Canada Reads

Canada Reads 2022: Watch the Day One replay here

The 21st edition of the great Canadian book debate hosted by Ali Hassan begins here. What is the One Book to Connect Us?

Canada Reads 2022: Day One

2 years ago
Duration 1:05:07
The battle of the books returns! Five Canadians go head-to-head over which book the entire country should read. This year's theme: One Book to Connect Us.

The great Canadian book debate is back for its 21st season! The opening round of Canada Reads kicked off March 28, 2022 at 11 a.m ET.

Watch the Day One debates on this page or find other ways and times to tune in here. Watch the second day of debates herethe third day here and finale here.

The champions and their chosen books are:

Over four days, the five champions will state their case for why their book is the "one to connect us." On Day One, they voted to eliminate the first title from the competition.

This year's host is comedian Ali Hassan.

Mark Tewksbury and Christian Allaire on Day One of Canada Reads 2022. (CBC)

Each panellist had an opportunity to deliver an opening pitch for their respective book, then champion it when the question turned to whether their book was truly the one that all Canadians need to read right now.

The Day One debates — which touched on themes such as community, empathy and intergenerational trauma — were insightful, engaged and thought-provoking.

After one hour of debate, the five panellists had to vote one book off the show. 

Check this link to find out which book was voted off on Day One of Canada Reads 2022.

Want to learn more about the books? Check out the Canada Reads 2022 podcast.

Last year, Mohawk actor Devery Jacobs championed Joshua Whitehead's novel, Jonny Appleseedto victory on Canada Reads 2021.

WARNING: The books chosen for Canada Reads deal with difficult topics, such as trauma and abuse. These stories may be shared during the broadcast. Click this link to find publicly available resources for support.

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