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What is one novel all of Canada should read?

Now in its 14th year, Canada Reads is CBC’s annual battle of the books.  This year’s months-long process began in October when Canadians were invited to recommend up to five novels written by a Canadian author.  The most popular titles made up the Top 40 list, and from there Canadians voted to whittle it down to just 10 books. Five Canadian celebrity panelists have selected a title from the Top 10 and on March 3-6, 2014  they will defend their chosen book in a series of debates. The books will be eliminated one by one until a winner is declared to be the novel that all Canadians should read.

The Canada Reads 2014 Contenders:

Cockroach by Rawi Hage Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan The Orenda by Joseph Boyden The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood Annabel by Kathleen Winter

From left to right: Cockroach by Rawi Hage, defended by actor and writer Samantha Bee; Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, defended by Olympian Donovan Bailey; The Orenda by Joseph Boyden, defended by award-winning journalist and aboriginal activist Wab Kinew; The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, defended by prominent philanthropist Stephen Lewis; Annabel by Kathleen Winter, defended by actor Sarah Gadon.

Happy reading, Canada!

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