Need to get reacquainted? I’ve read all five books and have selected my favourites and predictions for this year’s winner.
Hooray! Canada Reads 2020 debates are back on with firm dates set in July. The debates were originally postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’ve read all five of the books in contending and I’m excited to finally have these books discussed. Need to get reacquainted? Here are the five contenders with links to my reviews.
Want to know who I think it’s going to take the cake? Check out my predictions and personal favourites post.
Ways to Tune In:
ONLINE: CBC Books will livestream the debates at 11 a.m. ET on CBCBooks.ca, YouTube, Facebook and Gem. The debates will be available to replay online each day. The livestreams on YouTube and Facebook will be available to watch outside Canada.
ON RADIO: Canada Reads will air on CBC Radio at 11:05 a.m. ET, CT, MT, PT; at 1:05 p.m. in Atlantic Canada; and at 1:35 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador. A repeat of the show will air at 10:05 p.m. local time, 10:35 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador.
ON TV: CBC TV will broadcast Canada Reads at 4 p.m. local time.
PODCAST: New episodes of Canada Reads will be posted daily on CBC and on iTunes.
Due to the rising concerns on the COVID-19 virus, Canada Reads 2020 has been cancelled.
Due to the rising concerns on the COVID-19 virus, Canada Reads 2020 has been cancelled. While I’m happy to have more time finish the books I am also surprised. I think the debates could have easily gone forward without a live audience but maybe it’s the debaters themselves as they might have some travel history that would require self-quarantine during the time of the debates. There is no word on when the debates will resume.
Things here in Hong Kong are starting to calm as the virus here passed. Toilet paper, sanitiser and cleaning supplies are in ample stock here again. Now the rest of the world is going through the same panic. Hong Kong measures, based on past experiences with SARS, have proved effective in keeping numbers of the virus down to a minimum. I used to scoff at the idea of wearing a face mask but with literally everyone in Hong Kong wearing them and generally keeping to themselves with proper hand hygiene we’ve managed to keep our germs to ourselves.
Stay vigilant and healthy!
What book should bring Canada into focus?
The CBC Canada Reads 2020 longlist has arrived and this year the list has diversified to include poetry, speculative fiction, as well as a graphic novel. Out of these 15 books which ones will make the shortlist? And which one will best meet the theme this year, one book to bring Canada into focus?
I would personally like to see Son of a Trickster on the shortlist as well as the graphic novel, Dear Scarlett. Which ones are you excited for?
The final five books and their champions will be revealed on Jan. 22, 2020.
The debates will take place March 16-19, 2020 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan. The debates will be broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC TV, CBC Gem and on CBC Books.