Library Resources for CBC’s Canada Reads

Canada Reads
Dear Librarians,

It’s the great Canadian book debate… this is Canada Reads. Welcome to the 20th edition of CBC’s battle of the books.

If this is your introduction to Canada Reads, it’s our annual literary Survivor-style show. We go live-to-air on CBC Radio One at 11am from March 8-11. We convene five prominent Canadians around a table with our host, comedian Ali Hassan, and at the end of each show they vote off one book until only the winner remains. The show is also available as a livestream and airs at 1pm on CBC Television.

This year we’re looking for one book to transport us. Books can be a safe place to go when times are tough. Whether reading to escape daily cares, to explore new perspectives or simply to lift spirits, these stories of perseverance, discovery and resilience transport us across Canada, around the world and to worlds beyond.

Canada Reads class of 2021

Introducing the Canada Reads class of 2021

Singer-Songwriter Scott Helman champions Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee
Actor and Filmmaker Devery Jacobs champions Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
Actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee champions Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
Olympian and Broadcaster Rosey Edeh champions The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
Chef, and TV Host Roger Mooking champions Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Here are some ways libraries participate in Canada Reads:

We want to help. Here are some of the resources we provide:

If you have Canada Reads plans, please let us know. We can:

  • Add your event to our Canada Reads listings
  • Connect you with your local CBC station to see if they’re able to help promote your virtual event
  • Share your initiatives with our Canada Reads Facebook group of over 8,500 very active members

We’d love to hear from you with any special requests you have, or feedback you’d like to share with us.

Kind regards,
Tara Mora ( ), Executive Producer CBC Books

CULC Canada Reads 2021 Overview

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