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Canada Reads announces top 10 books

The Book of Negroes and Life of Pi are again in the running for CBC Radio's Canada Reads, with organizers of the annual book battle unveiling their publicly selected top 10 contenders.

The Book of Negroes and Life of Pi are once again in the running for CBC Radio's Canada Reads contest, with organizers of the annual book battle unveiling their publicly selected list of top 10 contenders on Tuesday.

The 10 titles were chosen after a three-week campaign that urged Canadians to vote for their favourites from a list of the essential top 40 Canadian novels of the past decade.

Organizers changed the competition format this year in honour of its 10th anniversary.

The finalists are:

  • The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis.
  • The Birth House by Ami McKay.
  • The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou.
  • The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.
  • Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall.
  • Essex County by Jeff Lemire.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson.
  • Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden.
  • Unless by Carol Shields.

Hill's The Book of Negroes won the competition in 2009. Martel's Life of Pi was a top five finalist in 2003, but lost to Next Episode by Hubert Aquin. Past winners include In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje, King Leary by Paul Quarrington and Rockbound by Frank Parker Day.

Organizers of Canada Reads will announce this year's five competing books on Nov. 24, along with the five Canadian personalities who will defend each title.

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