Tuesday, November 25, 2008

canada reads

The CBC just announced the five books and panelists for this year's Canada Reads competition:

"Canada Reads announced the contenders Tuesday for its annual contest to choose a single book all Canadians would enjoy reading.

The field has five Canadian books, including two debut novels and works by Quebec's Michael Tremblay and New Brunswick's David Adams Richards.

CBC Radio One, host of the Canada Reads series, also announced members of the panel who will defend the five books in an effort to get theirs chosen.

They are:

I haven't really paid attention to Canada Reads since the first year. This year's list however, contains two of the best books that I have read in 2008 - The Outlander and The Book of Negroes (
which I loved so much that I might actually get emotional if someone says anything bad about it. It was published in the US and elsewhere as Someone Knows My Name, something the author had mixed feelings about). This makes me intrigued enough to want to read the others (Mercy Among the Children is the only one I had heard of. It's about a part of the world I know very well and I fear it will depress the hell out of me).

The panelists will make it interesting, too. I like Avi Lewis, and Nicholas Campbell is always entertaining.

I think I need to log onto my library' s web site and place some requests.

Care to join me? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?


Anonymous said...


I loved The Book of Negroes, was so sorry when it ended. Hill is, in my opinion, a very gifted writer.

The one I'm thrilled by right now is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle...don't take my word for it, read it, read it, I'm about to beg. There are DOGS in it, ;for good or for evil.

B in T

Babz Rawls Ivy said...

OK so I am off to the library to check out these books.

I need more eyes!

deb said...

obviously, i loved the Book of Negroes since I actually finished it! seriously, worth every moment. I look forward to the others.