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Canada Reads 2009: Race To Pick From Top 5

abstract: Reads has announced its five picks for the countdown to the finalist. People are encouraged to plow through these books and make their vote for this year's Canada Reads selection. The five books are: The Book of Negroes, The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant, Mercy Among the Children, and The Outlander. We've listed a summary of the books and author bios with links to purchase and to vote. See which titles interest you, purchase and share your copy and your opinions with friends. Debate airs Mar 2-6.

The Book Of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill | HarperCollins Canada

In Lawrence Hill’s gripping historical novel, an unforgettable heroine recounts a life story that spans more than 50 years and three continents. As Aminata Diallo moves from slavery to freedom, she fights to keep her dignity and find a place she can call home.
Defended by: Avi Lewis

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January 15, 2009

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The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant, by Michel Tremblay, translated by Sheila Fischman | Talonbooks

In his lively and lovely first novel, Michel Tremblay pays tribute to the working-class Montreal of his childhood. Over 24 hours, the daily activities and social dramas of several pregnant women and their eccentric neighbours add up to a whole world.
Defended by: Anne-Marie Withenshaw



Fruit: A novel about a boy and his nipplesby Brian Francis | ECW Press

Brian Francis’ debut novel captures the many agonies – and a few ecstasies – of puberty in vivid and sometimes surreal detail. Peter Paddington is 13 years old and overweight when he sprouts a pair of talking nipples. When they threaten to out his secret desires, Peter has to come up with a real-life plan to get along with himself and others.
Defended by: Jen Sookfong Lee



Mercy Among the Children, by David Adams Richards | Anchor Canada/Random House Canada

The events of David Adams Richards’ wrenching, compassionate novel stem from one pivotal moment. When 12-year-old Sydney pushes a schoolmate off a roof, he promises God he’ll never harm anyone else if the boy lives. His vow sets him on a path to heartbreak.
Defended by: Sarah Slean



The Outlander, by Gil Adamson | House of Anansi Press

The Outlander is a classic western narrative with one twist: its outlaw anti-hero is a woman on the run after murdering her husband. In her flight, “the widow” encounters a gallery of strange characters in the rugged landscape of pioneer Alberta.
Defended by: Nicholas Campbell



The Book Of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill | HarperCollins Canada

In Lawrence Hill’s gripping historical novel, an unforgettable heroine recounts a life story that spans more than 50 years and three continents. As Aminata Diallo moves from slavery to freedom, she fights to keep her dignity and find a place she can call home.
Defended by: Avi Lewis

 

 

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