Every year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has its Canada Reads debates where five Canadian panelists defend five titles chosen that year until one is declared victorious. It’s like a literary Hunger Games. It’s goal is to spotlight Canadian literature and past winners have been Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, Lisa Moore’s February, Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, Michael Ondaatje’s In The Skin of A Lion etc

This year is themed around books that break barriers, and the new host of the event, Wab Kinew, announced the finalists and their panelists on CBC’s radio show Q this morning.

Cameron Bailey. Artistic Director of Toronto International Film Festival.Ru by Kim Thúy. January 17th 2012. Random House Canada.
Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival and will be defending Ru by Kim Thúy.

Kristin Kreuk. Actress. Producer. Beauty and The Beast. Smallville.Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee. May 7th 2012. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Kristin Kreuk is an actress well known for her role as Lana Lang on the CW’s Smallville and her current role on Beauty and The Beast. She’ll be defending Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee.

Craig Kielburger. Activist and social entrepreneur. Co-founder of Free The Children. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King. November 13th 2012. Doubleday Canada.

Craig Kielburger is the co-founder of Free The Children and will be defending The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
by Thomas King.

Co-host of The Social. Etalk correspondent. Foudner of LaineyGossip. Photo taken by Dexter Chew.When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid

Elaine “Lainey” Lui is the founder of LaineyGossip, etalk correspondent and one of the co-hosts of The Social. She’ll be defending When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid.

Martha Wainwright. Musician.And All The Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier. April 30th 2013. Coach House Books.

Musician Martha Wainwright will be defending And the Birds Rained Down
by Jocelyne Saucier (translated by Rhonda Mullins).

That’s our five panelists and books for the 2015 Canada Reads. The debates will take place from March 16th to March 19th. If you’re in the Toronto area, you can get tickets here.

As the great Ken Watanabe once said…

Ken Watanabe. Godzilla. Gif. Let Them Fight.