The Reader’s Heart (and the winner of Canada Reads 2010)


First of all, I'm not disappointed in the way that Canada Reads 2010 turned out: I thought Nicolas Dickner's Nikolski was terrific and, as much as I loved both The Jade Peony and Good to a Fault, I am glad to see that such a unique story which really does

The Reader’s Heart (and the winner of Canada Reads 2010)2014-02-27T17:30:24-05:00

Not All Readers Love Homework


The question that leaps out of today's discussion is, for me, whether reading a book should be challenging? And I think that's directly connected to this question: what kind of book is most likely to polarize readers? I think it *is* the challenging books that polarize readers. As one panelist

Not All Readers Love Homework2014-03-09T12:38:41-05:00

Canada, Between the Pages


One of the issues considered in today's show is: how important is a strong sense of place and time for a book to engage a reader with a story. It *is* important, isn't it. So important that, just with reading that sentence, at least one book, more likely several, came

Canada, Between the Pages2014-03-09T12:39:41-05:00

Over-sympathizing with the bookish underdog?


Inspired by today's Canada Reads debates, I find myself wondering: is it kinda disappointing when a book that has already been recognized internationally by readers and prize committees receives yet another award, and, if so, should the judges take every opportunity to look for another deserving title because those old

Over-sympathizing with the bookish underdog?2014-03-09T12:40:21-05:00

Do you want to think whilst you’re reading?


Today marks the launch of 2010's Canada Reads, which obviously I find intensely interesting, but it might not seem as fascinating if you're not following (live or via podcast), so I'm planning to pull out a more universal book-related, reading-related question that's raised in each day's debates -- rather than

Do you want to think whilst you’re reading?2014-03-09T12:40:37-05:00
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