Canada Reads True Stories

This year, Canada Reads has gone the way of non-fiction! Back in September, this annual event called upon readers, Canadian celebrities and people in the literary field to nominate their favourite memoir, biography or work of literary non-fiction as possible entrants to become part of Canada Reads: True Stories. After scoring a point for each book nominated, the numbers were added up and the top 40 books were chosen. That list was narrowed down to a final Top 10….and here they are:

The Boy in the Moon : A father’s search for his disabled Son by Ian Brown

Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton

The Game by Ken Dryden

Louis Riel by Chester Brown

On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock by Dave Bidini

Paris 1919 : Six months that changed the world by Margaret MacMillan

Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat

Shake Hands with the Devil : The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire

Something Fierce : Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

The Tiger : A true story of Vengeance and Survival by John Valliant

(You can read a review of each book and find links to more information by clicking on any of the book covers or titles above.)

Canada Reads is an annual battle of the books where five Canadian personalities select the book they want Canadians to read.  While the list has been narrowed down to the Top 10, the final list as well as the panelists will be revealed at the end of November.  Then, in February of 2012, the panelists will defend their choices on CBC television until each book is eliminated and we arrive at the final book.  You can read more about the history of Canada Reads as well as keep up to date on all the information and happenings of this year’s event right here.

Will you participate in Canada Reads this year?

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