Memorable books by top Canadian writers Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Rawi Hage and Cory Doctorow are headed for final Canada Reads consideration.
CBC Books unveiled today a list of 10 novels chosen by Canadians for the coming edition's theme: "One novel to change our nation." The five yet-to-be-named Canada Reads panellists will chose a title from the following list to defend.
The top 10 are:
- The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
- What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin
- The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
- A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
- Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
- October 1970 by Louis Hamelin
- Cockroach by Rawi Hage
- Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
- Annabel by Kathleen Winter
The identities of the panellists and their chosen titles will be announced on Nov. 27. Canada Reads 2014 takes place in March. the competition will be broadcast on CBCBooks.ca, CBC Radio and CBC-TV.
More than 20,000 votes were submitted for the 2014 edition, which called on the public to suggest novels that can change minds, lives and potentially the country itself. To be eligible, suggested books must be written by a Canadian, available in English and released by a traditional publisher.