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Trent McClellen and February Win Canada Reads 2013

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:

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