How different regions engaged with Canada Reads 2018
Across the country, several communities celebrated Canada Reads 2018. Broadcasts, competitions and author visits brought together audiences from British Columbia to Newfoundland around CBC's annual battle of the books.
Three Northern B.C. librarians brought their professional insights to a series of Canada Reads discussions. They commented on each book featured on the shortlist through a series of roundtables on Daybreak North, culminating in a discussion of the show's finale.
Readers in St. Albert, Alta. gathered at the local library for a third year in a row to partake in their own Canada Reads debates. It featured, for a third consecutive year, a host of celebrities from Alberta chiming in on the shortlisted book they admired the most.
In Thunder Bay, Ont., the author of Precious Cargo shared the stage with a local student with disabilities and a school bus driver. Discussions centred on common misperceptions of disabilities and what people can learn from each other.
Over five days, CBC Morning North featured a different library worker from Sudbury, Ont., commenting on the shortlisted book that resonated with them. Many guests spoke of the spiritual, emotional or social parallels they found in each story.
In Toronto, panellists and authors shared the stage with Here and Now's host Gill Deacon to discuss the Canada Readsshortlist announcement. Each pair explained what their selected book means to them and why they believe it reflects this year's theme as the "one book to open your eyes."
The winning author of Canada Reads 2018, Mark Sakamoto, spoke to audiences in Ottawa about his Second World War memoir Forgiveness. His conversation with CBC All in a Day's Alan Neal touched upon how the decisions made in the capital led to his grandfather's capture as a prisoner of war and his Japanese Canadian grandmother's internment in Alberta.
Five panellists, which included writers, sat down to exchange their thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the shortlist. For an evening, these experts engaged with CBC Breakaway's Saroja Coelho in a debate that became Quebec City's response to Canada Reads.
Four students in Fredericton, N.B. gave Canada Reads a YA spin. They defended four Canadian, mostly YA fiction, titles using social network platforms in conjunction with CBC's Information Morning to get their arguments across to the public.
In Halifax, the author of The Marrow Thieves sat down with CBC Mainstreet's Bob Murphy and local Indigenous teens to talk about creating stories in the 21st century. Dimaline stressed the importance of helping Indigenous youth see themselves and their narratives thrive in fiction.
In St. John's, N.L., the author of The Boat People joined Weekend AM's Heather Barrett for a book reading. Afterwards, recent asylum seekers were invited to reflect on Bala's novel about the treatment of Sri Lankan refugees in Canada and to share stories of their own journeys.