Books·Canada Reads 2020

Amanda Brugel

Amanda Brugel successfully defended We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib on Canada Reads 2020.

Defending We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

Amanda Brugel is defending We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib on Canada Reads 2020. (CBC)

Amanda Brugel won Canada Reads 2020 defending We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib.

Canada Reads 2020 took place July 20-23.

About Amanda Brugel

Voted one of Hello! Canada's 50 Most Beautiful, actor Amanda Brugel broke onto the world stage, playing the highly acclaimed role of Officer Parker in the Academy Award-winning feature film, Room. Her upcoming features include Darren, Like a House on Fire and and the action thriller Becky, opposite Kevin James. On the small screen, Brugel has forged an uncommon path, balancing award-wining roles in both comedic and dramatic series, including Orphan Black, for which Brugel won the 2015 Black Canadian Award for best actress. Since 2016, Brugel has dominated television screens in a number of critically acclaimed series, including her Canadian Screen Award-nominated turn in Workin' Moms, the CBC's hit comedy Kim's Convenience and Hulu's worldwide sensation The Handmaid's Tale, which she has been nominated for a 2020 Screen Actors Guild ensemble award. Most recently, Brugel has joined two new casts; TNT's dystopian drama Snowpiercer and USA Network's YA thriller Dare Me.

Canada Reads highlights

Amanda Brugel and Kaniehtiio Horn highlight similarities between their books in addressing the complexities of family dynamics

1 year ago
On Day Three of Canada Reads 2020, the two panellists drew parallels between the books they are defending. 2:29

Amanda Brugel on the importance of championing intersectional stories

1 year ago
In the Canada Reads 2020 finale, The Handmaid’s Tale star and her fellow panellists debate the necessity for the stories told in their contending books. 3:14

On the last day of Canada Reads 2020, the finalists make a case for why their book is the one Canada should read

1 year ago
The 2020 finale saw Amanda Brugel and Kaniehtiio Horn make their final arguments for books We Have Always Been Here and Son of a Trickster. 1:06

Interviews with Amanda Brugel

Amanda Brugel & Samra Habib on Canada Reads 2020

2 years ago
Actor Amanda Brugel will be defending Samra Habib's memoir We Have Always Been Here on Canada Reads 2020. Ahead of the debates, the first-time author spoke about why she wrote this very personal book. 5:40

Canada Reads panellist Amanda Brugel

2 years ago
Panellist Amanda Brugel describes how the book We Have Always Been Here can bring Canada together. 0:40
Actress Amanda Brugel joined q host Tom Power to discuss Samra Habib's memoir We Have Always Been Here and why she's defending it for Canada Reads 2020. 11:56

The Handmaid's Tale cast discuss feminism

4 years ago
Series cast members Alexis ​​​Bledel, Amanda Brugel and Elisabeth Moss give their take on the story 0:35

The Canada Reads 2020 contenders

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