ehBeth
 
Reply Mon 17 Apr, 2006 05:39 pm
http://www.cbc.ca/canadareads/index.html

this year's entrants


Deafening by Frances Itani

Cocksure by Mordecai Richler

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems, 1962-1996 by Al Purdy

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

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http://www.cbc.ca/canadareads/books.html

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You can listen to excerpts through


indirect link to Between the Covers

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I've enjoyed the competitions each year, and always look forward to the debates <listening>. It's so great listening to people being passionate about their love of books and reading.
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Mon 17 Apr, 2006 05:51 pm
Of the list. have only read A Complicated Kindness. It was a good book. Three Day Road is on my list of books I want to read (one of very many). Thank God for the library.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 17 Apr, 2006 05:56 pm
Hi there, t'ai chi wannabe.

I've been listening to Three Day Road, and am looking to reading all of the books. I find the Canada Reads competition has really made me come back to learning, and appreciating, about Canadian writing.

If nothing else, the CBC makes me read.
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sat 22 Apr, 2006 07:54 pm
Hi ehBeth: Are you as confused as I am about why this thread is so quiet? I know we're not the only Canadians. We can't be the only ones who read. I thought listening to the CBC was a prerequisite of citizenship? Where is everybody?
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 22 Apr, 2006 07:59 pm
i never get to hear the weekday cbc stuff very often, i do want to read the toews book someday
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Mon 24 Apr, 2006 12:01 pm
Apparently Miriam Toews won! (I didn't get around to finishing Saturday's paper 'til breakfast this morning...sigh) She has an earlier book which is worth reading too: The Summer of My Amazing Luck. She may write about characters you think are entirely unlike you but you'll find you still relate. (Hmm..something about the human condition...)
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Joeblow
 
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Reply Tue 25 Apr, 2006 06:31 pm
I read a complicated kindness back in December and was certain I posted about it on the What Are You Reading Now Thread, and so I went looking for my well-remembered and succinct remarks and discovered of course that I simply mentioned that I was reading it. Razz

If it isn't too cliché, and maybe because it is, I'd like to say that I found it somewhat charming, in a Canadian kind of way. But it was more than that, too.

The Believer (what is that publication?) described it as "Wondrous…a beautiful and bitter little masterpiece," which I agree with, but it was also…humorous. I found some passages provocative, wry…and…dark…sad, but very funny too, and for me somewhat nostalgic.

I'll look for info on the others when I get the motivation, maybe, as I haven't read them.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 25 Apr, 2006 06:34 pm
I'm following along and am not canadian.
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hamburger
 
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Reply Tue 25 Apr, 2006 07:29 pm
canada reads
just finished reading : "battered soles -lakefield's multicultural pilgrimage" by paul mason , ISBN 0 88801 305 1 . touchstone press.
we received it as a gift from the writer's parents .

from the backpage :
....explores his own faith, as well as that of a colourful cast of characters that includes an escort limo driver , a family from mumbay , some japanese fishermen and ONE (1) ex-girlfriend....

(faith , sex , a flute-playing jesus statue .... what could be more canadian ?) hbg
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Tico
 
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Reply Tue 25 Apr, 2006 08:56 pm
Well, I'm Canadian but seldom listen to CBC Radio or watch CBC TV (except HNIC), nor have I heard of Canada Reads. Do I hafta give up my passport? Smile Generally, I do read a fair amount of CanLit, however.

Right now my reading time is taken with a little online book club which has been concentrating on Jane Austen and modern adaptations of her works. Nothing Canadian there.

The last Canadian author I read was <flipping> A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright. And oddly enough, I see that "This book comprises the 2004 Massey Lectures ... broadcast ... as part of CBC Radio's Ideas series."
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 26 Apr, 2006 10:47 am
The Massey Lectures are one of the radio events I look forward to each year. Darn things make me think Cool
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hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 26 Apr, 2006 10:52 am
canada reads
"...Darn things make me think..."

"...don't think , woik !..."(attributed to peter j vogelzang). hbg
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Tico
 
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Reply Sat 13 May, 2006 07:59 am
Just finished reading A Complicated Kindness. A well-written little book, if not a masterpiece. Toews has the potential to be an important author. I enjoyed the book, somewhat. The humour is very dark, but it's definitely there. Excellent characterization.

I just need something a little ... uh, cheerier than the premise that total abandonment of an emotionally-damaged 16 year old is a good thing.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 13 May, 2006 08:03 am
http://www.cbc.ca/canadareads/winner.html

I listened to it on Between the Covers.

Enjoyed it tremendously.

A friend usually buys me the Canada Reads winner for a belated birthday present, so I'll be interested to see how it compares on the page.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 8 Feb, 2011 07:32 pm
@ehBeth,
I'm listening to the 2011 debates right now.

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/2011/02/canada-reads-debates-watch-and-chat-live-at-10-am-et-2.html

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/



Ali Velshi and Debbie Travis are a surprisingly good match in the debates. She can talk.



Quote:
Five game-changing moments from Day Two

1. Sara Quin was eloquent in the face of yesterday's defeat (her pick, Essex County by Jeff Lemire, was first to be voted off) and took on the role of kingmaker, casting the vote that would send The Bone Cage home.

2. Debbie Travis confessed that she hadn't read all of The Best Laid Plans, a startling admission that had some of the other panelists, and probably a lot of audience members, scratching their heads.

3. Lorne Cardinal continued to take a non-confrontational approach to the debate, and pointed to The Birth House as his book's stiffest competition.

4. Georges Laraque openly threw his support behind Ali Velshi and The Best Laid Plans after The Bone Cage was eliminated.

5. The online discussions prove themselves once again to be smart, opinionated and enthusiastic, and the people in the live television studio took notice, requesting and eventually airing a question from online viewers.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 8 Feb, 2011 07:34 pm
this year's nominees

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/nominees.html


The Best Laid Plans

By Terry Fallis
Defended by Ali Velshi



The Birth House

By Ami McKay
Defended by Debbie Travis



The Bone Cage

By Angie Abdou
Defended by Georges Laraque



Essex County

By Jeff Lemire
Defended by Sara Quin



Unless

By Carol Shields
Defended by Lorne Cardinal



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fabulous that a graphic novel is on the list
Tai Chi
 
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Reply Tue 8 Feb, 2011 08:36 pm
@ehBeth,
I have only read The Birth House. I really want to read Essex County.

(Love the new avatar.)
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 07:31 pm
@Tai Chi,
Canada Reads 2012 is happening right now.

First year with non-fiction books. I managed to get tickets to tomorrow's taping. I am so excited!

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/2012/nominees.html

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/images/t5l_thegame.jpghttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/images/t5l_onacoldroad.jpghttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/images/t5l_prisoneroftehran.jpghttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/images/t5l_somethingfierce.jpghttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/images/t5l_thetiger.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 07:57 pm
@ehBeth,
Have fun, come back and report.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2012 08:29 pm
@ehBeth,
The Tiger is absolutely BRILLIANT! One of my top 3 favorite nonfiction books ever.
 

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