Meet the contenders for CBC's battle of the books
Five Canadians — an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer and a veteran — will battle it out to become the next Canada Reads champion beginning March 27, 2017.
Over four days, the five defenders will bring their diverse perspectives to answer the question: What is the one book Canadians need now?
The contenders and their chosen books are:
- Chantal Kreviazuk defending The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
- Humble The Poet defending Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
- Measha Brueggergosman defending Company Town by Madeline Ashby
- Candy Palmater defending The Break by Katherena Vermette
- Jody Mitic defending Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji
Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. In 2016, she released Hard Sail, her first album in seven years.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier is one of the world's most recognized environmental, cultural and human rights activists. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and has served as both Canadian president and international chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council.
Humble The Poet defends Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Humble The Poet is a rapper, author and spoken word artist based in Los Angeles.
Fifteen Dogs follows a group of dogs who are given human consciousness by the gods Hermes and Apollo.
Measha Brueggergosman defends Company Town by Madeline Ashby
Measha Brueggergosman is a soprano who performs as an opera singer and concert artist.
In Company Town, a woman working as an elite bodyguard on a city-sized oil rig is drawn into a mystery surrounding the powerful family that owns the rig.
Candy Palmater defends The Break by Katherena Vermette
Candy Palmater is a comedian and broadcaster. She hosts The Candy Show on APTN, and her daily interview series The Candy Palmater Show aired on CBC Radio One in 2016.
In a series of shifting narratives, The Break explores the aftermath of a violent crime on a community in Winnipeg's North End.
Jody Mitic defends Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji
Canadian Armed Forces veteran Jody Mitic lost both of his legs below the knee when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan. He has since competed on The Amazing Race Canada, and is currently an Ottawa city councillor.
M.G. Vassanji is the award-winning author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, a memoir of East Africa and a biography of Mordecai Richler.