Saleema Nawaz How I Wrote It

(Saleema Nawaz)

What: CBC Canada Reads public event, hosted by All in a Day's Alan Neal, featuring a conversation with finalist author Saleema Nawaz and her defender Farah Mohamed, live music from Mehdi Cayenne ClubCasey Mecija, and stories from listeners reflecting the Canada Reads theme of "starting over"

When: Friday, March 11, 2016 (7 p.m. start; doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Montgomery Legion, third floor (330 Kent St, Ottawa)

Tickets: free, reserved in advance through Eventbrite

Two sisters, starting over together in Montreal as teens, sharply diverge on their life paths. And one sister, starting over as an adult, tries to piece together what happened to her sibling. These stories form the heart of Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz, the debut novel from the Ottawa-raised writer that's contending for Canada Reads.

On March 11, join CBC Radio's All in a Day for a live discussion with Saleema Nawaz and her defender Farah Mohamed, live music from Mehdi Cayenne Club, Casey Mecija, and stories from listeners reflecting the Canada Reads theme of "Starting Over"

In between the conversations, enjoy live music from Gatineau's crafter of global-pop beats, Mehdi Cayenne Club, as well as singer-songwriter Casey Mecija.

Tickets are free -- just head on over to Evenbrite (here) to reserve your spot. And for a chance to win Canada Reads prize packs, including all 5 finalist books, email with your story of a time you've had to start over.


The Canada Reads debates take place March 21-24 on CBC- TV, CBC Radio One, and online at  Hosted by Gill Deacon, Canada Reads 2016 is all about "starting over." Your five panellists have chosen the Canadian books they feel best represent the trials and tribulations of making a new start in life. 

Adam Copeland defends Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter
Clara Hughes defends The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
Bruce Poon Tip defends Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
Vinay Virmani defends The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami
Farah Mohamed defends Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz

For more details, visit CBC Books.