The ultimate Canadian book battle is taking place from March 28 to 31. During the Canada Reads competition, five celebrity champions defend a book of their choice written by a Canadian. Each day the champions debate and vote to eliminate one title until a winner is declared the book that all Canadians should read.
This year’s Canada Reads theme is “One Book to Connect Us.” When so much over the past year has tried to keep Canadians apart, this theme is inspired by community and looks to unite Canadians.
Join in on the debate by checking out any of this year’s books from the SMU Library collection. Have you read any of them already? Let us know if you have a favourite, or which book you are most excited to read!
This year’s contenders are:
- Five Little Indians by Michelle Good championed by Ojibwe author and Vogue fashion writer Christian Allaire.
- Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez championed by actor and activist Malia Baker.
- What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad championed by the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate and former Syrian refugee Tareq Hadhad.
- Life In the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller championed by forest ecologist and author Suzanne Simard.
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan championed by Olympian and LGBTQ2+ advocate Mark Tewksbury.