Category Archives: Canada Reads

14. Precious Cargo (Craig Davidson)

Precious Cargo had been sitting on my shelf since I met Craig Davidson at the Grimsby Author Series in November 2016.  I picked it up again when I met Craig at the One Book One Brant Event in April 2017 … Continue reading

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12. Suzanne (Anais Barbeau-Lavalette)

Suzanne was a beautifully written, creative fictional story of the author’s maternal grandmother.  She researched, imagined and pieced together a life lost to her family.  She wrote the story trying to recreate her grandmother’s life after discovering a selection of … Continue reading

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Canada Reads – Short list Announced

As followers of the blog know, I LOVE Canada Reads!  This annual debate celebrates books by Canadian authors. Its’ game show format can be cutthroat at times but encourages Canadians to read books that they may not otherwise read! What … Continue reading

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4. Forgiveness: A Gift from my Grandparents (Mark Sakamoto)

One of the many wonderful things about Canada Reads is that it encourages Canadian’s to read books… books that you might not normally come across, books that make us think, books that we can debate and books that change us! … Continue reading

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28. Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)

Fifteen Dogs has been a prolific winner, taking home the prize for the 2017 Canada Reads, the 2015 Giller Prize and the 2015 Rogers Trust Award.  After enjoying the final debate of Canada Reads and meeting Andre Alexis, I decided to … Continue reading

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Fun Facts: Canada Reads

This will be my last  Canada Reads post of the season and will include some other interesting details from the week that did not make it into other blog posts but are interesting to share: Measha had the spines cut … Continue reading

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After the Finale: Canada Reads

It is no surprise that I enjoyed Canada Reads!  It will be a quiet week next week without the excitement of debates.  I appreciated reading all 5 books, grumbled, laughed and pondered the debate discussions and topped the week off … Continue reading

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Finale Recap: Canada Reads

It has been an exciting week for book lovers across Canada!  Over a million listeners have tuned in to Canada Reads to witness the drama, frustration, excitement, passion, laughter and enthusiasm for 5 great books.  Many Canadians have been reading and … Continue reading

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Finale – Pre-show: Canada Reads

By now, everyone knows that Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis is the 2017 winner of Canada Reads.  This exciting, engaging battle of the books was waged with 5 dedicated defenders each promoting great Canadian Literature.  Each day was full of … Continue reading

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Day 3 Recap: Canada Reads

It was another exciting episode of Canada Reads as the debaters shared their feelings, their frustrations and exemplified dedication to their chosen books.  At times, the discussions became quite personal, heated and defensive yet the conversation kept the audience engaged … Continue reading

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