Canada Reads 2020 Finale: Watch the replay
On the Canada Reads 2020 finale, The Handmaid's Tale actress Amanda Brugel, defending We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib, faced off with Letterkenny star Kaniehtiio "Tiio" Horn, defending Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, for the crown.
Watch the recap of the finale on this page or find other ways and times to tune in here.
For the final day of Canada Reads 2020, Brugel and Horn were tasked with convincing fellow panellists Alayna Fender, George Canyon and Akil Augustine why their contending book is "the one that will bring Canada into focus."
Son of a Trickster, the novel Horn is defending, tells the story of a teenager named Jared Martin in Kitimat, B.C., who is known in his community for making the best weed cookies and having a scary mom. In spite of his personal challenges, he does his best to take care of his struggling family. In her passionate final argument, Horn talked about why her book is the one all Canadians should read.
The memoir We Have Always Been Here, defended by Brugel, chronicles Samra Habib's childhood in Pakistan, her experience with religious persecution, arriving in Canada as a refugee at age 10 and her journey of coming out as a proud queer Muslim woman.
"Samra's writing is intelligent, raw and ultimately life-affirming. She bravely tackles her own experience with sexual assault, homophobia, religious persecution and Islamophobia in such a compassionate, accessible way that it compels us to tackle our own hardships with similar grace," said Brugel during the Canada Reads 2020 finale.
The debate featured discussions of the literary merit, themes and storytelling style of the contending books. After one hour of debate, the five panellists voted a fourth book off the show.
The contenders and their chosen books are:
- Alayna Fender defending Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles
- Akil Augustine defending Radicalized by Cory Doctorow
- Amanda Brugel defending We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
- Kaniehtiio Horn defending Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
- George Canyon defending From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
Here's where you can watch the other days of debate:
ON THE RADIO: Canada Reads will air on CBC Radio at 11:05 a.m. ET, CT, MT, PT; at 1:05 p.m. in Atlantic Canada; and at 1:35 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador. A repeat of the show will air at 10:05 p.m. local time, 10:35 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador.