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Meet the Canada Reads 2023 contenders

The debates take place March 27-30 on CBC TV, CBC Radio and CBC Books.

15 books make Canada Reads 2023 longlist

This year, the great Canadian book debate is looking for one book to shift your perspective. The panellists and the books they choose to champion will be revealed on Jan. 25!

The best moments from Canada Reads 2022

A new winner has been crowned! Here are some of the most powerful moments from this year's debates.
In Conversation

'I can create the future I want to see': Why Canada Reads-longlisted author Waub Rice loves the writing life

The Anishinaabe writer spoke with CBC Books about storytelling and the impact his Canada Reads-longlisted novel Moon of the Crusted Snow has had on his career. The final five books and the panellists who chose them will be revealed on Jan. 25, 2023.

Deborah Falaye's Blood Scion brings Yoruba mythology and Nigerian culture to the forefront

Deborah Falaye spoke to CBC Books about what inspired her debut novel, Blood Scion, which has been longlisted for Canada Reads 2023.

Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven is a 'love letter' to the modern world

Station Eleven is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist. Revisit Mandel's 2015 conversation with Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter.

Sheila Murray's novel Finding Edward is a story of personal discovery and of Canada's Black history 

Finding Edward is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.

Uzma Jalaluddin's novel Hana Khan Carries On is a modern day meet-cute inspired by a love of rom-coms

The Ontario author and educator spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a novel about food, resilience and rivals who become lovers. Hana Khan Carries On is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia subverts genre expectations with the spooky suspense of her novel Mexican Gothic

The Mexican Canadian author spoke to Shelagh Rogers about the themes of class, gender and genre in her latest novel. Mexican Gothic is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.
Q&A

Simu Liu says this generation of immigrants needs 'to show the world that we belong'

In an interview with CBC Radio's The Sunday Magazine, Liu expressed his hopes that the next generation of immigrants will escape the 'grateful immigrant' trope — one where newcomers are expected to be gracious guests and not to expect too much from their adopted home.

Jamie Chai Yun Liew's debut novel Dandelion is a moving portrait of motherhood and migration

The debut author tells the story of a young woman on the brink of motherhood who embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her own mother. Dandelion is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.
Q&A

Cody Caetano's memoir explores a tangled family history

Of Anishinaabe and Portuguese descent, the Toronto-based writer delved deep into his unique upbringing for his first book. Half-Bads in White Regalia is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.
Q&A

Kate Beaton's affecting Ducks dives into the lonely life of labour in Alberta's oil sands

The Nova Scotia cartoonist and author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about the themes of loneliness, survival and misogyny in her new graphic memoir. Ducks is on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.

What tending bees taught Canada Reads-longlisted author Jenna Butler about pain and hope

Jenna Butler spoke to Edmonton AM about her breast cancer diagnosis and how writing her book Revery: A Year of Bees continues to inspire her outlook of life.

'I had absolutely no idea that it would take off': Lawrence Hill reflects on 15 years of The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes, first published in 2007, has sold 800,000 copies in Canada. Hill will celebrate the book at an in-person event at the AfterWords Literary Festival in Halifax on Oct. 2.

Holocaust survivor and Canada Reads author Max Eisen dead at 93

Eisen was a Toronto-based author, public speaker and an Order of Canada recipient. In the Canada Reads-winning memoir By Chance Alone, Eisen recounted how he escaped death in the Auschwitz gas chambers during the Holocaust.

Christian Allaire, championing Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, wins Canada Reads 2022

Ojibway fashion journalist Christian Allaire, championing Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, prevailed in the final vote over actor Malia Baker and the novel Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez.

Canada Reads 2022: Watch the finale replay

It's time to crown the new winner of Canada Reads!

10 books to read if you loved Canada Reads winner Five Little Indians

If you loved the Canada Reads 2022-winning novel championed by Christian Allaire, check out these other great Canadian books.

10 books to read if you loved Canada Reads finalist Washington Black

If you have finished reading the Canada Reads 2022 novel championed by Mark Tewksbury, check out these other great Canadian books.

12 books to read if you loved Canada Reads finalist Life in the City of Dirty Water

If you have finished reading Clayton Thomas-Müller's Canada Reads memoir, here are some other great books to check out.

10 books to read if you loved Canada Reads finalist What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

If you have finished reading the novel What Strange Paradise, check out these other great Canadian books.

10 books to read if you loved Canada Reads finalist Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez

If you are finished reading the novel Scarborough, check out these other great Canadian books.
Highlight

Christian Allaire and Malia Baker go head-to-head in the Canada Reads 2022 finale

On the final day of Canada Reads 2022, Christian Allaire and Malia Baker make their final arguments over why their chosen book is the "One Book to Connect Us."
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'After years of lies and hiding, I was finally out': Mark Tewksbury on why he champions Washington Black

On Day Three of Canada Reads 2022, Mark Tewksbury reflects on a personal connection to the novel he's championing, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

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