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Meet the Canada Reads 2020 contenders

The debates will take place March 16-19, 2020 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan. The debates will be broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC TV, CBC Gem and on CBC Books.

Attend the Canada Reads 2020 debates live!

Canada Reads is filmed in front of a live studio audience in Toronto. Tickets are free! Reserve yours here.

Join the Canada Reads 2020 Facebook group!

CBC Books has launched a Facebook group for those who want to read the Canada Reads 2020 books together. 30 pages a day will have you finish all five titles before the debates!

Print a Canada Reads 2020 poster

If you'd like a poster for your school, bookstore or library, we have printable PDFs for you!

Here's how to bring Canada Reads to life in your classroom

Are you a high school teacher looking to engage your students in Canada Reads? An updated teacher guide and new resources for 2020 are available now on Curio!

Jesse Thistle overcame homelessness, addiction and trauma — and wrote a book to inspire others to do the same

The Indigenous author and academic speaks with The Next Chapter about writing From the Ashes, which will be defended on Canada Reads by George Canyon.
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Cory Doctorow and Akil Augustine discuss Canada Reads contender Radicalized

Raptors personality Akil Augustine will be defending Radicalized by Cory Doctorow on Canada Reads 2020.
In Conversation

Megan Gail Coles wrote a novel to have a frank conversation on what ails the nation — now it's on Canada Reads

YouTube star Alayna Fender is defending Coles's debut novel Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club on Canada Reads 2020.
My Life in Books

8 books actor and Canada Reads panellist Kaniehtiio Horn loved reading

The Letterkenny star is defending Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson on Canada Reads 2020.

Why Canada Reads author Samra Habib shared her story about being a queer Muslim woman

The journalist and photographer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about her memoir We Have Always Been Here.
My Life in Books

The books that Canada Reads author Megan Gail Coles loved reading

YouTube star Alayna Fender is defending Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by the Newfoundland writer.
In Conversation

Why Son of a Trickster author Eden Robinson became a writer — and how she keeps getting better

Actor Kaniehtiio Horn is defending Son of a Trickster on Canada Reads 2020.
My Life in Books

5 books that inspired Canada Reads author Jesse Thistle

Country music star George Canyon is defending From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle for Canada Reads 2020.
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Jesse Thistle and George Canyon discuss Canada Reads contender From the Ashes

Country singer George Canyon will defend Jesse Thistle's memoir From the Ashes on Canada Reads 2020. Canada Reads takes place March 16-19.

Donald Trump made Cory Doctorow so anxious he wrote a book to feel better — now Radicalized is on Canada Reads

Radicalized, a collection of sci-fi novellas, will be defended by Akil Augustine on Canada Reads 2020.
My Life in Books

7 books that Canada Reads author Cory Doctorow loved reading

Akil Augustine is defending Radicalized by Cory Doctorow on Canada Reads 2020.

Why Canada Reads author Eden Robinson wrote a modern Trickster tale

Kaniehtiio Horn is defending Son of a Trickster on Canada Reads 2020. Eden Robinson spoke to Shelagh Rogers in 2017 about the novel.

Canada Reads 2020: Why George Canyon is championing Jesse Thistle's memoir From the Ashes

Country singer George Canyon explains why he's defending From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle in this year's battle of the books.
My Life in Books

5 books Canada Reads panellist Amanda Brugel loved reading

The Handmaid's Tale actor is defending We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib on Canada Reads 2020.
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Eden Robinson and Kaniehtiio Horn discuss Canada Reads 2020 contender Son of a Trickster

Kaniehtiio Horn will defend Eden Robinson's novel Son of a Trickster on Canada Reads. The debates take place March 16-19.
Writing Tip

Not sure how to write your life story? Start with the small stuff

Entering the CBC Nonfiction Prize? We got writing advice from Canada Reads 2020 finalist Jesse Thistle.
In Conversation

How being her authentic self helped Samra Habib write a memoir that became a Canada Reads contender

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

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline sells 100,000 copies in Canada, enters 20th print run

The YA novel was first published in 2017 and went on to be defended on Canada Reads 2018, win the Governor General's Literary Award and the U.S. Kirkus Prize.
My Life in Books

6 books that inspired Canada Reads panellist George Canyon

The country music star is defending From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle for Canada Reads 2020.

Canada Reads winner Max Eisen part of Steven Spielberg's project to preserve Holocaust stories using holograms

The initiative employs machine learning and artificial intelligence to create holograms of survivors' stories that audiences will be able to interact with and question for years to come.