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It's Canada Reads crunch time and our podcast is here to help

Listen to six pre-show episodes of the Canada Reads podcast introducing you to the debates themselves and each of the 2019 contenders.

Canada Reads 2019 panellists compete in a book jenga Q&A challenge

Before the debates — March 25 to 28 — the Canada Reads panellists faced off with a tower of the books and some tough questions.

Meet the Canada Reads 2019 contenders

Yanic Truesdale, Lisa Ray, Joe Zee, Ziya Tong and Chuck Comeau are each championing the one book they think all of Canada should read. The debates take place March 25-28.

How to tune into Canada Reads 2019

Want to watch online or on television, listen on the radio or download a podcast? We got you covered, here are all the ways you can catch the debates March 25-28, 2019.

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 2019 are available now on Curio!

'We will not look away': Ziya Tong and Max Eisen discuss his memoir about surviving the Holocaust

By Chance Alone by Max Eisen will be defended by Ziya Tong on Canada Reads 2019.
In Conversation

Why Canada Reads panellist Lisa Ray loves books with lyrical writing and poetic prose

The actor and model is defending David Chariandy's novel Brother during Canada Reads 2019.
Where I Write

Where did Lindsay Wong write The Woo-Woo? Anywhere and everywhere (even McDonald's)

Other places Wong wrote her memoir include a hospital waiting room, a mall food court and a cabin in the woods.

5 books to read if you loved Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung

Homes will be defended on Canada Reads 2019 by drummer Chuck Comeau.

Canada Reads author Lindsay Wong on writing away the stigma around mental illness in memoir The Woo-Woo

The Vancouver writer discusses why she uses dark humour to discuss mental illness.

Download a Canada Reads poster for your classroom, library, community centre or bookstore

The debates take place March 25-28, 2019. Are you ready?

Celebrate Canada Reads 2019 with an event near you

A roundup of some of the many Canada Reads events happening in libraries, bookstores and communities across the country.
In Conversation

Rhonda Mullins on why being a literary translator can be both challenging and fulfilling

The Montreal translator of the Canada Reads 2019 contender Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette discusses the books she's loved reading.
In Conversation

Why Ziya Tong sees books as manuals to expand minds and boost critical thinking skills

The television personality and science journalist is defending Max Eisen's memoir By Chance Alone on Canada Reads 2019.
Why I Write

Why Canada Reads author David Chariandy writes about place, identity and belonging

In this special Canada Reads 2019 edition of the CBC Books video series, the author of Brother talks about how he defines love and understanding in his fiction.

Why translating the Canada Reads novel Suzanne was an emotional process for Rhonda Mullins

Suzanne is being defended by Yanic Truesdale during Canada Reads 2019. The debates take place March 25-28, 2019.

Canada Reads: Fashion expert Joe Zee on The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong

Joe Zee discusses why he's defending Lindsay Wong's memoir The Woo-Woo for this year's battle of the books.
Why I Write

Canada Reads authors Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung on why we need to understand the refugee experience

In this special Canada Reads 2019 edition of the CBC Books' video series, the co-authors of Homes talk about how caring for others is a part of our shared humanity.

David Chariandy awarded $165K U.S. Windham-Campbell Prize

David Chariandy, author of the Canada Reads 2019 contender Brother, was awarded the anonymously judged prize for his vision that is "at once entirely humane and immensely tender."

Max Eisen talks about his painful past as a Holocaust survivor in his memoir By Chance Alone

The author, speaker and educator discusses his memoir, which is one of the five books for Canada Reads 2019.
In Conversation

Why Canada Reads author Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is drawn to books about survival and the human spirit

The author of Suzanne discusses her life as a reader and shares some of the books that have inspired her throughout her life.

'Their stories have not always been listened to': Lisa Ray and David Chariandy discuss his novel Brother

Lisa Ray will be defending Brother on Canada Reads 2019. The novel follows two brothers making their way through the world, while navigating racial prejudice, violence and poverty in Canada.
Why I Write

Canada Reads author Lindsay Wong on the value of exploring mental health through writing

In this special Canada Reads 2019 edition of the CBC Books' video series, the author of The Woo-Woo talks about how writing about mental illness proved to be cathartic.

Homes first Canadian book to be chosen for global digital book club 'Big Library Read'

The Canada Reads contender will be accessible to patrons of more than 19,000 libraries around the world from April 1-15, 2019.
In Conversation

How books helped Canada Reads author David Chariandy feel less of an outsider while growing up

Lisa Ray is defending David Chariandy's novel Brother during Canada Reads 2019.