Canada Reads is an annual literary Survivor-style show. Five prominent Canadians convene around a table with host comedian Ali Hassan, and at the end of each show they vote off one book until only the winner remains.
This year we’re looking for one book to transport us. Books can be a safe place to go when times are tough. Whether reading to escape daily cares, to explore new perspectives or simply to lift spirits, these stories of perseverance, discovery and resilience transport us across Canada, around the world, and to worlds beyond.
How to tune in:
ON RADIO: Canada Reads will air on CBC Radio at 11:05 a.m. ET
ON TV: CBC TV will broadcast Canada Reads at 1 p.m. ET
ONLINE: CBC Books will livestream the debates at 11 a.m. ET on CBCBooks.ca, YouTube, Facebook and Gem. The debates will be available to replay online each day. The livestreams on YouTube and Facebook will be available to watch outside Canada.
PODCAST: New episodes of Canada Reads will be posted daily, you can download them wherever you get your podcasts. You will also be able to listen to the debates on CBC Listen.
The 2021 Canada Reads Contenders:
Singer-Songwriter Scott Helman champions Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee
Actor and Filmmaker Devery Jacobs champions Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
Actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee champions Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
Olympian and Broadcaster Rosey Edeh champions The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
Chef, and TV Host Roger Mooking champions Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi