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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments This morning, the format for the 2013 edition of Canada Reads was announced.

From the CBC Books' web site:

"How will it work?

We divided Canada into the following five regions. (We wish we could have had more, but only five books can vie for the Canada Reads crown.) Each region will be represented by one book in the debates.

British Columbia and Yukon
Prairies and North
Atlantic Provinces

In order to arrive at a Top 10 list for each region, we are inviting public nominations. You can nominate only one title in each region -- but you needn't be from that region to submit a nomination. You can nominate a book in each of the five regions if you wish.

We will also be mining regional book awards and tapping into avid readers from CBC's team from coast to coast for their recommendations. These lists will be put to a vote and the votes each book will receive will count toward their overall total.

In each region, the 10 books with the most votes will move on to round two. So there will be five Top 10 lists in total. These will be revealed on Wednesday, October 24, on Q and on the Canada Reads website.

The public will be invited to vote on those five lists, and each will be narrowed down to a Top 5. The Canada Reads panelists will then choose the book they will defend in the debates from the Top 5 list that corresponds to the region they represent."

Mark Medley, from the National Post cracked me up a lot, with his article on the upcoming format.

message 2: by Jennifer (last edited Oct 10, 2012 12:32PM) (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments I have nominated 4 out of 5 books so far:

for the atlantic division: Galore by Michael Crummey
for quebec division: The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman
for ontario: Consolation by Michael Redhill
for the prairies: A Boy of Good Breeding: A Novel by Miriam Toews

i am just trying to decide on a bc/yukon novel now.

i decided to go contemporary with my choices, though it would be very cool to see some classic canadian fiction battle for supremacy.

i am slightly worried - given how some of last year's panel discussions went - that there could be some ugly moments as the books' champions get fierce in their loyalty to their region. but i really hope not and look forward to some really interesting discussions about some amazing books!

message 3: by VWrulesChick (new)

VWrulesChick | 905 comments Hmmm.....so many books and authors...how to choose only one recommendation for each region.

message 4: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments i know, right?? i am really stuck on bc/yukon.

message 5: by Angela (new)

Angela (AngelaLaughing) | 56 comments I'm so excited about this year's format! I'm not ready yet to nominate but I'm sad about two things. First, for Vancouver there are so many short story collections I'd love to nominate (Annabel Lyon's "The Best Thing for You" Michael Christie's "The Beggar's Garden" come to mind.) Second there are so many books that I'd love to nominate but can't because they've already been in Canada Reads, particularly "Stanley Park" by Timothy Taylor. I've got to read through all my journals and lists....

message 6: by Louise (new)

Louise | 668 comments This is so much fun but tough choices for sure. I nominated:

Atlantic: Glass Boys by Nicole Lundrigan
Quebec: The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
Ontario: Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Prairies: Cool Water by Dianne Warren
BC: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

message 7: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments i wanted to nominate the beggar's garden too, angela -- and actually had done so, but didn't realize short story collections were excluded. :/

i am kind-of bummed-out because on twitter, a few people are already being quite negative about the process and hauling out links to complaints from last year's format and accusing the cbc of "bottom-feeding on culture". and while i readily admit there were some moments last year when i was uncomfortable during the discussions because of the combative tones that surfaced...there was so much attention paid to some great canadian books and authors. so...i have to say i don't really get why the slam against the program?? via tv, radio and the web, quality literature is being brought into people's homes and reading is being encouraged and discussed. (with hope, in a respectful and thoughtful manner!!)

message 8: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments one more thing -- i do have to say that this year, it should be ensured that whoever is on the panel for 2013 has read each of the five books being featured. haha!!

man -- it would be fun to be on the panel!! :)

message 9: by Sumofparts (last edited Oct 13, 2012 04:43PM) (new)

Sumofparts | 11 comments Jennifer - I agree about not getting the slams against the program. For me, Canada Reads is a fun way to promote Canadian literature and encourage reading and discussion. And I like that they're switching it up a bit, especially this year with non-fiction and next year with regional picks. I hope they try to go with different types of books in future, like short story collections or poetry.

This year's format also made me realize I haven't read many books by authors from certain regions since I could only choose books for two. I'm looking forward to expanding my reading list. Here are my picks:
Ontario - Soucouyant by David Chariandy
BC/Yukon - Certainty by Madeleine Thien

message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments hi sumofparts. those are two really good nominations -- which i say having read neither. haha!!! i have heard really great things about both books and both authors though so i think they would be great considerations.

message 11: by CynthiaA (new)

CynthiaA (Bookthia) | 1 comments I love Canada Reads! Even the nominations process enriches my reading. I havent nominated yet, but I am considering the following:

Atlantic -- The Hatbox Letters, by Beth Powning
Ontario -- Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels or, alternatively Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schomperlen
BC -- Conceit by Mary Novik or, alternatively The Cure for Death by Lightening by Gail Anderson-Dargatz.

Still considering the Prairies. Perhaps Yann Martel's The Life of Pi?

Quebec. Undecided.

message 12: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments those are some great options, cynthia! it really is hard to decide, isn't it?? the only book i was 100% certain of, was michael crummey's Galore, for the atlantic category. every other category i had to really hem and haw over my choices.

message 13: by Angela (new)

Angela (AngelaLaughing) | 56 comments After so much agonizing, I'm happy to say I've finalized my nominations:

ATL: Michael Crummey's Galore
PraN: Dianne Warren's Cool Water
BCY: Douglas Coupland's Girlfriend in a Coma
ON: Tanis Rideout's Above all Things
QC: Nancy Richler's The Imposter Bride

Of these, I chose two that I WANT to read (Galore and The Imposter Bride) and the others because I believe they deserve some attention.

Girlfriend in a Coma is, in my opinion, Douglas Coupland's best novel. I love Life After God the best of all his work but short fiction is not eligible, alas. It takes place in Vancouver and is so very British Columbia!

Cool Water by Dianne Warren was a highly enjoyable novel. I read it last year during the Canadian awards season and the characters and the humour have stayed with me all this time.

I recently finished Tanis Rideout's Above all Things and I cannot stop gushing about it. Unfathomably it didn't make any of the short lists but it IS reading group's choice for November. I'd like to see Rideout's debut novel receive more attention.

Above All ThingsGirlfriend in a ComaCool WaterGaloreThe Imposter Bride

message 14: by Laima (new)

Laima | 27 comments thanks for the link I submitted for the following:

Ontario The Blondes by Emily Schultz
Atlantic The Town That Drowned by Riel Nason

message 15: by VWrulesChick (new)

VWrulesChick | 905 comments Friendly reminder to those who wish to nominate book/author for Canada Reads 2013. Please have your nominations in before 11:59 EST on Monday Oct 22nd via twitter feeds or email (see link below for details on how to nominate).


The finalists for each region will be announced on Wednesday Oct 24th. Then you can start to cast your votes for your favorites in each region.

Good luck to all the nominees!

message 16: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments GAH!! i am so excited to see the top ten lists for each region. and then vote to get books into the top 5!!

message 17: by Laima (new)

Laima | 27 comments VWrulesChick wrote: "Friendly reminder to those who wish to nominate book/author for Canada Reads 2013. Please have your nominations in before 11:59 EST on Monday Oct 22nd via twitter feeds or email (see link below for..."

Will you update us on the 24th with the announcement.... Please?!?

message 18: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D (Booktrovert) | 6036 comments Laima wrote: "Will you update us on the 24th with the announcement.... Please?!?"

hi laina!! if VW or erin can't get to it, i am happy to post the lists that are revealed on the 24th!!

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Books mentioned in this topic

Galore (other topics)
The Heart Specialist (other topics)
Consolation (other topics)
A Boy of Good Breeding (other topics)
Soucouyant (other topics)

Authors mentioned in this topic

Michael Crummey (other topics)
Claire Holden Rothman (other topics)
Michael Redhill (other topics)
Miriam Toews (other topics)
David Chariandy (other topics)