Books March 20, 2012
Finally, All That Reading Can Pay Off! Play The CBC Books National Trivia Game

Canadians often pride themselves on being a literary bunch of people: We boast some of the world's most celebrated authors, and events such as Canada Reads draw book fans from across the country.

But how much do we really know about our national literature? We'll soon have a chance to find out: Next week sees the launch of the CBC Books National Trivia Game, in which readers from coast to coast can test their knowledge online.

On Thursday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, follow @CBCBooks on Twitter, using the hashtag #cbcbookstrivia. There will be questions posed every 30 minutes, and prizes to be won for correct answers.

(For those who are Twitter-averse - and, um, happen to live in the Greater Toronto Area - there is a live version of - the inaugural CBC Books trivia night will be held that same night, at the Watermark Irish Pub in Toronto, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Prizes will be expanded to include awards for costumes and team names.)

To help you get ready, here are a couple of recent developments that anyone looking to enter a contest about Canadian literature should probably be familiar with.

On March 5, 2012, Andrew Westoll won the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction for his book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary. Here he is talking to George last June about his experiences with the titular primates of his book:

Carmen Aguirre won this year's Canada Reads contest for the tale of her family's flight from Chile to Canada after Augusto Pinochet's military coup in 1973, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter.

Her entry, and win, was not without controversy, after Canada Reads panel member Anne-France Goldwater called her a "terrorist" during the contest. Carmen was in the red chair soon after, and she shared her reactions with George:

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