Canada Reads 2003

And the winner is...

Next Episode

A disturbing yet affecting story of political dissent and emotional turmoil, Hubert Aquin's novel was first published in l965 in French. A young separatist is being held for trial in the psychiatric ward of a Montreal prison. To pass the time, he decides to write a spy thriller that features a Québecois terrorist on a murderous mission. Heavily symbolic and intense, Next Episode is steeped in the social and political realities of 1960s Quebec.

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Finalists

Sarah Binks

Paul Hiebert's critical biography of the wholly mythical but irrepressible and irresistible Sarah Binks is a hilarious analysis of her career and influences, along with a memorable selection of the poet's tenderest, most inspiring writings. Read more »

Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Read more »

The Lost Garden

This word-perfect, heartbreaking novel is set in early 1941 in Britain when the war seems endless and, perhaps, hopeless. London is on fire from the Blitz, and a young woman gardener named Gwen Davis flees the burning city for the Devon countryside. Read more »

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a novel about Newfoundland that centres on the story of Joe Smallwood, the true-life controversial political figure who ushered the island through confederation with Canada and became its first premier.  Read more »







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