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Canada Reads from CBC Radio

The CBC's great Canadian book debate returns. Five prominent Canadians have each selected the one book that they believe all of Canada should read. After each day's debate, they will vote to eliminate one book, until only the winner remains.

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Canada Reads 20th anniversary special

We're celebrating the great Canadian book debate's 20th anniversary! Host Ali Hassan looks back at some of the most dramatic and unexpected moments in the show’s history and speaks with past authors and panellists to find out what their Canada Reads experience means to them.

1hr 37mins

6 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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Canada Reads 2022: Get to know Life in the City of Dirty Water

In this introduction to the memoir Life in the City of Dirty Water, discover what the book is about and why author and forest ecologist Suzanne Simard chose it for Canada Reads 2022.

34mins

24 Mar 2022

Rank #2

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Canada Reads 2022: Get to know Washington Black

In this introduction to the novel Washington Black, discover what the book is about and why Olympian and 2SLGBTQ advocate Mark Tewksbury chose it for Canada Reads 2022.

24mins

24 Mar 2022

Rank #3

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Canada Reads 2022: Get to know What Strange Paradise

In this introduction to the novel What Strange Paradise, discover what the book is about and why entrepreneur and former Syrian refugee Tareq Hadhad chose it for Canada Reads 2022.

31mins

24 Mar 2022

Rank #4

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Canada Reads 2022: Get to know Scarborough

In this introduction to the novel Scarborough, discover what the book is about and why actress and activist Malia Baker chose it for Canada Reads 2022.

33mins

24 Mar 2022

Rank #5

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Canada Reads 2022: Get to know Five Little Indians

In this introduction to the novel Five Little Indians, discover what the book is about and why Ojibway author and fashion writer Christian Allaire chose it for Canada Reads 2022.

36mins

24 Mar 2022

Rank #6

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Canada Reads 2022: Get to know Canada Reads

It’s the 21st edition of Canada Reads, CBC’s great Canadian book debate. If this is your first time following along, listen to learn more about the show’s format and history.

22mins

24 Mar 2022

Rank #7

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Canada Reads 2022: Day One

The 21st edition of the great Canadian book debate begins! Host Ali Hassan asks the five panellists to find the One Book to Connect Us. One of the five titles will be voted off on the first day.

53mins

28 Mar 2022

Rank #8

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Canada Reads 2022: Day Two

Four books remain in the great Canadian book debate. Which title will be voted off next?

54mins

29 Mar 2022

Rank #9

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Canada Reads 2022: Day Three

Three books left. The champions talk about themes of home, love and fortitude on the third day of debate.

53mins

30 Mar 2022

Rank #10