CBC’s ‘Canada Reads’ Returns

From Publishing Perspectives:

Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, the Canadian-born author’s best known book to date, is among the five books chosen for the 22nd season of CBC Books’ annual literature-debate show, Canada Reads.

As Publishing Perspectives readers know, Canada Reads is a television show that we’ve written in past years, “may be the show that every national book market needs.”

This is because it focuses on serious, socially impactful literature. It communicates the value of that literature through attractive, popular personalities. And its vehicle is articulate, meaningful, committed debate about books that bear on issues of the day: critical thinking.

There’s nothing stuffy or formal about it. In fact it’s extremely accessible and thus highly impactful in its market. But it’s also neither fluffy nor fruity. No excuse is made for its deliberate search for what the show calls “one book to shift your perspective.”

The production this year is set to air March 27 to 30. Once more, Ali Hassan is hosting. And on each day of the program, one of the five books will be eliminated, concluding with one remaining book named the must-read book of 2023 for Canadians.

Link to the rest at Publishing Perspectives

The OP reminded PG that he is likely guilty of an annoying American habit: Not paying enough attention to what is going on in Canada.

For those who haven’t visited, Canada is quite a beautiful country filled with intelligent English-speakers who, for reasons PG can understand, are sometimes annoyed by the giant swirling mass of opinion, disagreement and obnoxiousness on its Southern border, a place full of people who take themselves way too seriously, over-produce stupid and ignorant politicians and are guilty of chronically failing to pay adequate attention and respect toward either their Northern or Southern neighbors.

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