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Ali Velshi and Terry Fallis on Q

If you and your book club want to tackle The Best Laid Plans, now is your chance! CBC Books is running a contest for book clubs across the country: win a visit from author Terry Fallis. The lucky book club......

Final words from the Canada Reads in-house defenders

Well, folks, here we are. On Monday morning, our steadfast Canada Reads defenders will turn the reins over to the celebrity panelists. From there, it will be three days of live, no-holds-barred fighting. So, as they say their goodbyes, the......

Podcast: Lorne Cardinal defends Unless

Our preview chats with panelists started on the East Coast. We've crossed the country to end with a panelist who makes his home on the West Coast, actor Lorne Cardinal. He's best known for his role as police officer Davis......

Brian Francis ponders Unless

At the Canada Reads launch, Carol Shields's daughter, Anne Giardini (who is also a writer), said that she had an interesting story about Unless and if people wanted to ask her about it, she would tell it to them. I......

Meet actor Lorne Cardinal

Last week, we visited Essex County by Jeff Lemire. This week, we move from the country to the suburbs as we explore Carol Shields's Unless, which will be defended by actor Lorne Cardinal. One of Canada's most recognizable actors, with numerous......

The Canada Reads team offers advice

The Canada Reads team has stepped up to the plate to defend their chosen title every week. They're now experts on the subtleties of strategy, how to dodge punches (both metaphorical and physical) and what it takes to give it......

Podcast: Sara Quin defends Essex County

There are only two weeks left until the Canada Reads contenders duke it our for the coveted title. Until then, we've got you covered, offering you a first look at this year's panelists, and how they plan to take down......

Jeff Lemire gives us a tour of Essex County

It's been a while since I left Essex County. By that I mean both the fictional version of the place as well as the real Essex County where I grew up. Yet I keep getting pulled back. I finished writing......

Meet indie artist Sara Quin

Last week, we dove into The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou. This week, we turn our attention to Essex County by Jeff Lemire. We'll talk to his title's defender, Sara Quin, and hold a live chat with the author. It should......

The Canada Reads team sizes up the competition

This week we asked the Canada Reads defenders to take the measure of their competition: who would be their chosen book's toughest opponent in the debates? All were equally respectful of their rivals, but they certainly had different notions of......

Podcast: Georges Laraque makes a splash with The Bone Cage

The countdown to Canada Reads is on. We're less than a month away to the battle of the books. We visited Nova Scotia with Debbie Travis. She's championing The Birth House by Ami McKay. We climbed to the top of......

Meet former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque

Last week, we looked at Terry Fallis's The Best Laid Plans here on the Canada Reads site. This week, we're moving from the political ring to the athletics arena, as we turn our attention to Angie Abodu's The Bone Cage.......

The Canada Reads literary places contest

Last week, the Canada Reads debaters revealed their favourite characters from this year's novels. This inspired us to turn the tables and ask you: who is your favourite fictional character? Everyone from venomous villains to handsome heroes got a vote......

The Canada Reads team chooses their favourite scenes

The Canada Reads defenders are back this week, this time ready to declare their favourite scenes in their chosen books. From hovercrafts to healers, each scene is as striking and memorable as the last. How this team chose a favourite,......

Podcast: Ali Velshi talks The Best Laid Plans

As this year's Canada Reads debates draw closer — have you circled February 7, 8 and 9 on your calendar? — we're gearing up by putting the spotlight on each of the panelists. Last week, we caught up with Debbie......

Meet CNN broadcaster Ali Velshi

Last week, we looked at Ami McKay's The Birth House here on the Canada Reads site. This week, we're going from small-town gossip to big-time politics as we turn our attention to The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. We'll......

The Canada Reads team explores their favourite characters

Before the holidays, we had members of the Canada Reads team each pick a current contender to defend. They explored their chosen title's first impressions, essentialness and Canadianness. Now it is 2011 and the team is back in action. The first......

Podcast: Debbie Travis takes us to The Birth House

For the next five weeks, we'll be offering you a sneak peek at this year's panel...how they'll prep for the debates and why they think their book should come out on top. The first panelist we talked to was the......

Brian Francis moves into The Birth House

"We change, whether we like it or not." Ralph Waldo Emerson   Halifax underwent great change after the Halifax Explosion, an event that figures in Ami McKay's The Birth House. Image: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division   It's......

Kitchen ghosts and a birth house

My house stands at the edge of the earth. Together, the house and I have held strong against the churning tides of Fundy. Two sisters, stubborn in our bones. Ami's home in Scots Bay during restoration work Just over a......

