Canada Reads 2018

Why Jeanne Beker thinks Forgiveness should win Canada Reads

The media personality and fashion icon explains why she thinks Mark Sakamoto's memoir should win Canada Reads.
Jeanne Beker is defending Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto. (CBC)

The finalists for Canada Reads 2018 have been announced and now it's up to the defenders to make the case for why their selection should win CBC's annual battle of the books. 

The debates, hosted by Ali Hassan, take place March 26-29, 2018.

Jeanne Beker is defending Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto. On CBC Radio's q, she explained why she believes this memoir should win Canada Reads

"Those of us lucky enough to have heard our families' survival stories firsthand share a window onto a world of unspeakable loss and profound pain. But it's these very tales of toughness and tenacity that light our paths and often define who we are. Forgiveness sheds light on a shameful chapter in our history, but it also shows us that healing is possible with tolerance and compassion. The message for Canadians is a timely one. Forgive in order to move forward and never, ever forget."

The Canada Reads 2018 contenders:

Listen to the panellists on q:

This morning is a big day for books in Canada — it's the day that we get to find out this year's panellists and their book choices for Canada Reads 2018. This year's battle of the books will revolve around the theme "One Book to Open Your Eyes," celebrating titles that challenge readers to look differently at themselves, their neighbours and the world around them. All five of the panellists — Jully Black, Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Tahmoh Penikett, Greg Johnson, Jeanne Beker — join guest host Laurie Brown in the q studio to reveal their choices for the book they think all Canadians should read. 14:24

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