Past Canada Reads winners

Explore the past winners of CBC's battle of the books.
Humble The Poet won Canada Reads 2017, championing Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis. (CBC)

2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

2017

Humble The Poet is a rapper, author and spoken word artist. (Craig Cooper/Coach House Books/Fabiola Carletti)

2016

Clara Hughes is a five-time Olympic medallist. (Simon and Schuster/HarperCollins/CBC)

2015

Cameron Bailey is the artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival. (Vintage Canada/Frank Gunn, CP)

2014

Wab Kinew is a former broadcaster and current MPP in Manitoba. He hosted Canada Reads in 2015. (Hamish Hamilton)

2013

Trent McClellan is a stand-up comedian from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. (House of Anansi Press)
  • Winner: February by Lisa Moore, defended by Trent McClellan
  • The Age of Hope by David Bergen, defended by Ron MacLean
  • Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan, defended by Jay Baruchel
  • Away by Jane Urquhart, defended by Charlotte Gray
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, defended by Carol Huynh

2012

In addition to his time hosting q, Shad has also won a Juno Award and has been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize for his music. (Vintage Canada/CBC)

2011

Ali Velshi is the chief business correspondent for NBC News. (Emblem Editions)

2010

Defender Michel Vézina is an author, actor and clown from Quebec. (Roline Laporte/Vintage Canada/Penguin Random House)
  • Winner:Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner, translated by Lazer Lederhendler, defended by Michel Vézina
  • The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy, defended by Samantha Nutt
  • Generation X by Douglas Coupland, defended by Cadence Weapon
  • Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott, defended by Simi Sara
  • Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald, defended by Perdita Felicien

2009

Avi Lewis is a documentary filmmaker and former host on Al Jazeera and on the CBC. (CP/HarperCollins)

2008

Dave Bidini was a founding member of the band Rheostatics. (Anchor Canada)

2007

John K. Samson is the frontman of the band the Weakerthans. (Leif Norman/HarperCollins)

2006

Defender John K. Samson was a bass player for the Winnipeg band Propagandhi. (Leif Norman/Vintage Canada)

2005

Donna Morrissey is an author from Newfoundland. (University of Toronto Press/Mount Alison University)

2004

Jim Cuddy is a founding member of the band Blue Rodeo. (Chris Young, CP/Emblem Editions/Grant McConnell)

2003

Denise Bombardier is a journalist and media personality with Radio Canada. (New Canadian Library)

2002

Steven Page was a founding member of the band the Barenaked Ladies. (Vintage Canada/CBC)

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