The theme for the next CBC Canada Reads is “the novel that could change the nation.” In case you want to start reading the contenders in advance of the debates (on CBC radio in March), most of them are currently available at the UC Library.
The exception is The Orenda: five U of T libraries, include UC, own a copy of this recent novel by Josepha Boyden, and all five copies are checked out. Given this (and given how popular Joseph Boyden’s previous novels have been!), I have just ordered two additional copies for the UC Library.
Here are the five contenders:
- The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (defender: Stephen Lewis)
- The Orenda by Joseph Boyden (defender: Wab Kinew)
- Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (defender: Donovan Bailey)
- Cockroach by Rawi Hage (defender: Samantha Bee)
- Annabel by Kathleen Winter (defender: Sarah Gadon)