Entertainment: Canada Reads 2021

Canada Reads returns this year for its 20th edition, with the debates taking place March 8-11. This year the theme is “one book to transport us”. It seems very fitting to have such a theme during a year where we could all us a little escape from reality.

For those who are unfamiliar with Canada Reads, it is CBC's annual battle of the books where five books go head-to-head in a competition to become the one book all Canadians should read.

The books are each defended by a Canadian personality and Ali Hassan returns for the fifth time to host and moderate the debates.

The five books and defenders for 2021 are:

-Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi (Arsenal Pulp Press) defended by Roger Mooking

-Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee (Hamish Hamilton) defended by Scott Helman

-The Midnight Bargain by C.L Polk (Erewhon Books) defended by Rosey Edeh

-Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots (William Morrow) defended by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

-Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead (Arsenal Pulp Press) defended Devery Jacobs

Once again I will challenge myself to read all five books in time for the debates, and I will post my reviews. I hope you will join me in discovering five great Canadian reads. Happy reading!

I previously reviewed Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots in November.

Meredith is a Disney obsessed stay-at-home mom. When she’s not planning a trip, you’ll find her with her nose in a book.

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