......

10 for the Top 10: Ken Dryden

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

10 for the Top 10: Margaret MacMillan

The panelists are in the process of deciding which book they want to bring into the ring for the February debates. We'll reveal who they are — and the titles they choose — on November 23 on CBC Radio's Q......

Introducing the Canada Reads 2012 resident blogger: Terry Fallis

I'd be grateful if someone could tell me where the last nine months have gone. It seems like just yesterday I was curled in the fetal position listening to the final day of the Canada Reads 2011 debates. Yet here...... Read More »

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 revealed!

We held a public campaign to find out which memoirs, biographies and literary non-fiction titles Canadians want to see on Canada Reads: True Stories. Throughout the past few weeks, Canadians took up this challenge and nominated books for the Canada Reads:...... Read More »

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, November 1. Which books will make the cut? Find out tomorrow.........

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, November 1. Which books will make the cut? Find out tomorrow.........

Last call to cast your vote for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 10

UPDATE: The poll is now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted! The The Canada Reads: Top 10 will be revealed on Q and right here on CBC Books at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, November 1. The clock is ticking for......

Get to know the Top 40: Battle scars

War: what is it good for? If nothing else, a great read.  Today we examine the books on the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list that are about war zones, both historical and contemporary. We've got Farley Mowat's classic war...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Trauma

Today we look at the books on our Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list that contain stories of some of life's worst moments, stories by authors who suffered through difficulties and traumatic events and lived to — literally — tell the tale. ...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: History

Some of Canada's most thrilling and defining stories can be found in our history books.  Today, a look at the books on the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list that explore some important historical aspects of the people...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Medical memoirs

Sometimes true stories are difficult stories of pain, illness and loss. Today we look at the books on the Canada Reads Top 40 list whose authors have faced an illness or disability (either their own or a family member's) and lived to...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Journeys

Just as travel can infuse excitement into one's regular life, stories about exploring far-off places are an important sub-genre on our Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list.  Today we look at books that visit India (M. G. Vassanji's A...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Science and Nature

True Stories frequently heed the call of the wild, so our Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list just wouldn't be complete without a healthy dose of the natural world. John Vaillant does double duty, writing about both a...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Family memoirs

Families: love 'em or hate 'em, they're undeniable fodder for a juicy memoir. Today we look at the books on our list about parents and their children, and children and their parents. There's Wayne Johnston's family legacy in Newfoundland, David...... Read More »

Get to know the Top 40: Cultural Biographies

Were you completely overwhelmed by yesterday's Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 list? Fear not. For the next week, we'll be posting primers about each of the contending titles. Today we tackle the Cultural Biographies. Each of these nominees tells...... Read More »

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 revealed!

For the past three weeks, Canadians from coast to coast to coast have been nominating their favourite memoirs, biographies and literary non-fiction reads for Canada Reads: True Stories. The response has been overwhelming! Thousands of entries came from every nook...... Read More »

Stay tuned for the Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40

The Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 will be revealed by Jian Ghomeshi on Q on CBC Radio and right here on CBC Books at 10:30 ET on Tuesday, October 18. Which books will make the cut? Find out tomorrow.........

Cast Your Vote: Carol Off's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall...... Read More »

Great True Stories: Books in translation

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall......

Past Canada Reads players give us their picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! We called on former Canada Reads panelists and authors to play with our new theme and recommend their favourite true story. Here are some of...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Ronald Wright's picks

UPDATE: This poll are is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Publishing Insiders' Picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: John Doyle's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Witold Rybczynski's picks

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall...... Read More »

Stephen Lewis's Canada Reads: True Stories pick

There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall the non-fiction classics? Unearth the much-loved but overlooked small press memoir? It's a difficult task. Which......

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 7

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories. Check out more of the highlights: David from Vancouver recommended: Lake of the Prairies by Warren Cariou "A beautiful memoir of growing up in the...... Read More »

Great True Stories: The Charles Taylor Prize finalists

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! The Charles Taylor Prize, inaugurated in 2000, honours the best in Canadian literary non-fiction. Originally awarded every two years, this prestigious honour became...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 5

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out more of the highlights: Paulina from Waterloo, Ontario, recommended: The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown "Ian Brown describes life with his...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Bookstores' True Stories picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 4

Recommendations continue to roll in from across the country for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out more of the highlights: Matthew from Toronto recommended: Dispatches from the Sporting Life by Mordecai Richler "While Mr. Richler's nominations for Canada Reads...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Elizabeth May's picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: October 3

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories.  Check out these highlights: Barry from Ottawa recommended: Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray The story of place in Canada is often told through biography, but rarely through multiple biography. Often, the...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Dr. Brian Goldman's picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: The B.C. National Award finalists

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! In 2005, the British Columbia Achievement Foundation launched a new award, British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, to celebrate the best in...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Heather Mallick's picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them? Recall...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Book bloggers' True Stories picks

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! There are a lot of great Canadian true stories out there. How is the regular reader going to sift through all of them?...... Read More »

Reader Recommendation round-up: September 28

Recommendations are rolling in for Canada Reads: True Stories from coast to coast to coast. Check out these highlights from day one of the public campaign: Susan from Brandon, Manitoba, recommends: Who Killed Mom? by Steve Burgess Who Killed Mom?...... Read More »

Cast Your Vote: Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

UPDATE: These polls are now closed. Check out our other polls on our featured polls page! The Writers' Trust of Canada launched its literary awards in 1997, with a fiction and non-fiction prize. While Rogers has sponsored the fiction prize...... Read More »

Introducing Canada Reads: True Stories

Fall is like Christmas for literary lovers. It's when big books are published and big awards are given out. It's also the time for the Canada Reads public campaign -- and this year, we are switching it up.Welcome to Canada...... Read More »
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