Canada Reads 2011

And the winner is...

The Best Laid Plans

The peccadilloes of Parliament Hill's political animals are the subject of Terry Fallis's comic first novel, which won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Engineering professor Angus McLintock agrees to run in an election he's sure to lose, but then the unthinkable happens -- and federal politics will never be the same. In this pointed and irreverent political satire, the best laid plans are giddily undone, and perhaps for the better, as idealism and pragmatism clash in the corridors of power.

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The Birth House

The miracle of birth and the struggle to live a good life; the miracle of a good life and the struggle to be born -- these are just a few of the themes explored in Ami McKay's poignant debut novel, The Birth House. Read more »

The Bone Cage

Angie Abdou's remarkable debut novel The Bone Cage takes readers deep into the gruelling, often solitary world of amateur athletics. Read more »

Essex County

This minimalistic though intensely emotional trilogy gives form to the author's inspired vision of what it means to live, work, dream and even die in a Southwestern Ontario rural community. Read more »


Carol Shields's 2002 profoundly moving novel Unless explores the "problem of goodness" and how it squares with the very human desire for happiness. Read more »

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