Feb 25, 2014
Celebrity panelists battle it out to crown Canada’s must-read title for 2014


CBC’s annual battle of the books, CANADA READS, is gearing up for the live debates from Mar. 3 to 6 at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. In this year’s edition, CANADA READS: ONE NOVEL TO CHANGE OUR NATION, five celebrity panelists will determine Canada’s must-read title for 2014 during four hour-long impassioned discussions in front of live audiences. The debates will air on CBC Radio One,, CBC-TV and documentary.


This year’s CANADA READS line-up:

Olympic gold medallist Donovan Bailey will defend Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Comedian and writer Samantha Bee will defend Cockroach by Rawi Hage

Actress Sarah Gadon will defend Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Hip-hop artist, broadcaster and educator Wab Kinew will defend The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Activist Stephen Lewis will defend The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood


Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC’s arts and culture program Q on CBC Radio and TV, will preside over the debates and will interview the winning author and panelist on Q on Friday, March 7.


How to catch this year’s debates:


Monday, March 3 to Thursday, March 6

In Toronto: audiences are invited to the live shows (details at

Live video-streaming of the debates, with live chat, on at 10 a.m. ET

CBC Radio One broadcast at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

CBC-TV broadcast at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT).

documentary broadcast at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT (encore at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT)

SiriusXM 169 broadcast at 11 a.m., 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET (the following day)


Saturday, March 8

A one-hour recap special on CBC Radio One at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT)


Sunday, March 9

A one-hour recap broadcast special on CBC-TV at 1 p.m. (1:30 NT)


To receive media accreditation to attend the debates, please contact Dayna Shiskos by end of day on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at


For more information on the books and their champions, visit Follow all the action on social media @CBCBooks #CanadaReads2014



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For further information please contact:

Dayna Shiskos, publicist, CBC

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