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Canada Reads 2014: Day 3

It's day 3 of the Canada Reads 2014 competition, where the theme this year is choosing the book that will inspire social change in Canada. 

Yesterday, a total of 2 books had been eliminated: 
The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood
Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan 


Today, 3 books started off in the hot seat with Jian Ghomeshi as the moderator/host. 

At the end of the debates, one more book was eliminated. 
ANNABEL by Kathleen Winter
-- defended by Sarah Gadon (Hollywood actress)

If you didn't seen the debates you can tune in here for the replay:


So, what happened on what probably was the most intensive and enjoyable day of debates. 

Sarah Gadon, who's novel Annabel was eliminated today, felt that The Orenda by Joseph Boyden, missed out on the female perspective. 

In defence of Annabel, she felt that it spoke of gender inequality and was very relevant to our current world. 
"You cannot read it as just a physical truth." 
Sarah Gadon argued that reducing the book to just being about inter-sex was unfair, and was adamant that the book "shows us how to reconcile". It's how we all feel when we are on the outside, she claims. 

However, Sarah did tout The Orenda as 
"a brilliant combination of a great story wrapped into our heritage". 

Wab Kinew had a series of insightful comments, one of which was, 
"I view Canada Reads 2014 as a chance to have a conversation with the rest of the country." 
And also said, 
"The Orenda is a parable for neo colonialism." 
Donovan Bailey also praised The Orenda, 
"It's a story about the foundations of Canada." 
Stephen Lewis didn't think any of the Canada Reads 2014 books are going to change Canada but they could start a conversation that could eventually change the country. He felt that the "outsider" comes across more strongly in Annabel. The Cockroach was his least relatable books out of all the five Canada Reads 2014 contenders. 

Samantha Bee defended her novel Cockroach, citing, 
"A book gets translated into twenty languages because people thirst for the truth."
In yesterday's debates she said something that strongly evoked the emotion that would remain in everyone's minds, 
"Cockroach is meant to shake you. How do you get people to care about a problem that they don't acknowledge exists?"
She has done a good job defending Cockroach and personally I felt she is a great advocate of immigrant issues. 

Tomorrow, Cockroach will go head-to-head with The Orenda. Only one book will triumph as the one that will inspire social change. What's your pick. Let us know in the comments below. 

Live tweeting during the debates is fun. Here are the best moments of the Canada Reads 2014 debates on Day 3: 

  1. . says art has always played a transformative role in society. It allows us to step outside our immediate biases.
  2. Audience member asks, "why do we need fiction?" says we are too invested in the current situation.
  3. "We really miss out on the female perspective." speaking about grave omission --
  4. Thank YOU . I feel very inspired and moved by the debates. So, it's easy to live tweet along.
  5.  Retweeted by 
    I am loving the discussion this year. Serious talk about important and complicated issues.
  6. “I view as a chance to have a conversation with the rest of the nation.”
  7. shows us how to reconcile” argues about the book.
  8. . thinks that reducing the novel () to just being about inter-sex is unfair.
  9. . says it’s not about strategy for her that’s why she didn’t vote against -
  10. Don’t think these books are going to change Canada but they could start a conversation that could change the country”
  11. And the book eliminated from is . Sorry . Sarah says, it speaks to the gender inequality right now.
  12. Time to vote. Which novel will be eliminated?
  13. “You cannot read it as just a physical truth” argues passionately about -
  14. . touts as a Brilliant combination of a great story wrapped into our heritage.
  15. “It’s the story about the foundations of Canada.” Says about -
  16. “Does actually help us move towards reconciliation?” Asks . says yes.
  17. says he could not relate to , one of the last three books left in the debate.
  18. “Is this novel too dark to inspire change?” asks about . agrees.
  19. Boyden has allowed the missionaries not to be demons but to be fully fleshed out, says .
  20. : says it’s how we all feel when we are on the outside”
  21. “A Book gets translated into 20 languages because people thirst for the truth”
  22. . is going to try to get Half-Blood Blues in schools.
  23. “The current theme here is reconciliation”
  24. We are seeking the book that will inspire social change.
  25. 3 novels remain. Which tittle will be the next to go?
  26. Cockroach is meant to shake you.How do you get people to care about a problem that they don't acknowledge exists?

Review by @ShilpaRaikar




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