Canada Reads - The Live Debates

The Canada Reads live debates are almost here! Join us as the celebrity panelists battle it out for four days to determine this year's must-read Canadian non-fiction.

Canada Reads:True Stories, Canada's liveliest literary competition, takes centre stage on Feb. 6, 7, 8 and 9, moderated by Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC's Q.

Five celebrity panelists will duke it out in front of audiences at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto:

Arlene Dickinson of CBC's Dragons' Den will defend Prisoner of Tehran.

Actor Alan Thicke will defend The Game.

Juno Award-winning rapper Shad will defend Something Fierce.

Supermodel Stacey McKenzie will defend On a Cold Road.

Anne-France Goldwater, star of Quebec's reality-TV courtroom show l'Arbitre will defend The Tiger.

At the end of each day's live show, one title will be eliminated. The last book standing on February 9th will be named the non-fiction book for Canadians to read in 2012.

Want to join us in the live studio audience?

You can reserve seats by sending an email to Please specify "Canada Reads Tickets" and the date for which you are requesting them in the subject headline.

In the body of the email, please note how many seats you want, which day(s) you want them for, the names of the people they are reserved for, and contact information (phone number and email address).

Additional details are on the Canada Reads Live Debates Tickets page

Planning to tune in to the live event?

The Canada Reads:True Stories debates will air on CBC Radio One and Sirius 159, on CBC documentary Channel and be live streamed as video on on February 6, 7, 8 and 9. This year, Canada Reads will also air on CBC TV for the first time, with an hour-long recap special on February 12.

For more information about Canada Reads, visit the official website.


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