The Canada Reads 2013 Turf Wars are over and the Atlantic Provinces have come out on top!
February by Lisa Moore claimed the battle of the books title by a close call, beating out Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes on the final day of debate. February's champion Trent McClellan outlasted his opponents - Jay Baruchel (Two Solitudes), Carol Huynh (Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese), Charlotte Gray (Away by Jane Urquhart), Ron MacLean (The Age of Hope by David Bergen) - in the twelfth annual literary competition.
February, a book based on the deadly 1982 sinking of the Ocean Ranger off the coast of Newfoundland, tells the story of a women whose husband was among the 84 men who died. Take a look at the book's trailer:
After the final vote, Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi spoke to the winning novel. "The panelists began by representing their region, but together chose a book that will speak to all of Canada," he said. "It's exciting that so many people will be reading Lisa Moore's novel about a maritime tragedy all Canadians should know about. It's both a moving meditation on love and loss and an indictment of how we fuel our oil-driven economy."
Jian interviewed Lisa Moore and her book's champion, Trent McClellan, on Q. Watch: