Well the lineup of books and their defenders has been announced for Canada Reads. There is already a #CanadaAlsoReads hashtag to follow on twitter which is bringing up some interesting titles from readers which are more intriguing to consider, at least for me.
The five books which will be under discussion for Canada Reads are:
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy (defended by Samantha Nutt)
Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott (defended by Simi Sara)
Generation X by Douglas Coupland (defended by Roland Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon)
Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner, trans. by Lazar Lederhendler (defended by Michel Vezina)
Fall on your Knees by Anne Marie Macdonald (defended by Perdita Felicien)
These are all sturdy Canadian reads, all quite well known already, I'd say, except for perhaps Nikolski (which is, incidentally the only one I've read from this list, and I quite enjoyed it). There is always the question, is Canada Reads there to promote lesser known or older books, or just to talk about books which are familiar and more easily accessible? I guess it just goes by panelist choice, but the only book I'm enthused about this year is the one chosen by the one writer on the panel.
But I do have to admit, I don't usually read along with lists like this, so it really doesn't matter too much what I think: I know that each of these books will by this time have a waiting list at my library. Do you have a favourite on this list? Do you read along with Canada Reads, or is there another similar event in your area that you follow?