Canada Reads 2011

Okay, okay, so we are kind of late in blogging about this year's Canada Reads. Terry Fallis's novel The Best Laid Plans has already been announced as the winner, with Jeff Lemire's graphic novel Essex County grabbing the People's Choice Award. The three other 2011 contenders were The Birth House by Ami McKay, The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou and Unless by Carol Shields. All five titles are available in store. I'm with the people here in suggesting Essex County as a great read but all of the books sound fascinating (see here for complete descriptions).

For those of you who don't know, Canada Reads is an annual book competition (in its 10th year) hosted by the CBC. Each year, five Canadian personalities nominate their pick of a Canadian book they think Canadians should read. Each personality must defend their book. Debates are held. Jian Ghomeshi hosts. The winner is selected after a process of elimination. You can learn more about the battle of the books, including extensive videos and podcasts of the year's debate, at

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