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Manitoba: famous for the polar bears in Churchill and the mosquitoes in Komarno, this Prairie province is also quickly becoming famous for producing some of Canada's most exciting contemporary writing.

To help get the conversation rolling, Up to Speed host Larry Updike brought together a panel of Manitobans who are passionate about their books.

Ron Robinson was a founding partner of McNally Robinson Booksellers, one of Canada's leading independent bookstores.

Chandra Mayor is a Winnipeg-based poet and novelist whose work focuses on fringe and alternative Canadian culture. She was the 2005 recipient of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award.

For more on the book scene in Manitoba, check out CBC's Manitoba Scene. Auhor Sidura Ludwig responds to receiving the most votes for her novel, Holding My Breath on the Manitoba Bookshelf at Manitoba Scene.

Top 5 Finalists

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography Chester Brown Holding My Breath Sidura Ludwig The Diviners Margaret Laurence The Salvation of Yasch Siemens Armin Wiebe An Ordinary Decent Criminal Michael Van Rooy
Rue Deschambault (Streets of Riches) Gabrielle Roy Queen of Hearts Martha Brooks Unnatural History: True Manitoba Mysteries Chris Rutkowski Be Wolf: A True Account of the Survival of Reinhold Kaletsch Wayne Tefs Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove

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