From a media release:
CBCbooks.caÂ is thrilled to announce thatÂ Canada ReadsÂ 2014‘s winning defender, Wab Kinew, will hostÂ Canada Reads 2015.Â Kinew becomes the fourth host of CBC’s battle of the books, now entering its 14thÂ year.
Earlier this year, Kinew successfully defended Joseph Boyden’sÂ The OrendaÂ as, “the one novel to change the nation.”Â Â He is the interim Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg and a correspondent with Al Jazeera America. His hip-hop music and journalism projects have won numerous awards, including an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards for Best Rap/Hip-Hop CD, anÂ Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award (from the Association of Electronic Journalists) and a Gabriel Award.
This year’s theme is “one book to break barriers.” Panelists will debate books that change perspectives, challenge stereotypes and illuminate issues.Â Canada ReadsÂ will consider both fiction and nonfiction books. Readers can submit their suggestions atÂ CBCbooks.caÂ until Sunday, November 30.
TheÂ Canada ReadsÂ panelists and their chosen books will be announced on January 20, 2015.
TheÂ Canada ReadsÂ debates will take place in front of live audiences over four days from March 16-19, 2015, and will be broadcast on radio, TV and online atÂ CBCbooks.ca.Â Â Each day of the competition, one book will be eliminated by the panelists, until the winner is chosen as the must-read book for Canadians in 2015.
Every year, the five shortlistedÂ Canada ReadsÂ books see a significant rise in sales, and past winners have become national bestsellers. Past successes includeÂ The Best Laid PlansÂ by Terry Fallis, which began as a self-published book and wonÂ Canada ReadsÂ in 2011; andÂ The Book of NegroesÂ by Lawrence Hill, the 2009 winner, which will be broadcast as a mini-series on CBC-TV beginning January 7, 2015.