CBC Books has announced the finalists for the 2015 annual Canada Reads competition, along with its panelist selection! Canada Reads is an annual battle of the books where five Canadian personalities each defend one book that they believe all Canadians should read. This edition of Canada Reads marks an exciting first in its 14 year history, as works of fiction and nonfiction will square off for the title. Past winners include some of the most celebrated novels in CanLit, among them Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion, Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, and, one of our personal favourites, Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes.
The theme of this year’s competition is “one book to break barriers.” And our pick, Intolerable, a memoir by journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, is one that is sure to challenge Canadians’ perspective. We have our fingers crossed!
Hosted by Wab Kinew, the Canada Reads debates will air on CBC in front of a live audience from March 16-19. Each episode will end with one book being eliminated until a winner remains—and by the looks of these finalists, Canada Reads 2015 is set to be one fierce debate!