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Canada Reads 2017: Meet this year's authors
Meet this year's authors

What is the one book Canadians need now?

Canada Reads 2017 is looking to answer this question and bring to light the stories that will help us explore the diverse perspectives that have shaped this nation and will let us reflect on where we’re heading.

Hosted by CBC Laugh Out Loud’s Ali Hassan, CBC’s Canada Reads will take place March 27-30.

Fifteen Dogs

by André Alexis

André Alexis's contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness.

Defended by Humble the Poet

Humble the Poet commands attention. His tattoos, beard, head wrap and silly smile are only overshadowed by his presence and delivery. He seeks to challenge and stimulate audiences - in his words: “My goal is to shake your ass, shake your heart and shake your mind all at the same time.


The Break

by Katherena Vermette

A testament to the intergenerational nature of trauma, but also to resilience, this novel comes at a time when Canada grapples with its past, and with reconciliation.

Defended by Candy Palmater

In Candy Palmater’s own words, she is “a gay, native, recovered lawyer-turned-feminist comic, raised by bikers in the wilds of northern New Brunswick.” She has worked in the law, provincial government and, most recently, has pursued her comedic ambitions. Last year, she wrote and created her own show on APTN and hosted The Candy Palmater Show, a daily interview series, for CBC Radio One.


Company Town

by Madeline Ashby

A brutal look at what it means to be human in a possible future where poverty, sexual violence and environmental destruction collide with a kick-ass heroine versed in martial arts.

Defended by Measha Brueggergosman

Brueggergosman is an award-winning international opera singer and widely hailed as one of the great sopranos of the 21st century. More than three billion people watched her performance at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010. Her most recent project, Songs of Freedom, is a film, television series, interactive website and musical album that tells her journey through her family's history.


The Right to be Cold

by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

If we cannot save the frozen Arctic, how can we hope to save the rest of the world?

Defended by Chantal Kreviazuk

Chantal Kreviazuk is one of Canada’s most beloved artists and was recently appointed a member of the Order of Canada. Her platinum-selling album, Under these Rocks and Stones and iconic rendition of “Leaving On a Jet Plane” are contemporary Canadian classics.



by M.G. Vassanji

Rife with generational tension, global disparities and class conflict, this novel reflects on the fluid and contested nature of past, present and future.

Defended by Jody Mitic

Jody Mitic is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Services, having served as a Master Corporal and Sniper Team Leader. After losing his legs below the knees in a landmine accident, he not only successfully recovered but took up running. After starring on the reality TV show Amazing Race, Jody reinvented himself yet again, becoming a city councillor for Ottawa. His memoir, Unflinching: the Making of a Canadian Sniper (2015), was a bestseller.


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