Do you want to know which book will win this year’s CBC Canada Reads program? Get the inside track at the Lennoxville Library!
In fact, you can help make the choice.
All are invited to a grand evening of literary discussion and debate as Lennoxville Reads gets a head-start on 2014’s must-read Canadian book.
The Top Five for 2014 were chosen by Canadians based on this year’s theme, “the one novel that could change the nation.”
Great fiction is truly inspiring, so the battle of the Canadian books is expected to be thoughtful, polite and bloodthirsty. Because literature matters.
Five Lennoxvillians will present one of each of the five finalists in this year’s CBC Canada Reads program at the end of February. “We expect to choose the book for all Canadians to read, and this, a full week and a half before CBC does the same on the radio,” laughs assistant librarian Don Doell.
“Although we will be first,” says Doell, “we do this in the spirit of literary love, and don’t intend to cause too much stress on the CBC’s own, laggard panelists!”
Doell will be the evening’s host: “I’ll make sure that the chairs, tables, temperature, coffee, tea and other refreshments are ready at the appropriate times and places. Being responsible for the temperature means that I have ordered a sunny day with temperatures in the mid-teens. The winds will be calm with a few breezes up to 10 km/h from the south. It will get colder again quickly, so as not to harm the maple sap runs.”
The Lennoxville Library’s Canada Reads event is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, at 101 Queen Street (corner Queen and College). The debate will end with a decision, and refreshments (including wine and cheese).
The event will be emceed by even-handed fiction fan Gerald Cutting (president of the Townshippers’ Association).
Five local luminaries will participate:
– Janet Angrave will present Annabel by Kathleen Winter
– Vince Cuddihy will present Cockroach by Rawi Hage,
– Maureen Quigg will present The Orenda by Joseph Boyden,
– Tom Cavanagh will present Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
– and Mead Baldwin will present Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.
All are welcome!
And those who wish to also follow the CBC’s more formal program can hear the debates March 3 to 6 on CBC Radio, which will also be streamed online on CBC Books.
For the CBC:
– Sarah Gadon defends Annabel
– Samantha Bee defends Cockroach
– Donovan Bailey defends Half-Blood Blues
– Wab Kinew defends The Orenda
– and Stephen Lewis defends The Year Of The Flood.
Pop by the Lennoxville Library for more information, or call 819-562-4949.
– February 4, 2014