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CANADA READS STARTS TODAY!!!

What is the one book that Canada needs right now??  This is the question being debated this week during the Canada READS broadcasts.  I couldn’t be more excited!  My husband and I joke that this is like my Oscars and I already have my favourites picked.  I am READY!

The broadcast will air on CBC, so check your local listings for times.  Here is the shortlist of nominees being debated.

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Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji defended by Canadian Armed Forces veteren Jody Mitic

Immortality is no longer a problem when people can renew their bodies.  However, they must also erase all of their past memories and have a fiction of their choice implanted into their consciousness.  This results in memory leaks where the old life begins to invade the new, which is what Dr. Frank Sina specializes in.

I have bought this book, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.  It looks fantastic!

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Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis defended by Humble the Poet

When fifteen dogs are given human consciousness, we see human-like thought processes and rivalries from a very unique perspective.

Well-written and original, we read this book in my book club last year and I highly recommend it!

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Company Town by Madeline Ashby defended by Tamra Taylor (of the series Bones)

In a world where most humans have specialized modifications made to their bodies, Go Jung-hwa is all natural.  Since she cannot be hacked and corrupted, she is chosen to be the bodyguard of a very special client.  When her friend is brutally murdered, she uses her new-found high clearance to try and bring the killer to justice.

Madeline Ashby has created a very interesting world in this book.  However, the story itself just isn’t grabbing me and I’m having a tough time finding the motivation to finish it.  Perhaps its just not the right time for me or the book isn’t my cup of tea.

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The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, The Arctic, and the Planet by Sheila Watt-Cloutier defended by Chantel Kreviazuk

A very important book about protecting the northern environment and Inuit culture.

I have not been able to get my hands on this book yet, but I have heard wonderful things about it.  I will definitely be seeking it out very soon!

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The Break by Kathrena Vermette defended by comedian Candy Palmater

Told from the perspective of various Metis women and one Metis police officer in Manitoba, this book focuses on a violent crime, but also issues facing Metis people today.  The connections between the narrators are explored and their voices ring strong and true.

This is a remarkable book.  It is my favourite to win in this competition.  Highly recommended!

Check it out!  I’ve already hit “Record Series” on my DVR and I cannot wait!  What do you think is the book that Canada needs to read right now???

 

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