Category Archives: Canada Reads

Canada Reads: BPL Edition

Canada Reads:  BPL Edition has inspired, prepared and motivated a group of readers for CBC’s Canada Reads. It has helped the audience to consider which book is the one book to open your eyes and deserves to be the “literary survivor“. … Continue reading

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25. American War (Omar El Akkad)

American War is bleak.  It is depressing.  It shares a strong message that we need to change, that we need to avoid another American Civil War at all costs.  Although it is set in the United States, this country is … Continue reading

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22. The Boat People (Sharon Bala)

Whether or not The Boat People is crowned the 2018 Canada Reads winner, it is a book that opened my eyes and through fiction has informed me about the injustice, racism and experiences of refugees.  It is a story that … Continue reading

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21. The Marrow Thieves (Cherie Dimaline)

The Marrow Thieves is my third read from the Canada Reads 2018 short-list.  A fictional story, it that challenges readers to consider the history and fictional future of indigenous people.  The reader is introduced to the experiences of residential schools, … Continue reading

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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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