Cross Country Checkup

What's your top pick for our 2016 winter book list?

Stocking up on books for the cold, dark months — what's your top pick for our annual winter book list? Listen to find out Canada’s choices for a great winter’s read. With guest host Susan McReynolds.
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While some are wondering when winter's really going to start, Checkup will not be taken by surprise. It's time to stock up on books for the cold, dark months. We want to hear from you!  What's your top pick for our annual winter book list?

Cross Country Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds shows off her Canada mittens. (CBC)
On a dark winter night there's nothing like curling up in front of a fire or burrowing under the blankets with a good book. Warmth and comfort are what we often crave during this coldest time of the year — colder, of course, in some parts of the country than others.

On this week's program, we heard what books Canadians have enjoyed and are looking forward to for the rest of the season. Not only for the on-air program, but also for Checkup's annual list of good winter reading.

We heard from a lot of genres... fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and the only rule was that the book had to be available either in print or as an ebook.

Our question this week: What's your recommendation for Checkup's annual winter book list?


André Alexis
Canadian author,
Winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

Pasha Malla
Canadian author,
His book Withdrawal Method,  was longlisted for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for The Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was the winner of the 2009 Trillium Book Award.

Alissa York
Canadian author,
Winner of the 1999 Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award. Her novels  Mercy and  Effigy were short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.