You voted, you commented and you chose!!!
In the spirit of Canada Reads, Canada's biggest battle of the books, CBC Manitoba brings you Manitoba Reads, in partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.
For those who voted, we have selected our grand prize winner who has been notified to receive their prize of:
One Aluratek ebook reader, McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Two all-access passes to the 2011 THIN AIR festival.
CBC tote bag, 2 water bottles, baseball cap, and 2 T-shirts, Wabama 2010 DVD.
Total value: $318.00
Over 1700 people (from Canada, the United States, Saudi Arabia, France, UK, Australia, Germany, Egypt, Spain, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Kenya, Mali, Malaysia, Netherlands, and Oman) cast their vote. As a result, the top 8 books by Manitoba authors have been chosen, according to the number of votes received. These books will advance to the next round. Then, four Manitoba Reads panelists will select the book they want to champion from that list of eight.
Tune into CBC Radio One's Weekend Morning Show throughout September to hear each panelist's defense of their book.
On September 24, as the finale of the THIN AIR 2011, the panelists will defend their choices in front of a live audience. That night the winning book will be crowned the must-read for Manitobans. The debate will air again the next morning on the Weekend Morning Show.
HERE ARE THE TOP EIGHT BOOKS:
Catherine Hunter - The Dead of Midnight
Chandra Mayor: All the Pretty Girls
David Robertson: The Life of Helen Betty Osborne
Gabrielle Roy: Where Nests the Water Hen
Wayne Tefs: Bandit
Daria Salamon: The Prairie Bridesmaid
Carol Shields: Republic of Love
Joan Thomas: Reading by Lightning