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CBC Canada Reads reveals non-fiction longlist

Award-winning writers and journalists mix it up with debut authors, comics artists, and politicians in the 2012 CBC Canada Reads longlist.

Host Jian Ghomeshi announced the list on CBC Radio’s Q Tuesday morning. Ian Brown and John Valiant, both winners of the B.C. National Award for Non-fiction, made the cut, as well as titles from Ken Dryden, Carmen Aguirre, Chester Brown, and Dave Bidini (who graces the cover of Q&Q‘s November issue).

The longlist includes:

  • The Boy in the Moon, Ian Brown (Random House Canada)
  • Cockeyed, Ryan Knighton (Penguin Canada)
  • The Game, Ken Dryden (John Wiley & Sons Canada)
  • Louis Riel, Chester Brown (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • On a Cold Road, Dave Bidini (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Paris 1919, Margaret MacMillan (Random House)
  • Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat (Penguin Canada)
  • Shake Hands with the Devil, Roméo Dallaire (Random House Canada)
  • Something Fierce, Carmen Aguirre (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • The Tiger, John Valiant (Knopf Canada)

The 10 titles were whittled down from a list of 40 by public vote. On air, Ghomeshi estimated 50,000 votes were submitted.

This year Canada Reads focuses entirely on non-fiction, specifically works of memoir, biography, and literary non-fiction. The five finalists will be selected from the longlist by yet-to-be-named celebrity panelists who will choose a title to champion over the airwaves. The shortlist will be announced Nov. 23.