Meet design maven Debbie Travis

Greeting the new year is doubly exciting for the Canada Reads team, because it means we're edging closer to the debates. We can't wait to get our panelists in the ring and see what happens! In the meantime, there's plenty......

Listen to the Canada Reads 2011 authors on The Next Chapter

Shelagh Rogers interviewed each of the Canada Reads 2011 authors for The Next Chapter. These interviews aired weekly from November 29, 2010 to December 27, 2010. Ami McKay talked about how her own home inspired the story that would becomeThe......

Debbie Travis and Ami McKay on Canada Reads launch day

With the holidays upon us and a New Year on the horizon, this week at Canada Reads has been dedicated to revisiting video highlights of our launch event on November 24, when host Jian Ghomeshi introduced the panelists and the authors to a......

Ali Velshi and Terry Fallis at the Canada Reads launch

This is the time of year when it's customary to review the highlights of the past 12 months and trot out "best of" and "worst of" lists in various categories. This week at Canada Reads, we've put together our own look back: we're posting video......

Lorne Cardinal and Anne Giardini on Canada Reads launch day

This holiday week, kick back and relive the highlights of our live launch, which took place on November 24. Jian Ghomeshi hosted the event, which featured all the players at the CBC Broadcast Centre in downtown Toronto. This year's......

Georges Laraque and Angie Abdou on Canada Reads launch day

Lots of great Canada Reads material is still to come in the New Year. But this holiday week, we're taking a look back at some video highlights of the campaign. We hope you enjoy this encore viewing! On November 24,......

Sara Quin and Jeff Lemire on Canada Reads launch day

We'll be rolling out lots of exciting Canada Reads material in the weeks to come. But this holiday week, as the end of the year approaches, we're taking the opportunity to revisit some highlights. On November 24, this year's Canada......

The Canada Reads dinner party contest

Last week we asked you to tell us which Canada Reads book was most "Canadian." It's a topic that comes up time and time again in Canadian literature, so it's always interesting to see how readers define what makes a read......

Carol Shields' daughter Anne Giardini talks about Unless

Canada was Carol Shields' adopted country, but she rose to become one of our most beloved literary figures. Shields was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She moved to Canada at the age of 22, where she spent most of her......

Meet Carol Shields' Unless

Listen: In the clip below, Carol Shields' daughter Anne Giardini reads from Chapter 5 of Unless. In this scene Reta recalls the history of the house where she raised her family and speculates about the mother who lived there......

Jeff Lemire talks about Essex County

Jeff Lemire's Essex County consists of three interconnected graphic novels (a Canada Reads first!) — Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories and The Country Nurse. Centred on the lives of three characters who are loosely connected — a boy being......

Meet Jeff Lemire's Essex County

Listen: In the clip below, author Jeff Lemire reads from a bonus story from Essex County. The Essex County Boxing Club explores the history of one of Essex County's most beloved pastimes: boxing. The fighting farmers turn into a local legend when their little......

The Canada Reads team debates the 'essentialness' of their chosen books

The theme of this year's Canada Reads campaign was finding the "Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade." Given the theme, the final five were very surprising. Only one is a major award-winner (The Best Laid Plans won the Stephen Leacock Medal......

Ami McKay talks about The Birth House

The Birth House is set in rural Nova Scotia nearly a hundred years ago, but this remarkable story didn't find its way onto the page until an aspiring American writer, Ami McKay, relocated from Chicago to Scots Bay, Nova Scotia, to be with......

Meet Ami McKay's The Birth House

Listen: In the clip below, author Ami McKay reads from Chapter 26 of The Birth House. On December 6, 1917, Halifax was devastated by an explosion (you can learn more about this real-life event on the CBC's commemorative page). Dora and her......

Meet Terry Fallis's The Best Laid Plans

Listen: In the clip below, author Terry Fallis reads from Chapter 2 of The Best Laid Plans. In this scene, former political speechwriter Daniel Addison has decided the answer to his get-out-of-politics prayers is his new landlord, engineering professor......

Meet Angie Abdou's The Bone Cage

Listen: In the clip below, author Angie Abdou reads from Chapter 9 of The Bone Cage. In this scene, aspiring Olympic wrestler Digger Stapleton has one more match to win before he can qualify for the 2000 Games in......

Book bloggers weigh in on the Canada Reads final five

  There was a lot of conversation surrounding this year's Canada Reads campaign, both on and off our website. We love when people get into the spirit of Canada Reads and take to Twitter, Facebook and their personal blogs to......

Discussion 2011

The Best Laid Plans>>By Terry FallisDefended by Ali VelshiThe peccadilloes of Parliament Hill's political animals are the subject of The Best Laid Plans, Terry Fallis's hilarious first novel, which won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The Birth......
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