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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......

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......

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,......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

Sara Quin defends: Essex County by Jeff Lemire

The book: Jeff Lemire's Essex County (Top Shelf Productions) is composed of three interconnected graphic novels: Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories and The Country Nurse. The minimalistic though intensely emotional trilogy gives form to the author's inspired vision of......
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