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Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung
Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins
Brother by David Chariandy
By Chance Alone by Max Eisen
Corvus by Harold R. Johnson
The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi
That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
The Crazy Game by Clint Malarchuk, with Dan Robson
Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll
The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong
If you want to look at the more detailed descriptions go to this link: https://www.cbc.ca/books/here-is-the-canada-reads-2019-longlist-1.4969716
There are three that I have been wanting to read: Brother by David Chariandy, An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary so I've got holds on them at my local library. Hopefully one or two will make it onto the short list.
What looks good to you?
Michael and Francis are Trinidadian Canadian brothers growing up in the suburbs of Toronto. They are being raised by their mother, who works insane hours to keep a roof over their heads, and struggle to deal with poverty and racism.
I also have Homes: A Refugee Story and By Chance Alone out of the library so we will see how those go.
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary
I don't think I've heard of any of the others! (Nor the authors.)
>14 LibraryCin: I have just finished The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary which I had also been wanting to read for a while. I can say that it was as moving as I hoped it would be; Andrew Westoll did a wonderful job of conveying the horrors of the biomedical research done on the chimps but also leavened it with the stories of the chimps living in the sanctuary and the wonderful woman who runs the sanctuary. I think it is definitely One Book to Move You.
Chuck Comeau defending Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung
Lisa Ray defending Brother by David Chariandy
Ziya Tong defending By Chance Alone by Max Eisen
Yanic Truesdale defending Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins
Joe Zee defending The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong
Interesting mix - should be a fun debate!
So, you won't be hearing much from me on this thread, but I'm reading and listening! Hope everyone enjoys the debates and posts their views so I can catch up when I get back.
I haven't read any of the books going in, and so far nothing is grabbing me. Although I was hoping from what I'd heard so far the the book that got voted off today (Day 1) was the one that I most wanted to NOT win. So all good, I guess?
Always fun to listen to, whether or not you know the books and presenters.
I think it will come down to Homes: A Refugee Story and By Chance Alone and I hope Homes takes it.
So today there was one vote against each of
So far, I have predicted who was going home each time. If Homes wins, I may have to go buy a lottery ticket! This never, ever happens.
I agree with your spoiler statement and I really thought the other book would win. Having said that I haven't read
Now, I haven't yet read any of the books (I listen to it and then decide which I want to read... unless, of course, I've read any before they even make it to Canada Reads). But, it was the one I was hoping for, based on what the book is about.
And there is only one from this year that I didn't add to my tbr.
I enjoyed the debates, and they gave me a deeper appreciation of some of the books than I'd originally had. I liked the comment that, had Suzanne Meloche been a man, she wouldn't have had to choose between her work and her family. (Or, if she'd been born a generation or two later). I like the perspective of Homes being supportive of anti-Islamiphobia. I wish it had won.