Blisfully oblivious to the fact that neighbours south of the border are increasingly estranged from the written word, Canadians continue to devour books–fiction, especially!–as a cultural norm.
Evidence: CANADA READS 2009.
A side benefit to stumbling upon fellow Canuck bibliophile Erin Balser’s amusing post, I Don’t Care What Heather Reisman Reads was the discovery of CBC’s seven-year-running national book club, CANADA READS 2009.
Canada Reads is a week-long show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. In this annual literary bun-fight, five celebrity panelists are asked to defend their favourite Canadian work of fiction. Day by day, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year.
The half-hour debates will air on CBC Radio One from March 2 to March 6, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. (half an hour later in Newfoundland). The program will also air on Sirius 137 and will be available online or via podcast.
Purchase the 2009 book selection via the CBC Shop and get 10% off and a reusable tote (or borrow them from your local library–note that a few have not been released stateside). Whatever you do, just keep reading. Your writing will thank you for it.