Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Book Mark: Canada Reads 2010 Mini-Book Club

We are hosting an in-person mini-book club in celebration of the upcoming Canada Reads 2010 contest. Then we thought "how about extend this participation to anyone else who would like to join in and read some great Canadian literature!"

So, below are the basics. This is our first foray into the world online book club shenanigans and are excited to have anyone interested on board for the ride!

Guidelines
- Read the five (5) of the nominated books between January 13, 2010 and March 5, 2010.
- Select one (1) of the books to champion.
- Post your defense of the book you are championing to the comments section of the Canada Reads blog post @ Let It Read (which we should have up approx. 2 weeks prior to the contest starting). Keep your defense to 300 words or less!
- Follow the debates on CBC Radio One the week of March 8-12, to find out which novel Canada selects as the champion.

Also, there will be individual blog postings for each of the books as well over the next few weeks, including reviews, author information, etc. Check back often to see how things are progressing, and let us know how the readings are going.

Oh, and even if you only read one or two of the books, please feel free to provide your comments anyway. We won't be that strict with the guidelines, given the short timeframe. We just want to promote good Canadian literature!

Reading Material
Novel: Generation X by Douglas Coupland
Celebrity Champion: Roland Pemberton a.k.a Cadence Weapon, Musician

Novel: Fall On Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald
Celebrity Champion: Perdita Felicien, Hurdler

Novel: The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
Celebrity Champion: Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada

Novel: Good To A Fault by Marina Endicott
Celebrity Champion: Simi Sara, Vancouver media personality

Novel: Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
Celebrity Champion: Michel V├ęzina, Montreal belletrist

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