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Canada Reads 2014 - Day 2

One more book was eliminated in the Canada Reads 2014 debates today. 

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan was defended by Donovan Bailey. It was a great book, but according to the panel the 1930s jazz musician theme failed to be as relatable to the theme of inspiring social change in Canada, compared to the other books.

3 books remain: The Orenda, Annabel, Cockroach. 

Which one will win? 







A few interesting tweets about the debates on Day 2 from the @SukasaReads timeline. 


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    1. The second book voted off at is Half-Blood Blues.
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      That makes sense. It's not relevant to the theme and had a weak defense.


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  2. The second day in a row, Cockroach has had no votes against it.
  3. The second book voted off at is Half-Blood Blues.
  4. One vote against Annabel and one against Half-Blood Blues
  5. Getting ready to eliminate the next book in .
  6. . attacks panel for being pessimists "I think i'm represen'g the younger generation that has a bit of optimism."
  7. . asks if the redemption in Annabel is ultimately unrealistic.
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    History is repulsive. We live in a cocoon of alienation: people continue to suffer inhumanity and indignity.
  9. Half-blood Blues is not relatable to & in terms of the book that can bring social change in Canada.
    1. Stephen Lewis thinks The Orenda was an opportunity lost. Refers to the torture as "torturous ponography"
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      It's perhaps too alienating so people can't learn from it since they are so repulsed by it.


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    Still on orenda thought the novel misses the female experience and some violence too glorified.
  11. "Reconciliation must not be a second chance at assimilation."
  12. "That was your chance to prove your honour and your dignity." talks about The Orenda.
  13. Stephen Lewis thinks The Orenda was an opportunity lost. Refers to the torture as "torturous ponography"
  14. Cockroach is meant to shake you.How do you get people to care about a problem that they don't acknowledge exists?
  15. If you are an environment defender, you must choose THe Orenda..It's not just an Indian thing, it's for everyone to walk and take.
  16. Annabel takes us on a journey where everyone is different.


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