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The Canada Reads pre-show podcast introduces listeners to each of the books in contention for 2018, and to the debates themselves.

The Canada Reads 2018 debates are just around the corner. From March 26-29, 2018, five panellists will go head to head, defending five Canadian books — each vying for the title of One Book to Open Your Eyes. 

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 CBC, iTunes or your favourite podcast app.

Once again, the Canada Reads 2018 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 and to each of the books in the running for 2018. 

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. 7:10

Episode #2: American War

In preparation for Canada Reads 2018, we take a closer look at Omar El Akkad's novel, which will be defended by actor Tahmoh Penikett. 23:56

Episode #3: The Boat People

Canada Reads host Ali Hassan introduces listeners to Sharon Bala's debut, which will be defended by singer-songwriter Mozhdah Jamalzadah. 23:16

Episode #4: Forgiveness

Mark Sakamoto's memoir Forgiveness will be defended by fashion icon Jeanne Beker in the Canada Reads 2018 debates. 25:07

Episode #5: The Marrow Thieves

In anticipation of Canada Reads 2018, get acquainted with singer Jully Black's chosen book, The Marrow Thieves, written by Cherie Dimaline. 20:11

Episode #6: Precious Cargo

Canada Reads host Ali Hassan takes a closer look at Craig Davidson's memoir Precious Cargo, which will be defended by Greg Johnson in the battle of the books. 23:12

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