Watch the Canada Reads 2018 book trailers
The Canada Reads 2018 contenders are:
- Mozhdah Jamalzadah, defending The Boat People by Sharon Bala
- Tahmoh Penikett, defending American War by Omar El Akkad
- Greg Johnson, defending Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson
- Jeanne Beker, defending Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto
- Jully Black, defending The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
The debates, which are being hosted by Ali Hassan, take place March 26-29, 2018.
American War by Omar El Akkad
Set in the near future, Omar El Akkad's American War envisions a world where government restrictions on fossil fuels have sparked a second Civil War in the United States. Growing up in the midst of this conflict, Sarat Chestnut is shaped by violence and displacement in ways she could never have imagined.
Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson
Precious Cargo gathers memories from the year Craig Davidson spent driving a school bus for children with special needs. In the process, he learns to look at failure differently and comes to understand the meaning of compassion.
Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto
Forgiveness is the true story of Mark Sakamoto's grandparents. His maternal grandfather was captured and imprisoned as a prisoner of war in Japan during the Second World War — all while his paternal grandmother and her Japanese-Canadian family were interned by their own government in Alberta.
The Boat People by Sharon Bala
Told through the alternating perspectives of a refugee, his lawyer and a woman tasked with deciding who gets to stay in Canada, Sharon Bala's The Boat People is the moving story of what happens when a group of Tamil refugees reach Vancouver's shores.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
In the dystopian world of Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves, climate change has ravaged the Earth and a majority of the world's humans have lost their ability to dream. In North America, Indigenous people are on the run — hunted for their bone marrow, which is believed to restore dreams.