A Canada Reads “shocker”

Please go to my Examiner.com article for the latest results of CBC Radio One’s annual literary competition, Canada Reads.

At the beginning of today’s broadcast, host Jian Ghomeshi referenced two online responses to Canada Reads: “Canada also reads” and “Canada reads independently”. Curious? I was.

“Canada Also Reads” is a copycat competition from The National Posts’ books blog, ‘The Afterword’. CBC’s Canada Reads has now removed both Generation X and Fall on Your Knees from the running, because they have already achieved a certain level of popularity. The National Post found all of the CBC panelists’ picks to be already too well known. So they created their own panel and chose books that they felt most Canadians had not already read. Their list contains:

  • Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
  • The Last Shot by Leon Rooke
  • Fear of Fighting by Stacey May Fowles
  • The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  • My White Planet by Mark Anthony Jarman
  • Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
  • Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
  • You and the Pirates by Jocelyne Allen

At the website you can read essays in defense of each of the books and then vote for your choice. The polls close March 15th and the winning book will be revealed the following day.

Can’t get enough literary competitions? Then check out “Canada Reads 2010 independently”. It is run by the blog “Pickle Me This,” by writer Kerry Clare. The books in the running are;

  • Moody Food by Ray Robertson
  • How Happy to Be by Katrina Onstad
  • Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso
  • Hair Hat by Carrie Snyder
  • Century by Ray Smith

Clare ranks and reviews the books on her blog and then invites readers to vote. The polls close Thursday March 11, at midnight.

Tomorrow I will post the winner of CBC Radio One’s Canada reads, so stay tuned. 


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