Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Canada Reads

I was thinking this morning that I might participate in CBC Radio's Canada Reads event this year, by reading the five books that are proposed.  For those who haven't heard of this annual celebration of books, here is what CBC online has to say about it:

"Canada Reads celebrates five Canadian books for three months online, on the air and at public events. It all leads up to a week-long show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. 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."
Though the winner of the 2009 Canada Reads competition, Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, wasn't a personal favourite, I did find it interesting to listen to some of the panelists' debates on CBC Radio and they made me want to read the books...which, I guess, is the whole point!

The announcement of which books will be presented in the 2010 competition will be announced later this morning.  The final debate hosted by Jian Ghomeshi will take place on CBC Radio the week of March 08-12, 2010.

Anyone else want to read the books with me, and engage in a bit of discussion about them??

Later in the day...

Well, the books have been announced by CBC Radio; there they are:

Good to A Fault, by Marina Endicott
Nikolski, by Nicolas Dickner
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, by Douglas Coupland
The Jade Peony, by Wayson Choy
Fall on Your Knees, by Anne Marie MacDonald

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