Canada Reads is a celebration of Canadian authors and books that have had a significant impact on Canadians’ lives! It airs annually on CBC Radio One or CBC Television 🇨🇦 1️⃣ 🍁 ️ 📻 🔛 📚 .
Canada Reads, now in its 15th year, brings together five panelists to debate the merits of five carefully chosen books! Each panelist must champion one book for the title “the book that all of Canada should read” 🇨🇦 📖 5️⃣ 1️⃣. After four days of intense debate Canadians vote on which book they think everyone should read – and celebrates with a celebratory dinner afterwards!
The five books that were chosen to get debated in the 2019 Canada Reads competition are:
1 🇨🇦 📖 5️⃣ ️ 🔛 4️⃣ 📚. American War by Omar El Akkad championed by entrepreneurs Arlene Dickinson
2. Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson championed by hockey player George Stroumboulopoulos
3. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle championed by broadcaster Amanda Parris
4. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson championed by actor and musician Jully Black
5 ️. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan championed by actor and artist Sarain Fox
Each book has a diverse theme from race and identity to family and friendship, and each panelist brings a unique perspective to the table as they argue for the merits of their chosen book.
The 2019 Canada Reads debates took place from March 25-28 2019 🇨🇦. The debate began with a discussion of Precious Cargo which George Stroumboulopoulos championed as a gripping story of redemption. After Arlene Dickinson argued for the power of Omar El Akkad’s American War Amanda Parris defended Jesse Thistle’s From the Ashes as a powerful book about resilience and identity.
After discussing these three books the discussion turned to the remaining two: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan and Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson.
After four days of passionate debate the votes were tallied and the winner of the 2019 Canada Reads competition was announced: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 🇨🇦 4️⃣. Sarain Fox was thrilled to have championed the winning book, and thanked Edugyan for writing a work of fiction that “speaks with such power to the times”.
Through the debates the panelists encouraged Canadians to read think and discuss the books that can bring a country together. Canadians from all walks of life have something to take away from these debates and the powerful books that were discussed 📚. The 2019 Canada Reads competition was a great success and a reminder of the power of reading 🇨🇦 ️. . .
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