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Canada Reads 2017 -- The Noms Are In

5 Books. 5 Contenders. 
Who will win in the battle of the books. 
This year's contenders are just as diverse as ever.

The Break by Katherena Vermette is set in Winnipeg's North End. One fateful night a crime occurs witnessed by a young Métis mother. This heartbreaking profound novel is defended by comedian Candy Palmater.

M.G. Vassanji's Nostalgia is set in the indeterminate future in an unnamed city. Defended by Canadian Armed Forces veteran Jody Mitic
Company Town by Madeline Ashby features a mystery surrounding a family that owns an city-sized oil rig, and an elite bodyguard at the centre of it all. Defended by actress Tamara Taylor.
André Alexis won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction for his book Fifteen Dogs in 2015. In the debates it will be defended by author and rapper Humble The Poet. It follows a group of dogs who are given human consciousness by the gods Hermes and Apollo. 
And finally, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet by acclaimed Inuk activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier will be defended by singer-songwriter, Chantal Kreviazuk
Looking forward to getting up to speed on all these books, and watching the debates  March 27-30, 2017. 


  1. Looks like it's going to be a good year: I've read three and wanted an excuse to read the other two, so I'm pleased on that score too! What's your first target?


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