Canada Reads

Watch the Canada Reads 2019 book trailers

Canada Reads 2019 is March 25-28. In anticipation of the debates, here are the trailers for each of the books that will be featured on the show.

Canada Reads 2019 takes place March 25-28. Get ready for the debates by watching the book trailers CBC Books made for the show below.

The 2019 debates take place March 25-28. They will air on CBC Radio One at 11 a.m. (1 p.m. AT/1:30 p.m. NT), on CBC at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT), live streamed online at CBC Books at 11 a.m. ET and will be available on the free CBC Gem streaming service.

The Canada Reads 2019 contenders are:

Brother by David Chariandy

Canada Reads trailer for Brother by David Chariandy. 0:48

David Chariandy's Brother takes us inside the lives of the mixed heritage sons of Trinidadian immigrants. Rooted in Chariandy's own experience growing up as a person of colour in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, the novel is a beautiful meditation on discrimination, agency, grief and the power of human relationships.

By Chance Alone by Max Eisen

Canada Reads trailer for By Chance Alone by Max Eisen. 0:44

When Max Eisen was 15 years old, he and his family were taken from their home to Auschwitz, where Eisen worked as a slave labourer. He survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Canada in 1949. Eisen has toured the world, educating people about the horrors he survived during the Second World War. He has recorded his memories in the deeply moving memoir By Chance Alone.

Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

Canada Reads trailer for Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung. 0:57

Homes is a memoir of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah's childhood in Iraq and Syria. Just before civil war broke out, the al Rabeeah family left Iraq for safety in Homs, Syria. Al Rabeeah was 10 years old when the violence began in his new home. He remembers attacks on his mosque and school, car bombings and firebombs. Now a high school student in Edmonton, Alta., al Rabeeah shares his story with writer Winnie Yeung in hopes it will bring greater understanding of Syria.

Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins

Canada Reads trailer for Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins. 1:00

An English translation of the celebrated 2015 novel La femme qui fuit, Suzanne is Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's imagined account of the life of her estranged grandmother. A novel that blurs the lines between fact and fiction, Suzanne tells the story of more than eight decades of art and political history through its portrait of a conflicted woman and her granddaughter's search for understanding. Suzanne was translated by Rhonda Mullins.

The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong

Canada Reads trailer for The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong. 0:50

The Woo-Woo is a dark, witty and touching memoir by Vancouver-based writer Lindsay Wong, who gives an honest account of the impact of mental illness on her family. Wong delivers a raw and emotional look at whispered secrets, dysfunctional relationships — and how her grandmother, mother, aunt and even herself initially blamed the mythical "woo-woo," Chinese spirits that plague the living, for their mental health issues.


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