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Canada Reads 2013

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! ...

Lisa Moore and Trent McClellan on Q

The Canada Reads 2013 winning panelist and author join Jian Ghomeshi to reflect on the week that was....

The Canada Reads People's Choice Poll

Congratulations to Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese!...

Day Four: Recap

A new Canada Reads champion has been crowned! Watch the on-demand replay, replay the live chat, view photos and more....

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 Three: Recap

Day Three proved to be the most dramatic show yet! Find out which book was eliminated in this post, as well check back later for on-demand video, photos, and to replay our live chat....

Online reaction to Canada Reads 2013: Day Two

We rounded up online comments about the discussion, the panelists, and the vote! ...

Canada Reads 2013: Panelists' quotes

Many Canada Reads fans have agreed that the level of debate and discourse throughout this year's show was among the best ever. The panelists defended their respective books with poise, intelligence, and incredible passion. To celebrate the achievements of this......

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....

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....

Q&A Jian Ghomeshi

Following this year's dramatic finale, Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi answered questions from our online audience about the books, the panelists, and much more.......

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."...

P.E.I.'s Battle of the Book Clubs

Island Morning asked book lovers from P.E.I. to pick their favourite Canada Reads contender -- and defend them on CBC Radio. Listen to their pitches! ...

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....

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 »

P.E.I.'s Battle of the Book Clubs

Island Morning asked book lovers from P.E.I. to pick their favourite Canada Reads contender -- and defend them on CBC Radio. Listen to their pitches! ... 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....

Check out the Canada Reads: Turf Wars reveal

Revisit Jian Ghomeshi's Q interview with all five panelists and check out videos from the public launch at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto. ...

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: Carol Huynh reveals her choice

The Olympic champion discusses why she chose Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. ...

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? ...

VIDEO: CBC Live talks to the contenders

How are the panelists prepping for the big debates in February? Find out! ...

Twitter book club: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Join @cbcbooks on Thursday, January 3 at 2 p.m. ET to talk about the book representing British Columbia and Yukon! ...

VIDEO: The panelists/authors revealed on Q

Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi announced the contending books and the celebrity panelists defending them on Q Thursday morning! You can watch them discuss the books in Studio Q in the video clip above. Learn more about the finalists......

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!...

Get to know your region's Top 5: Atlantic Provinces

Check out our capsule guide to the books: a mix of old and new, and as varied as the four provinces themselves....

Get to know your region's Top 5: Quebec

A short guide to Quebec's list, which ranges from a CanLit classic on Canadian identity to a murder mystery. ...

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!...

Get to know your region's Top 5: Ontario

The Ontario Top 5 list is bursting with literary heavyweights. Is it something in the water of the Great Lakes?...

Get to know your region's Top 5: Prairies and North

Hope or Trade? Late Nights or Diviners? Today, we guide you through your Prairie and North picks. ...

Get to know the Top 5 for your region: B.C. and Yukon

What you need to know about the Top 5 books from British Columbia and Yukon....

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....

Talking about the Top 10 lists: Douglas Gibson

The renowned editor and publisher offers his thoughts on the choices that made the cut in each region....

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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