INSPIRED BY CANADA READS: THE BOOK DISCUSSION FORUM’S 2014 REBOOT

Last November’s blog posting, “THE COMMUNITY OF READERS: THE TRUE SOCIAL NETWORK”, was all about reading as a social experience; something I feel very strongly about and which is the raison d’être of Pointe-Claire library’s Online Book Club. We come to this website curious and eager to discover new books, but also, and I hope mostly, to share this pleasure with others.

0887842364.01.LZZZZZZZCBC’s CANADA READS radio series is a competition that engages Canadian audiences by asking them to participate in choosing the final five books that will then be defended by a willing champion—someone on the cultural radar.

Talk about a social experience!

If you haven’t yet heard about CANADA READS, then you can catch up by watching February’s events unfold on video at http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/video/index.html

It’s the literary equivalent of TV’s “Survivor” series, but compressed into a five day battle that leaves one book standing as the winner.

The 2014 edition, which ended only a week or so ago, took the competition’s mission—to get Canadians reading and sharing―and ran with it in a brave and challenging direction, searching for “One Novel to Change the Nation”; a very ambitious theme, and one that led to intense discussions among the novels’ champions.

0887842097.01.LZZZZZZZHow is it that a Canadian radio series about books garnered such a huge daily following? What is it about CANADA READS that has0887627412.01.LZZZZZZZ so many jumping on board, rooting for one novel over another?

Interesting questions for sure.

If you’ve listened to any of the seasons of CANADA READS and have an opinion, then send us your comments.

In any event, because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I propose that we follow the CBC’s lead. So, for this spring, the Book Discussion Forum will include the 5 finalists on the CANADA READS LIST:

0739328506.01.LZZZZZZZMargaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood

Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda0670064181.01.LZZZZZZZ

Esi Edugyan’s Half Blood Blues

Rawi Hage’s Cockroach

Kathleen Winter’s  Annabel

You may have already read several. You may have read none. No matter. Read one or read them all, but be sure to come and share your impressions of them.

During the next few months, I’ll post questions, reviews and as many things as I can think up or find to stimulate debate and interest in these wonderful novels, which are all available at the Pointe-Claire Library.

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