The eight books and panelists for the National Post‘s Canada Also Reads book competition “ created to put a spotlight on lesser-known books ignored by CBC’s Canada Reads “ were announced today. Two Q&Q staffers, Zoe Whittall and Steven W. Beattie, will be defending their choices on the panel, alongside six other authors, poets, and even one singer/songwriter.
The Post‘s Mark Medley created anticipation for the event by live-tweeting in the moments leading up to the reveal, offering hints such as one of the books is set near some famous falls and one of the finalists had two of her novels long-listed. After announcing that the final post was being spell-checked, and admitting that they were milking this build-up for all it was worth, the results were finally posted on the Post‘s Afterword book blog. Here’s the full list:
¢ Steven W. Beattie defends My White Planet by Mark Anthony Jarman (Thomas Allen Publishers)
¢ Author Tish Cohen (Inside Out Girl, Town House) defends The Day The Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan (HarperCollins Canada)
¢ Singer/songwriter Andy Maize (Skydiggers) defends Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis (McClelland & Stewart)
¢ Poet Jacob McArthur Mooney (The New Layman’s Almanac) defends The Last Shot by Leon Rooke (Thomas Allen Publishers)
¢ Blogger John Mutford defends Yellowknife by Steve Zipp (Res Telluris)
¢ Author Lisa Pasold (Rats of Las Vegas) defends You and The Pirates by Jocelyne Allens (The Workhorsery)
¢ Author Neil Smith (Bang Crunch) defends Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant (Knopf Canada)
¢ Zoe Whittall (Holding Still for as Long as Possible) defends Fear of Fighting by Stacey May Fowles (Invisible Publishing)
According to the Afterword, while the blog is a fan of what Canada Reads has done to promote CanLit, we figured this would be a great opportunity to help shine a light on some of the books sitting in the shadows. Starting March 1, the Afterword will post two panelists’ defences of their chosen novels each day. On March 8, it will host a live chat with all the panelists and authors. The winner will be chosen via a public poll.