This morning, CBC Books announced the five Canada Reads contenders and which books they’ll be defending when the debates start on March 21st. Scroll down to see the complete list.
Vinay Virmani, defending The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami
“It shows us that each one of us can be a hero that can look change in the eye and walk a road that leads to transformation and betterment.”
Clara Hughes, defending The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
“It puts a face to the faceless and it brings a humanity to the struggle … it’s a thriller that sweeps you along.”
Bruce Poon Tip, defending Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
“For all of us that care about reconciliation … this book opens that path.”
Farah Mohamed, defending Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz
“For a fiction book, this book is incredibly real. You go on a roller coaster ride and at the end you feel like you know the characters”
Adam “Edge” Copeland, defending Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter
“It’s about falling flat on your face, dusting yourself off and how do you walk on.”
The overarching theme of the 2016 debates is Starting Over. All of the books competing deal with themes of second chances: “stories about people choosing — or being forced to choose — a dramatically different course in life,” CBC reports. This year, we’re rooting for Olympian Clara Hughes (defending The Illegal by Lawrence Hill) and entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip (defending Birdie by Tracey Lindberg).