Canada Reads

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.
The Canada Reads podcast tees up the 2019 debates with episodes featuring each of this year's contenders. (CBC)

The Canada Reads 2019 debates are just around the corner. From March 25-28, 2019, five panellists will go head to head, defending five Canadian books — each vying for the title of One Book to Move You. 

To help tee things up, CBC Books has released six pre-show podcast episodes to help get you acquainted with this year's lineup. You can download the episodes through CBCiTunes or your favourite podcast app. 

The Canada Reads 2019 contenders and their chosen books are: 

In these six pre-show episodes of the Canada Reads podcast, show host Ali Hassan introduces listeners to the show itself and to each of the books in the running for 2019. 

Episode #1: Get to know Canada Reads

An introduction to the great Canadian book debate, for the uninitiated-featuring highlights from past seasons, introduced by Canada Reads host Ali Hassan. 9:17

Episode #2: Brother 

In preparation for Canada Reads 2019, we take a closer look at David Charinady's novel Brother, which will be defended by actor and model Lisa Ray. 21:16

Episode #3: The Woo-Woo

Canada Reads host Ali Hassan introduces listeners to Lindsay Wong's darkly comedic memoir The Woo-Woo, which will be championed by fashion guru Joe Zee. 22:13

Episode #4: By Chance Alone

Holocaust survivor Max Eisen's memoir By Chance Alone will be defended by science journalist and broadcaster Ziya Tong in the Canada Reads 2019 debates. 22:09

Episode #5: Suzanne 

In anticipation of Canada Reads 2019, get acquainted with actor Yanic Truesdale's chosen book, Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins. 22:51

Episode #6: Homes

Canada Reads host Ali Hassan takes a closer look at Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung's book Homes, which will be defended by drummer Chuck Comeau in the battle of the books. 25:28

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