The 15 books longlisted for Canada Reads have been narrowed down to 5 contenders, each backed by a champion to defend them. The debates will start March 28-31, and every week, they will debate to decide one book to vote off. The last book standing will be the winner.
The contenders are:
- Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, defended by Ojibway author and Vogue fashion writer Christian Allaire
- Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, defended by activist and actor Malia Baker (she’s Mary Anne in The Baby-Sitters Club!)
- What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad, defended by entrepreneur and former Syrian refugee Tareq Hadhad
- Life In the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller, defended by author and ecologist Suzanne Simard
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, defended by LGBTQ activist and Olympic athlete Mark Tewksbury
The debates will be hosted by comedian Ali Hassan and will be aired on CBC radio and television channels.
For more information on the books and the panelists, check out the CBC website.
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