Canada Reads 2018

Why Mozhdah Jamalzadah thinks The Boat People should win Canada Reads

The media personality and singer is defending Sharon Bala's debut novel on CBC's battle of the books.
Mozhdah Jamalzadah is defending The Boat People by Sharon Bala. (CBC)

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

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

Mozhdah Jamalzadah is defending The Boat People by Sharon Bala. On CBC Radio's q, she made a case for why this debut novel should win Canada Reads.

"The world is facing the worst refugee crisis in history. More than 65 million people are either refugees, internally displaced or seeking asylum. These are not numbers and statistics, these are human beings with their own individual stories. The Boat People gives the refugee crisis a human face. This book was a great reminder of what my parents suffered through to get us to safety, just like millions of others. I will not take my privileges as a Canadian for granted after reading this book."

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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