Canada Reads is an annual event organized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 2020.. Canada Reads is a literary contest that lasts for five days. Five Canadian celebrities will discuss and read five Canadian novels while the voters vote for their favourite. Canada Reads 2020 was very different from previous editions due to the current pandemic. As the country became isolated all participants were able to participate online 🇨🇦 5️⃣ 🍁 ️ !!
Five contenders for the 2020 One Book to Read Before You Die title were: Red Dirt by Miranda de Pencier The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline Falls Around Her by Tanya Talaga Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson and Son of a Trickster also by Eden Robinson 🇩🇪 📖 1️⃣ ️. These stories from Indigenous authors addressed difficult subjects like colonialism displacement and cultural displacement head-on .
The five contenders were championed by five amazing celebrities: Katya Cindychopra Adam Copeland Jully Black, Cleo DeCarlo, and David Zimmer 5️⃣. Hosted by Ali Hassan the competition saw intense debates over whether each book should remain in the running or be eliminated 📖 🏃.
The debates while passionate were also educational as the panelists discussed their favorite books and topics as well as their personal connections to the stories they champion.
In the end The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline won the title of the 2020 One Book to Read Before You Die defeating the other four contenders thanks to a novel voting system that allowed the audience to vote for their favorite books and influence the competition’s outcome 📖 1️⃣ 🔚 ️ 4️⃣ 📚.
The Marrow Thieves tells the story of Indigenous people who were forced from their homes and into boarding schools in an attempt to erase their culture and way of life 🏫. The novel is a powerful and timely story about the effects of colonialism, displacement, and loss of culture, and how Indigenous people have managed to survive despite the odds ️.
The award-winning book was championed by Cleo DeCarlo who was emotional in her description of the novel and its impact. She said “The power of this book and the beauty of it and the way that it has changed lives and that it has changed my life is something I will never forget. ” Cleo was commended by the judging panel for her powerful arguments in favor of The Marrow Thieves and the book was declared the winner of the competition 📖.
Winning the 2020 Canada Reads competition was an amazing achievement for Cherie Dimaline who said “This is a big win for Indigenous people across the nation particularly in this moment when Indigenous voices are rising up and being heard in so many ways. ”
The Canada Reads event was a great way for Canadians to discover five extraordinary books written by a range of Indigenous authors. It was also a powerful conversation starter about the issues of colonialism and Indigenous rights.
The impact of Canada Reads on Canadian literature, Indigenous rights, and the Canadian literary scene is sure to last for years to come. As the host Ali Hassan said in his closing remarks: “This is something we should all take with us – to keep reading keep being honest, and keep spreading the love of words. ” !! .
🏃 ️ 4️⃣ 🆙 🔛 🇩🇪 🔚 🇨🇦 📖 🍁 1️⃣ 📚 5️⃣ 🏫 🇺🇸