Canada Reads 2018

Why Jully Black thinks The Marrow Thieves should win Canada Reads

The singer explains why she thinks Cherie Dimaline's young adult novel should win CBC's battle of the books.
Jully Black is defending The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. (CBC)

The finalists for Canada Reads 2018 have been announced and now it's up to the defenders to make the case for why their selection should win CBC's annual battle of the books. 

The debates, hosted by Ali Hassan, take place March 26-29, 2018.

 Jully Black is defending The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. On CBC Radio's q, she made a case for why this YA novel should win Canada Reads

"This book opened my eyes to the fact that grief does not have to stay with you forever. I just buried my mom two months ago and got the book and it totally elevated my life. The soul has no age; I learned from a 16-year-old in the book and an 80-year-old in the book. [I learned] the fact that you have relatives that are blood and you have family that you choose. Our Indigenous people are living this existence right now. This is one book that will open your eyes and this is the book that Canada should read."

The Canada Reads 2018 contenders:

Listen to the panellists on q:

This morning is a big day for books in Canada — it's the day that we get to find out this year's panellists and their book choices for Canada Reads 2018. This year's battle of the books will revolve around the theme "One Book to Open Your Eyes," celebrating titles that challenge readers to look differently at themselves, their neighbours and the world around them. All five of the panellists — Jully Black, Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Tahmoh Penikett, Greg Johnson, Jeanne Beker — join guest host Laurie Brown in the q studio to reveal their choices for the book they think all Canadians should read. 14:24

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