Canada Reads

 
 

Canada Reads

It's CBC's annual battle of the books! Five prominent Canadians gather around a table. Each one champions the book they believe is the one book all of Canada should read. Each day, one book is eliminated. The last book on the table wins. This is Canada Reads.

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Canada Reads 2019: Day Four

The final two books go head to head in the last round of debates. Who will win Canada Reads 2019? Listen as panellists Yanic Truesdale, Lisa Ray, Joe Zee, Ziya Tong and Chuck Comeau discuss which book is the one book to move all of Canada. The debates are hosted by Ali Hassan.

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Canada Reads 2019: Day Three

With only three books remaining, the debates get spirited. Panellists Yanic Truesdale, Lisa Ray, Joe Zee, Ziya Tong and Chuck Comeau discuss the portrayal of loss and the power of hope in the books still left on the table. The debates are hosted by Ali Hassan.

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Canada Reads 2019: Day Two

With one book down and four remaining, the debates roll on. Hosted by Ali Hassan, listen as Yanic Truesdale, Lisa Ray, Joe Zee, Ziya Tong and Chuck Comeau discuss the writing and setting of the four books still on the table.

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Canada Reads 2019: Day One

Canada's ultimate battle of the books kicks off! Hosted by Ali Hassan, listen as Yanic Truesdale, Lisa Ray, Joe Zee, Ziya Tong and Chuck Comeau champion one book they think all of Canada should read. The five defenders bring their diverse perspectives to this year's theme: One Book to Move You.

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Get to know Canada Reads 2019 (episode one)

An introduction to the great Canadian book debate, for the uninitiated-featuring highlights from past seasons, introduced by Canada Reads host Ali Hassan.

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Canada Reads 2019: Get to know Brother (episode two)

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.

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Canada Reads 2019: Get to know The Woo-Woo (episode three)

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.

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Canada Reads 2019: Get to know By Chance Alone (episode four)

Holocaust survivor Max Eisen's memoir By Chance Alone will be defended by science journalist and broadcaster Ziya Tong in the Canada Reads 2019 debates.

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Canada Reads 2019: Get to know Suzanne (episode five)

In anticipation of Canada Reads 2019, get acquainted with actor Yanic Truesdale's chosen book, Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins.

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Canada Reads 2019: Get to know Homes (episode six)

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.

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After Canada Reads 2018

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.

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