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Canada Reads

CBC's annual battle of the books, Canada Reads, is only just over a month away.  Five Canadians - an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer and a veteran - have been selected to battle it out to become the next Canada Reads champion.  The Canada Reads debates will take place from March 27 to 30, 2017 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan from CBC's Laugh Out Loud.  Canada Reads 2017 will be broadcast on CBC-TV and CBC Radio One, and will be live streamed on

Here are the selected books and the book defenders:

book cover image: the right to be coldChantal Kerviazuk defending The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

book cover image: fifteen dogsHumble The Poet defending Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

book cover image: company townTamara Taylor defending Company Town by Madeline Ashby

book cover image: the breakCandy Palmater defending The Break by Katherena Vermette

book cover image: NostalgiaJody Mitic defending Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji

For more information on the defenders go to Canada Reads 2017 where you can also get some information on the authors and their books.

If you are new to reading Canadian writers this is the year to make yourself familiar with some amazing authors.  I have only in the last few years made a point of focusing on finding Canadian authors to read and it has never been a disappointment.  To make your Canadian author reading experience special, as part of London's Canada 150 celebrations, London Public Library is launching the One Book One London initiative to encourage and celebrate reading together as a community.  A celebratory event will take place at Central Library's Wolf Performance Hall on April 24 with a book sale and signing.

In the meantime, do not forget to browse our in library display of Canadian authors, check out our catalogue listing of Canadian authors or ask staff for help. Staff at any branch of the library will be happy to help you find a Canadian author that suits your reading style.  This definitely is the year we proudly tell everyone to read Canadian.  Be sure to join us, eh.