Canada Reads 2019


2019's Contenders NOTE: Page updated daily following the day's debates. Chuck Comeau defending Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung Lisa Ray defending Brother by David Chariandy Ziya Tong defending By Chance Alone by Max Eisen Yanic Truesdale defending Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins Joe Zee defending The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong Here's a link to the CBC video which introduces the five celebrities who are celebrating

Canada Reads 20192019-04-02T14:01:36-05:00

I Spy with My CanLit Eye: Two Classics


Our young separatist narrator is imagining his own future and the future of Quebec, and both man and nation are struggling with matters of expression and independence, in Hubert Aquin's Next Episode (published in 1965, translated by Sheila Fischman in 2001). “I am the fragmented symbol of Quebec’s revolution, its

I Spy with My CanLit Eye: Two Classics2015-10-28T15:32:01-05:00

Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda (2013)


Twenty-two years ago, I clipped an article from a Toronto newspaper about the restoration of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons near Midland, Ontario. I had studied the history of the mission and the slaughter of the Jesuit priests when I was in elementary school, culminating in a vague understanding of it

Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda (2013)2014-05-13T14:06:07-05:00

David Bergen’s The Age of Hope (2012)


"I'd be way more content if I didn't always have to take myself with me wherever I go. I'm walking around in a fog, with my hands out, feeling blindly. I stand outside of the action, watching, all alone. I am alone." Harper Collins, 2012 That's Morris in

David Bergen’s The Age of Hope (2012)2020-10-01T12:48:40-05:00

Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes (2007)


Last summer, walking in Little Jamaica in Toronto, I picked up a copy of a community newspaper with a cover image of protesters overseas burning the cover of Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes. Book burning: it's a headline-grab alright. It certainly captured this reader's attention. I'd been wanting

Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes (2007)2014-03-17T15:31:40-05:00
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