Canada Reads 2018

Why Tahmoh Penikett thinks American War should win Canada Reads

Actor Tahmoh Penikett explains why he thinks American War by Omar El Akkad should win Canada Reads.
Tahmoh Penikett is defending American War by Omar El Akkad. (CBC)

The finalists for Canada Reads 2018 have been announced and now it is 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.

Tahmoh Penikett is defending American War by Omar El Akkad. On CBC Radio's q, he made a case for why this debut novel should win Canada Reads.   

"An exceptional work of speculative fiction, Omar El Akkad's book American War imagines the United States during a second Civil War. A war revolving around religious bigotry, regional hatred, racism, sexism and fake news. Triggered by the climate crisis and opposition of 'off-oil' northern states versus southern 'drill baby drill' states. This arresting and unsettling book teems with brilliant description, colourful characters and echoes of America today. This is the one book to open your eyes."

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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