Canada Reads 2018

Five books, five champions, one winner: CBC's annual Battle of the Books has been getting people listening, watching and reading since 2001. Canada Reads is a "literary Survivor," with celebrities championing books. Books are voted "off the bookshelf" until one book is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year. This year's theme: One Book to Open Your Eyes. In this collection, Canada Reads 2018 contenders discuss their books and share their best writing tips.

Don't miss our How to Use Canada Reads in the Classroom teacher guide – plus the book excerpts and backgrounders for each title below.

Watch or listen to CBC's Canada Reads debates March 26-29 at cbc.ca/canadareads.

  • 2018
  • 9-12
  • 11 Titles

Included in this collection

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Ali Hassan on the art of moderating a debate

Actor, stand-up comedian, host of CBC Radio's Laugh Out Loud, and host of Canada Reads 2018, Ali Hassan shares what he's learned about the tricky job of moderating a debate.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Cameron Bailey on the art of debate

Artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), past panellist and winner of Canada Reads 2015, Cameron Bailey shares what he should have paid more attention to from the beginning when defending the book Ru by Kim Thúy, plus other debating tips.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Cherie Dimaline on The Marrow Thieves

Métis writer Cherie Dimaline won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature. Watch the author discuss her Young Adult novel The Marrow Thieves, a futuristic, dystopian narrative rooted in Canadian history.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:52
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Craig Davidson on Precious Cargo

Craig Davidson drove five kids in a small school bus, each with special needs. His experience prompted a deeper understanding about disability and stigma. In this video, he discusses what so-called able-bodied people can learn from interactions with people with disabilities and other themes from Precious Cargo, his memoir about being a bus driver for special needs kids.
  • 2018
  • 00:04:28
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Elaine "Lainey" Lui on the art of debate

Elaine "Lainey" Lui is proud of her competitive spirit and argues for the importance of women showing their competitive side, along with other aspects of her debating strategy. She defended Raziel Reid's debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies in Canada Reads 2015.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Humble The Poet on the art of debate

Writer and rapper Humble The Poet talks about the importance of letting the other person know that you hear what they have to say, along with other debating tips. He championed the André Alexis novel Fifteen Dogs and emerged the winner on Canada Reads 2017.
  • 2018
  • 00:08:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Kristin Kreuk on the art of debate

Actress Kristin Kreuk emphasizes the importance of being prepared for difficult conversations, plus other debating advice. She defended Kamal Al-Solaylee's memoir Intolerable in Canada Reads 2015.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/16/2018

CBC Books Canada Reads 2018: Mark Sakamoto on Forgiveness

Mark Sakamoto's grandparents endured much hardship during the Second World War. His maternal grandfather Ralph MacLean was a Canadian soldier, who spent years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. His paternal grandmother Mitsue Sakamoto was one of thousands of Japanese‐Canadians interned by the Canadian government during the war. But instead of being bitter about their experiences, they ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:27
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/05/2018