Canada Reads, the CBC’s bestseller-minting literary competition, has announced its 15-book longlist. The list includes six memoirs, which perhaps reflects this year’s theme: “one book to move you.” HarperCollins has the most books represented at four, with Doubleday Canada closely following with three titles.
The five shortlisted books and the Canadian personalities who will defend them will be announced Jan. 31. The competitors will defend their chosen titles on CBC from March 25–28. After each debate, the panel votes and one book is eliminated. Ali Hassan, host of CBC Radio One’s Laugh Out Loud, will serve as host.
The publisher of the winning book donates a portion of the sales proceeds to charity. Last year’s winning title, Mark Sakamoto’s Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents (HarperCollins), defended by Jeanne Beker, was the fifth bestselling Canadian book of 2018 despite originally being published in 2015.
The full Canada Reads longlist follows:
- Homes, Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung (Freehand Books)
- Suzanne, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette; Rhonda Mullins, trans. (Coach House)
- Brother, David Chariandy (McClelland & Stewart)
- By Chance Alone, Max Eisen (HarperCollins)
- Corvus, Harold R. Johnson (Thistledown Press)
- The Boy on the Beach, Tima Kurdi (Simon & Schuster)
- That Time I Loved You, Carrianne Leung (HarperCollins)
- An Ocean of Minutes, Thea Lim (Viking)
- Heart Berries: A Memoir, Terese Marie Mailhot (Doubleday Canada)
- The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond, Clint Malarchuk with Dan Robson (HarperCollins)
- Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine, James Maskalyk (Doubleday Canada)
- All Our Wrongs Todays: A Novel, Elan Mastai (Doubleday Canada)
- This Accident of Being Lost, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Astoria)
- The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, Andrew Westoll (HarperCollins)
- The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, Lindsay Wong (Arsenal Pulp Press)