Canada Reads 2015 Books & Panelists
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Canada Reads, CBC's annual battle of the books competition, revealed this year's roster of panelists and contending books on Tuesday:
Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, will defend Ru by Kim Thúy, translated by Sheila Fischman, a story inspired by the author's own experiences as a refugee from war-torn Vietnam.
Actress Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast, Smallville) will defend journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee's memoir Intolerable, which chronicles his journey as a Middle Eastern gay man finding a home in Canada while members of his family slip into hard-line interpretations of Islam.
Activist and social entrepreneur Craig Kielburger will defend The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, the acclaimed writer's critical and personal missive on what it means to be "Indian" in North America.
Broadcaster Elaine "Lainey" Lui (etalk reporter and co-host of The Social) will defend When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid, an edgy work of YA fiction that explores youth, sexuality and the search for identity.
Singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright will defend And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins, a haunting meditation on aging and identity.
Thoughts? How many have you read? I've read Ru, which I'll probably re-read, and The Inconvenient Indian.
Unfortunately, the fact that it's part of Canada Reads means that the holds list for it at the library will probably be terrible. Sigh...
I usually decide after I listen to the debates which ones I want to read (then it can take me years to get to them, but I try!).
I just finished The Inconvenient Indian and found it equal parts informative and entertaining. I'm halfway through Ru right now and am finding the writing to be so elegant and moving. Of the other three books I haven't read, the only one I'm not sold on is the "edgy" young adult one, and I'm trying to keep an open mind.
I am most looking forward to hearing Craig Kielbuger defend his book, as I believe his expertise in human rights will really shine through. Lainey Lui is not my cup of tea, but the defenders on Canada Reads often surprise me. I remember one year appreciating the sincere Alan Thicke while despising the horrid words from thatjudge from Quebec...
Yes! Thank you for putting my thoughts into a sentence. I get why they pick a theme, but really, there are only so many themes they can find for a project such as this. They need something new. How about "the book that you most want to curl up with on a cold winter night?" I know, not conducive to intellectual debate.
ETA: And I love your suggested themes! :-)