Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Canada Reads 2010: Five books over three months

Sidney on Vancouver Island is Canada's only Booktown
Photo by Sue Frause

I stumbled upon Canada Reads several years ago while watching CBC. So what is it?

The annual literary event celebrates five Canadian books of fiction. This year's selections are Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott; Nikolski by Nicolas Deckner; Generation X, Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland; The Jade Peony, by Wayson Choy; and Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald.

For three months, the books are celebrated at public events, online and on the air. But the real excitement is during a week-long show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

During the friendly title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favorite work of Canadian fiction. One by one, the books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year.

This year's panelists include Simi Sara, Michel Vizena, Roland Pemberton, Samantha Nutt and Perdita Felicien.

The half-hour debates air on CBC Radio One from March 8-12, 2010, at 11:30 AM and 7:30 PM (3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Newfoundland). The program also airs on CBC's digital channel from March 8-12 at 6 PM ET (7:30 PM NT, 3:00 PM PT) and on Sirius 137 on the same dates at 6:30 PM and 10:30 ON ET. The shows are also available online and via podcast.

Questions? Click on Canada Reads.