Canada Reads 2009

And the winner is...

The Book of Negroes

In this remarkable historical epic, Lawrence Hill brings home the brutal realities of the slave trade through the powerful, haunting tale of one woman's extraordinary life. At the age of 11, Aminata Diallo is kidnapped from her African village and brought to South Carolina to work as a slave. She eventually wins her freedom and becomes a force in the abolitionist movement in Britain, but only after decades of struggle and adversity. Compelling and richly drawn, the story of Aminata Diallo is destined to become a Canadian classic.

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The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant

This is a "divine comedy" of the extraordinary triumphs and tragedies of ordinary people caught up in circumstances that span the range of the ridiculous to the sublime. Read more »


Thirteen-year-old Peter Paddington is overweight, the subject of his classmates' ridicule, and the victim of too many bad movie-of-the-week storylines. When his nipples begin speaking to him one day and inform him of their diabolical plan to expose his secret desires, Peter finds himself cornered in a world that seems to have no tolerance for difference. Read more »

Mercy Among the Children

David Adams Richards' seventh novel is a "compassionate, powerful story of humanity confronting inhumanity." Read more »

The Outlander

Gil Adamson's extraordinary novel opens in heart-pounding mid-flight and propels the reader through a gripping road trip with a twist -- the steely outlaw in this story is a grief-struck young woman.  Read more »

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