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Canada Reads

In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favourite work of Canadian fiction. One by one, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year.

  • 09:27
    An introduction to the great Canadian book debate, for the uninitiated-featuring highlights from past seasons, introduced by Canada Reads host Ali Hassan.
    Mar 15, 2019
  • 21:26
    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.
    Mar 15, 2019
  • 22:23
    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.
    Mar 15, 2019
  • 22:19
    Holocaust survivor Max Eisen's memoir Bu Chance Alone will be defended by science journalist and broadcaster Ziya Tong in the Canada Reads 2019 debates.
    Mar 15, 2019
  • 23:01
    In anticipation of Canada Reads 2019, get acquainted with actor Yanic Truesdale's chosen book, Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins.
    Mar 15, 2019
  • 25:38
    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.
    Mar 15, 2019
  • 54:10
    Canada Reads host Ali Hassan is joined on-stage by Cherie Dimaline (author of The Marrow Thieves), Sharon Bala (author of The Boat People) and Omar El Akkad (author of American War), whose novels were debated on CBC's battle of the books in 2018. Together, they discuss what it was like to see their books go head-to-head on a national platform and tackle some of the big issues that arose during the debates. This panel discussion was taped in front of a live audience at the Festival of Literary Diversity in Brampton, Ont.
    May 18, 2018
  • 54:28
    And then there were two. The remaining titles go head to head in the final day of debates.
    Mar 29, 2018
  • 54:28
    With three books remaining, panellists discuss starting up necessary conversations through books.
    Mar 28, 2018
  • 54:26
    With one book down and four remaining, it's day two of the battle of the books.
    Mar 27, 2018
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